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SNL: Variations on a Palin Theme

The setting: Amy Poehler as Katie Couric. Tina Fey as Sarah Palin.

Funny or not?

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 28, 2008; 2:35 PM ET
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CoreyB2, I agree that she needs to put together a resume--after these interviews and the reports on her stonewalling the ethics investigations up in Alaska, I think she may find herself looking for work come November...

Posted by: countrymouse | September 30, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

SNL IS JUST EXPLOITING AN ARTIFICIAL PERCEPTION CREATED BY BIAS MEDIA!!!

Gov. Palin has many skills that will make her deal with foreign affairs well. She does not fit the preconceived idea of a foreign affairs expert. However, she has much substantive qualifications: communicates well; emotionally stable; moral; deals with diverse kinds of people; tenacious; listening skills; worldly; personable; and hard working. Like all human beings, she has + and -, and she is not perfect. However, her mayoral skills, Governing skills, diverse occupational skills make her a jack of all trade, which is what is necessary to be a excellent president. For example: look at Pres. Clinton, Pres. Reagan, and many other great presidents.

BTW, this woman needs to do a resume. It will surely give her focus, and maker her see how she can apply her talent to the Presidency. Also, she has to emphasize her strengths

Posted by: CoreyB2 | September 30, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Democrats are the funniest jokers and flip floppers, they make mess and blame others

Hillary Clinton, Biden in the primaries had said Obama would take on job training.

Obama Blamed 90% on President Bush, top Democrats have sent forward a trainee, Obama should step down

Posted by: paulmatjeski | September 30, 2008 4:29 AM | Report abuse

Democrats are the funniest jokers and flip floppers, they make mess and blame others

Hillary Clinton, Biden in the primaries had said Obama would take on job training.

Obama Blamed 90% on President Bush, top Democrats have sent forward a trainee, Obama should step down

Posted by: paulmatjeski | September 30, 2008 4:25 AM | Report abuse

All of the serious defenses and attacks on Palin are nothing when compared to the humor about this guiless lass, who resembles a deer caught in the headlights when her mental skills are called up to raise themselves from the dead.

Posted by: Hachem | September 29, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Ya know, HemiHead66, I agree with you. I am not a McCain supporter, but my respect for him would skyrocket if the campaign was honest and she bowed out just like you said. She's not ready.

After all, the McCain campaign is all about the headline-grabbing stunts, and wouldn't this be a great one?

HemiHead66 wrote:

She should just say that we're in really difficult times, and I may have bitten off more than I can chew. Besides, this is McCain's fault. He put his "Campaign first" to pander to women. The straight talk express has derailed again.

Posted by: Mary14 | September 29, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Just to show you Sarah Palin and the Republicans are a joke...

Posted by: OB1Kinobi | September 29, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

This was a very funny SNL skit. Tinay Fey and Amy Poehler are wonderful comedians who found their political niche with Governor Palin. Sarah Palin appears to be a very nice, attractive woman who is better suited to being governor of Alaska rather than being vice-president of the United States. If voters are making their decisions based on SNL, Comedy Central, Fox News, CNN and internet rumors, it really won't matter who will be president, in reality, it will take a true bi-partisan effort to get us out of the recession, the Iraq War, etc. I get depressed with the haters who post on this site. Moderates like me are like endangered animals...we are overwhelmed by the zealots on both sides.

Posted by: Frankel | September 29, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

now THAT was too funny! problem is, we have had 8 years with bufoons in the administration. the world will become a safer place if the Repubs stay out of the White House and stick to their comedy routines.

Posted by: 2Funny | September 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Very funny - SCARY funny!! Tina Fey has her spot on and didn't have to exaggerate much at all to lampoon Palin's actual answers to Couric. In fact, they could have just paid CBS for the tape, run it, and let the audience howl with laughter. I don't know how Palin climbs out of this. She's going to have to really bone up on those talking points between now and Thursday and pray that no follow up questions are asked.

Posted by: johnsonc2 | September 29, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

More frightening than funny. The fact that this woman - who is totally clueless regarding basic foreign and economic policy - could be president given the decent chance of McCain keeling over before his 80th birthday - good lord. Do people care so little about our country that they'll put this "Legally Blonde" wannabe in office?

Posted by: chop1 | September 29, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

More frightening than funny. The fact that this woman - who is totally clueless regarding basic foreign and economic policy - could be president given the decent chance of McCain keeling over before his 8th birthday - good lord. Do people care so little about our country that they'll put this "Legally Blonde" wannabe in office?

Posted by: chop1 | September 29, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I turned on SNL in the middle of this skit, and it was several minutes before I could tell that they weren't following the Palin-Couric interview transcript. It was a great skit, but it wan't really that much different from the actual interview.

I suppose that it could be that McCain's handlers were responsible for this fiasco, but if Palin gives a performance like this in the VP debate, it could well sink the McCain-Palin campaign for good.

Posted by: physicist | September 29, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Funny, sure, but Sarah writes the material. Here's a musical take on her:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=j34zeFyBA-E

Posted by: BPupp | September 29, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

She should just say that we're in really difficult times, and I may have bitten off more than I can chew. Besides, this is McCain's fault. He put his "Campaign first" to pander to women. The straight talk express has derailed again.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | September 29, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

To answer the question, rather than add to it politically.... it was HILARIOUS. And they didn't have to venture far from the real interview. Will Republics now want to mandate humor, too? One more Government intervention by the Republics.

Now if you want to see another funny skit, you should watch Greta vanSustern's interview of "The First Dude", Todd Palin. "What's it like to go moose hunting, Todd? Did you come up with 'First Dude'? Why do they call you mud bottoms?" and.. even better... though not one pertinent, pointed question.. the follow up? "If you haven't gotten enough of 'The First Dude' in this 'news piece', then log into Fox News dot com to learn more about 'the first dude'."

Now THAT was humor! But I'm not sure anyone was laughing. They masqueraded as a news broadcast.

Posted by: Keystonetootwo | September 29, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

To answer the question, rather than add to it politically.... it was HILARIOUS. And they didn't have to venture far from the real interview. Will Republics now want to mandate humor, too? One more Government intervention by the Republics.

Now if you want to see another funny skit, you should watch Greta vanSustern's interview of "The First Dude", Todd Palin. "What's it like to go moose hunting, Todd? Did you come up with 'First Dude'? Why do they call you mud bottoms?" and.. even better... though not one pertinent, pointed question.. the follow up? "If you haven't gotten enough of 'The First Dude' in this 'news piece', then log into Fox News dot com to learn more about 'the first dude'."

Now THAT was humor! But I'm not sure anyone was laughing. They masqueraded as a news broadcast.

Posted by: Keystonetootwo | September 29, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse


From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/impulsively-unreflective-duo-incrisis.html

Monday, September 29, 2008
The Impulsively Unreflective Duo In..."Crisis on Wall Street!"

The Impulsively Unreflective Duo In:

Crisis on Wall Street!

