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Palin on SNL:

This was a background tidbit that I didn't know about Sarah Palin's appearance on SNL:

When Michaels introduced him to Palin, Baldwin feigned embarrassment and replied: "I see. Forgive me. I feel I must say this: You are way hotter in person."

Palin got even, saying: "Thank you, and I must say, your brother Stephen is my favorite Baldwin brother." Stephen Baldwin is a born-again Christian who attended the Republican national convention in 2004.

Update:

Sorry, the part I meant to highlight that was a surprise to me was the bit about Stephen Baldwin being a born-again Christian and Republican. I thought it was just a dig at Alec Baldwin, but I didn't get the specifics of the Stephen reference.

Molon Labe (mail):
What is "background" about that? It was part of the show.
10.20.2008 3:09pm
dr:
Not background, Professor. It was part of the skit.
10.20.2008 3:09pm
huskerfan:
Did you actually watch the skit?
10.20.2008 3:09pm
unhyphenatedconservative (mail):
I think he meant background on the Baldwin, which wasn't part of the skit.
10.20.2008 3:10pm
Anderson (mail):
But the starbursts, Todd -- did you see the starbursts?
10.20.2008 3:11pm
dr:

I think he meant background on the Baldwin, which wasn't part of the skit.


Ah. Right you are. Apologies to the professor, who knew of what he spoke.
10.20.2008 3:12pm
gerbilsbite:
And whereas Palin believes in blocking access to abortion clinics, Stephen Baldwin just wants to humiliate people who go to porn shops.

Who knew actors with successful careers and such talent had that much free time on their hands?
10.20.2008 3:14pm
Tracy Johnson (www):
I missed SNL that night, I was at TGI Fridays in Columbia MD after the annual Trafalgar Day naval game. I recorded a bunch of naval gamers singing "Barrett's Privateers".
10.20.2008 3:14pm
Derrick (mail):
Palin got even, saying: "Thank you, and I must say, your brother Stephen is my favorite Baldwin brother." Stephen Baldwin is a born-again Christian who attended the Republican national convention in 2004.


Wow, that's pretty telling about her judgment. Next, she's going to tell Sylvester Stallone, that she's a bigger fan of Frank's work.
10.20.2008 3:17pm
Gues101:
The post could be better written: it's not clear to me whether the high ratings, the fact that Palin is hotter in person, or the bit about Stephen Baldwin is the "background" to which he refers.
10.20.2008 3:19pm
Jay Goodman Tamboli (mail) (www):
Stephen Baldwin was there this year, too. I saw him.
10.20.2008 3:19pm
A Law Dawg:
And whereas Palin believes in blocking access to abortion clinics, Stephen Baldwin just wants to humiliate people who go to porn shops.


As he should. Who pays for porn in the modern era?
10.20.2008 3:19pm
smitty1e:
@A Law Dawg:

Who pays for porn in the modern era?

After Wall Street, Detroit, the airlines, the pensions, and the entitlements will come the pornographers for their public bailout.
You, sir, will pay for porn: a screwing to support screwing.
Viva 'fairness' and 'progress'.
10.20.2008 3:28pm
A Law Dawg:
After Wall Street, Detroit, the airlines, the pensions, and the entitlements will come the pornographers for their public bailout.
You, sir, will pay for porn: a screwing to support screwing.


Perhaps this is what Obama has in mind for his "tuition in exchange for service" plan.
10.20.2008 3:34pm
alkali (mail):
After Wall Street, Detroit, the airlines, the pensions, and the entitlements will come the pornographers for their public bailout.

And here come the "liquidity injection" comments.
10.20.2008 3:44pm
sonicfrog (mail) (www):
I was thinking more along the lines of the impotent credit situation limp housing market, but liquidity injections will do...
10.20.2008 4:00pm
sonicfrog (mail) (www):
...impotent credit situation and limp housing market...
10.20.2008 4:01pm
hawkins:

Stephen Baldwin is a born-again Christian...

Stephen Baldwin just wants to humiliate people who go to porn shops


Goes to further show the dysfunction in that family
10.20.2008 4:03pm
HC1 (mail):
Every one is always quick to talk without really knowing.
10.20.2008 4:07pm
Pat C (mail):
Alex was better off, in that case.
"I like your brother better (because of his conservative politics)"
is less painful than
"I like your brother better (because he's a better actor and is better looking)".
10.20.2008 4:12pm
ys:
I have an impression some people think this was not staged. Do people truly believe that?
10.20.2008 4:30pm
A Law Dawg:
I have an impression some people think this was not staged. Do people truly believe that?


Not only was it staged, it was poorly done. All three were visibly reading off cue cards.
10.20.2008 4:33pm
one of many:
But it was just a dig at Alec Baldwin, made more powerful because Stephen is a born again Christian and a Republican. For some time now I've been curious about Baldwin family events where Alec and Stephen both show up.
10.20.2008 4:45pm
A Law Dawg:
But it was just a dig at Alec Baldwin, made more powerful because Stephen is a born again Christian and a Republican. For some time now I've been curious about Baldwin family events where Alec and Stephen both show up.


I'm sure they agree that "Oswald was a fag."
10.20.2008 5:15pm
Happyshooter:
Baah! Neither of those two.

