The National Society of Newspaper Columnists chose Gov. Sarah Palin last week as the winner of its annual Sitting Duck Award, a tongue-in-cheek honor that pokes fun at “the crème de la crème of the most ridiculed newsmakers in America.”

Palin beat out runner-up Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor who was notable for his “vigorous hair, a vigorous public defense against abuse-of-office charges and a vigorous post-impeachment celebrity-hood,” an announcement on the society’s Web site states…

Past president Mike Leonard, a columnist for The Herald Times of Bloomington, Ind.: “As a Hoosier, I feel that she’s done something that Dan Quayle could never do. Which was to make Dan Quayle look good. … After the election, the video of Sarah and the poultry processing factory … that pretty much says it all. The gift that keeps on giving.”