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Tina Fey as Sarah Palin:
It's almost too easy, but still very good:
Hat tip: Dan Solove. For more, see here.
JK:
Very funny! I was barely aware that SNL was still around, is it usually this good?
9.14.2008 9:59pm
taney71:
Blah, it was ok. Nothing tops 2000 with Will Ferrell playing George W. Bush when he giggles over a gum cartoon, "Man, Bazooka Joe, you don't have to throw a clock to see if time flies!"
9.14.2008 10:08pm
John (mail):
I'm a Palin fan and I thought it was very funny--especially as Hillary loses it toward the end and Palin is off in a different place...
9.14.2008 10:13pm
Chris Bell (mail) (www):
JK:
Very funny! I was barely aware that SNL was still around, is it usually this good?
No. The rest of the episode was hugely disappointing. There are good sketches here and there (the strange UNO waiter, anything Andy Sandberg is in, and, of course, the Palin sketch) but this was disappointing as a season premier. What were the writers doing all summer?
9.14.2008 10:19pm
Obvious (mail):
It would be very clever of the McCain campaign to release a statement that Ms. Palin congratulates Ms. Fey on a very clever satire, but feels SNL is being a little unfair to Senator Clinton with references to "harpy" and "shrew"...
9.14.2008 10:28pm
CDR D (mail):
Cute.

For laughs, the "Cork Soakers" is better:

http://www.zippyvideos.com/9112389476376396/corksoakers/
9.14.2008 10:31pm
Radovan Karadzic (mail):
The Home School sketch was admirable. It's about the Fundys, and a swipe at the FLDS church.
9.14.2008 10:35pm
DiversityHire:
Fey is awesome. Especially with Poehler—who should be on 30 Rock instead of stuck in the dull lifeless shell of a show that is SNL. SNL—like the Daily Show—is so conservative in its sense of satire (no, not politically conservative): they just trot-out the same set ups and fill them with the conventional wisdom of the day, like a bad Mad Lib. There's no comparison between this sketch and youtube's McCain picks palin. One really funny SNL political sketch I remember is Phil Hartman as Reagan. Of course, no one of Hartman's genius has been on TV much less SNL since he passed away. Good times, Good times.
9.14.2008 10:37pm
MHodak (mail):
Poehler's Hillary was hilarious. Fey was amazing. Another star is born.
9.14.2008 10:45pm
metro1 (mail) (www):
Um - I hate to be the master of the obvious here, but...

Sarah Palin has been in electoral politics since 1992 (16 years).

Hillary Clinton has been in electoral politics since 2001 (7 years).

Sarah Palin has executive experience - Hillary Clinton has none.

Isn't Sarah Palin a LOT more experienced and qualified for national office than Hillary Clinton?

I mean - is the Left completely un-self-reflective these days?
9.14.2008 10:48pm
Jerry F:
Funny. What would be even funnier is if (1) she eventually becomes President and (2) she really doesn't believe in dinosaurs. The liberal hysteria over this (not to mention the panic among anti-Americans throughout Europe) would be priceless.
9.14.2008 10:48pm
Tomm:

What would be even funnier is if (1) she eventually becomes President and (2) she really doesn't believe in dinosaurs.


I'm not sure funny is the right word . . . embarrassing maybe?
9.14.2008 10:57pm
Bill Poser (mail) (www):
Uh, folks, the thing about Creationists is not that they don't believe in dinosaurs, its that they believe that Adam and Eve road them to church.
9.14.2008 11:04pm
Pyrrhus (mail) (www):
SNL flubbed at least one fact in there, when it has "Sarah" say that she was mayor two years ago.
9.14.2008 11:06pm
NotBillPoser:
[Deleted by OK on civility grounds. Play nice, folks.]
9.14.2008 11:15pm
Nifonged:
"its that they believe that Adam and Eve road them to church."

My wife and I are atheists, so I'm missing this point, did you mean rowed, rode or something else?

Actually I missed your whole point, can you explain it in normal English?
9.14.2008 11:21pm
Stick (mail):
This was absolutely hilarious. If we can't sit back and laugh at good satire, we are indeed going to hell in a handbasket. I don't watch SNL anymore because it has become such a hack program, nothing funny or clever going on. The "Church Lady" and other memorable characters made it one of the best on television. I support Palin but Tina Fey had her down perfectly. Great job.
9.14.2008 11:21pm
Cold Warrior:
It was funny simply because Palin was such a natural for Fey to mimic.

