Well Passover doesn't start until mid-April this year, so there's plenty of time yet, to think about that if you're observant. No, I'm talking about a more impending deadline; Tuesday marks the the beginning of Dana Milbank's Palin-Free Month! Looking back on my archives, I find that I too, have been giving the woman too much in the way of pixel bandwidth. Excluding this post, I've mentioned her 35 times since she dropped in like the Wicked Witch of the East...only nobody had the consideration to immediately drop a house on her.
And I'll admit, she makes great fodder. Remember the train derailment at the beginning of The Fugitive? It goes on forever and ever, and you hope nobody will get hurt, but you don't know, and it just keeps on plowing through the forest and YOU CAN'T TAKE YOUR EYES OFF OF IT! If you're anything like me, you can't take your eyes off of Palin and the ceaseless trainwreck that she is. Nobody knows whether or not she'll ever be in a position to do some real damage, but in the meantime, the whole thing is UTTERLY MESMERIZING!
And this last few weeks have been no exception. After the Tuscon Shootings, rightly or wrongly, she came under fire for some of her more intemperate statements and publications. She had the chance to respond in a variety of ways, but chose to portray herself as the ultimate victim. And since then, she's been on a valiant crusade to misrepresent, rewrite, alter and misunderstand World History. I'm not accusing her of being a terrorist, but Abba Eban once said of Yasser Arafat, "He never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity". Sarah seems to be taking her cues from odd places.
I'm not going to fill this post with links -- you can find the stories and videos everywhere if you haven't seen them already -- but the last few weeks have been a veritable feast of Sarah-rific Schadenfreude. (I've especially enjoyed Chris Matthews' televised apoplexy.) In the run-up to Passover, you might overindulge on cookies -- better to eat too many instead of being forced to just toss them before the holiday begins. In the run-up to Palin-Free Month, we can be forgiven for overindulging.
Anyway, I'll be observing Palin-Free Month here on Polybloggimous. And in case you were wondering, Michele Bachmann may not actually be Palin, but I'm declaring her to be Hametz also. You won't see here mentioned here either. Regardless of how easy a target the two of them make themselves.
P.S. When you observe Passover, you do it everywhere, not just in your own home. But I recall, as a child, cheating and sneaking an Oreo or two in public school during the holiday. If I happen upon someone else's writings about "The She(s) Who Shall Not Be Named", I'm going to give myself a pass and permit myself to play along in other people's homes. I'm either a hypocrite or I've got poor impulse control. Take your choice.