Charles Blow has apparently discovered that the goal of bringing down Sarah Palin is not achieved by talking about her, so of course he spends his column, talking about her.
This is it. This is the last time I’m going to write the name Sarah Palin until she does something truly newsworthy, like declare herself a candidate for the presidency. Until then, I will no longer take part in the left’s obsessive-compulsive fascination with her, which is both unhealthy and counterproductive.
Meanwhile Althouse notes something:
So the reason for calling off the attacks is that they’re not working. Whatever happened to the “restore sanity” movement that briefly bubbled up — the idea that civility was a free-standing value? I assume the idea that moderate discourse is an end in itself was always only a pose. That is, the idea that civility was an end was a means to an end. When that end wasn’t achieved — liberals lost the elections — the means was abandoned. Attacks flared. But attacks failed. At least Blow isn’t pretending to believe in civility as an end in itself.
Ann is wrong about one thing: Restore Sanity was never a “movement” it was an attempt to garner ratings and attention by Comedy central’s resident “newspeople” and the left of course decided to attempt to use said event to save their electoral bacon, to no effect.