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Palin v. Biden: The SNL Take

With Queen Latifah as Gwen Ifill, Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Jason Sudeikis as Joe Biden, "Saturday Night Live" continues on its parodic roll, skewering all three.

Posted at 9:56 AM ET on Oct 5, 2008  | Category:  In Case You Missed It
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When i see the guy who played Erkle making an ass out of Obamoron, then I'll take my mullet out of The Post and put them in the NYT where they usually stay.

The problem with liberals are facts - they either don't care about them or are too stupid to realize their impact upon them........

Shall we really see what a GREAT job our democrat leadership has done for us since they took control of congress during the midterm?

GAS Prices 11/06 $2.22/gallon
GAS Prices September 29, 2008: $3.89/Gallon

DOW 10/06 11,900
DOW September 29, 2008: 10,365.45

NASDAQ 11/06 2,550
NASDAQ September 29, 2008: 1983.73

Consumer Price Index 11/06 197.6
Consumer Price Index, September 29, 2008: 219

Dollar exchange with Euro Nov - 06 8.823
Dollar exchange with Euro, Sept. 29, 2008: .695

Two important foot notes here –
1) Each of the finacial indicators were at record highs when the libs took over.
2) Note mentioned here are
a. Unemployment skyrocketing upward at the same time when it had averaged better than when St. Clinton was president.
b. Forclosures nearly tripling in the same period
c. Inflation up 20-30%


Yeah folks, that's right - these ignorant clowns have virtually destroyed every segment of our economy single handedly so let's show how smart we are an elect one of the a-holes president.

No F-ing way!!

(Well, maybe when you factor in the avg IQ of a lib is about 60; then it makes sense.)

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 6, 2008 9:11 AM

Tina Fey is obviously a brilliant comedian but she is probably the most publicized candidate the Democrats have to offer. She is interesting because of her satire but the others don't have much to say. Much noise is made over the relative inexperience of Sarah Palin but how much does Senator Obama have in comparison? Granted he is a skiful and polished orator but so what...what is he saying that is absolute and not wandering pipe dreams? If Palin is to be satirized for being green, why not Obama??
I think that the libs are hiding behind Fey's humor to cover the fact that they have nothing to offer except " Take from each according to his ability and give to each according to his need." .. it has been tried and found to be a failure..

Posted by: jstratt2 | October 6, 2008 7:17 AM

I have to say that I enjoyed the SNL Palin/Biden debate -- it was a balanced spoof on all three participants. And Tina Fey has found the role of her life.
However, the other SNL political skit (on the bailout, featuring Bush, Pelosi, Frank and Soros) is the one worth mentioning. And this for the following reasons:

1. It ACTUALLY places the mortgage bubble and current financial mess squarely at the feet of the Democrats in Congress and ridicules their attempts to blame the Bush administration for what clearly has their fingerprints and DNA all over it.

2. It unintentionally succeeds in demonstrating the liberal bias of the mainstream media. While this evening the Palin/Biden debate spoof has over 600 hits on GoogleNews, the SNL bailout skit has one (on NewsBusters).

That's proof for me that there is a massive and deliberate coverup of the Freddie/Freddie/ACORN/Democrats/Obama connection. Let's ignore the truth and hope no one notices!

The system and ideology behind the mortgage crisis is still in place, and those who created the mess are in total and complete denial, as their leader is poised to take the White House. Electing Obama will be like making the fox with feathers in his mouth king of the coop.

Blame BUSH for anything you want... but thank the Dems for the latest financial crisis. It's their very own social engineering pet project gone horribly wrong!

Posted by: AndrewOnu | October 5, 2008 10:59 PM

Thozmaniac - last I heard, it wasn't a copy of the New York Times that took down the twin towers. Talk about having ones head in the sand.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 5, 2008 9:00 PM



Posted by: fu_buki | October 5, 2008 8:56 PM

I love Palin

Posted by: Jake_D | October 5, 2008 8:42 PM

Obama and Biden the caring ticket? Look at the facts!

Charitable giving in 2007
McCain 27.2%
Palin 3.3%
Obama 1%
Biden .2%

Caring? What do these facts say about character? Time to take a closer look at your own candidates democrats. You have been spending so much time tearing into Palin and listening to main line media you have lost your grip on the truth.

