Aren't we supposed to cover what is going on?
I concur entirely with Jonathan Capehart on his polite refusal to take the "no Palin" pledge. He writes:
I have never thought of Palin as the most important conservative politician in America. I would probably give that honor to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). I've never thought Palin had a plausible path to the presidency in 2012. Every chance I get I like to point out that folks might like her on television but they don't want her anywhere near the Oval Office. I've never suggested that Palin is a front runner for the nomination primarily because I never thought she was running in the first place. And I haven't jumped at her every tweet and Facebook musing to divine her innermost thoughts.
But I have tried to hold Palin accountable and responsible for some of the things she says, does or writes.
Precisely so. It makes no sense to ignore her, just as it made little sense to obsess over her every move or inflate her to a significance to a degree that bore no resemblance to reality.
Moreover, the pledge, whether made in jest or not, only reinforces the perception that the media methodically distorts (Let's have politics with no Palin! Or a Congress with no John Boehner!) and cherry picks the news rather than cover what is there.
Understandably, after making such a fuss over Palin and throwing all manner of criticism at her, warranted or not, the left blogosphere and liberals in traditional media are tuckered out. But this is a problem of their own making, and it should serve as a cautionary tale about inappropriately vilifying and magnifying a public figure, who for a time served their political ends. Substituting one failure of perspective for another hardly seems a wise course.
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