A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

PALIN

Tue, 8 Feb '22
Michael of Monty Python
Mon, 31 Jan '22
Biden's debate opponent in 2008
Thu, 21 Oct '21
Ferraro : Mondale :: ___ : McCain
Sun, 6 Jun '21
Michael whose initials match those of his famous comedy troupe