John McCain is leaning back in a chair in his office in the Fortress of Irritability. An aide is carrying in a map of Spain when the Macphone rings.

McCain (answering): Fire Cox! Send him to Yugoslavia! Hello?

Hank Paulson (on other end of line): John, it's Hank. We are here in the Capitol. Every financial expert is assembled here, John. We have consulted every master, conferred with the widest and most informed authorities, asked every adept. We need you, John, you, with your mastery of financial expertise, to arrive at the door of our ineptitude and help us find an answer.

John. You must...suspend the campaign.

McCain: Suspend the campaign? But...the people need need my expert advice here, Hank. (Aide is unfolding the map on a table, circling Spain in red, and writing in large bold letters "Not Czechoslovakia"). They need me here. Where my acts can matter most. In...

Aide: The Fortress, Sir.

McCain: The Fortress, Hank. I can't just sit up and say "I suspend my campaign." That would look to anyone like the most clear act of political pandering, why, it's just...just...(the "I" on his chest lights up and begins to blink, weakly). I'll do it!

Hank: That's wonderful, John. We'll see you...

McCain: (Standing up, cape waving behind him) In a moment!

Aide: (to McCain): But who will man the fortress?

McCain walks to secret bookshelf. Removes book entitled "Courage". The bookshelf magically spins, revealing a grey vault. McCain turns the combination lock.

McCain: 21...72...23...skidoo...Drat! (starting again) 21...90...I'm sure that I disagreed with President Bush a lot of the time, Senator Obama! (pauses).

Aide: Let me help you with that, Sir (quickly turns the lock left, right and left. The door of the vault slowly opens, with the sound of a vacuum seal.

This reveals a large auditorium, filled with advisers, cameras, and teleprompters. Over loudspeakers, a voice is filling the hall with sound: "The capital of Iraq is...Baghdad. Bagh...dad. The capital of Iran is..."

On the stage is Sarah Palin. She is holding a college text entitled "World Geography".

Palin: Ooooh. I know this one.

An adviser is standing to her right.

Adviser: Take your time, Sarah. Remember--think before you talk.

Palin: I know, I know. Can't I just say "A place that is deserving of our freedoms"?

Adviser: We've been over this before, Sarah. Remember--"Specific is terrific!"

Palin: Specific is terrific. Specific is terrific.

She shuffles her index cards and the loudspeakers intone..."The capital of Iran is...Tehran. Teh...ran."

Palin: Oooooh. They sound so much the same! Iran, Tehran. That's why I can't remember!

As McCain, hands on hips, cape waving, enters the auditorium.

McCain: Sarah.

Both of their "I"s blink briefly.

Palin: Mr. McCain.

McCain: I want you to watch the Fortress until I return. I have a very important mission. About Wall Street.

Palin (to adviser): But I thought Mr. Reagan told Mr. Gorbachev to 'tear down that wall.'

Adviser slowly shakes head.

Palin: But...can't I come on this mission, Mr. McCain? Please? I just know I could help!

McCain: Well, I think that a largely unprepared economic novice, struggling to comprehend concepts that are stumping the most experienced and educated authorities in the area...

Both McCain's and Palin's "I"s blink brightly.

McCain: ...Is just what this market needs! Let's go, Sarah! To the rescue!

Sarah: To the rescue, Mr. McCain!

NEXT EPISODE: The Evil Katie-Woman endangers Palin with a hypnotic confusion device...Questions! Can Sarah resist their terrible power?

Coming this week! On...

The Impulsively Unreflective Duo!

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/impulsively-unreflective-duo-incrisis.html

Posted by: robthewsoncamb | September 29, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I turned on SNL in the middle of this skit, and it was several minutes before I could tell that they weren't following the Palin-Couric interview transcript. It was a great skit, but it wan't really that much different from the actual interview.

I suppose that it could be that McCain's handlers were responsible for this fiasco, but if Palin gives a performance like this in the VP debate, it could well sink the McCain-Palin campaign for good.

Posted by: physicist | September 29, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Beyond funny, it was hilarious. Beyond hilarious, it was on point.

The best CEO for whom I worked frequently opined that very intelligent people are capable of very stupid blunders. If, as has been reported, it was the far right neocons who forced Palin upon McCain, they would be my CEO's perfect example. However shortsighted, amoral, and greedy, those neocons are intelligent, and Sarah Palin bids well to be 2008's ultimate stupid blunder.

Posted by: winger1 | September 29, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

To answer the basic question: Yes, the video is hilarious. What was McCain thinking when he chose this unprepared Eagle Forum member as his Veep? Even the most rock-ribbed conservative has to stop and ask whether this is someone who could truly steer us in these complex, troubled times. Fox News and Hannity and Limbaugh aside, intelligent conservatives surely can get past the bloviation and see Palin is not suitable as a running mate.

Posted by: Gita1 | September 29, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I turned on SNL in the middle of this skit, and it was several minutes before I could tell that they weren't following the Palin-Couric interview transcript. It was a great skit, but it wan't really that much different from the actual interview.

I suppose that it could be that McCain's handlers were responsible for this fiasco, but if Palin gives a performance like this in the VP debate, it could well sink the McCain-Palin campaign for good.

Posted by: physicist | September 29, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I turned on SNL in the middle of this skit, and it was several minutes before I could tell that they weren't following the Palin-Couric interview transcript. It was a great skit, but it wan't really that much different from the actual interview.

I suppose that it could be that McCain's handlers were responsible for this fiasco, but if Palin gives a performance like this in the VP debate, it could well sink the McCain-Palin campaign for good.

Posted by: physicist | September 29, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I turned on SNL in the middle of this skit, and it was several minutes before I could tell that they weren't following the Palin-Couric interview transcript. It was a great skit, but it wan't really that much different from the actual interview.

I suppose that it could be that McCain's handlers were responsible for this fiasco, but if Palin gives a performance like this in the VP debate, it could well sink the McCain-Palin campaign for good.

Posted by: physicist | September 29, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I turned on SNL in the middle of this skit, and it was several minutes before I could tell that they weren't following the Palin-Couric interview transcript. It was a great skit, but it wan't really that much different from the actual interview.

I suppose that it could be that McCain's handlers were responsible for this fiasco, but if Palin gives a performance like this in the VP debate, it could well sink the McCain-Palin campaign for good.

Posted by: physicist | September 29, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

At SNL, they constantly target Hillary (who is no longer in the race) and Palin. They rarely make fun of Obama. Are women funny and blacks not? Are women unworthy to hold office but blacks are?

Or is the NBC created SNL, just like MSNBC and NBC news, a public relations arm of the Obama campaign.

Posted by: lpeter59 | September 29, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I am a big fan of the old SNL - Belushi, guest hosts Pryor, Steve Martin, etc. But this skit was by far the funniest SNL bit ever. It was painfully funny. Brilliant political parody. Fey quoted Palin but then expanded on the absurdity of Palin's statements. To appreciate the humor; however, you need to first listen to the excerpts of the Palin/Couric interview regarding Russia and the bailout.