Posted by: usathink | October 5, 2008 5:29 PM

We'd be much better off with Tina Fay as the candidate than Armageddon Girl. At least then we could laugh ourselves to death and you know people marry people who make them laugh. Probably people would vote for people who make them laugh. Best I can do for McCain Palin is cringe and take refuge in Tina Fay.

Posted by: GaiasChild | October 5, 2008 5:03 PM

It seems as if someone body-snatched AsperGirl. Say it ain't so, ho.

Posted by: JakeD | October 5, 2008 4:11 PM

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Posted by: virginiaharris1 | October 5, 2008 4:09 PM

The problem with libs is that they exist.

SNL, (a comedy program), uses "made up" skits to parody real life events sometimes.

Now listen very closely libs,
This is meant for laughs only. Tina Fey and Sarah Palin ARE NOT the same person.

Fey is a far left wing fruitcake and a comedian.....nothing more. Get it?

It's not's a TV show.
Isn't the inability to tell fantasy from reality a symptom of something?
Believe it or not, I can remember when Democrats weren't laughable and naive and actually had important ideas and goals for the country we conservatives love.
Now they're just plain embarrassingly stupid and as usual, only believe the points that serve their purpose.

The really frightening thing is this, what is their purpose or their motives?

Aren't liberals the true 21st century terrorists? The only difference being that liberal's use lies and choose to stick their heads in the sand....look around....
then pull it out and proclaim they didn't see any terrorists.
They use propaganda and lies the same way Muslim extremists use car bombs and suicide belts.....and to the same ends!

Posted by: Thozmaniac | October 5, 2008 3:32 PM

JoeJankovic, correct usage is "would have" not "would of." Please make a note of it! Wouldn't you rather seem ignorant and uneducated because of your content than because of your English? Don't you think your allegations of mistakes by Senator Biden would be more telling if you quoted some, and then cited authoritative sources to demonstrate that he had indeed actually made a mistake of some kind? Apparently this kind of procedure is alien to your mental processes, such as they are.

Posted by: steelsil2 | October 5, 2008 3:22 PM

Lipstick-bedaubed pigs. ROFL

Posted by: DonMalvo | October 5, 2008 3:06 PM

"It is simple math: 4 years with President McCain, and 8 years with President Palin."

Right. And I bet pigs fly in your universe.

Posted by: DonMalvo | October 5, 2008 3:05 PM

DonMalvo, "Wiel... explain exactly how Tina Fey will "age together with Gov. Palin in office". It is simple math: 4 years with President McCain, and 8 years with President Palin.

Posted by: Wiel | October 5, 2008 3:03 PM

"Bite me, you hack."

Brilliant comeback. About as effective as your backwoods idol's "Say it ain't so Joe". Next you'll be forging imaginary links between myself and sixties radicals.

What exactly is a "talking point", by the way? Weren't those first invented for the G.O.P. by Bill O'Reilly?

Posted by: DonMalvo | October 5, 2008 2:59 PM

"AsperGirl, does the fact that you "like" Palin qualify her to be anywhere in a White House cabinet? The average 'low information voter' choosing the most powerful person on the planet based on "likeability" is a recipe for disaster. See George W. Bush."

"I liked Sarah Palin for about 48 hours myself... until she opened her mouth in Minnesota with the infamous "pitbull in lipstick" line and proceeded to sink into the mucky gutter of mean-spirited vitriolic bile that characterised that dinosaur convention, with her bigoted remarks about "community organisers" and such. I thought she couldn't sink much lower, but she certainly proved me wrong this morning."

Posted by: DonMalvo | October 5, 2008 2:28 PM

Bite me, you hack. Go shout your talking points to someone else.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 5, 2008 2:53 PM

"the dreams of the Weathermen of overthrowing capitalism and launching a race war against the “white” United States." -Manolete. So who's he going to start with, his mom? His grandmother? His grandfather? His aunts, uncles, or cousins? I think you have confused your 60s radical groups, which is pretty indicative of your treatment of the facts in general. You're doin' a heck of a job, Manolete!

Posted by: steelsil2 | October 5, 2008 2:51 PM

What amuses me most about the "mavericky" Sarah Palin's mindless repetition of the word "maverick" is that she apparently doesn't even know what the word "maverick" means. At least twice in the last debate she referred to herself and McCain as a "team of mavericks".

