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Palin Goes 'Live From New York'

Updated 1:28 a.m.
By Lisa de Moraes
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gave up positioning herself as the Washington outsider for one evening, becoming the latest in a steady stream of politicians to step briefly into and out of "Saturday Night Live."

But Palin had two shots on-screen and took both as a bystander, not committing to either sketch.

The potentially provocative pairing of Palin and the show's guest host, Josh Brolin, star of Oliver Stone's new movie about President Bush, never happened. The producers kept Brolin well away from Palin all night.

They also kept her away for all but a moment from Tina Fey, the former "SNL" writer whose drop-dead Palin parody has helped shape the national debate about the little-known vice presidential candidate. (Fey's "I can see Russia from my house" gag skewered what critics say is the candidate's lack of foreign policy knowledge, while her flute-playing "talent portion" of the vice presidential debate has become an unshakable image of John McCain's running mate.)

Instead, in the opening sketch, Palin stood backstage with the show's executive producer, Lorne Michaels, watching Fey/Palin onstage at a faux news conference, telling a gaggle of faux reporters how happy she was to be in front of "the liberal elite media and the liberal regular media."

"Lauren," -- she called Michaels "Lauren," demonstrating she doesn't really know who he is, which is a good thing if you do not want to appear to be too cozy with the liberal media elite -- "I just don't think that was a realistic depiction of the way my press conference would have gone," Real Palin told Michaels, wondering why they couldn't have instead gone with the "30 Rock" sketch she wrote. Fey created, writes and stars in that low-rated NBC prime-time comedy series, which is exec-produced by Michaels.

"Not enough people know that show," Michaels deadpanned.

The fearless Alec Baldwin, Fey's "30 Rock" co-star, then walked up to Michaels and pretended to mistake Real Palin for Fey, telling Michaels in Palin's presence, "You can't let Tina go out there with that woman. She goes against everything we stand for. ... This is the most important election in our nation's history. You want her to go out and stand there with that horrible woman?"

Michaels introduced Baldwin to Palin. Baldwin, not missing a beat, told Palin, "You are way hotter in person," and they went off, arm in arm, for a tour of the set.

Fey and Palin came together only when Fey quickly exited the podium so Palin could give the traditional "Live from New York it's Saturday night!" shout-out.

Later, during "SNL's" franchise "Weekend Update" faux-news segment, Palin was seated behind the anchor desk with Amy Poehler and Seth Myers, but said she'd decided not to do the piece they'd rehearsed because "my gut is telling me it might be a bad idea for the campaign." So instead the very pregnant Poehler energetically played the part of Rapping Palin. Palin was seen chair-dancing to the music, while "SNL"-ers playing Eskimos and Palin's husband, Todd, danced behind the desk. A moose came out to dance too, and was shot.

Wrapping up the bit, Palin signed off, "I'm Sarah Palin, good night and have a pleasant tomorrow."

One night before her brief encounter with Palin, Fey told David Letterman that her sudden celebrity as The Other Sarah Palin "is the weirdest thing that's ever happened to me."

Appearing on Letterman's CBS late-night talk show, Fey described Palin's distinctive vowel-flattening speech pattern as "little bit 'Fargo,' little bit Reese Witherspoon in 'Election'," and a lot Fey's "best friend Paula's grandma."

"She's dropping the 'g's'..she really loves 'r's' ...'those terrorists' and 'William Ayers.' She digs the 'r's.'... I think she thinks there's oil in those 'r's'," Fey told Letterman.

Posted at 12:12 AM ET on Oct 19, 2008  | Category:  Sarah Palin
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I think everybody displayed a lot of class in the featured clip. I was, I will dare say it, impressed with Governor Palin's graceful and good humored performance, as well as the civility exhibited by the more progressive performers, and I know that level of diplomacy had to be difficult for Mr. Baldwin (as it would be for any of us who realize how important this election is). It was a welcome break from the vitriol of this election season. Bravo SNL and bravo Governor Palin (though I will still be voting for Mr Obama for President).

