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Dana Milbank: How I survived my Palin-free February
The Washington Post ^ | March 1, 2011 | Dana Milbank

Posted on 03/01/2011 12:23:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

I admit there were doubts in those early days about whether I could make it through all of February without invoking her name. The tremors and sweats were manageable. But I couldn't overcome an abiding terror:

What if Sarah Palin announced her presidential bid, right in the middle of my self-imposed, month-long moratorium?

The turning point came when I watched Fox News on Feb. 11. A banner flashed on the screen: "FOX NEWS ALERT." Dramatic music played. Stuart Varney, in for Neil Cavuto, delivered the bulletin: "Sarah Palin has issued a tweet."

This was news?

It was then that I realized I had nothing to worry about. 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 a year....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012; danamilbank; freepressforpalin; journolist; milbank; msm; palin; palinoia; pds; sarahpalin
I'm guessing Dana won't make a million dollars in his lifetime if he lives to be 100.

Dana Milbank is an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post and the author of "Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America."

1 posted on 03/01/2011 12:24:00 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Millions of us have lived in a Dana-Milbank-Free-Zone our entire lives and haven’t missed a thing.


2 posted on 03/01/2011 12:26:55 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a really pathetic column. WaPo actually pays him good money for this level of drivel?


3 posted on 03/01/2011 12:29:11 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Didn’t Danna already fail on the first day.She tweeted that she survived the first day without talking about Palin


4 posted on 03/01/2011 12:29:28 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So Dana is trying to play it off that his moratorium silence on Palin was easy because she isn’t very news worthy anyway but the fact that he had to have a moratorium on Palin tells me how much in his head she is! What a joke!


5 posted on 03/01/2011 12:29:35 PM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why not continue, Dana, if it's such a good thing to do?

No self-discipline, eh?

6 posted on 03/01/2011 12:30:54 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sara Palin is not not running because her numbers have stablized to show she has no chance of winning the Republican nomination. There are more appealing candidates. Nutbags like Milbank are the only ones who still have trouble ignoring her when recent events in New Jersey, Wisconsin and Ohio have produced more appealing conservatives. That’s how news works today, get caught up in what happened more than fifteen minutes ago and you’re boring most of your audience.


7 posted on 03/01/2011 12:31:08 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He had no such event. Early in the month this little twerp (I met him once and he was no more than 5’4”) went on a Palin tirade. It was a tweet but it counts. This guy is such a worthless hack. No wonder is has no readership.

http://dougpowers.com/2011/02/01/dana-milbanks-palin-free-month-lasted-a-whole-15-hours/


8 posted on 03/01/2011 12:31:42 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m happy to report I’ve made it through my 240 month anniversary of not subscribing to the Washington Post.


9 posted on 03/01/2011 12:32:16 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Why are public employee unions attacking taxpayers?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What kind of a guy name is Dana?


10 posted on 03/01/2011 12:33:30 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dana is also a Liar - he broke his own rules on day one.

He did prove one thing though: rules mean little to a liberal mind.

11 posted on 03/01/2011 12:34:09 PM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: 4rcane

She tweeted that she survived the first day without talking about Palin


LOL.....


12 posted on 03/01/2011 12:35:38 PM PST by deport
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To: presidio9; Al B.; onyx; Brices Crossroads; Lakeshark; sarah fan UK
Sara Palin is not not running because her numbers have stablized to show she has no chance of winning the Republican nomination.

Well, well, well...look who's back on the Palin threads.

Numbers, numbers...lots of numbers being ginned up out there to try and discourage her from even trying.

So who's paying for these numbers?

And last time I checked, she hasn't even announced or even started campaigning. So, how can those numbers even mean anything at this point?

13 posted on 03/01/2011 12:41:12 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: All

Dana?

LOL, you know who you are?

This is sadly funny. The irrelevant calling the relevant...irrelevant.

Dana?


14 posted on 03/01/2011 12:41:53 PM PST by rbmillerjr (I will not, under any circumstances, vote for Mitt Romney....none.)
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To: presidio9
Sara Palin is not not running because her numbers have stablized to show she has no chance of winning the Republican nomination.

