I think Michael Miner has it about right when he says that Kathleen Parker won a Pulitzer for commentary by going against type, and it’s worth remembering that she made some notable waves when she argued that Sarah Palin is a doofus. By that standard Tina Fey should have a MacArthur and I should have been a finalist for tying my shoes every morning, but it made Parker an apostate.

Roy Edroso describes her as an “anodyne, conservative-MoDo,” and anodyne is about right, at least as far as her Pulitzer-winning efforts go. I browsed through her 2009 columns yesterday and was surprised how, well, house-trained she seemed, especially compared to a 2008 piece that will live in infamy (h/t @wmharnett for the reminder):