According to the dictionary, the definition of a "maverick" is:
a lone dissenter, as an intellectual, an artist, or a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates.

Hence there's no such thing as a "team of mavericks". The phrase is an oxymoron. Subtract oxy from that and you get Sarah Palin.

Posted by: DonMalvo | October 5, 2008 2:47 PM

Wiel... explain exactly how Tina Fey will "age together with Gov. Palin in office", when in less than a month the Governor will be nothing more than an amusing footnote in American political history; are you suggesting that the talented Ms. Fey will leave her Emmy-winning critically acclaimed television show and spend the rest of her career parodying the governor of a politically irrelevant state?

Posted by: DonMalvo | October 5, 2008 2:32 PM

Hey, I love U Tina Fey. But don't turn into "Regina George."

Just because Cady from Africa (I mean Sarah from Alaska) is about to get elected Homecoming Queen, that's no reason for you to be a Mean Girl. (After all she'll throw you a piece of her tiara.)

Posted by: newton11 | October 5, 2008 2:29 PM

AsperGirl, does the fact that you "like" Palin qualify her to be anywhere in a White House cabinet? The average 'low information voter' choosing the most powerful person on the planet based on "likeability" is a recipe for disaster. See George W. Bush.

I liked Sarah Palin for about 48 hours myself... until she opened her mouth in Minnesota with the infamous "pitbull in lipstick" line and proceeded to sink into the mucky gutter of mean-spirited vitriolic bile that characterised that dinosaur convention, with her bigoted remarks about "community organisers" and such. I thought she couldn't sink much lower, but she certainly proved me wrong this morning.

Posted by: DonMalvo | October 5, 2008 2:28 PM

More comments about the skit and how it glossed over the Joe Biden material.

I know it's not funny that he choked up about saying he knows what it's like to worry if a kid of yours is going to make it, but Biden cries a lot. He choked up and cried in a news event after being named Obama's VP. He cries and engages in maudlin psychodrama in his speeches as much as he engages in exaggeration and makes things up.

The parodying of Joe Biden is full of ripe material that the SNL crew simply glossed over. He's one strange character who has a remarkably plastic inner landscape.

The SNL parody definitely fixed up Biden and overlooked at least two of his major absurd traits in its parody: his maudlin introspective moments in which he, sometimes abruptly, works himself into tears during speeches and his veering into convincingly delivered blarney at a moment's notice.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 5, 2008 2:25 PM

AsperGirl is correct. Tina Fey was beaten by Gov. Palin this time around. Poor Tina could not find any quotes from the debate to parody Governor. However, so far she secured her employment for the next 8 years if not longer. She practically will age together with Gov. Palin in office. The funniest part of the debate was depiction of Sen. Biden, who was delivering rehearsed lines against Sen. McCain with a shameless reminder of his friendship with him. A 36-year Washington insider from the US Senate got the US Constitution wrong in the process. There goes his experience. Joe here you go again with this Washington insider talk. Gov. Palin wrapped him around her pinky. Even the New York Times columnists could not deny that instead concentrating on her language that is folksy. They even hired a psychologist from Harvard to analyze the speech. Poor fellow. In conclusion, Tina Fey will have to employ her imagination some more, just standing there looking like Gov. Palin is not funny anymore.

Posted by: Wiel | October 5, 2008 2:20 PM

"Hey, AsperGirl, how are you doing? What did you think of Gov. Palin's performance? Gwen Ifill's? I think I want Rick Warren to moderate another debate."

Posted by: JakeD | October 5, 2008 11:14 AM

I like Palin a lot. I think she's being horribly mismanaged by McCain's campaign, which has entered the twilight zone of self-imposed implosion, it seems, and is going to drag down Palin with him. It's hard to see how she could have been handled worse than how McCain has handled her.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 5, 2008 2:15 PM

Excuse me... that should read: "I actually WONDERED* why"

The Mark Wahlberg sketch was hilarious as well... the whole show was pretty funny, the best of the season so far. Anne Hathaway makes a much better host than Michael Phelps.

Posted by: DonMalvo | October 5, 2008 2:12 PM

That was Tina Fey playing Palin? I honestly thought that moronic character on SNL last night was Palin herself. I actually why she seemed to be more articulate making a guest appearance on a sketch show than in the debate.

Doesn't bode well for a candidate when the send-up is actually more coherent than the candidate being sent-up.

