Saturday, October 18, 2008
Palin's Epic Failin'So Sarah Palin is supposedly making an appearance on Saturday Night Live tomorrow night. Wonder if Tina Fey is there. As Eric Kleefeld mused, can the viewers tell the difference considering how the caricature is so eerily and uncomfortably true to the real thing?
I don't know what she/her handlers were thinking when they decided to do this. Candidates appear on SNL or Dave Letterman or Jay Leno so the public can see their unserious side. But Palin is already viewed as nothing but unserious. We don't want to laugh at her jokes, she already is a joke.
Since all she's done up to this point are canned speeches and tightly controlled interviews, what she really should do are live press conferences and the Sunday Talk Shows -- never thought I'd say this but man, I wish Tim Russert was still around -- if she wants to convince more than the wingnut base to vote for her. As Andy Sullivan pointed out, even Joe the Plumber has done more press conferences than Palin.
Of course the chances of that happening are practically nil at this point. Which says a lot about what a lightweight this woman is and what a truly dishonorable stunt it was for McCain to pick her.
For once, Peggy Noonan's got it right:
But we have seen Mrs. Palin on the national stage for seven weeks now, and there is little sign that she has the tools, the equipment, the knowledge or the philosophical grounding one hopes for, and expects, in a holder of high office.Simply put, there's simply no body of knowledge underneath that empty suit. An appearance on SNL only reinforces that.
More reactions at Memeorandum.
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