Must there be a Palin angle to every story?

Apparently so. There's a lot of coverage today about her comments on how the Fed's policy of quantitative easing may be inflationary (I know, when-world's-collide material), and then the pushback by a WSJ reporter, and then her pushback to the pushback. Even for a slow news week, the back-and-forth received way more attention than was justified, though you can say that about most any Palin story. She has become the nation's ultimate guilty pleasure, and when she takes on something like quantitative easing, you can be sure that the one-liners will be flying.

From Andrew Sullivan: "I've long been curious about Sarah Palin's views on quantitative easing. Haven't you? "

From Derek Thompson: "Sarah Palin on the Federal Reserve is one of those immortal phrases, like Lindsay Lohan stars in Anna Karenina, or La Boheme featuring Justin Bieber..."

From Dan Amira: "Sarah Palin recited a bunch of intelligent-sounding things someone wrote for her about the Federal Reserve's controversial 'quantitative easing' plan, but they weren't all entirely accurate."

From Ryan Chittum: "Sarah Palin is 'just a former governor and current housewife from Alaska, but even humble folks like (her) can read the newspaper.' Reading's one thing. Comprehending's another."

The more she talks, the more lampooning she receives, to the point where it's become national sport. Even the conservative columnist Peggy Noonan couldn't resist last week after Palin suggested that her political celebrity was no different than that of Ronald Reagan. "Excuse me, but this was ignorant even for Mrs. Palin." wrote Noonan," later describing Palin as a "nincompoop." Could this nincompoop ever be a serious candidate for president? I don't see how.

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