A few too many feuds

A FEW TOO MANY FEUDS…. I’ll concede I haven’t followed the bank and forth between Sarah Palin and David Letterman very closely. As I understand it, the “Late Show” host told some inappropriate jokes, the governor expressed her concerns, and Letterman apologized, conceding his attempt at humor was “ugly” and in “poor taste.”

Apparently, though, Palin wants to keep the fight going against the television personality.

Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska continued her assault on CBS’s David Letterman on Friday morning in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, calling the late-night host’s efforts to apologize for remarks about her daughter “a weak excuse” and saying they were “a degrading comment on all young women.” […]

On the “Today” show from Texas on Friday morning, where the governor is promoting a gas pipeline for her state, she characterized Mr. Letterman’s remarks as a reference to “statutory rape” and called it a sad commentary about today’s culture that this sort of discussion would be considered comedy. Mr. Lauer prodded her to explain whether she really believed that Mr. Letterman posed a danger to young women, citing an earlier statement that read: “The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show. Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman.”

Asked about that, Ms. Palin said her insinuation wasn’t in bad taste, offering: “Take it however you want to take it.”

Whether Palin likes Letterman is of no consequence. If Palin wants to suggest that the popular talk-show host can’t be trusted around teenagers, that’s odd, but not especially important in the larger political context.

What I do find interesting about all of this is the constant stream of fights the Alaskan governor seems to find herself in the middle of, most of which have nothing to do with her official responsibilities.

Palin is in a feud with Letterman. She was in a feud with the organizers of the fundraising dinner for the Senate and House Republican campaign committees. When beauty pageant contestant Carrie Prejean made headlines, Palin decided to jump into the argument. The governor has been in a feud with her teenage daughter’s ex-fiance. Palin has even been in a feud with actress Ashley Judd.

Far be it for me to offer Sarah Palin advice, but I have a radical idea: maybe the governor can try an “above the fray” approach for a while?