Posted by: Renu1 | September 29, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

I am a big fan of the old SNL - Belushi, guest hosts Pryor, Steve Martin, etc. But this skit was by far the funniest SNL bit ever. It was painfully funny. Brilliant political parody. Fey quoted Palin but then expanded on the absurdity of Palin's statements. To appreciate the humor; however, you need to first listen to the excerpts of the Palin/Couric interview regarding Russia and the bailout.

Posted by: Renu1 | September 29, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I think SNL should send Palin a paycheck for writing the material, herself. She could quit politics anytime (sooner the better) and go into comedy. Maybe the McCain campaign should hire Tina Fey to fill in for Palin at the VP debate.

Posted by: bwaldron1 | September 29, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Of course it's funny. They're both good comic actresses.

But it's besides the point- Palin is intellectually qualified to be VP. She's a Governor, however, and she just hasn't been running for three years like the others and isn't ramped up on the national issues, that's all. Be fair.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies1 | September 29, 2008 6:28 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin was a great pick by McCain. She'll make a exellent VP when she's sworn in in 2009 with President John McCain. The mere fact that the liberals are so upset over her pick that they'll try to do anything no matter how despicable and how dishonest to destroy her character and reputation, is good news to us conservatives and Republicans. It means there'll be a lot of support for her in the general.

Posted by: armpeg | September 29, 2008 3:53 AM | Report abuse

Hear the words of Sarah Palin on Energy Independence, has Obama given any assurance, he simply talks change, have no guts to speak against her, just refrain from Sarah Paln the great. She takes the heart.

CNN Reporter's just couldn't make thier mind, or beleive what a woman could do, she set examples. If they couldn't beleive her, they should see her approval rating, you can't get just like that.

Its Obama who compares President George Bush 99% percent of time, as if, If Bush can do, Obama can do.

Prove something rather blame some one. When I was working in young ages, I did lot of mistakes, but my boss told me, those who make mistakes learn not to do the same. I knew I did not make a mistake but the approach to solve was little doifferent.

Now I don't do the silly mistakes, I trust McCain / Palin

Posted by: paulmatjeski | September 29, 2008 3:48 AM | Report abuse

It's appalling that the Republican comment box propagandists *dare* to keep using the "Country First" slogan. Putting Sarah Palin one old man's heartbeat away from the Presidency would be treason.

McCain is clearly unfit for serious decision-making. His personality is such that he always needs enemies and conflict and drama, so that he can play the lone hero. When it comes to simply thinking--calmly, rationally, and wisely--he falls apart disastrously.

Posted by: SportinLife | September 29, 2008 3:47 AM | Report abuse

What is probably most disturbing about this sketch is that so much of it is real. Watching the real interview, it was almost depressing/scary how accurate the SNL version is.
I understand why people like Sarah Palin - what I don't understand is why people want her to be the vice president of the US. I would hope that we want our best, brightest, most articulate citizens to take on leadership roles. Although - clearly I must be wrong, because the president we have now certainly isn't articulate or bright.

Posted by: AlishaS | September 29, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Hillary supporters who are voting for McBush are a disgrace!

McBush and his Pitbull are the ANTI-THESIS of what Clinton is--- Hillary has completely different views on almost everything! Clinton has fully endorsed Obama and shares the same views as he.

For you all to suddenly vote McBush just to spite the Democrats shows what shallow, fickle, narrow-minded, STUPID people you are who make rash decisions based on EMOTION and not LOGIC--- and you are slapping Clinton in the face.

Hell we Europeans don't care. America is already the butt of all jokes and if you vote McBush your country is going up in smoke....

Posted by: kbuckingham777 | September 29, 2008 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Manolete for President of the KKK! I'll bet this wakko calls themself a Christian also.

Posted by: humanbeng | September 29, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

I don't think I've ever seen cross-postings between the Fix and the Trial.

Palin Derangement Syndrome strikes again.

Posted by: info42 | September 29, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

PDiddy is right, I had to go back and read the transcript to remember which parts were Tina and which were Sarah. I suspect the funniest yet may be next week after the debate.

Posted by: stswork | September 29, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Tina Fey is 1,000% more qualified to be VP than Palin. I'd be much more apt to trust her, Tina seems honest to herself. Someone aught to tell Ms. Palin there's degrees to being a prostitute, she is so pathetic in so many fronts, it pains me to see her getting skewered by her own-ness. The thought of her representing the US is about as palatable as good old dubya. The rest of the world must just shake their head at us, does anyone out there think Sarah Palin is the best we can do? The only people I can think of agreeing to that are blind loyalist to the GOP, not any patriots I know of. A loyalist is not necessarily a patriot. (look back in American history).

Posted by: humanbeng | September 29, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

IS THIS THE "OCTOBER SURPRISE"?

This was posted in the headlines section of Democracy Now! on 9/22:

Army Unit to Deploy in October for Domestic Operations

*** Beginning in October, the Army plans to station an active unit inside the United States for the first time to serve as an on-call federal response in times of emergency. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent thirty-five of the last sixty months in Iraq, but now the unit is training for domestic operations. The unit will soon be under the day-to-day control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command. The Army Times reports this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command. The paper says the Army unit may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. The soldiers are learning to use so-called nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds.

***
The last sentence appears to be a reference to "directed energy (read: RADIATION) weapons" that are being widely deployed among the military, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies. These weapons emit silent and potentially deadly radiation of various forms, and "targets" of this weaponry may not even know they've been "dosed."

COULD THE FINANCIAL CRISIS BE THE FIRST SHOT IN A WAR ON DEMOCRACY?

AND DID GOV'T "TARGETING" OF AMERICANS HELP CAUSE THE MORTGAGE MELTDOWN?

For more: see http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 29, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm so glad i'm a Democrat & don't have to spend all my time defending "Machine Gun McCain" and that idiot from Alaska. How can anyone, even a Republican with a 3rd grade education want to see McCain & nurse Palin any where near the white house ? Palin should go back to Alaska wrestling Moose and McCain can buy his very own VFW club and talk about Vietnam till he turns green. Every time my cat sees McCain or Nurse Palin on tv, he throws up a fur ball

Posted by: gatorsn09 | September 29, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

[ottothewise: "The only thing that matters is that 300,000 Amish farmers in Ohio won Ohio for Bush in 2004. They dont watch SNL.] One does not have to watch SNL to recognize a fool regurgitating the same crap over and over again. It's surely is pathetic that the McCain camp "inventor of the Blackberry" have to rely on the votes of Amish farmers.

Posted by: TaoZen | September 29, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Manolete: Your use of Barack HUSSEIN Obama is meant to scare people, since it MIGHT mean he is Muslim. No doubt your middle name is a**hole.

By the way, watch Palin's interview. It is horrible. If she was on my party's ticket, I'd have to vote against my party! It is too dangerous to risk having her that close to the presidency.

