MAKING SANFORD LOOK SOUND AND REASONABLE BY COMPARISON…. Sarah Palin’s decision to resign is difficult to understand, but nearly as interesting as the announcement was the way in which it was made. Or, put another way, have you seen the speech?

Everything about this was hopelessly bizarre. The speech was written by an amateur and delivered by an amateur. It was rambling, petty, and defensive — for no apparent reason. Palin didn’t deliver an announcement so much as she rambled on for about 20 minutes.

And if you watch all the way to the very end of Part II, you’ll notice that Palin wasn’t actually speaking to the press or a large audience, but rather, about 10 supporters.

The transcript doesn’t do it justice, but it makes it easier to notice the near-constant contradictions. She says she’s “given my reasons” for quitting, in the same breath as she says she doesn’t feel the need to “explain” her decision. She blasts those who take the “quitter’s way out,” and then quits.

I’ve never seen anything like it.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.