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How I survived my Palin-free February

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Bristol Palin's declaration that she would probably run for office someday might have merited at least a tweet from me in normal times, as would the discovery of a Sarah Palin look-alike at CPAC who seemed to generate more interest than the actual Mitt Romney. And Palin was obviously begging for attention when she attacked First Lady Michelle Obama for having the audacity to promote breastfeeding.

Most difficult to resist were the Palin e-mails contained in the leaked manuscript of a book by a disgruntled former Palin aide. These were vain, paranoid and profanity-laced gems in which she referred to Levi Johnston as a "coached puppet" and Newt Gingrich as an "egotistical, narrow-minded machine goon."

No doubt, I sacrificed many Web clicks when I let pass without comment Palin's reason not to attend one important GOP function: "I had nothing to wear, and God knew that too." Instead, I began work on a less sexy column about the fight over collective bargaining in Wisconsin.

Was it a good tradeoff? You betcha! Will I continue to make such tradeoffs now that the calendar says March? Well, let's take it one day at a time. I won't claim that one Palin-free month has cured me of my obsession. But it's fair to say I'm recovering.

danamilbank@washpost.com

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

For more Outlook coverage of Sarah Palin, see:

"The Fake Feminism of Sarah Palin," by Jessica Valenti.

"Five myths about Sarah Palin," by Matthew Continetti.

"Sarah Palin is wrong about John F. Kennedy, religion and politics," by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

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