Adam Baldwin--Firefly--for the win!
10.20.2008 5:17pm
A Law Dawg:
Baah! Neither of those two.

Adam Baldwin--Firefly--for the win!


Despite the name, he is not of the family.
10.20.2008 5:35pm
MadHatChemist:
Stephan Baldwin being born-again is less surprising then the fact that Alice Cooper or Dave Mustaine (of the metal band Megadeth) are also born again Christians -- or that Marilyn Manson being pro-Bush/anti-Clinton.
10.20.2008 5:43pm
gutcheck:
Stephen Baldwin's softcore porn career, which seems to have extended itself well beyond 9/11, is infinitely more humiliating than being outed for buying porn.

If you love really really bad movies, you are already familiar with Stephen's "body" of work from Skinimax.

I wish him better luck behind the camera.
10.20.2008 5:50pm
Obvious (mail):
I must say that, though enjoyable, I was disappointed by the lack of spirit Palin showed. IT'S A LIVE SHOW! She could have really gotten off a few good ones. For example, after passing Tina Fey and taking the podium mike: "Tina Fey, ladies and gentlemen. Isn't she great!! It IS hard to tell us apart, isn't it? Tell you a little secret. The interviews with Gibson and Couric...it was Tina.

Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"
10.20.2008 5:58pm
MichaelAB:
Stephen stumped for Sam Brownback during the nomination race. I saw him at the Iowa caucuses speaking to a crowd of a hundred or so in Brownback's tent.
10.20.2008 7:03pm
Anderson (mail):
or that Marilyn Manson being pro-Bush/anti-Clinton.

Anything to shock. He's probably a Palin fan now.
10.20.2008 7:08pm
wt (www):
During the closing credits, Palin appeared stage left clapping and standing with the cast members.

As the credits rolled, people started moving toward one another and giving each other hugs, but Palin looked behind her, and no one hugged her. She would have awkwardly stood there longer, had it not been for new cast member Casey Wilson (of the Upright Citizens Brigade). Ms. Wilson graciously opened her arms to Palin for a big hug, and Palin accepted. The show cut away right after the embrace.

I wonder if Ms. Wilson is a Republican, a Palin fan, or just very polite. If the first, I hope it doesn't hurt her career. She is a great new cast member (and played an excellent Marion Sandler a few weeks ago).
10.20.2008 7:10pm
Adam J:
Ah, if only Palin was as well versed on foreign policy as she is on Baldwin family trivia.
10.20.2008 7:42pm
Bruce Hayden (mail) (www):
I have had a problem since the release of Team America, World Police of taking Alec Baldwin seriously. Whenever his name comes up, I think of how Kim Jong Il kept butchering it in that movie.
10.20.2008 9:34pm
Assistant Village Idiot (mail) (www):
Adam J - same for Biden. Hezbollah?

I consider knowing whether a country has our enemies in it to be a minimum requirement for the presidency.
10.20.2008 11:07pm
Greg Q (mail) (www):
Ah, if only Palin was as well versed on foreign policy as she is on Baldwin family trivia.

Well, at least she's better versed than Barack "I'll meet anti-US leaders without pre-conditions" Obama.

Really, folks, you need to have a competent candidate on your side before you start bitching about anyone else's competence.
10.20.2008 11:52pm
Happyshooter:
I wonder if Ms. Wilson is a Republican, a Palin fan, or just very polite. If the first, I hope it doesn't hurt her career. She is a great new cast member

She will pay for that. Pay Dearly. The people in power in that industry do not tolerate showing kindness to the bigoted intolerant GOP. All the more so when the person is a christer.
10.21.2008 10:27am
Adam J:
Greg Q - Ah yes... because talking to the enemy will lead us to catastrophe.
10.21.2008 11:57am
Adam J:
Assistant Village Idiot- Joe certainly mispoke regarding kicking Hezbollah out of Lebanon, but he was likely referring to UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which was drafted by US and France &called for Hezbollah to stay out of south Lebanon.
10.21.2008 12:10pm
LM (mail):
Happyshooter,

She will pay for that. Pay Dearly. The people in power in that industry do not tolerate showing kindness to the bigoted intolerant GOP. All the more so when the person is a christer.

And your insight into that industry is based on...?
10.21.2008 7:31pm
Lara (mail):
>>Ms. Wilson graciously opened her arms to
>>Palin for a big hug

I noticed that too. In fact, watch it again and maybe you'll agree with me that it really looks like Casey Wilson actually made a bee-line for Palin, and looked so excited to hug her. So cute. Generally, tho, I found that episode so uneven and atmospherically very off. I think those NYC lefties absolutely *hated* having her on the show, and it must have killed them to be nice to Palin. Believing that only made Casey Wilson's gesture all the sweeter.

Interestingly, Casey Wilson's dad is a Republican political consultant, and I think I read somewhere that her late mother was a Democrat. In any case, she grew up in Alexandria, VA with both parents involved in DC politics. I must say, I do find that people whose families talked openly about politics at home when they were growing up tend to be less dogmatic [which is not to say flakey/lukewarm] in their conversation. I'll bet the Wilsons' family dinner conversations were quite lively. And clearly, whatever Ms. Wilson's politics, she's no fanatic. Take a page out, Tina Fey.
10.23.2008 9:44pm