Posted by: mgrello | October 20, 2008 3:23 PM

God forbid Obama-Biden win.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 10:36 PM

How is it that McCain, Obama, and Biden can do press conferences and not Palin?
Is it that because she's a woman?
Hillary never had any problems. Can you picture her responding the way Palin did with Gibson and Couric?
Unlike Biden, Hillary would have had license to utterly destroy her in the debate.
Like Bush, Palin is almost proud of her ignorance of facts and figures. She relies on folksy charm and generalities to the extent you feel you are watching a beauty contest.
Because of her staggering ignorance of foreign policy, constitutional law, supreme court rulings and the economy, Palin will never pass the presidential sniff test, unless you want George Bush with lipstick.

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 10:34 PM

And McCain expect to win the election, they'd be better of releasing a DVD of all the speeches, what a joke but the joke is on the American people for someone of that caliber to be considered for VP. I feel sorry for Palin though and don't blame her she was in over her head from day one, thrust into this by McCain and his advisers without doing their homework, if McCain is planning to run the country like his campaign then God help us all if he wins.

Posted by: zubree | October 19, 2008 9:12 PM

I'm not just HALF right.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 9:05 PM

chrismounteney and SarahBB:

You do realize that every word she spoke last night was WRITTEN for her (unlike her debate and interviews so far)?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 9:55 AM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Well, at least you're half right, for once, JakeD. Her utterly disastrous interviews weren't written for her.

Her debate performance, on the other hand, consisted mostly of regurgitating -- at breakneck speed -- prepared talking points that bore no relation to the questions asked. Whenever she ventured off script, however, she reverted to her usual dialect of word salad gibberish.

Sarah Palin is McCain's gift that keeps on giving. Yoo betcha! [wink! wink!]

Posted by: psyberdawg | October 19, 2008 8:34 PM

She did okay. I don't think she embarassed herself & she moved pretty well. I still think she is a dipstick though & I wouldn't vote for her.

Posted by: jcorral1 | October 19, 2008 8:10 PM

Its funny how Sarah just sits back and laugh as she gets made a mockery of. This should be an eye opener of what the public thinks of her but the media is having fun with her because she is a funny character, a character who is not ready to be in the white house. If you haven't seen these hilarious SNL skits where they make fun of Palin go to
http://dailysource.org/specialpalinvideos/235#saturday_night _live_skits and check em out

If you would like to get more general information on Sarah Palin please visit http://dailysource.org/palin . It includes video footage of the vice presidential candidate and up-to-date articles as well. Dailysource.org provides high quality news and information from leading sources to help the public utilize their time and get in-depth information. We are all about clarity and giving you, the public, what they want and what they need is real news, real information, and the whole truth.

Posted by: gullychris88 | October 19, 2008 2:07 PM

'SNL' WAS TOO KIND...

AN AD-LIBBED QUESTION FROM ONE OF THE "REPORTERS" AT THE "PRESS CONFRENCE" ABOUT "SECESSIONISTS" OR HER REFUSAL TO CONDEMN INCENDIARY OUTCRIES AT HER RALLIES WOULD HAVE BEEN ENTIRELY JUSTIFIED.

ARE THE McCAIN-PALIN CROWD AGITATORS THE SAME STORMTROOPERS WHO DO THIS:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

(If links are broken, please contact admins at www.nowpublic.com)

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 19, 2008 1:55 PM

IF PALIN IS SO QUALIFIED...

Then why didn't she run for president?

Makes you wonder what the Republican Primary would have looked like?

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 19, 2008 1:50 PM

I watched it...Tina was great as always.
Sarah is an embarrassment to "real Alaskans".
Vote Obama and send her back home so she can face the impeachement music awaiting her here.

Posted by: 40yearAlaskan | October 19, 2008 1:29 PM

Boring! Tina Fey was okay in the first skit but it's stuff we've already heard. Maybe there were some last minute behind the scenes haggling that scuttled what SNL originally had planned. Otherwise it was a very unfunny show, from beginning to end. The Palin rap was crude but funny though.

