Good News: You Can Live Without Palin!

This woman will never make news, Dana Milbank says

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 2, 2011 11:25 AM CST

(Newser) – As you might recall, Dana Milbank heroically confronted his Sarah Palin addiction last month, by swearing off mentioning everyone’s favorite maverick hockey mom for all of February. How did it go? “The tremors and sweats were manageable,” he reports in the Washington Post. "I used Michele Bachmann as my methadone." At first, he was terrified Palin might announce her presidential run during his moratorium. But then he saw a fateful Fox News bulletin: “Sarah Palin has issued a tweet,” the anchor announced.

“It was then I realized I had nothing to worry about,” Milbank writes. “Palin was not going to make real news in February, or, most likely, at any other time. At most, she was going to make noise—enough to earn that $1 million Fox pays her.” That’s not to say there wasn’t some dang tempting noise, like her shot at Michelle Obama over breastfeeding, or that juicy leaked book. “No doubt, I sacrificed many Web clicks,” he says. But “was it a good tradeoff? You betcha!”

Former Alaska governor and Republican vice president candidate Sarah Palin speaks at the Long Island Association's annual meeting February 17, 2011 in Woodbury, New York.   (Getty Images)
Sarah Palin speaks at a dinner celebrating Ronald Reagan on the centennial of his birth, at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California February 4, 2011.   (Getty Images)
Sarah Palin smiles as she is introduced during a public appearance at a Long Island Association meeting and luncheon in Woodbury, NY, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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