With Gov. Sarah Palin stepping down, it would be tempting to draw some conclusions. After all, no officeholder at the level of governor quits mid-term without a scandal or a nomination for a higher seat. But that’s thinking like a rational, experienced political operative. Palin, on the other hand, operates in her own little universe. She doesn’t think like you and me. In her mind, she may well believe that she’s a shoo-in for the presidency in 2012, and that the best path to the presidency involves resigning from the governor’s office. Really, there’s no telling what she’s thinking. But fight that urge to connect this effect to a cause. It’s an exercise in futility.