Posted by: brucelatimer | September 29, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

McCain Wins Independence Endorsement
By Special to the Sun | September 22, 2008

The New York State Independence Party is venturing into major party presidential politics for the first time to endorse Senator McCain.

The move might seem odd given that the party in 2004 endorsed consumer advocate Ralph Nader, a candidate best known for his left-wing politics. The organization's state chairman, Frank MacKay, said the state party felt that Mr. McCain, a Republican, was not beholden to partisan interests and therefore justified the nod. "It's not that we endorsed a major party candidate, it's that for the first time one of the major parties ran an independent," Mr. MacKay said in an interview yesterday. "He's a maverick and somebody who has driven his party crazy. The special interest groups in his party certainly didn't want him — I'm amazed he got through."

Posted by: thecannula | September 28, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

The liberal media is foaming at the mouth at the thought of a woman VP and a War Hero in command of the government of our country!.....instead, their sexism and white guilt remorse have pushed their clouded minds to support a young, naive individual that has no experience in governance or foreign affairs and his only strength is the skill of oratory.

The fact is, America still does not know who the real Barack Hussein Obama is, but Americans remember Obama’s 20 year close association and blood relationship with his religious leader, priest and father image, Jeremiah Wright.
Americans remember vividly the hideous videos of Jeremiah Wright's congregation which included Obama and Oprah, when they were celebrating in bombastic joy, the murderous attack on America on 9/11.

Americans that love our country and have always been proud of it, know Barack is a radical extremist and black supremacist that has a hidden agenda that is a serious threat to the American values we all treasure and cherish.

The sexist liberal media will not succeed in destroying the McCain/Palin presidential campaign the way they destroyed Hillary Clinton's effort, because Americans including all the democrats that supported Hillary Clinton will make the choice to put our Country First and vote for McCain and Sarah Palin.

Country First!
McCain/Sarah Palin

Posted by: Manolete | September 28, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

It is so sad that Jhon Mccaine would use a otherwise a decent woman for his own political purpose. All thinking wemon should see through this for what it is ie., do anything to win and that is not in their best interest.

Posted by: samdurai | September 28, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

You folks pointing out Palin's delusion about humans and dinosaurs walking the earth together need to look at the interior numbers on the ABC poll that has Obama leading by 9%. 3/4 of white protestants are in favor of Palin/McCain. 3/4ths.

If the liberal, young, well educated people dont turn out in droves on election day, McCain/Palin can win.

Since 40% of registered voters didnt not bother to vote in 2004, there is no telling which candidates will win, REGARDLESS of polls or how obviously unprepared Palin is. The only thing that matters is that 300,000 Amish farmers in Ohio won Ohio for Bush in 2004. They dont watch SNL. They all vote though.
Palin/McCain are currently leading in Ohio, even with a 9% lead for Obama nationally. The battleground states are very close.
If EVERYONE voted, Obama would win, if the election were held today. EVERYONE is not going to vote. We shall see.
North Carolina is currently leaning to Obama by 0.02%

Posted by: ottothewise | September 28, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

You Libs. are falling for this act? You will see that you are not as smart as you all think come V.P. debate time. The Mccain camp will outsmart Obama camp and all of you dems. just as they did when he picked her. You'll see.....keep dreaming she's that dumb as she's appearing.

Posted by: al344 | September 28, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

One of the following paragraphs is from Sarah Palin and the other is Tina Fey speaking Palinesque gibberish. Hard to tell the difference.

That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, we're ill about this position that we have been put in. Where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Um, helping, oh, it's got to be about job creation, too. Shoring up our economy, and putting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions, and tax relief for Americans, and trade – we have got to see trade as opportunity, not as, uh, competitive, um, scary thing, but one in five jobs created in the trade sector today. We've got to look at that as more opportunity. All of those things under the umbrella of job creation.

Like every American I'm speaking with, we're ill about this. We're saying, 'Hey, why bail out Fanny and Freddie and not me?' But ultimately what the bailout does is, help those that are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy to help...uh...it's gotta be all about job creation, too. Also, too, shoring up our economy and putting Fannie and Freddy back on the right track and so healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reigning in spending...'cause Barack Obama, y'know...has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans, also, having a dollar value meal at restaurants. That's gonna help. But one in five jobs being created today under the umbrella of job creation. That, you know...Also...

Posted by: Deeva | September 28, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I try to see the other person's point of view. So I could see the good points in both Senator McCain's and Senator Obama's arguments during the Friday debate.

But Palin? You don't have to be a liberal to fairly gasp in amazement at her level of preparedness for national office?

I almost pity the poor woman.

Posted by: vilejjv | September 28, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Is this all the WAPO has to offer for news?? Get a move on boys an girls. Or haven't you heard about the bailout? How about reporting the fact that Freddie and Fannie Mae had very close direct ties to the Black Caucus ( Obambie was present)assuring them of home loans over a year ago. Now look!

Posted by: dragonfly777 | September 28, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

It isn't that Sarah Palin is stupid, but this kind of parody is basically on the money, because she is simply not prepared for the glare of national scrutiny. Part of the reason there isn't the same kind of poking fun at Joe Biden is because he is boring. That's exactly why most Presidential nominees make relatively boring picks. Her lack of preparation isn't just about knowledge of the issues, either--she's clearly not used to being challenged on unfamiliar turf, and she hasn't had time to develop strategies for dealing with it--hence the blank looks and uncomfortable pauses.

It is interesting how it stimulates the paranoid martyr fantasies of some conservatives, though.

Posted by: Budikavlan | September 28, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

The questions posed by Couric and others are a little glib. Should Palin really know McCain's legislative voting record on the economy? Palin's philosophy of government and convictions are more important to ask about.

Also, the Fey/Palin comparison is overrated. True, they both wear glasses. It doesn't go too much further for me. Fey can be cute in her own artsy way, but Palin is more attractive in a conventional way. Fey overdoes Palin's accent too.

Posted by: APalinFan | September 28, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I watched the SNL skit before watching the actual Palin-Couric interview.

The skit shows that the SNL staff have a much better grip on public affairs and government issues than the VP candidate Palin.

You know Palin' ship is sinking when she appears smarter portrayed by Fey on SNL than her actual self, even though they are lampooning her.

Posted by: AgentG | September 28, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Saw the Couric interview and as a conservative voting for Mccain/ Palin I wasn't impressed to the point it's almost suspicious. It's as though she's going out of her way to appear that way. Take it from someone who has seen her debate and do many interviews. If she does well at the debate that interview will be irrelevent. I think they are purposely keeping her under wraps because they want everyone to wonder about her and let expectations low. They want the least amount known of her before the debate. Her conduct lately doesn't add up. Just my opinion.

Posted by: al344 | September 28, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious .. the funniest part was that I couldn't tell if it was a skit, or the actual interview itself. Sure sounded the same in substance.

"At the end of the interview, the Republican nominee for Vice President retorts to Ms. Couric, 'Aw shucks, Katie, when I have an original thought in my mind, I'll bring 'em to ya.'"