The writing? Well, that was secondary. And actually pretty mild, with generally gentle barbs aimed at both Sarah and Hillary.

The rest of the show? I guess SNL is in need of yet another infusion of new writing/performing talent ...
9.14.2008 11:24pm
Nifonged:
"The rest of the show? I guess SNL is in need of yet another infusion of new writing/performing talent ..."

The rest of the show has been awful since Phil Hartman was murdered. There are some passingly funny sketches with Will Ferrell since that time, but for the most part the last 10 years have been awful.
9.14.2008 11:27pm
Asher (mail):
Liberal media bias!
9.14.2008 11:33pm
Smokey:
Bill Poser:
Uh, folks, the thing about Creationists is not that they don't believe in dinosaurs, its [sic] that they believe that Adam and Eve road [sic] them to church.
Uh, folks, go easy on Bill. He's a liberal. [Libs believe in Affirmative Action education, rather than merit: road = rode is A-OK.]

Here's one good [and somewhat photoshopped] reason for Sarah Palin's huge popularity among Hispanic, Black, and Caucasian American men: clicky

Compare that to Joe Biden. Or even the Messiah.
9.14.2008 11:33pm
Hoosier:
Tina Fey was not believable as Palin. Red? RED? Palin wears earth-tones, Tina. If they don't have anything brown in wardrobe, then you need to get Lorne to shell out a bit of cash. Tina's suit was giving me a headache.
9.14.2008 11:36pm
metro1 (mail) (www):
Again, I hate to ruin everyone's talking points, but...

... you know, you can believe in evolution and religion.
9.14.2008 11:40pm
Jim at FSU (mail):
Palin never promoted creationism in Alaska and generally stayed out of school curriculum politics. Her kids were taught evolution. I believe, when asked, that she said that she didn't feel threatened by either viewpoint and that it was fine to expose children to both views.

The best they can do is attempt to attribute views to her that are held by other religious conservative types.
9.14.2008 11:57pm
theobromophile (www):
But, Metro1, Palin had the audacity to say that if a child raises a question about Creationism or Intelligent Design during the evolution part of science class, the teacher should not ignore it, but should teach the debate.

Even young-earth creationists believe in evolution - microevolution, that is. They question the jump from "micro" to "macro" - presuming, of course, that one can separate them - and don't believe in the spontaneous genesis of life.

To be clear: I totally disagree with teaching creationism in science class, as it does not give us a testable hypothesis, nor does it describe a repeatable event (i.e. it has no predictive value). Therefore, it is inappropriate in a science classroom, but there shouldn't be anything wrong with teachers who explain that theories are imperfect.
9.14.2008 11:57pm
Hoosier:
Are the SNL cast and crew praying for a McCain victory at this point? If Plain becomes veep, they will have *one* funny bit they can do. Until they run it into the ground, as per Dana Carvey's "Not gonna do it, wouldn't be prudent" version of Bush I. (God, that got old after four years. And why couldn't they get someone who could do a convincing version of Dan Qualye?)
9.15.2008 12:05am
SIG357:
I totally disagree with teaching creationism in science class, as it does not give us a testable hypothesis, nor does it describe a repeatable event (i.e. it has no predictive value).

And that is different from evolution, how?
9.15.2008 12:06am
Jon Roland (mail) (www):
Even funnier might be Palin appearing on SNL playing herself, which I would expect her to do well.

Here is another link:
Saturday Night Live, Sat. Sep 13, 2008. Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton, opening season premiere.
9.15.2008 12:09am
A. Zarkov (mail):
This comes closer to that naughty librarian look that Sarah typifies than Tina Fey. A definite MILF.
9.15.2008 12:10am
TCO:
Palin didn't say they should teach ID. She said if it came up in class, the teacher should allow some discussion.
9.15.2008 12:14am
neurodoc:
Am I the only one taken aback by that bit @ 3:30 about Palin as a "MILF," followed by the one about Clinton as a "boner-shrinker?" (What's a "flurge"[sp?]?) Way out of bounds in my opinion, and I wouldn't be surprised if NBC is apologizing profusely for it soon. (Was I hallucinating? I had thought there was a follow-up line about Palin expecting a grandchild soon, and hence being a "GILF," but didn't hear it listening to this clip.)
9.15.2008 12:15am
one of many:

Tina Fey was not believable as Palin. Red? RED? Palin wears earth-tones, Tina. If they don't have anything brown in wardrobe, then you need to get Lorne to shell out a bit of cash. Tina's suit was giving me a headache.

