Reporters to Palin: Be our Valentine! 

Was it Maugham who said, "the love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned"? (ap photo)

Love is in the atmosphere! Jim VandeHei and Jonathan Martin write -- nay, admonish -- in Politico today that contrary to what Fox New says, reporters love Sarah Palin. Well, no duh!

It’s a tangled, symbiotic affair — built on mutual dependency and mutual enabling.

For the media, Palin is great at the box office. Among modern American political figures, she is second only to Barack Obama in generating clicks (for Web sites such as this one) and ratings (for the cable news networks hungering around the clock for fresh material).

For Palin, the benefit is the exposure she needs to maintain her public profile and stir up chatter about a potential presidential candidacy — both of which help her continue to rake in millions of dollars in speaking fees. She also gets a villain with which to further energize her supporters: The more she convinces them “the MSM” hates her, the more they love her.

Is it getting hot in here? Sadly, the writers do invoke that tired, Sex and the City cliche, "frenemies" to describe this twisted love. But VandeHei and Martin are forgiven -- they also throw some meaningful looks to blogfave Mike Huckabee, who actually has a better chance for the Republicans in 2012.

And -- bonus: just in case you haven't had time to buy Beltway Confidential anything for Valentine's Day, here is a last-minute gift idea that even Sarah Palin could appreciate:


What says love like a solid chocolate handgun? Chocolate grenade sold separately.

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