Posted by: DonMalvo | October 5, 2008 2:09 PM

I did enjoy "Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals".

Posted by: JakeD | October 5, 2008 2:02 PM

What was the referee skit about.

Posted by: JakeD | October 5, 2008 1:50 PM

LOL! :-D

I do get a kick out of the Media trying to portray the Republican Candidates as having EMPTY Rhetoric.

Obasama's version and definition of "Change", so far, has been involving throwing everything he once carried;

Under da Bus!

Grandma, Preacher, Terrorist Friends, Stances, Biden-Oops!


Not YET!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 5, 2008 1:19 PM

McCain: 1. Tried to commit suicide
2. Signed an anti-American confession ( after only four days)
3. Cheated on and left his disfigured wife for a rich heiress
4. Taking bribes from lobbyists (Keating 5)
5. No relevant education
6. 594th in the class of 599
7. Physically and mentally sick as a dog
8. Self professed ignorant in the matters of economy......
9. His running mate believes in the witchcraft and in the end of days
10. Her husband belongs to a secessionist party.
11. She has no relevant education .........

Posted by: druid2 | October 5, 2008 12:50 PM


Welcome to the "gutter".

Posted by: JakeD | October 5, 2008 12:35 PM

Oh, and Manolette ... Obama was 8 years old at the time of your "events." Wow ... what a terrorist. Liar. Check out the AP, WaPo, or any objective commentator. No truth in any "close" relationship ... as opposed to Sen. McCain who has praised HIS terrorist's philosophy. Hypocrite.

Posted by: Omyobama | October 5, 2008 12:32 PM

John McCain has fawned over felons who have advocated laying waste to large swaths of Viet Nam, praised Hitler and advised the Branch Davidians to aim for ATF agents' heads to avoid their flak jackets. He also let them hold a fundraiser and contribute $5,000 to him, $1,000 this year. All AFTER the terrorist had been convicted and spent 5 years in prison. Yeah.... G.Gordon Liddy ... fits all of these bills. McCain/Palin -- Liars, hypocrites. Check this out:

Posted by: Omyobama | October 5, 2008 12:29 PM

Manolete,have you considered that you might be a a racist and a demented prick whose candidate is desperate. Check the polls you dummy.

Posted by: druid2 | October 5, 2008 12:28 PM

SNL is pretty funny. This abuse is done in the spirit of humor. The real abuse of Sarah Palin is at the hands of the McCain camp. She is just a prop, and when they lose McCain will dump Palin like an old Halloween Pumpkin. ..........

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 5, 2008 12:27 PM


OBAMA’S POLITICAL CAREER STARTED WITH HIS AFFILIATION WITH WILLIAM AYERS AND BERNARDINE DOHRN, THE UNREPENTANT TERRORISTS ... part of “The Weathermen” terrorist group which launched a campaign to bomb" the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. In the 90’s, both “Community Organizers” Ayers and Obama worked together for years, radicalizing the Chicago school system.

At a 1969 "War Council" in Flint, Michigan, Weatherman leaders Ayer and Bernardine Dohrn proclaimed that the time had come to launch a war against "Amerikkka". The Weather Underground went on to claim credit for some 25 bombings over the next several years, detonating explosives at the rebuilt Haymarket statue, a bathroom at the Pentagon, the Capitol barber shop, the New York City police headquarters, and a variety of other targets.

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA’S CLOSE ASSOCIATION WITH RADICAL EXTREMISTS PUTS AMERICA IN DANGER of being taken over by a group of radical terrorists that would “change” America as Obama has promised;…but the change would be to fulfill the dreams of the Weathermen of overthrowing capitalism and launching a race war against the “white” United States.

AMERICANS OF ALL PARTIES MUST COME TOGETHER AND DEFEND OUR COUNTRY against dangerous terrorists and vote for a True American Patriot, John McCain!


Posted by: Manolete | October 5, 2008 12:21 PM

-24. October 5, 2008
12:04 pm

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Now that we’ve committed $750 Billion to the Bailout, Obama’s Health Plan proposal for insuring 47 Million Americans with public funding is as obsolete as a recipe for Roast Dodo and as meaningful as an Edict from the Commisioner of the More Taste League.

