Tomorrow is the beginning of our month without Sarah Palin, and I need to get one thing off my chest before I stop talking. Much like a smoker who eats too much when trying to quit, I think I’m replacing my Palin fixation with a Michele Bachmann crutch.
It’s not just me, of course. As Meghan McCain stated last week after the State of the Union, Bachmann is being seen by many as a “poor man’s Sarah Palin.” Much like Palin, she’s almost always good for a gaffe or a crazy quote. And sometimes, the stories just seem to write themselves
Obviously, I’m not the only person who is making the Palin/Bachmann exchange. Others seem to find the ex-Governor and the current Minnesota Congresswoman interchangeable.
Via the Sun Sentinel:
[Bachmann] shoots her mouth off and thinks later, which seems to be the template for tea party success. It worked for Sarah Palin for a long time, although Palin’s whiney “I was a victim of the mean press, blah, blah, blah” screed after the Arizona shootings seemed to turn off a lot of people.
Palin has been able to shoot off her mouth on virtually anything since she up and quit as governor of Alaska. It’s called “no retribution.” All she’s had to do is rake in the money, and talk to her softball interviewers at Fox, who still reverentially call her “governor” even though she decided being an ex-governor was more lucrative.
Bachmann, for all her foibles, still has to answer to voters. That probably makes her a better face of the tea party these days.
I’ll be going cold turkey on Palin starting tomorrow. I promise to try hard not to gorge on Bachmann coverage as a way to fill up my “quirky politician” plate in the dry month ahead.
After all, she’s a lot of empty calories, too.