Sunday, January 30, 2011

Stuff I like:
People admitting they have a problem.

Dana Milbank writes for the Washington Post. He's not my favorite writer there. I like Eugene Robinson more. But still, he did something this week that makes sense.

There's this woman on the national scene. She was a vice-presidential candidate and her ticket got beat like a red-headed stepchild. She was governor of a very sparsely populated state for a while, but she quit that job because some folks waved a lot of money in her face.

I think we know who I'm referring to, right?

Well, Mr. Milbank admits he is tired of hearing about her and realizes he is part of the problem. He has promised that he will not mention her in his column or on his blog for the month of February. Ross Douthat, a conservative writer at the New York Times, is also tired of her, but annoyed more in the fact the press treats her like the only important conservative voice, which she most certainly is not. So according to Milbank, Douthat will join him in the month long pledge.

I'm making the pledge here on this blog. On The Other Blog, I admit I'm powerless to choose what I write about, since I promise to report on the headlines on the covers of the supermarket gossip rags, and currently the National Enquirer and some of its sister publications in the AMI kennel are going after the half term governor and her husband, who according to Enquirer has a hooker problem.

This could work. If people stopped treating her tweets and Facebook posts like they were national news, they wouldn't be national news. I also promise not to comment on any posts about her in February on political websites like the Huffington Post and Talking Points Memo. It is a mighty temptation, but I can take strength in the fact that February is the shortest month of the year.

Blogging comrades, please consider this moratorium yourself. Case in point: that Plumber fellow. You know the one I'm talking about. It took months and months for the media to finally figure out he didn't amount to a hill of beans, but now he is back to being a private citizen to whom the press pays no mind, like Condoleezza Rice or Larry Craig or Lisa Kudrow.

I know you can do this, comrades. As we know, the first step is admitting you have a problem.

p.s. If you have the time, go on over to The Other Blog and click on some ads. There's only one day left in the month and I'm close to going over $100, but I need a strong day tomorrow (Monday).


CDP said...

I agree 100% with every word here (including that Eugene Robinson is a much better writer than Dana Milbank). I'm going to go do some clicking on the other blog right now.

namastenancy said...

Isn't there some sort of Medieval ritual that's performed to excommunicate people? I remember seeing the ceremony of anathema staged in the move about Henry II and Beckett. They rained curses upon the offender and blew out a whole lot of candles. Let's excommunicate That Woman because she really should be banned from civilization.

Matty Boy said...

Bless you, CDP. Breaking $100 this month looks like a stone cold lock, thanks to you.

Matty Boy said...

Nancy: for us to excommunicate someone, they have to belong to our church. I think the best we can do is shun.

namastenancy said...

OH - I didn't know that. Well I will shun the un-person while clicking away on your "other" blog ( I do that on my Safari browser because I've got ad block on Firefox). That's a two-fer that I can go for.

Abu Scooter said...

I don't doubt Milbank's sincerity in this matter. Caribou Barbie has, indeed, gone too far for even her enablers in the Washington punditry. But now that people at least as malevolent and fanatical as she have risen to power in Congress (and several governor's mansions), I'm not sure that the Washington punditry finds her interesting anymore.

And that's the last I plan on saying about her.