Funny I was thinking the same thing, except that I also noted that red is a Hillary color (no surprise or politics, Palin shouldn't wear red while Clinton has different coloring). Otherwise OK, not great but the best one can expect from SNL, I wonder why they swapped castrating for boner shrinking, when SNL was good, castrating would have been used it is the little touches like that which keep it above the childish humor of "boner shrinking".
9.15.2008 12:16am
A. Zarkov (mail):
[Deleted by OK on decorum grounds.]
9.15.2008 12:24am
ResIpsaLoquitur (mail):
Little-discussed point: Obama was supposed to appear on this week's SNL, but opted out for respect of Ike victims. (How that matches up, I don't quite follow; the RNC was a national spotlight, while SNL isn't.) I wonder if, had Obama appeared, he would have gotten a slight boost in the polls. I also wonder if he'll be rescheduled for this week.

I'd love to see Palin appear on the show, especially if they had her side-by-side with Fey in identical clothes. The sketch writes itself.
9.15.2008 12:31am
one of many:
[Deleted by OK on decorum grounds.]
9.15.2008 12:37am
John Armstrong (mail) (www):
They can't be hoping for Palin to win, because Tina Fey isn't a regular. Casey Wilson does have a Palinish look to her, but the producers decided she doesn't have the requisite experience.

Besides, if Obama wins Fred Armisen is well-versed in the role. The only guy who's ever played John McCain on SNL is... John McCain.

Wait, who's the celebrity again?
9.15.2008 12:59am
A.W. (mail):
I gotta hand it to fey. She was really good. Alot of people have imitated palin, making sure they looked like her, but no one bothered to sound like her. Fey nailed the sound. It was perfect.

And i say that having disagreed with the politics that came out of that skit. I have every reason to dislike it, but Fey did a great job.
9.15.2008 1:05am
Adam B. (www):
1. Darrell Hammond has already played John McCain.

2. Re "Hillary Clinton has been in electoral politics since 2001 (7 years)," I believe she was involved in public life and major national and state-level issues before then ... details will come to me eventually. But, hey, if you want Eliza Doolittle that much, keep praying.
9.15.2008 1:17am
theobromophile (www):
neurodoc - I was confused by the "G" in GILF, but thought that it was for Governor - the analog to VPILF.
9.15.2008 1:21am
one of many:
They can't be hoping for Palin to win, because Tina Fey isn't a regular. Casey Wilson does have a Palinish look to her, but the producers decided she doesn't have the requisite experience.

Argh, the whole shark thing. There is absolutely no need for SNL to have a regular skit involving the president except laziness. "I don't feel like writing anymore jokes and there's 20 minutes to fill, let's make a president skit." 90% of the last 2 administrations' president skits have no jokes other than being a parody of the president, no social commentary &no political insight, just some actor being silly.
9.15.2008 1:35am
Jon Roland (mail) (www):
According to the Urban Dictionary, "Flurge" means "a cross between flush and purger." The blogosphere suggests that in this context, the word actually meant a woman who exerts a diminishing effect on the male erection.
9.15.2008 1:36am
quixoticneophyte:
Palin's most famous pre-VP look was a red suit similar to the Tina Fey one. It's what she had on for her Election Night during the 2006 primary, and I think that she had it on for the general Election Night too. It was "the" Palin look--red was everywhere. This whole earth-tones look is new.
9.15.2008 1:36am
neurodoc:
theobromophile, I am perplexed, since I can't locate "GILF" in that clip, though my wife recalls hearing it too. In any event, what do you think of the "MILF" crack? OK by you? (We all understand the acronym, don't we?)

McCain's campaign tried to make something of Obama's lipstick on a pig remark, but their protestations couldn't be taken seriously. If they take off on this one, though, they could really do a number on it, firing up their base and misdirecting us for more days. Obama, of course, had zero to do with this, but it would be used to attack the liberal elite.
9.15.2008 1:37am
ResIpsaLoquitur (mail):
"Besides, if Obama wins Fred Armisen is well-versed in the role. The only guy who's ever played John McCain on SNL is... John McCain."

You know, last week's rerun was the episode where Tina Fey hosted, and Steve Martin suddenly showed up during her monologue.

It was perfect. Put Martin a bald cap next to Fey, and you've got your McCain-Palin parody down pat. (This assumes that Martin can pull off McCain's voice and mannerisms, but the look was PERFECT.)
9.15.2008 1:42am
Sarcastro (www):
people, you need to Google "FLIRJ" if you want to know the reference.
9.15.2008 1:43am
Mike G in Corvallis (mail):
Funny I was thinking the same thing, except that I also noted that red is a Hillary color (no surprise or politics, Palin shouldn't wear red while Clinton has different coloring).

