Under different circumstances, I’d take this as a sign that the lefty commentariat’s fascination with mindless Palin-bashing might be starting to wane. But (a) it’s clearly not true, and (b) it’s really not true for the modern-day Murrow, whose program is now apt to feature more mentions of Sarahcuda in a given week than Barack Obama. No foolin’. Take away Palin and their prime time line-up would turn into some sort of hard-left version of “Wake Up and Smile.”

“Three months short of my current contract,” he wrote, “I sent the following to the boss, [MSNBC President] Phil Griffin: ‘Phil, Just wanted to give you the heads up that my situation with MSNBC has become so unrewarding for me that I’ve decided to move on. — Craig'”

In an email, Crawford tells TVNewser, “This was a long time coming. I haven’t felt like a good fit for MSNBC since the presidential campaign, and their hard turn toward point-of-view programming.

“So many of my booking calls lately have been for segments bashing Sarah Palin, for instance. I was boring myself, and surely the viewers.

Tasty trimmings from comments left by Crawford on his own blog, via ICN:

Can’t tell ya how hard this choice was to make. I’ve had a difficult time with MSNBC since the presidential primaries, should have pulled the trigger long ago. but my scotch-irish blood keeps me loyal long past the bitter end, which has long past, sadly…

i simply could not any longer endure being a cartoon player for lefty games, just gotta move on to higher ground even if there’s no oxygen…

thanks bethy, i have never and never will forgive Chris for calling me a racist after the West Virginia primary (the last time I will ever go on air with him). Probably should have resigned then and there, but better late than never.

That last reference, I believe, is to Tingles knocking him for defending Hillary’s strategy of wooing white working-class Democrats. Exit question one: How soon before the big MSNBC-bashing Craig Crawford interview on the Factor? Exit question two: Tough call for Olby. Does he abandon his exploding feud with Bill Simmons to take on Crawford or give CC a pass for now? (Exit answer: Stick with it, please!)