— Scott

Posted by: thecannula | October 5, 2008 12:19 PM

We are the country where the obvious and tough to swallow can be said only trough the satire and comedy. A (vice)presidential candidate as shallow and vulgar, who hold the belief, education and skills pertinent to a red neck, would be grossly disqualify for a public post in any normal society (Europe). This nation is too anesthetized by religion to be able to see through the smoke screen of the corporate America and its carefully controlled media ( 37% owned by Merdoch). The rich gets rich and the poor stay poor (and vote values). May God Bless you all my fellow Americans and don't forget to home school your children, and of course don't forget your bibles and guns ( a black man may knock at your door).

Posted by: druid2 | October 5, 2008 12:10 PM

Now that we've committed $750 million to the bailout, Obama's Health Plan proposal for insuring 47 Million Americans with public funding is as obsolete as a recipe for Roast Dodo and as meaningful as an Edict from the Commisioner of the More Taste League.

Posted by: thecannula | October 5, 2008 11:58 AM

This was pretty funny on all parts: Tina Fey, The Biden guy and Queen Latifah was as usual totally adorable as a comic.

I think that Gwen Ifill/Queen Latifah character won the SNL debate insomuch as the SNL parody communicates a verdict from the NY political comic world. Ifill/Latifah came off as the above-it-all straight man that everyone liked.

Since I like Sarah Palin, I've noticed how much I've grown to dislike some of the black and liberal comedians who come out and attack her for being her. Angrily or contemptuously ridiculing some political figure based on her characteristics that are cultural, gender-based and faith-based is repugnant on a personal level. A lot of the political comedy of this year has turned me off personally toward some of the personally ugly, angry comics who thought they were being funny when they were being ugly, politically prejudiced and angry instead. Like David Letterman.

Putting Latifah into this bit was a great move artistically because she personally, as a comic, so lovable and charming across racial lines that she can be put in a racial-bias bit and not anger or offend whites. Latifah played Ifill perfectly, showing her gift at connecting to the audience in the right way to play Ifill's somewhat ethically challenged role in the debate. It's hard to say enough about how good Latifah is as an artist.

The guy who played Biden was really good at capturing the shallow narcissism of that politician. The portrayal was off, though, but in what appeared to be a writing issue: the parody totally skipped Biden's tendency to exaggerate and create facts. While Biden during the debate didn't engage in bullying and arrogance, he did weave a lot of blarney and was never called on it. As usual, a spate of "factchecking" articles rushed out to print after the debate, to swallow camels and strain at gnats to cover his backside, but it's a little disappointing that the SNL skit totally skipped parodying his B.S. traits. Instead, it assigned "fact checking" avoidance to Sarah Palin, where it didn't belong, in her parodied monologue against the media. That was a bit of biased misrepresentation of the candidate, and it artistically damaged the piece because it avoided the great opportunity for more insightful parallelism: Sarah Palin is full of charming coolness but becomes incoherent in adversarial interviews whereas Joe Biden is full of absurdly transparent narcissism but spews articulate fiction in his stumping. So where the writers made the biased choice of assigning factual incorrectness to Sarah Palin (disliking "fact checking") when it it belongs squarely in the Joe Biden portrayal, the political prejudice of the writers reduced the skit to being merely funny when it could have been ingenious and brilliant.

I'm skipping reviewing tina fey because she's getting a lot of discussion from others.

So my opinion is that this was a really good skit, but one that could have been much more brilliant and ingenious, were it not for the political prejudice of some of the writing. If the players/writers develop a bit more of the depth and insight that some more political objectivity would enable them to reach, they can reach a level of giftedness in political comedy that would be a generational phenomenon.

But even with the flaws that are obviously holding the players/writers back from being "brilliant", this was a really good skit. SNL is getting more even-handed, complex and insightful in its political comedy that comprise the first few moments of the otherwise dreadful show.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 5, 2008 11:34 AM

SNL has been on a roll. As one post said, in reality she is scary, not funny. The good is that listening to local conservative stations on the radio, one notes that they know it is slipping away. Joe 6-pack and the hockey moms are not buying what McCain and Palin are selling.

Posted by: edtechlab | October 5, 2008 11:20 AM

Hey, AsperGirl, how are you doing? What did you think of Gov. Palin's performance? Gwen Ifill's? I think I want Rick Warren to moderate another debate.