Um ... I thought it was obvious: red state, blue state.
9.15.2008 1:44am
Jay Myers:
This was pretty funny but a bit one-sided. To even things up they should have mentioned that most of Hilary's "experience" amounts to sleeping with Bill for the eight years he was president and then noting that there are probably dozens of women with that exact same qualification.
9.15.2008 1:48am
NotBillPoser:
Orin:

Apologies for the rude nature of my post, it was ill said, and others said it more eloquently and politely. Thanks for keeping the conv. clean.
9.15.2008 2:08am
Robert S. Porter (mail) (www):
Why the heck did my post get deleted without explanation.
9.15.2008 2:13am
Dave N (mail):
I thought it was funny. Not the best SNL has ever produced but I agree that Tina Fey has Sarah Palin's voice down, as well as her look.
9.15.2008 2:16am
Anne (mail):
"FLIRG" First Lady Is Really a Guy
9.15.2008 2:19am
OrinKerr:
Robert S Porter,

I deleted a few comments that veered into lewd territory. I gave an explanation for the initial lewd comment and then the first comment on that comment -- decorum grounds, see above -- but then after two comments I just deleted the rest that offered additional commentary on the lewd comment.

Anyway, that's why the heck I did it. I hope the heck that's okay with you.
9.15.2008 2:21am
Irony Abounds (mail):
I'd love to see Palin appear on the show, especially if they had her side-by-side with Fey in identical clothes. The sketch writes itself.


Yeah, you could have one Palin saying No Thanks to the Bridge to Nowhere after the other Palin supported it in her gubernatorial campaign. Likewise with earmarks.
9.15.2008 2:34am
LM (mail):
Hoosier,

You know, unlike Palin, Tina Fey is into musicians (she's married to one anyway). I'm just sayin' since some people think compatibility matters. And what with you being a vegetarian and all, I have a bad feeling you and the Governor's got heartbreak written all over it.
9.15.2008 2:45am
EIDE_Interface (mail):
Honestly I didn't find it funny except for the jabs at Clinton. Fey didn't do the accent right either. It was totally one-sided against Palin, making fun of her views.
9.15.2008 2:48am
Nate in Alice:
Sarah Palin has more experience than the entire Senate.
9.15.2008 2:53am
theobromophile (www):
neurodoc: acronym understood (I'm not quite that out of it). The lipstick-on-a-pig thing was horrible, IMHO, but the McCain campaign handled it badly. It would have been better to just let it hang out there and echo around, rather than demand apologies for it. That might have prevented it from turning into a "Yes you did!" No I didn't!" squabbling match.

As for the G/M/VP-ILF thing... well, I have a huge girl crush on Sarah Palin, so I'm not really objective. ;) To be serious: it would be disturbing if the people saying it actually followed through on their wish, or tried to. It would also be disturbing if it were a Pamela-Anderson-type phenomenon (i.e. the desire stems only from her appearance). The Palin-love seems to come from the fact that she's a popular governor (at least within her state), tough, a hunter, a mother of five, and, to top it all off, extremely attractive. "VPILF" is (at least to my reading) shorthand for "That woman is the whole package."

Maybe I have too many guy friends, and have been too privy to the male mind, to get upset about it.
9.15.2008 3:03am
Rob Spectre (mail) (www):
Tina Fey *and* Sarah Palin are qualified.

(to go out with me)

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INtvFOyB6CM
9.15.2008 4:19am
Hoosier:
[Deleted on the basis of Hoosier's incredible brilliance and incandescent wit.]
9.15.2008 8:17am
Arkady:

The real Sarah Palin was on her campaign plane when the episode aired. The JetBlue charter plane outfitted television screens on the back of their seats allowed the candidate, her staff and the traveling press to watch. No word yet on whether Palin found the skit funny.


I read that the press corps, at the back of the airbus, cracked up; not so much from the front of the plane where her nibs was cocooned.
9.15.2008 8:52am
CherryGhost:
EIDE_Interface:

Honestly I didn't find it funny except for the jabs at Clinton. Fey didn't do the accent right either. It was totally one-sided against Palin, making fun of her views.

I hope that was sarcasm. (It can be hard to tell on the intertubes). Otherwise, I would suggest a Ctrl+F for your sense of humor. For those looking for fairness and balance in a comedy sketch show consider this SNL sketch lampooning the media's infatuation with Obama.
9.15.2008 8:53am
Sarcastro (www):
The jokes about my candidate weren't funny, but the jokes about the opposing candidate were hilarious! Of course there are no jokes about my candidate, cause she is perfect.