Posted by: jabreal00 | October 19, 2008 12:56 PM

Well... at least Alex Baldwin and Tina Fey were funny. Here's a site that has some good Palin sketches.

http://dillardsisters.com

She might not be willing to make fun of herself, but at least we can enjoy others poking fun at her.

Posted by: kimiko | October 19, 2008 12:37 PM

Sarah Palin - the original not-ready-for-prime-time-player.

Posted by: skeptical | October 19, 2008 12:17 PM

webranger1947:

Thanks for your post.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 12:11 PM

it was funnier than "MacGruber".

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 12:07 PM

I think it was a good first step toward trying to show people that she has a sense of humor. I can't fault Palin for the lousy writing. Maybe they had to throw the sketch together at the last minute. I've been a solid Obama supporter since 2004, when he spoke at the DNC Convention, but I don't like to see the nasty tone taken by many of my colleagues here. Show some of the restraint and decorum of your candidate, for crying out loud. It does no great service to Obama if his campaign example goes unheeded by his supporters. I used to think it was Republican trolls who were making all the mean-spirited and disrespectful comments against Republican candidates and even Hillary Clinton. Now I realize it's misbehaving Obama supporters. We have a classy candidate. Don't drag his campaign into the mud by your ignorant zeal. Show some of the same respect that Obama shows.

Posted by: webranger1947 | October 19, 2008 11:29 AM

I just watched SNL on TiVo and Palin's skit was funnier than "MacGruber".

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 11:17 AM

Well said, the cannula. Too bad the acolytes of the obamessiah are deaf.

Posted by: segeny | October 19, 2008 10:44 AM

Thank god, or whomever, that McClone picked Palin.

The electoral vote is heading to something like 400 for Obama 135 for McStoopid.

Then Jake D can go sulk.

Posted by: queenskid | October 19, 2008 10:42 AM

Headline news for Meet the Press

Colin Powell endorces Barack Obama.
I'm a white Catholic who sees Obama as the one to be our President.
While McCain runs his campaign going every which way Obama runs his smooth.
Our Country is in a mess and it will be Barack Obama to get our Country back on track.
Many will use race (color of skin) but these people are not seeing past their nose.Remember every card McCain has tried to play.We the people have been McCain/Palin's cards to see which one will play.
McCain has run a wicked,dangerous race while Obama is the one that has been talking about issues.
McCain has used Joe the Plummer,the one that doesn't even have a plummer's license nor can even buy a bus.He makes 42 a year and has liens against them.
Colin Powell is a respected person and he feels that Palin Would not be able to run our Country incase something were to happen with McCain.At least more Rep are coming forward seeing how McCain is so desperate that he sold is soul.
Thank you Colin Powell for coming forward and not being afraid

Posted by: Judith5 | October 19, 2008 10:42 AM

chrismounteney and SarahBB:

You do realize that every word she spoke last night was WRITTEN for her (unlike her debate and interviews so far)?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 9:55 AM

Yes, it's nice to have dreams, but for now, the "Joe's" need to wake up to the reality that they will benefit more from Obama's tax CUTS for the people who make UNDER $200,000 a year.

Posted by: joy2 | October 19, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse


Joy- Yes having something to strive for is more than nice, it's the engine that makes our country run- giving "tax credits" to people who don't currently pay income tax IS Welfare and in keeping with the following-

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
K Marx 1875 & B Obama 2008

which is the engine that ruined the USSR...

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 9:41 AM

Yes, it's nice to have dreams, but for now, the "Joe's" need to wake up to the reality that they will benefit more from Obama's tax CUTS for the people who make UNDER $200,000 a year.

Posted by: joy2 | October 19, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse


Joy- Yes having something to strive for is more than nice, it's the engine that makes our country run- giving "tax credits" to people who don't currently pay income IS Welfare and in keeping with the following-

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
K Marx 1875 & B Obama 2008

which is the engine that ruined the USSR...

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 9:40 AM

In a sense, whoever wrote that Governor Palin is akin to a mirror to vampires for liberals does have it right.

She represents the unthinking culture that sprung up around the cult of Ronald Reagan, that substitutes cliches for thinking and presumes that internal politics in the United States must be a battle between the "Good" Republicans and the "Bad" Democrats.

