The forecast for the next presidential election was rewritten yesterday, and Newsweek's Howard Kurtz has some more good news for 2012: Just like every other ridiculous fad from pogs to pet rocks, the nation's obsession with Sarah Palin has fizzled out just as quickly as it started.
Kurtz reports that even at Fox News, which paid $3 million to hire her as a commentator, Palin doesn't generate the excitement she once did. Her appearances don't draw big ratings without heavy promotion. Plans for a series of prime-time specials called Real American Stories were scrapped after the first one tanked. Both Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck have complained that she isn't talking about policy issues. Even Roger Ailes was reportedly annoyed that Palin delivered her infamous "blood libel" address in response to criticism over the Arizona shooting.