I think this proves SNL is the one with the bias.
9.15.2008 9:30am
rarango (mail):
Maybe I am totally naive, but this is satire! And much of it was hilarious. And I am McCain-Palin supporter. Geez, SNL always skewers politicians, which, of course, are easily skewerable. Take the time to laugh for gaia's sake. The continual injection of politics only leads to terminal toenail fungus, and the heartbreak of psoriasis.
9.15.2008 10:42am
Kenvee:
I'm a McCain/Palin supporter, and I found the sketch one of the funniest things I've seen on SNL for years. (Alas, this says more about the problems with SNL than the brilliance of this sketch, but it was funny.) Tina Fey got the look and mannerisms down absolutely pat. I loved when she made the lipstick on a pitbull joke, with Hillary saying the punchline repeatedly first and Palin still acting like it was a brand-new joke.
9.15.2008 10:43am
PLR:
neurodoc - I was confused by the "G" in GILF, but thought that it was for Governor...

... or for grandmother, whenever such status will be (or was) achieved...
9.15.2008 12:28pm
A.W. (mail):
To whomever said SNL is irrelevant, not true.

Just in the primaries, SNL did such a great job skewering the bias against Hildog, that it actually changed how everyone saw the race. It embarrassed the media into (slightly) better standards.

And in 2000, they actually showed al gore their take on the debates, with their version going "Lockbox" to show him how badly he was seen.

And who can forget John Lovitz as Dukakis. He comes out you can't see him behind the podium. So then you hear a lift and he rises up, then to high, then goes lower, but a little too low and then nudges it up and down until he is at a good height.

It was excruciating and pretty funny, and probably cost Dukakis at least 2 points in the polls.
9.15.2008 12:28pm
Christopher Cooke (mail):
I enjoyed the sketch and think Amy Pollan always does a good job as Hillary. Tina did nail Sarah Palin's voice, at least at the beginning. The writing was pretty good. I give it a B + /A -.

It is too bad some on here can't avoid commenting on politics, evolution etc. rather than the video and its merits as comedy.
9.15.2008 2:08pm
ronnie dobbs (mail):
I can't wait until SNL skewers Obama for the phony urban black guy accent that he uses from time to time. As Obama supporter Camille Paglia puts it: "A major gaffe this summer has been that, in trying to act more casual and folksy to appeal to working-class white voters, Obama has resorted to a cringe-making use of inner-city black intonations and jokey phrasings -- exactly the wrong tactic."

Of course, that kind of humor would be edgy and daring...so I'm not holding my breath.
9.15.2008 2:39pm
ginsocal (mail):
Who is Tina Fey? Seriously.
9.15.2008 3:53pm
Robert S. Porter (mail) (www):
Orin,
Anyway, that's why the heck I did it. I hope the heck that's okay with you.
It's not. Obviously it's your blog and you can delete if you want to, I just don't think it's necessary whatsoever to delete other posts. Even the initial post criticizing Dr. Poser didn't need to be deleted.

The internet is a heck of alot better when it's only edited to avoid genuinely vulgar and personal attacks. Dicing up the comments is counterproductive.
9.15.2008 4:06pm
loki13 (mail):
ginsocal-

You need to get out more. Comedically.


(Do you ever talk about television, movies, or comedy with friends? Have you been in a coma the last six years? I can understand not getting a pop reference to Metalocalypse, but Tina Fey?)
9.15.2008 4:21pm
John M. Perkins (mail):
How would Palin or Clinton do on the Phelps diet?
9.15.2008 6:05pm
The Unbeliever:
And in 2000, they actually showed al gore their take on the debates, with their version going "Lockbox" to show him how badly he was seen.
And they nailed it:
Al Gore: [ interrupting ] Jim. May I just say that in my plan, the "lock-box" would be used only for Social Security and Medicare. It would have two different locks. Now, one of the keys to the "lockbox" would be kept by the President; the other key would be sealed in a small, metal container and placed under the bumper of the Senate Majority Leader's car.

...But let me add something in my plan. The "lock-box" would also be camoflauged. Now, to all outward appearances, it would be a Leatherbound edition of Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas. But it wouldn't be. It would be the "lock-box".
FWIW, I still remember the 2000 Bush/Gore debate sketch as the funniest bit of political comedy in the last decade. Best part:
Jim Lehrer: ...I will instead ask each candidate to sum up, in a single word, the best argument for his candidacy. Governor Bush?