Posted by: zswaps | September 28, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The 18 million cracks have disappeared, and now it's bullet-proof glass. Thanks, Sarah.

Posted by: optimyst | September 28, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

MichaelinSeattle writes September 28, 2008 7:07PM:

"Sarah Palin will not be elected VP in 2008, but do not underestimate her intelligence, her skill, and her ability to dramatically transform the Republican Party. She'll be back. And she'll be prepared. If we aren't, it will be at our peril."

Mike, I seriously doubt that Sarah Palin will survive this brutal expose of her absurdly inaccurate sense of greatness. To the contrary, I firmly believe her premature grab at the gold ring will end her improbable rise to the governorship of Alaska.

It will not surprise me to see her driven from that office before her term expires.

You only need to research the current mood of the citizens of Alaska, who are newly appraising her self proclaimed "popularity", to see that she will return to a hostile, and very critical, populace.

We will not again see Sarah Palin on the national political scene.

Posted by: evasdaddy | September 28, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

The John Mccain who since they were married he has just lived off his wife like he did his family when he was young. Even his political career was bought for him. He has "NEVER" in his life personally created, built, or accomplished anything on his own. If he had been born into the circumstances of Obama he would have just lived a life on welfare and died of drugs and alcohol. Hell, he has already spent most of his life as an alcoholic as it is. Please, tell me what business he has built or anything he has ever accomplished on his own? Even with no responsibilities, no pressures and everything being paid for, the best he could do in school was to finish 894 out of a class of 899. My God, you can;t want this man for your president. Wake up. he wasn't even smart enough to raise the money to run for president with out his wife giving him an allowance. Jesus H Christ, step back and look at this man you want to vote for, is there something wrong with you people.
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Where are all the SNL skits on Obama and Biden? There's plenty of material there. It's pretty bad when a guy who is supposed to be so smart with a harvard degree doesn't know how many states are in our union. It was also very apparent that Obama didn't have a clue what Mccain was talking about when he was speaking details about the regions in the world and commenting about complex issues and leaders and countries he probably couldn't pronounce. All he could rebut was that he ageed with Mccain.He coundn't even comment on it. If it would have been the other way around, you can bet it would have been exploited by the media. Wake up people!

Posted by: al344 | September 28, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | September 28, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

MichaelinSeattle writes September 28, 2008 7:07PM:

"Sarah Palin will not be elected VP in 2008, but do not underestimate her intelligence, her skill, and her ability to dramatically transform the Republican Party. She'll be back. And she'll be prepared. If we aren't, it will be at our peril."

Mike, I seriously doubt that Sarah Palin will survive this brutal expose of her absurdly inaccurate sense of greatness. To the contrary, I firmly believe that her premature grab at the gold ring will end her improbable rise to the governorship of Alaska.

It will not surprise me if she is not driven from that office before her term expires.

You only need to research the current mood of the citizens of Alaska, who are newly appraising her self proclaimed "popularity", to see that she will return to a hostile, and very critical, populace.

We will not again see Sarah Palin on the national political scene.

Posted by: evasdaddy | September 28, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The same Mccain who thinks Spain is in south America?


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Where are all the SNL skits on Obama and Biden? There's plenty of material there. It's pretty bad when a guy who is supposed to be so smart with a harvard degree doesn't know how many states are in our union. It was also very apparent that Obama didn't have a clue what Mccain was talking about when he was speaking details about the regions in the world and commenting about complex issues and leaders and countries he probably couldn't pronounce. All he could rebut was that he ageed with Mccain.He coundn't even comment on it. If it would have been the other way around, you can bet it would have been exploited by the media. Wake up people!

Posted by: al344 | September 28, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | September 28, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Where are all the SNL skits on Obama and Biden? There's plenty of material there. It's pretty bad when a guy who is supposed to be so smart with a harvard degree doesn't know how many states are in our union. It was also very apparent that Obama didn't have a clue what Mccain was talking about when he was speaking details about the regions in the world and commenting about complex issues and leaders and countries he probably couldn't pronounce. All he could rebut was that he ageed with Mccain.He coundn't even comment on it. If it would have been the other way around, you can bet it would have been exploited by the media. Wake up people!

Posted by: al344 | September 28, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Two words

Thomas Eagleton

Posted by: popasmoke | September 28, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I think that people should ask themselves:

Why is it that a free market produces a liberal media?

Is the Media inherently liberal?

Do you people who can't take a joke feel a little like sisyphus?

Most importantly, did you watch the ACTUAL Couric interview uncut?

Posted by: ddedig | September 28, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

REMEMBER SPIRO AGNEW?

Am I the only one who sees what is going on here with Palin? We all know she has no qualifications and she was just picked as window dressing and as a stooge to say what ever they put in her mouth. No candidate in their right mind would really want her on their ticket. This is what I think will happen and may already be secretly in the plan.

If Mccain manages to get elected, they will get rid of Palin as soon as they can, using all of the scandal surrounding her as the reason. There is already information of drug use by her son and both daughters and Enquirer has eluded to something coming out about Palin and her husband are regular drug users. Once rid of her, Mcain then will put in Lieberman like he wanted to all along and that is how it will play out. What do you think, make sense?

Posted by: popasmoke | September 28, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I am afraid with Palin it is "What you see is what you get" A high school grad who took 6 years of collage to get a 2 year degree.
She is a dope.
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I can't help but notice the complete biase with the media and Libs. in general. You all like to poke fun at Palin being a dumb hillbilly from Alaska. I haven't ever heard anything about Obama's stupid statements; too many to repeat them all. but one that sticks out in my mind is that when he stated there were 57 or 59 states in the union. Never heard the liberal media nor any skits in SNL about that one and he's at the top of the ticket. Then there's Joe "gaffe" Biden when everytime he opens his mouth it's pretty much a gaffe. Never hear of those either. Everyone has bad interviews at some time and all say stupid things, but the media and Hollywood just pick the conservatives to expose and make to look as bad as they possibly can. In this case it's Governor Palin. Wouldn't surprise me that her recent behavior is to purposely lower expectations for debate. I've seen her in many interviews and a few debates. This was a much different and I mean totally different Palin than we're now seeing. We'll just have to wait and see.

Posted by: al344 | September 28, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | September 28, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

> ...Palin as a serious candidate - someone who has a clue about what's going on. I think that no one, not even Fey, can pull that off.

Because it's a fantasy. Palin herself couldn't pull it off.

Posted by: cdm99 | September 28, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I can't help but notice the complete biase with the media and Libs. in general. You all like to poke fun at Palin being a dumb hillbilly from Alaska. I haven't ever heard anything about Obama's stupid statements; too many to repeat them all. but one that sticks out in my mind is that when he stated there were 57 or 59 states in the union. Never heard the liberal media nor any skits in SNL about that one and he's at the top of the ticket. Then there's Joe "gaffe" Biden when everytime he opens his mouth it's pretty much a gaffe. Never hear of those either. Everyone has bad interviews at some time and all say stupid things, but the media and Hollywood just pick the conservatives to expose and make to look as bad as they possibly can. In this case it's Governor Palin. Wouldn't surprise me that her recent behavior is to purposely lower expectations for debate. I've seen her in many interviews and a few debates. This was a much different and I mean totally different Palin than we're now seeing. We'll just have to wait and see.