Yeah, so in that sense, she is the same as a mirror to a vampire to Democrats. We recoil at the dumbing down of American politics that Republicans have been responsible for over the past 2 and a half decades, where people are not informed, but appealed to via their emotions.

Hope you enjoy the next 8 years. Maybe you'll wake up and see that the other side is just as American as you are. Doubt it, though.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 19, 2008 9:38 AM

"Joe the plumber and every other small business should be sent a list of non-taxpayers so that they can just send them a check directly." Dapistol
---------------------------------------
FACTS: Joe is not a licensed plumber. Joe does not own a business. The "company" Joe works for and dreams of owning consists of 2 people - Joe and his boss. Period. And Joe still owes back taxes on his own property. Yes, it's nice to have dreams, but for now, the "Joe's" need to wake up to the reality that they will benefit more from Obama's tax CUTS for the people who make UNDER $200,000 a year.

Posted by: joy2 | October 19, 2008 9:19 AM

The selection of Sarah Palin remains an insult to the American voter in these critical times........

An Independent Voice

Posted by: aeaustin | October 19, 2008 8:54 AM

BE VIGILENT BE EXTREMELY VIGILENT!

ANOTHER 2 WEEKS OF HARD WORK ESPECIALLY WITH THOSE INDEPENDNET VOTERS WHOSE NAMES ON ELECTION DATABASE IS PURPOSEFULLY MISPELT BY NEOCONS CLERCKS SYMPATHISERS OR WITH WRONG D.O.B. SO THAT THESE INDEPEDENT VOTERS WONT BE ABLE TO VOTE ON THE DAY.

ANOTHER UNFAIR TACTIC IS TO MAKE SURE INDEPENDENT VOTERS ARE NOT CONLY REGISTERED AS GOP VOTERS VIA FRAUD TECHNQUE AS WAS THE CASE IN CALIFORNIA WHEN VOTERS THOUGHT THEY WERE SIGNING A PETITION AGAINST CHILD MOLESTERS.

IT WAS IN FACT A FRAUD TECHNIQUE TO COLLECT AS MANY NAMES BY THE YRC or YCR(A small Republican Company) THAT YOU GIVE THEM CONSENT TO BE REGISTERED AS A REPUBLICAN WITHOUT YOUR PRIOR KNOWLEDGE!

THE THIRD FRAUD IS IN THE SOIFTWARE OF CERTAIN VOTING MACHINES WHERE IN CERTAIN DISTRICTS IF YOU PRESS YOUR FINGER ON THE SCREEN TO VOTE FOR OBAMA, THE VOTE IS SWITCHED TO MCCAIN!

I AM SURE THIS SOFTWARTE WORKS ON PROBABILITY, MAKING SURE EVERY VOTE COUNTS FOR MCCAIN AND A PORTION OF OBAMA'S VOTE SWITCHED TO MCCAIN!

THATS WHY IT IS CRUCIAL TO HAVE INDEPENDENT OBSERVERS CHECKING THESE CLAIMS AND SUPERVISION FROM BOTH PARTIES TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS FAIR!

IN CASE OF MISPELLING OR WRONG D.O.B. PEOPLE STILL MUST BE ALLOWED TO VOTE AS PART OF THEIR PATRIOTIC DUTY WITH THE SUPPORT OF INDEPENDENT BODIES IN LOCAL PLACES WHERE COMMON SENSE MUST PREVAIL AS LONG AS THEY HAVE IDs TO PROVE WHO THEY TRULY ARE!

BE VIGILENT! BE EXTREMELY VIGILENT ON THE 4TH NOVEMBER!

Posted by: 1Nouri | October 19, 2008 8:48 AM

Tip of the hat to Alec Baldwin for what he did in the show, that was gusty ... she should have just left right after that and skipped the Weekend Update.