Posted by: JakeD | October 5, 2008 11:14 AM

. . . And meanwhile over at the NYTimes
comes this hair-raising quote from Palin:

“We see America as the greatest force for good in this world. If we can be that beacon of light and hope for others who seek freedom and can live in a country that would allow intolerance in the equal rights that again our military men and women fight for and die for all of us."

I can only hope she is being misquoted here. I cannot make sense out of this jumble of phrases tumbling over each other. I can't believe this woman has earned a degree in journalism, no matter how low Alaskan standards of education might be.

Is it elitist to expect the governor of a state to be able to speak English?

Chris Brown in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown1 | October 5, 2008 11:12 AM

"Head of State"

Posted by: robthewsoncamb | October 5, 2008 10:56 AM

Your "Head of State" posts are inchoate, pseudo-intellectual rants. Really you should develop a coherent framework for your thinking before posting it everywhere.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 5, 2008 11:06 AM

Gosh darn it, there I go again being folksy.

Posted by: dorian2 | October 5, 2008 11:02 AM

Folsky is the new retarded!

Posted by: dorian2 | October 5, 2008 11:00 AM

SNL got it right again. But don't get it twisted tina is hot, and smart.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 5, 2008 10:59 AM

Head of State

The Impulsively Unreflective Duo In..."McCain Goes Negative!"

McCain paces the floor in the Fortress of Irritability. He is cracking walnuts.

A walnut slips to the floor.

McCain: Damn nutcracker!

Sarah Palin is sitting in a chair at a desk. She is writing on a piece of paper: "J.M + S.P." This is then crossed out and replaced by "S.P. + J.M.". These alternating versions , the one before it always crossed out, continues down the page.

McCain: Well, the first plan didn't work. We tried to put them in a trance with the folksy ray, but they had their deflectors halfway raised. If only you hadn't called the commander in Afghanistan "McClellan"

Palin: But...didn't you say they were fighting a civil war, Sir?

McCain looks at Palin silently. He is smiling but he is holding back anger.

McCain: I think the time has come. We have to call in...Dr. Negative.

He pushes a large black button, which is the only button, on a red phone on his desk.

Dr. Negative immediately bursts through the door. He is carrying flyers, masking tape; telephone wires are wrapped around his arms hanging in every way; a tattered copy of the book "Accusations of Communism, Polygamy, Drug Use, Spousal Abuse, Fascism, Pedophilia, Miscegenation, Cannibalism, Terrorism and Adultery...for Dummies!" is rolled and stuffed in his left pocket, filled with bookmarks; he is dragging a Robocaller behind him, leashed to a chain.

Dr. Negative (quickly, eagerly): Did you hear? Obama was born in Bin Laden's subterranean bomb making factory, outside of U.S. lines. He was born on a pile of cocaine and dynamite--and the midwife was a Trotskyite!

McCain: Not yet, Dr. Negative. I want you to meet Sarah.

Sarah: Oh, we've already met.

Dr. Negative: That trooper went down! He poisoned the salmon milk at the Wasilla Bible school! With drugs made at a Leftist Satan worshiping collective! That you could see from Russia!

Sarah: You betcha'!

Sarah and Dr. Negative give each other a high five. Dr. Negative's telephone wires rattle on his arm as he does so, triggering the Robocaller, which starts playing "...illegitimate babies made in test tube factories in North Korea and sent to Chicago by Bill Ayers..."

Dr. Negative shuts off the Robocaller with an embarassed smile.

Dr. Negative: Just practicing.

There is a pause.

McCain: That's fine, Dr. Negative. That's fine. Because, now, I have a special job for you. An important one.

Dr. Negative leaps into the air with excited glee. As he does, detritus falls to the floor--buttons reading "Election Day: Remember, the 3rd Tuesday in November!", business cards, reading "Push Polls Anonymous--We Call, They Fall", "Mongers On Call-No Rumor Too Far fetched"; Bandaids with purple hearts; mangled and dirty chads.

Dr. Negative: A new job! A special job! Oh, Mr. McCain! I'm ready! I'm ready!

Sarah watches from her chair, filing her nails.

McCain: Now, Dr. Negative. You have to make him seem radical...

Dr. Negative quickly pulls a can out of his right pocket, emblazoned with the word "Radical" He opens the top. Red and Black snakes fly out.

Dr. Negative: (eagerly, expectantly, hungrily) Yes...Yes...