Posted by: al344 | September 28, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I can't help but notice the complete biase with the media and Libs. in general. You all like to poke fun at Palin being a dumb hillbilly from Alaska. I haven't ever heard anything about Obama's stupid statements; too many to repeat them all. but one that sticks out in my mind is that when he stated there were 57 or 59 states in the union. Never heard the liberal media nor any skits in SNL about that one and he's at the top of the ticket. Then there's Joe "gaffe" Biden when everytime he opens his mouth it's pretty much a gaffe. Never hear of those either. Everyone has bad interviews at some time and all say stupid things, but the media and Hollywood just pick the conservatives to expose and make to look as bad as they possibly can. In this case it's Governor Palin. Wouldn't surprise me that her recent behavior is to purposely lower expectations for debate. I've seen her in many interviews and a few debates. This was a much different and I mean totally different Palin than we're now seeing. We'll just have to wait and see.

Posted by: al344 | September 28, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I only hope that the Hate America / Blame America Crowd gets its wish long after I and my family are dust in the wind.

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Fascinting how those who point fingers can only offer the same hateful negativity they condemn in others.

Posted by: wpost4112 | September 28, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Once again those on the Left Bash a Conservative, boy this gets old....

Lets see I'm kinda young Still but As far as I've been following things the Left views things like this:

Carter = Brilliant

Regan = Idiot

Bush Sr. = Idiot

Clinton = Brilliant

Bush Jr = Idiot

Yet it is amazing How often the Left is Wrong....

But as usual you are frequently on the wrong side - especially when it matters...

The only Decent President you guys had was JFK, But a cold hard fact remains if JFK were running for the 2008 elections, you would have threw him aside like Zel Miller and Joseph Lieberman. As you slide further to the Left in search your Socialist Utopia, perhaps you should have a talk with the people who have come here from the Former USSR, I'm sure they could tell you how wonderful it was... I'm ashamed to even think people with such small minds would even consider themselves Americans.

No matter how this election turns out, Democrat-leftists will always be the wrong side of any important issue. I only hope that the Hate America / Blame America Crowd gets its wish long after I and my family are dust in the wind.

Posted by: pochrist | September 28, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

When I saw this on TV originally, I thought for a moment that Tina Fey was literally just repeating some of the things Palin had ACTUALLY said in some of her interviews, just to show how humorous and ridiculous she is.

So, not entirely. But, close.

John McCain said repeatedly that his only condition for his VP pick was that person's readiness to be President.

According even to McCain campaign accounts, McCain first met Palin several months ago at a dinner party and talked with her for about 15 minutes. The next time he met with her was when he offered her the VP slot.

I'm not sure which is more absurd--Palin as VP, or McCain as President.

Posted by: MNobserver | September 28, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

When I saw this on TV originally, I thought for a moment that Tina Fey was literally just repeating some of the things Palin had ACTUALLY said in some of her interviews, just to show how humorous and ridiculous she is.

So, not entirely. But, close.

John McCain said repeatedly that his only condition for his VP pick was that person's readiness to be President.

According even to McCain campaign accounts, McCain first met Palin several months ago at a dinner party and talked with her for about 15 minutes. The next time he met with her was when he offered her the VP slot.

I'm not sure which is more absurd. Palin as VP, or McCain as President.

Posted by: MNobserver | September 28, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Tina Fey is more Palin than Palin herself. But if Fey really wants to strut her stuff she has to do Palin as a serious candidate - someone who has a clue about what's going on. I think that no one, not even Fey, can pull that off.

Posted by: Ralph4 | September 28, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

If it weren't so funny,it might be serious.This twit has been chosen to be in a serious position.Do we care or not?Apparently,not.
Scarface could die at any moment.Is this with what we wish to be left?
Welcome to the 21st century edition of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire;Caligula with a sweet set of gams and no brain.
Hurry,Armageddon,save us from ourselves!

Posted by: klowry57 | September 28, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what will happens Thursday if they ask her how old the earth is?

The LA Times reports:

Soon after Sarah Palin was elected mayor of the foothill town of Wasilla, Alaska, she startled a local music teacher by insisting in casual conversation that men and dinosaurs coexisted on an Earth created 6,000 years ago -- about 65 million years after scientists say most dinosaurs became extinct -- the teacher said.

After conducting a college band and watching Palin deliver a commencement address to a small group of home-schooled students in June 1997, Wasilla resident Philip Munger said, he asked the young mayor about her religious beliefs.

Palin told him that "dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time," Munger said. When he asked her about prehistoric fossils and tracks dating back millions of years, Palin said "she had seen pictures of human footprints inside the tracks," recalled Munger, who teaches music at the University of Alaska in Anchorage and has regularly criticized Palin in recent years on his liberal political blog, called Progressive Alaska.

The idea of a "young Earth" -- that God created the Earth about 6,000 years ago, and dinosaurs and humans coexisted early on -- is a popular strain of creationism.

Though in her race for governor she called for faith-based "intelligent design" to be taught along with evolution in Alaska's schools, Gov. Palin has not sought to require it, state educators say.

Posted by: popasmoke | September 28, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse


From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/ready.html


Sunday, September 28, 2008
"Ready"

John McCain chose the woman below as his Vice Presidential candidate.

He is 72 years old. He has been treated for a very serious illness. Four times.

He says that Sarah Palin is "ready to be President."

We are currently in what may be the most serious economic crisis in American history.

COURIC: Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

Read the above again.

Carefully.

Palin will no doubt be prepared with crisp, coherent responses for Thursday's debate. However, the above indicates that this is not a mind that is prepared with the breadth and depth of understanding and knowledge to take on the duties of the President of the United States at a time of financial crisis.

Unlike others, you do not need to act on impulse.

For your country and future.

Think.

(Transcription of Couric interview from Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek)

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/ready.html

Posted by: caraprado1 | September 28, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/ready.html


Sunday, September 28, 2008
"Ready"

John McCain chose the woman below as his Vice Presidential candidate.

He is 72 years old. He has been treated for a very serious illness. Four times.

He says that Sarah Palin is "ready to be President."

We are currently in what may be the most serious economic crisis in American history.

COURIC: Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

Read the above again.

Carefully.

Palin will no doubt be prepared with crisp, coherent responses for Thursday's debate. However, the above indicates that this is not a mind that is prepared with the breadth and depth of understanding and knowledge to take on the duties of the President of the United States at a time of financial crisis.

Unlike others, do not act on impulse.

Think.

(Transcription of Couric interview from Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek)

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/ready.html

Posted by: robthewsoncamb | September 28, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse


From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/ready.html


Sunday, September 28, 2008
"Ready"

John McCain chose the woman below as his Vice Presidential candidate.