Posted by: upland_bill | October 19, 2008 8:36 AM

I found it disconcerting that she didn't really do anything. Then I realized that SNL is a leftist show and that only a godless commie pinko like Mike Huckabee or Bob Dole would go on to really make fun of himself. I mean seriously, Palin showed absolutely no wit and only the slightest bit of a sense of humor (in the letting someone make a joke sense, not the actually joining in sense)

Conservatives can be funny. The two guys I mentioned above, Huckabee in particular, were able to make fun of themselves brilliantly. Palin can't and I think that shows yet another failing in an already unqualified candidate.

Posted by: chrismountenay | October 19, 2008 8:25 AM

It sounds to me that no matter what Palin does or doesn't do she can't please most people. If this was Biden on the show you would be applauding, no matter how lame or anticlimatic the scenese were.

Posted by: salnrj1 | October 19, 2008 8:21 AM

McCain would have done better to have chosen Nancy Reagan as his running mate. His total lack of judgment would see "God Bless America" turn into "God Help America" if he ever became President with Palin as VP.

Posted by: AidArmenia | October 19, 2008 8:20 AM

MSNBC'S RACHEL MADDOWS SHOW REPORTED FRIDAY EVENING PALIN'S TIES TO THE SECESSIONISTS MOVEMENT ARE MUCH GREATER THAN FIRST REPORTED...
Sarah Palin and her husband: Palling Around With Secessionists

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eniG9l_7its

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 19, 2008 8:18 AM

I can't wait for "Caribou Barbie" to get back to Alaska. Maybe she will take grandpa McCain with her; the cold weather might do him good. Seriously, however, did anyone read in the Washington Post article yesterday that his cancer has returned?

Posted by: friendlyfire1 | October 19, 2008 8:13 AM

Sounds horrid and mostly awkward. There is a point in which Sarah Palin is not funny. Hard to call it satire when the Tina Fey version is more appealing and likable than the real deal.

Posted by: SarahBB | October 19, 2008 8:09 AM

When McCain loses and Palin isn't re-elected to Gov in Alaska I'm sure whe might find some work SNL as a joke

Posted by: Judith5 | October 19, 2008 7:47 AM

I didn't like the choice of Palin because of her lack of experience, and I still would prefer Giuliani, but I have to say, the more I see of Palin, the more I like her.

Funny, but for all their talk about helping the "common man," through their reaction to Palin, we get to see what liberals really think about us. Palin is to liberals what mirrors are to vampires. It's all been very revealing.

Posted by: _kt_ | October 19, 2008 7:43 AM

Is Mooselini even aware that she's a national joke?

(We're not laughing WITH you, Mooselini. We're laughing AT you -- and your fifteen minutes of fame.)

Posted by: pali2500 | October 19, 2008 7:41 AM

Whatever happened to the funny SNL? The skits were all lame and the supposed jokes were even worse.

Kudos to Palin for even showing up on hostile territory and for not bopping the vulgar, hateful Baldwin on the nose.

Too bad that SNL didn't write something really funny - like "Fey"(Palin) interviewing "Palin"(Fey). Instead, SNL continued with its reallytruly unfunny skits.

Regardless, Palin was a good sport throughout.

Posted by: segeny | October 19, 2008 7:34 AM


Sunday 10/19/08
OH THE TIMES, THEY ARE A CHANGIN....

National Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Obama 48, McCain 45 Obama +3

KEEP IT UP DAPISTOL INDEPENDENTS AND CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS ARE LISTENING!

"Joe the plumber and every other small business should be sent a list of non-taxpayers so that they can just send them a check directly. Eliminating Obama's commission for brokering the deal could be a huge savings, and the average small business could probably cover this cost by firing just 1 person. The unemployment rate doesn't really matter as long as everyone is getting paid! People don't want to work and they don't need much to survive; they really just want to watch TV all day! For $500/month from their working comrades, 100 million non-taxpaying Americans could be living the American dream!"
-Dapistol


Dapistol-

You've hit the nail on the head- Obama wants to run America like ANIMAL FARM!

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
K Marx 1875 & B Obama 2008


Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 7:30 AM

More liberal hatred of the normal, courtesy of the WaPo.

When a conservative says something off-color about a liberal...we get lectures and get called haters.

When a liberal assaults a conservative, that's called just telling the truth.

