Dear Dave: Shut Up About Palin

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2009 4:41 PM CDT
Julia Roberts laughs as she holds host David Letterman's hand on the set of "The Late Show," June 9, 2009, in New York.   (AP Photo/CBS, John Paul Filo)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin is "glowingly happy to be in the national spotlight again and doesn't want to give it up any time soon," Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly observes in the course of offering David Letterman unsolicited advice: "Clam up." The Late Night host returns tonight after being off the air since Thursday—his Friday show tapes earlier in the week—while the flap over his wisecracks about the Alaska governor has inflamed the blogosphere.

"Don't give the TV cable news analysis shows, whether they lean right, left, or 'objective,' any more fodder for what has been, for the most part, an ever-higher tower of Babel-babble without any useful insight," Tucker writes. Meanwhile, protesters organized by through a website set up by a New York state assemblyman and a self-described "Republican strategist" from Tennessee are planning a "Fire David Letterman" rally outside the Ed Sullivan Theater tomorrow, the New York Daily News reports.