He is 72 years old. He has been treated for a very serious illness. Four times.

He says that Sarah Palin is "ready to be President."

We are currently in what may be the most serious economic crisis in American history.

COURIC: Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

Read the above again.

Carefully.

Palin will no doubt be prepared with crisp, coherent responses for Thursday's debate. However, the above indicates that this is not a mind that is prepared with the breadth and depth of understanding and knowledge to take on the duties of the President of the United States at a time of financial crisis.

Unlike others, you do not need to act on impulse.

For your country and future.

Think.

(Transcription of Couric interview from Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek)

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/ready.html

Posted by: caraprado1 | September 28, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/ready.html


Sunday, September 28, 2008
"Ready"

John McCain chose the woman below as his Vice Presidential candidate.

He is 72 years old. He has been treated for a very serious illness. Four times.

He says that Sarah Palin is "ready to be President."

We are currently in what may be the most serious economic crisis in American history.

COURIC: Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

Read the above again.

Carefully.

Palin will no doubt be prepared with crisp, coherent responses for Thursday's debate. However, the above indicates that this is not a mind that is prepared with the breadth and depth of understanding and knowledge to take on the duties of the President of the United States at a time of financial crisis.

Unlike others, do not act on impulse.

Think.

(Transcription of Couric interview from Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek)

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/ready.html

Posted by: robthewsoncamb | September 28, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin is clearly a talented, gifted politician who is simply ill-prepared for the national spot light. I'm a life long Democrat and have worked hard on behalf of Obama-Biden. I'm cautiously optimistic that they will take the oath of office in January. However, I urge my fellow Democrats and progressives to take note: Sarah Palin will not be elected VP in 2008, but do not underestimate her intelligence, her skill, and her ability to dramatically transform the Republican Party. She'll be back. And she'll be prepared. If we aren't, it will be at our peril."


I had that impression after the Gibson interview. It was foreign policy heavy and as a young governor, you aren't thinking about that.

But I'm surprised how ill prepared she was on financial matters as well. This is stuff that affects her job as a governor and I expected her to be a lot better versed.

Really lends credence to the theory that she doesn't stack up intellectually.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 28, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

do you think Palin watched it this time with the sound ON or OFF? what kind of BS is that?!!

Posted by: gq_online | September 28, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

The original interview is much funnier.

For the stupid donkeys (AsperGirl) complaining about this treatment, the correct retort is that if you don't want SNL mocking your ding-dong candidate, don't nominate a ding-dong. You are a silly burro if you think that Joe Biden is at the Sarah Palin level.

When Joe tees off on Sarah, she will wish she was sitting down with Katie or Charlie.

Posted by: Oand37thStreet | September 28, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Of course, it's very funny! On the other hand, the real thing was sad and scary since there has to be some chance that McCain and Palin could win. Heaven help us!!

Posted by: Byron5 | September 28, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Dude, that was HILARIOUS. If Fey would tone down the accent a bit, I wouldn't be able to tell them apart. The answer on the bailout was pretty similar to Palin's actual answer in the interview.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 28, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Here's the thing:

I don't think that Palin is an idiot. She is simply unprepared for the rigor of a national campaign. The right seems to think that journalists are "evil doers," daring to ask a candidate for the second highest office in the land, questions about policy, ideology, legislative priority, and experience. In a democracy, it is the responsibility of the press to ask these questions and on our behalf--the citizens of this great nation--call upon them to answer. This is role of journalists in a democracy & we should be grateful for everyone one of them who has the courage to press our presidential and vice presidential aspirants to answer questions of war, finance, the economy, social issues, etc.

The SNL skit was funny not because it was sexist, but because it was true--Sarah Palin is clearly a talented, gifted politician who is simply ill-prepared for the national spot light. I'm a life long Democrat and have worked hard on behalf of Obama-Biden. I'm cautiously optimistic that they will take the oath of office in January. However, I urge my fellow Democrats and progressives to take note: Sarah Palin will not be elected VP in 2008, but do not underestimate her intelligence, her skill, and her ability to dramatically transform the Republican Party. She'll be back. And she'll be prepared. If we aren't, it will be at our peril.

Posted by: MichaelinSeattle | September 28, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

One should be able to laugh at one's own sacred cows (and this is not a "lipstick" kinda allusion). It was funny, but especially because of Tina Fey's performance. After all, for those of us not from the upper midwest (or, apparently, some parts of Alaska), that accent alone is (yes) amusing -- consider Fargo. Anyway, for a slice of equal time for at-Biden humor, see this at Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WtzYSHYN98

Posted by: GaffeG | September 28, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely hilarious! The funny (and simultaneously scary) thing is that Tina Fey is basically just expropriating lines from the real interview.

Posted by: calprez | September 28, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

The only thing funnier than this video is Aspergirl's response to it (hint: it involves baseless accusations of sexism-irony not intended). Go ahead and do a text search. ;-)

Posted by: Terrorfied | September 28, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

How can skewering Palin just like every other politician has been skewered be sexist? It would be sexist to give her a pass because she's a woman. It would also be sexist to focus jokes on her appearance beyond what has been done with respect to the appearance of various male politicians. That was done, to some extent, to H. Clinton, but it has not been done to Palin. The sexist treatment of Palin comes from her supporters, not her opponents, and from fluff pieces praising her fashion sense.

Posted by: mouse2talk2u | September 28, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

How can skewering Palin just like every other politician has been skewered be sexist? It would be sexist to give her a pass because she's a woman. It would also be sexist to focus jokes on her appearance beyond what has been done with respect to the appearance of various male politicians. That was done, to some extent, to H. Clinton, but it has not been done to Palin. The sexist treatment of Palin comes from her supporters, not her opponents, and from fluff pieces praising her fashion sense.

Posted by: mouse2talk2u | September 28, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

How can skewering Palin just like every other politician has been skewered be sexist? It would be sexist to give her a pass because she's a woman. It would also be sexist to focus jokes on her appearance beyond what has been done with respect to the appearance of various male politicians. That was done, to some extent, to H. Clinton, but it has not been done to Palin. The sexist treatment of Palin comes from her supporters, not her opponents, and from fluff pieces praising her fashion sense.

Posted by: mouse2talk2u | September 28, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

How can skewering Palin just like every other politician has been skewered be sexist? It would be sexist to give her a pass because she's a woman. It would also be sexist to focus jokes on her appearance beyond what has been done with respect to the appearance of various male politicians. That was done, to some extent, to H. Clinton, but it has not been done to Palin. The sexist treatment of Palin comes from her supporters, not her opponents, and from fluff pieces praising her fashion sense.

Posted by: mouse2talk2u | September 28, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

The original interview is much funnier.

For the stupid donkeys (AsperGirl) complaining about this treatment, the correct retort is that if you don't want SNL mocking your ding-dong candidate, don't nominate a ding-dong. You are a silly burro if you think that Joe Biden is at the Sarah Palin level.