People, take a look in the mirror here and try to see what you all look and sound like!

Posted by: MarkFoxenberg | October 19, 2008 6:49 AM

www.need4trth.blogspot.com

What's this submission error notice???? I'm already signed in. Are you guys being FRAUDULENT ALSO?

THIS IRRESPONSIBLE COMMENT COMES RIGHT ON THE HEALS OF ANOTHER IRRESPONSIBLE COMMENT.

Sarah Palin yesterday makes an irresponsible RACIST comment in NC about a group of 99% white people being 'pro American' Now this ignorant moronic person makes another ridiculous idiotic RACIST statement. So the RNC are now crossing the line completely. John McCain even made another comment about senator Obama being a Socialist. John McCain has totally lost his barings, and is totally erractic and insensitive. What a RACIST SCUMBAG....

AND WE SHOULD VOTE FOR THEM WHY????

Because they can be insulting and accussative and McCarthy like?

Disgusting is what these foul people are

Posted by: need4trth | October 19, 2008 6:44 AM

Palin, who cares?

Does this lady even deserve our disdain?

Posted by: storyofthefifthpeach | October 19, 2008 6:11 AM

Sarah Palin addressed the Alaska Independence Party in 2008 saying "good luck on a successful and inspiring convention, keep up the good work" Her husband was a member for years. She also says she "shares their vision for Alaska"

This is from their official website:

Q: Would I lose my U.S. citizenship?

A: Depending on the form of independence, several forms of citizenship would be possible, including the retention of U.S. citizenship or dual citizenship. However, considering the moral, educational, and economic decay of the U.S., Alaskans' who hold themselves to a higher standard might very well decide to at least maintain an arm's length distance from a country in decline

The United States of America needs to keep Palin at an arm's length.

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 5:51 AM

Why O why didn't someone tell me before now that I could have ski-ied ice on my butt, with my gun skills, good looks, beehive 'do' and a wink to VP candidacy??...I've wasted my whole life getting educated...geezzzzzzzzzz what a fool I am!!!

Posted by: Maritzah | October 19, 2008 4:50 AM

IGLOO TRASH PURE AND SIMPLE> HER AS V>P> WOULD MAKE US A BIGGER JOKE IN THE WORLD> VOTE OBAMA PROUDLY!

Posted by: pedraza1 | October 19, 2008 3:26 AM

IGLOO TRASH PURE AND SIMPLE. NO REDEEMING VALUE TO THIS WOMAN AND THE PICK TOLD US JOHN MC CAIN ISNOT FIT TO LEAD OUR NATION.

Posted by: pedraza1 | October 19, 2008 3:21 AM

You can see the video of the Sarah Palin Saturday Night Live appearance here if you missed it, cringe worthy stuff:
http://hottiesinthenews.blogspot.com/2008/10/sarah-palin-saturday-night-video-joke.html

Posted by: Steph08 | October 19, 2008 3:10 AM


what?

sarah palin was on snl and showed her tits?

so?

did she talk about the almost depression era economy we are in?

did she talk about the 10 BILLION dollar a month war we are in?

did she mention national healthcare?

did she mention illegal immigrants?

no?

then what the f*ck DID she mention?!?!?

senile mccain and moose lady are the two biggest losers right now in this country.

and drug addict percocet cindy mccain is a very close third.

Posted by: FozzieBear | October 19, 2008 3:05 AM

It offends me that Palin would make an appearance on SNL on a Saturday night, but not go on Meet the Press or Face the Nation on Sunday morning. It's a slap in the face to voters -- she'll agree to an SNL cameo but she won't sit down and answer hard-hitting political questions from Brokaw or Schieffer -- both of whom have standing invitations to her. Does she have any idea, any clue at all, of the reality of her situation and what responsibility she's asking Americans to entrust to her? Two weeks to go before the election and she still hides from the press.