Palin Wins February Townhall Republican Straw Poll; March Voting Period Begins

15 posted on 03/01/2011 12:43:51 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Haven’t even thought of Dana for a month. Too bad he had to break his silence.


16 posted on 03/01/2011 12:44:48 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
What kind of a guy name is Dana?

Well, there is this guy... Dana Andrews

...but I agree, why would nayone name their son 'Dana'?

17 posted on 03/01/2011 12:48:02 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Well, well, well...look who's back on the Palin threads.

I have no idea who you are, and I don't recognize a single name you CC'd to your post. Perhaps you have me confused with some one else.

Like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, I happen to admire Palin for who she is and what she is accomplishing, while at the same time remaining frank about her political future. If she had any further political ambitions, she should have run for senator. Looks to me like she wants to stay at Fox and continue rallying her supporters, to which I give her a heartfelt "You go girl!" The left is trying to bait her into running. To her credit, she is so far ignoring them.

18 posted on 03/01/2011 12:48:21 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: paulycy
Palin Wins February Townhall Republican Straw Poll; March Voting Period Begins

Check out the name below Palin's and then google how many straw polls that person has won.

We may all claim to be Conservatives here, regular readers of Townhall and attendees of Tea Parties and CPAC. All of this is quite different from the Republican nomination. I hope you can understand that.

19 posted on 03/01/2011 12:52:09 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9
I have no idea who you are, and I don't recognize a single name you CC'd to your post. Perhaps you have me confused with some one else.

So you're not the same presidio who got himself banned (for a while) this time last year for trolling the Palin threads?

Regardless, you are way off base here.

20 posted on 03/01/2011 12:55:29 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“What kind of a guy name is Dana?”

Hey, now - I’ve been pissed at my parents for 53 years over that one.

Colonel, USAFR


21 posted on 03/01/2011 12:55:58 PM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: presidio9
Sara Palin is not not running

That's right.

22 posted on 03/01/2011 12:58:25 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (I disagree with what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it -Voltaire)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
So you're not the same presidio who got himself banned (for a while) this time last year for trolling the Palin threads?

Sorry, this user name is alive and well, and has never been banned from FR. This is also the first time anyone has accused me of "trolling the Palin threads." Sounds to me like you are confused.

Regardless, you are way off base here.

I'm just calling it the way I see it. If you disagree with me, or have a counter point to me, you should make in now, rather than pinging in a whole bunch of other people to help you. I assume that your intent is to bury and discussion of this topic. My deduction from the available information is that she can't win the nomination. If she gets involved at all, it will inevitably be as a third party candidatate who will doom us to four more years of Obama. If you're smart enough, tell me why I'm wrong.

23 posted on 03/01/2011 1:03:29 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
What kind of a guy name is Dana?

That of a tea-bagging, America-hating homosexual journo-list?

24 posted on 03/01/2011 1:21:26 PM PST by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: Berlin_Freeper

What kind of a guy name is Dana?........................................... Maybe mommy didn’t want to go with Diana??


25 posted on 03/01/2011 1:22:45 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (I see a dark cloud coming over the horizon, and its reminiscent of 1939.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I didn’t read this column, but I am LOL at the fact that’s he’s my height. Hilarious.


26 posted on 03/01/2011 1:44:40 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: presidio9
Weren't you hospitalized for PDS? Obviously, you weren't cured, so did you sneak out? How are you ever going to deal with a President Palin? The road ahead looks like it'll be a bit rocky for you, better lay in some heavy drugs.
27 posted on 03/01/2011 4:23:31 PM PST by JPG (As WI goes, so goes the nation. Thank you, Gov Walker.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m guessing Dana made it through the month with the Newsweek cover of Sarah Palin and a pretty busy hand.


28 posted on 03/01/2011 4:35:56 PM PST by jerseyrocks
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To: JPG
Weren't you hospitalized for PDS? Obviously, you weren't cured, so did you sneak out? How are you ever going to deal with a President Palin? The road ahead looks like it'll be a bit rocky for you, better lay in some heavy drugs.

No other way to put this: You suck at creative personal attacks.