George W. Bush [Will Farrell, squinting very seriously into the camera]: Strategery.
To this day, I make it a point to work "strategery" into my casual conversations about politics whenever possible.
9.15.2008 6:22pm
Bill McGonigle (www):
I was looking for the posts arguing that Tina Fey isn't hot, but came up missing!
9.15.2008 6:55pm
Scott Scheule (mail) (www):
It's a surprisingly well-circulated myth that SNL is actually funny. It is not, nor has it ever been. For a show gifted with 90 minutes of air time and what I imagine is an enviable budget, scarcely more than five minutes of comedic material is actually produced per week--typically one of the shorts. Compare this with more reliable offerings like Poehler's original UCB, The Kids in the Hall, or even MadTV. Most of the show is a waste of air--indeed, the final half hour of the show is typically nothing more than eighteen commercials strung together along with an encore of the musical guest.

Another myth, almost as common as the former, is that SNL, while not currently funny, used to be funny. Which is just as untrue--one can see this by actually watching a so-called classic episode (not one of the Best Of collections that has had decades of material, some of which by mere statistical brutality must be funny, to pick from). Truly, SNL is the most glaring pimple on the ass of the capitalist system.

Consider the skit offered. Is a single joke unexpected? Hillary Clinton has balls? Palin doesn't know what the Bush doctrine is? (I admit the fourth wall break for the Tina Fey glasses joke was clever.) Moreover, does anything distinguish this from a high school production? And I guarantee this is one of the best offerings we'll see this year from the show.

One of my many dead grandfathers died from being trampled after he, drunk, punched a bull moose. Through the whole funeral, the only way I managed not to laugh was by picturing a skit I once saw in that last we're-done-trying half hour of Saturday Night Live in which some ridiculous character constantly repeated a single unfunny phrase, cracking up nobody but Jimmy Fallon, who was himself in the sketch.
9.15.2008 7:00pm
ginsocal (mail):
loki13:

I cannot remember the last time I watched anything on network television. Once I got satellite, it's as if they just disappeared. I watched SNL for the first two or three years of it's existence, but not since. Even then, it seemed like a waste of time. So, no. I know nothing of Tina Fey, or the last couple (three?) decades of SNL.
9.15.2008 7:02pm
devin chalmers (mail):
This place is turning into quite the echo-chamber. You guys should go back to no comments, it's really putting me off the VC.
9.15.2008 8:30pm
LM (mail):
Scott Scheule,

I haven't seen SNL more than a dozen times in 30 years, and what little I did see was pretty painful. But it's no myth that for two or three years the Aykroyd/ Belushi (John)/ Gilda Radner/ Bill Murray-era casts were reliably funny. By which I mean funny enough to make most weeks pay off. They were no Monty Python, but no worse than Second City, Kids in the Hall, Mad TV, etc. That so little of what was funny then holds up now only reflects the ugly truth about topical humor: Most of what doesn't suck will eventually.
9.15.2008 9:38pm
LM (mail):
Carly Fiorina says this bit was a sexist dig at Palin. Isn't that the sort of identity-politics whining Republicans say they hate Democrats so much for doing?
9.15.2008 10:57pm
one of many:
Scott Scheule,

I think its mostly a matter of taste, if you don't like sketch comedy you won't like even good sketch comedy. Admittedly very little of the past 20 years is any good, and little from the 5 years before that but there was a lot of good stuff before it became formulaic. A lot of the humour wasn't so much topical as it was contextual and if you weren't aware of the culture of the late 1970s or early 1980s it doesn't seem funny, but if you were it is. Kinda like this skit, if you aware of Palin and how she speaks and is perceived it is funny but if you aren't then it isn't, but within the right context it is funny (although I must admit it could have been better and is about 90 seconds too long).
9.16.2008 12:16am
LM (mail):
Sarah Palin has the video up on her website. I'd say she gives it a mixed-minus review. Good for her for putting it up and being smart enough to be good-humored about it.

She also candidly admits she had no idea what the Bush Doctrine was. So much for all the spinning here, at NRO and elsewhere about how some of us who mentioned that she seemed not to know what Gibson was talking about were victims of Pelan Derangement Syndrome.
9.16.2008 4:00pm
Milhouse (www):
Um, LM, either your deadpan is really good, or you've been had.
9.16.2008 5:05pm
LM (mail):
You say that as if they're mutually exclusive.
9.16.2008 5:33pm