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Obama: Oh No Palin Didn't


President Obama breaks out the paddle and verbally spanks Sarah Palin. Burrrrrrrn:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday made clear he was not going to take advice from Republican Sarah Palin when it comes to decisions about the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Palin, the former vice presidential candidate, has not been shy about criticizing Obama's policies and this week weighed in on his revamped nuclear strategy, saying it was like a child in a playground who says 'punch me in the face, I'm not going to retaliate.'

"I really have no response to that. The last I checked, Sarah Palin is not much of an expert on nuclear issues," Obama said in an interview with ABC News.

Pressed further on Republican criticism that his strategy restricts the use of nuclear weapons too much, Obama added:

"What I would say to them is, is that if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff are comfortable with it, I'm probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin."
Emphases mine.

While I happen to agree with the President on this one -- I think that his calling out Sarah Palin is a bad move.

Engaging with the attention-starved-former-governor is akin to picking up the proverbial screaming baby. You should really let the baby cry itself to sleep, but if you do pick it up, you are reinforcing the notion that when it cries, it will get attention.

Sarah Palin is a political non-story. She was the vice-presidential nominee two years ago. Her ticket lost the election -- and then she promptly quit her day job as governor of Alaska. Giving her attention from the highest office in the land only ensures that she will continue to stay in the headlines for no apparent reason at all.

[ed note: ...yes, I am fully aware that I too am perpetuating that same attention for Sarah Palin -- the difference is that I have a far-smaller audience that the President...]