Not really sure who you are with either, or what gave you the idea that I would have a problem with a "President Palin." Should she win the nomination, I will gladly vote for her. My point, which you seem to have had some difficulty with, was that she won't be running because she knows she can't win our broken primary system. The states that have the most delegates are the ones she polls the worst in (NY, Cal, NE). Meanwhile, we'll be losing those states anyway. This is a realistic point clearly not mean as some sort of insult to the Governor. As a matter of fact, it's sort of obvious that it factored into her thinking when she stepped down to take a job with FOX. The best way she can serve the Conservative cause over the next two years is by rallying her base to drive the stake through Obama's heart while collecting seven figure paychecks in the private sector.

I like her. I admire her. I think she's smart. I think she's an engaging speaker. I would have voted for her over McCain. I don't see a way for her to win the 2012 Republican nomination, and I think she would agree with me.

Now don't make me get my insect repellent.

29 posted on 03/02/2011 2:19:14 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9

Hey, you’re being a little tough there, Teach. They can’t all be winners, but I’d give it at least a B. Why don’t we both agree to let the process play out and see what happens? That way we can put our efforts toward constructive ends.


30 posted on 03/02/2011 2:30:12 PM PST by JPG (As WI goes, so goes the nation. Thank you, Gov Walker.)
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To: JPG
Why don’t we both agree to let the process play out and see what happens? That way we can put our efforts toward constructive ends.

Sorry, can't do that either, for reasons I pointed to in an earlier post to this thread. All successful politicians share one vital quality/flaw: An unblushing ego. Palin suffers no deficit there. There is a legitimate concern that she may start believing her own hype on this website (which she admits to visiting regularly) and elsewhere and allow herself to be drafted into a third party run. Nothing, including a Giuliani/Romney/Huckabee/Gingrich/Jeb/Trump (insert your own RINO here) could be more disastrous for our shared cause, as the only possible outcome from this scenario is an unfettered Obama Executive Branch over 5+ lame duck years. Thus, this website, more than anywhere else, demands a conscience whispering "Thou Art Mortal," in the Governor's ear, lest she be tempted into doing something really stupid.

31 posted on 03/02/2011 3:46:04 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9

Still a free country. So, to you be your way and to me be mine.


32 posted on 03/02/2011 4:48:43 PM PST by JPG (As WI goes, so goes the nation. Thank you, Gov Walker.)
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To: JPG
Still a free country. So, to you be your way and to me be mine.

The country may be free, but it sounds to me like you don't really understand how this website works. I stated an opinion. You disagreed. I provided evidence for that opinion. You suggested that we agree to disagree. As of this moment, there are less than a handful of states that pollsters (event the conservative ones like Luntz and Rove) see Palin definitely winning. There are several big states (with most of the delegates and most of the Rockafeller crowd) that they see Palin definitely losing. Therefore, she can't win. That's why she's deflecting questions about her running. As long as she stays away from a third party run, I'm a fan of hers. Should she change her mind, she will set the conservative cause back 35 years.

Who knows, she may re-vist the idea of running in four or eight years. She is a young woman, and there's a lot to like about her.

33 posted on 03/07/2011 11:29:38 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9
I can't conceive Palin running 3rd party. If she runs, she'll run GOP.
34 posted on 03/07/2011 11:34:48 AM PST by JPG (May the WI GOP stay united and strong.)
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To: JPG
If she runs, she'll run GOP.

And lose the primaries. Which gets us back to my original point...

35 posted on 03/07/2011 11:37:52 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9

Maybe, maybe not. We’ll know after the primaries are over. I do know that if the direction of our country isn’t turned around, and soon, it will all be a moot point.


36 posted on 03/07/2011 12:08:42 PM PST by JPG (May the WI GOP stay united and strong.)
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To: JPG
I agree with you there, but I am sick of people disagreeing with something someone else say on this website without offering a rationale for their opinion. You've been here way too long to do that.

I'd like to see Dr. Frankenstein reanimate Ronald Reagan and run him for president, but I know that's not going to happen. Zombie Reagan would kick Obama's ass in a debate, and then feast on his scrambled liberal brain.

37 posted on 03/07/2011 12:23:13 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9
Tensions run high, people are frustrated and pissed, we witness our beloved country being destroyed, answers are obscured by hyper-partisanship, despair is in the air. Pray.
38 posted on 03/07/2011 1:47:30 PM PST by JPG (May the WI GOP stay united and strong.)
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