McCain: You'll have to start rumors that are so inflammatory that they will spread like wildfire, and that will be started too late to stop them with the actual truth...

Dr. Negative pulls a gigantic grinder out of his left pocket. It is labeled "Rumor Mill". He turns the crank a few times. Hamsters, syringes, and Peace symbols fly out.

Dr. Negative: Yes...Yes...

He is salivating.

McCain: They will have to be so incredible, so over-the-top, based on such tawdry and poorly sourced evidence, yet riddled with tempting minutia--bullet gauges, Google maps of supposed meetings and the like, that the right will eat them up, and start analyzing the minutia with adolescent glee.

Dr. Negative (Very calmly, matter of fact): Oh, that's easy. They'll eat anything.

Dr. Negative reaches into his back pocket, pulls out a manila envelope labeled "Minutia: So-called "Proof" for the Right". He empties it to the floor. Bullet gauge measures, outdated copies of Photoshop, paperbacks entitled "How to Use the Insane as Competent Witnesses", "The Faked Moon Landings! Roswell! And Other Believable Phenomena!" and "You TOO Can Be A Warrior--From Your Own Couch!" fall to the floor.

Sarah plucks out the "Faked Moon Landings" book. She starts reading.

McCain: We know how our girl loves to read.

Sarah stops, and begins fixing her hair in a hand mirror.

Now, Dr. Negative, there is one final task.

Dr. Negative: Yes, Mr. McCain?

McCain: It is very difficult. Very...dark.

Dr. Negative: (Leaning forward expectantly, his voice quivering with excitement): Yes, Mr. McCain, Yes?

McCain: You will have to play the card that they played against me. Do you understand?

The room becomes silent. Sarah stops looking at herself, and looks towards the center of the room where McCain and Dr. Negative are staring at each other.

Dr. Negative: You mean...(eyes widened with disbelief. His telephone wires are quietly shaking as he shivers).

McCain (nodding): Yes.

Dr. Negative slowly removes from his jacket pocket what seems to be an ordinary pack of playing cards. They are labeled "Joker" brand. He takes a penknife from his pocket, and slowly slices the covering cellophane. There is a slight and distant roar. He looks at McCain.

McCain nods.

Dr. Negative then slowly removes the red ribbon encircling the cellophane at the top of the pack. He inserts the penknife--holding it from it very farthest end--and flips open the top of the pack.

Smoke begins to pour from the top of the pack, thick, acrid smoke. It quickly fills the room, covering all that is in sight.

McCain (shouting amidst the sound of smoke rushing into the room): And remember--no fingerprints!

Next episode: The smoke is cleared.

Head of State

Posted by: robthewsoncamb | October 5, 2008 10:56 AM


To be fair, The Fact Checker here on WaPo (and I saw Jake Tapper on ABC) gave a half-hearted attempt re: Biden. I think your point about Palin making the same mistakes being headline / lede story is right on though.

Posted by: JakeD | October 5, 2008 10:40 AM

Why won't the media delve into all of the factual mistakes that Joe Biden committed in the debate last Thursday?
If Sarah Palin had made all these gaffes the main stream media would of been all over her and SNL would of mocked her!
Liberal Bias?

Posted by: JoeJankovic | October 5, 2008 10:32 AM

Tina Fey is a better Palin than Palin herself, because she is so much smarter (and better looking) than the original. She might have a future in politics!

Posted by: ben_franklin100 | October 5, 2008 10:32 AM

i agree it wasn't as good as the last two palin skits. those skits really are responsible for mccains numbers going down as they really skewered sarah palin. so all the women on should realize the massive power they hold. LOL!

Posted by: palintologist | October 5, 2008 10:27 AM

I saw the skit -- not as funny as the Palin-Hillary skit -- why is it that WaPo never highlights Fred Armisen (Armistad?) as Obams? The skit where he outlines how Obama will play the race card on America's enemies was hilarious.

Posted by: JakeD | October 5, 2008 10:24 AM

Don't know who is funnier: Tina Fey or palin.

Posted by: mikel7 | October 5, 2008 10:23 AM

I wish Palin was that funny instead of just
scary dumb

Posted by: silverspring25 | October 5, 2008 10:12 AM

Tina Fey shows her genius with her impersonation of Palin.

I wonder if McCain still has a "sense of humor?"

Posted by: acarponzo | October 5, 2008 10:12 AM

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