Posted by: DogBitez | October 19, 2008 3:05 AM

You know, if the US had an admirable health and education- FOR ALL- like the Scandanavian nations, it would have a healthy, educated population. This would mean that US citizens would look for intelligence and principle on their leaders, instead of showpeople.
Having abysmal health and education systems serves 2 purposes: it keeps people from using critical analytic skills in regards their politicians AND it provieds a poor, unedcated underclass to use as cannon fodder in the many invasions the US perpetrates. The invasion make the rich oil men richer and they have no wish to improve the health and education of the poor.

Posted by: pathina | October 19, 2008 2:41 AM

Good political comedy has to have at least some air of plausibility to it.

But the idea of a Palin press conference?

That was too much of a leap of the imagination to me. It just seemed too ridiculous.

A Palin press conference?

I mean come on. The packaging would fall apart under that kind of scrutiny. Plus at this point, does anyone care?

Posted by: JPRS | October 19, 2008 2:38 AM

IF PALIN IS SO QUALIFIED...
Then why didn't she run for president?

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 19, 2008 2:32 AM

Sarah Palin is SEXIST!

How DARE she call herself Carabou Barbie...wait a minute.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 19, 2008 2:31 AM

Wow. I feel like they roasted her right to her face. Tina Fey got in all her relevant jokes for the week. Alec Baldwin got to say what he thought of her (to her face). And that rap was hardly complimentary. I wonder if she got it?

Posted by: imaginryfriend | October 19, 2008 2:17 AM

i did not watch. only 12 comments.....that shows how important she is to THE REAL AMERICANS

Posted by: mackiejw | October 19, 2008 1:54 AM

Palin: 'It would be fun to meet her, imitate her and keep on giving her new material.'

----

Giving her new material?
Im sure that won't be a problem for you, Palin.

Its amazing 42% support McCain-Palin, even after voting in imbeciles like Bush - Cheney.

The poor educational system in this country is the single greatest threat to national and world security.

Posted by: bushieisa | October 19, 2008 1:54 AM

Lorne Michaels has been unrepentant in the wake of the carnage and destruction he's wrought on Saturday Night Live after its seminal heyday in the seventies. The show is littered with the corpses of good skits killed by bad writing, worse actors and sleeper teleprompters. It is antiamerican what this man has comedy.

Palin should be ashamed of palling around with this unrepentant comedy terrorist. They don't see America as you or I do, a land rife with irony, absurdity and hypocrisy - the vast fields of endless opportunity for a guffaw. They see America as so flawed that its comedy must be insipid, safe, politically correct, with realistic set pieces and not a shred of improvisation.

WHO IS THIS SARAH PALIN?!? WHY DOES SHE PAL AROUND WITH COMEDO-TERRORISTS?!? WHEN WILL SHE TELL US THE TRUE NATURE OF HER RELATIONSHIP WITH UNREPENTANT, UNFUNNY TELETERRORIST LORNE MICHAELS?!?!?

Posted by: treetopflyer | October 19, 2008 1:47 AM

Posted by: vimrich:

"she knows she is no better than the rest of us - which is why we love her."

**********************************

This is the kind of thinking that just blows me away. She knows she is no better than the rest of us......because it's TRUE!
I guarantee all of you that I would make a lousy vice president. And so would she! So therefore we love her!
What kind of lunacy is that? Are you people, like vimrich here, trying to sabotage us?

Posted by: Arjuna9 | October 19, 2008 1:45 AM

What she actually says in the skit is: "You know, Lorne, I just don't think it's a realistic depiction of the way my press conferences would have gone." She has to carefully say "would have gone" because no one knows how her press conferences would have gone since she's NEVER HAD ONE - it is so absurd! In a skit, she can comment on the person impersonating her holding a press conference but she is unable to do the real deal. Unbelievable that people want someone so incompetent to be the vice president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: truthisimportant | October 19, 2008 1:37 AM

As they are starting to call her in the European press, "Half Baked Alaska."

John McCain what were you thinking?

Posted by: Luke2 | October 19, 2008 1:31 AM

I just watch the skit. Essentially, they toasted McCain and Palin to a lesser extent, while she watch and laughed. The one compliment was that she was "hotter in person".

She looked like she could take a joke...at her running mate's expense.

It appears that she is looking to her political future after this election.

