Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank has a promise sure to please many: "I hereby pledge that, beginning on Feb 1, 2011, I will not mention Sarah Palin—in print, online or on television—for one month," he writes in today's column. What's more, he wants everyone else in the media to do same. "With enough support, I believe we may even be able to extend the moratorium beyond one month, but we are up against a powerful compulsion, and we must take this struggle day by day."
Milbank fesses up to writing 42 columns that mention Palin since she emerged on the scene, and he does a Lexis-Nexis search to call out peers with the same addiction—Maureen Dowd (45), Eugene Robinson (33), Kathleen Parker (30), Keith Olbermann (345 shows mentioning her), Rachel Maddow (183), Bill O'Reilly (664), and and Sean Hannity (411). "We need help," he writes.