Posted by: mcmakev | October 19, 2008 1:22 AM

Anticlimatic. Janet Reno was much funnier.

Posted by: hitpoints | October 19, 2008 1:20 AM

She needs to stop palling around with people smarter than herself, and continue avoiding people who might ask her those dreaded follow up questions.

Governor Palin, who thinks she is ready for national office, is deluding herself. She's mistaken in thinking that with Steve Schmidt's help, she can pull the wool over enough people's eyes that somehow the Mad Hatter and herself, (the Moose Killer from Wasilla,) can pull off the biggest fraud in American election history.

Not this time.

Posted by: Luke2 | October 19, 2008 1:17 AM

Palin was pathetic. She did herself no favors showing up on SNL. Tina Fey was cool as usual with her Palin impression.

Posted by: fonkyou | October 19, 2008 1:15 AM

It's a shame that Lorne Michaels and other NBC executives caved in to the McCain/Palin campaign by not requiring her to appear on Meet the Press before allowing her on the SNL set. They did the country a disservice.

Posted by: rightway1 | October 19, 2008 1:12 AM

The sketch wasn't very funny, and I don't blame that on Palin. If you're going to go through the trouble to get a Vice Presidential candidate on your show, at least utilize her a little better than that. It was like they were trying to play it as safe as possible while still getting some digs in. They should have just gone all out.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | October 19, 2008 1:09 AM

Wow, embarassing, lame and debasing.

Posted by: SueB2 | October 19, 2008 1:06 AM

oops... make that llama
also...scene

any other mistakes are courtesy of my friend Jack

Posted by: gogonzo | October 19, 2008 1:06 AM

I have to admire Ms. Palin for appearing on a television show that has been more than cruel to her. She is a better woman than most in that regard.

Ms. Palin, if you can develop that aspect of your character and withdraw from the negative, combative campaign tactics you will be a better politician.

Posted by: hakafos44 | October 19, 2008 1:05 AM

Hey, they got Palin to say "Caribou Barbie." That made it all worthwhile.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | October 19, 2008 1:05 AM

Palin had that 'a moose in your headlights' look. Kind of sad.

At any rate she looked so taken back by Baldwin..and the whole seen in general.

Did anyone else notice the Lama in the hall way during the skit? Now that is worth talking about. (grin)

Posted by: gogonzo | October 19, 2008 1:00 AM

Very anticlimactic.

Posted by: ProfWoland | October 19, 2008 12:51 AM

Whatever.

I mean, really.

Whatever.

Posted by: rob23 | October 19, 2008 12:50 AM

Joseph McCarthy was not funny. Neither is Sarah Palin.

Posted by: majorteddy | October 19, 2008 12:49 AM

So, no credit for even going on SNL in the first place? If it wasn't funny, blame the writer(s).

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 12:49 AM

Palin proved she is the normal person her detractors hate and more. She has heart, a great sense of humor, and the pulse of real America. Most of all, unlike every other politician, she knows she is no better than the rest of us - which is why we love her.

SNL proved it is still not funny.

Posted by: vimrich | October 19, 2008 12:46 AM

She was as lame as the MacGruber sketches. She clearly would not play along and used SNL as a prop so she can campaign against those godless, amoral, big-city, urban, multicultural, coastal elites with their high-falutin educated ways next time she makes a stop in the real America.

Posted by: merganser | October 19, 2008 12:38 AM

Sarah Palin was given 10 words to learn, and she delivered them reasonably well. I mean, you can't give her anything challenging to do. We all know that. As usual, Tina Fey was AWESOME!!! I kept wanting to see more of HER... Go Tina!


Weekend Update was gross.... the rap and the moose shooting and... Uh, wow...

Posted by: shoemiaw | October 19, 2008 12:30 AM

Just saw it....LAME!!!!!! She was as brainless, unfunny, and unable to learn lines on SNL as she is brainless, uninformed, and unable to give interviews on the campaign trail. Total waste of time, SNL!

Posted by: winnie47 | October 19, 2008 12:30 AM

Sounds like Seth didn't write this one.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 12:25 AM

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