When Joe tees off on Sarah, she will wish she was sitting down with Katie or Charlie.

Posted by: Oand37thStreet | September 28, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

sad. The saddest thing I've ever seen on SNL. Almost as sad as John McCain picking Sarah Palin.

Posted by: ksh011 | September 28, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Funny. Very Funny.
In fact, I think Tina Fey should get another Emmy, just for her efforts here. (And Amy is no slouch either!)
But the upside for the McCain/Palin campaign is that a lot of folks will tune in to the VP debate just to see a preview of the next Saturday Night Live opening skit and to see for themselves if Sarah Palin is really this vacuous in real life. (The bad news for the McCain/Palin ticket is that she just in fact might be!)
Chevy Chase cost Ford the election in '76. Darryl Hammond hurt Gore in '00. And in '08 it looks like Tina Fey will be doing the damage.

Posted by: ocoandasoc | September 28, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

When Mccain make comments like "Palin is the most knowledgeable person in the United States on energy" Where do you go from there. He actually said that. He is either a monumental liar or completely delusional. Either way Mccain is not presidential material.

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Yes, the skit was funny, and Tina Fey is brilliant.

It makes me sad to think that John McCain believed this was the best he could do. It may have been the best he could do POLITICALLY, but otherwise it was a reckless choice. She is in over her head. I shudder to think about what would happen if a Vice President Palin had to step in for a President McCain.

I really liked the 2000 version of John McCain. Where did that guy go?
Posted by: CTgirl2 | September 28, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | September 28, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it was funny...and sad at the same time. Let's stipulate that Tina Fey is brilliant and is dead-on as Gov. Palin.

What happened to the John McCain of 2000? Where did that guy go? I find it hard to believe he would have made such a political choice for VP back then. His selection of Gov. Palin strikes me as reckless and obliterates his campaign slogan of 'Country First'.

I could've easily voted for McCain in 2000. I can't even consider it now.

Posted by: CTgirl2 | September 28, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it was funny...and sad at the same time. Let's stipulate that Tina Fey is brilliant and is dead-on as Gov. Palin.

What happened to the John McCain of 2000? Where did that guy go? I find it hard to believe he would have made such a political choice for VP back then. His selection of Gov. Palin strikes me as reckless and obliterates his campaign slogan of 'Country First'.

I could've easily voted for McCain in 2000. I can't even consider it now.

Posted by: CTgirl2 | September 28, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the skit was funny, and Tina Fey is brilliant.

It makes me sad to think that John McCain believed this was the best he could do. It may have been the best he could do POLITICALLY, but otherwise it was a reckless choice. She is in over her head. I shudder to think about what would happen if a Vice President Palin had to step in for a President McCain.

I really liked the 2000 version of John McCain. Where did that guy go?

Posted by: CTgirl2 | September 28, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

She was in her element. She is now in way over her head.

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How will Alaska cope without such an able governor?

Sarah's performance in the Alaska gubernatorial debates of 2006 seemed intelligent and informed.

Maybe this is a ruse, or maybe Katie Couric intimidated her on a feminine level.

Posted by: schmuckduck | September 28, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | September 28, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Something is wrong with the posting software.

Posted by: schmuckduck | September 28, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

How will Alaska cope without such an able governor?

Sarah's performance in the Alaska gubernatorial debates of 2006 seemed intelligent and informed.

Maybe this is a ruse, or maybe Katie Couric intimidated her on a feminine level.

Posted by: schmuckduck | September 28, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

One should be able to laugh at one's own sacred cows (and this is not a "lipstick" kinda allusion). It was funny, but especially because of Tina Fey's performance. After all, for those of us not from the upper midwest (or, apparently, some parts of Alaska), that accent alone is (yes) amusing -- consider Fargo. Anyway, for a slice of equal time for at-Biden humor, see this at Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WtzYSHYN98

Posted by: GaffeG | September 28, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Funny? You Betcha!

Posted by: 1999kinseymac1 | September 28, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Funny,funny,stuff.
Almost as funny as Chris thinking McNasty won the debate.

Posted by: schmuckduck | September 28, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Funny,funny,stuff.
Almost as funny as Chris thinking McNasty won the debate.

Posted by: schmuckduck | September 28, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Funny,funny,stuff.
Almost as funny as Chris thinking McNasty won the debate.

Posted by: schmuckduck | September 28, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

The real problem for Palin in the debate is it is not really going to be a debate. Mccains people twisted the rules all over the place and now it is going to be pretty much just a question and answer session. Biden can stand there and answer questions all night if they like. What can they possible ask him he can't answer and talk for a hour on. Palin can't answer anything beyond her talking points she has memorized. Here again Mccains people have screwed up changing the format of the debate. It now favors Biden like a million to 1. Mccains campaign has made one misstep after another. Paile is going down is flames in the debate. She doesn't even have a chance they way they have it. Biden just has to show up.

Posted by: popasmoke | September 28, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

It is an amazingly brilliant piece of satire. I guess we have to laugh so we don't cry: The potential next vice-president, even president with McCain a 72 year old cancer survivor?

Posted by: marybstrassel | September 28, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

VOTE VOTE VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA BIDEN 08!

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | September 28, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The real Katie Couric came off well as a serious journalist in this parody. The real Palin is frightening, and not in a good way.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | September 28, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

One should be able to laugh at one's own sacred cows (and this is not a "lipstick" kinda allusion). It was funny, but especially because of Tina Fey's performance. After all, for those of us not from the upper midwest (or, apparently, some parts of Alaska), that accent alone is (yes) amusing -- consider Fargo. Anyway, for a slice of equal time for at-Biden humor, see this at Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WtzYSHYN98

Posted by: GaffeG | September 28, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

One should be able to laugh at one's own sacred cows (and this is not a "lipstick" kinda allusion). It was funny, but especially because of Tina Fey's performance. After all, for those of us not from the upper midwest (or, apparently, some parts of Alaska), that accent alone is (yes) amusing -- consider Fargo. Anyway, for a slice of equal time for at-Biden humor, see this at Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WtzYSHYN98

Posted by: GaffeG | September 28, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"Please sir...I want some more."
I would love to see Jack Cafferty on SNL interviewing Feylin. He's the only one who had the guts to say that the questions were easy - it's her intelligence that's lacking.
Otherwise, kudos to Fey and especially Poehler for her great Katie Couric.

Posted by: Peakmom | September 28, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

If America is concern how this Sarah (no brain) Palin will fare out with Biden in the debate, the whole world already gave their verdict.....the face of America is at stake here. The world already knows of Sarah (no brain) Palin as an idiot...and the audacity of the Republican Party to even showcase this no brain Palin in a dabate is a laughing matter for the world to see. Just alone seeing idiot Palin at Katie Couric's interview showcasing her assinine reply to the questioning of Katie Couric, is just too bitter to swallow. This woman makes me feel so ignorant and stupid. This is the moment where I wish I did not go to school and educate myself so I could not tell the difference between stupidity and ignorance. It bugs me to have spent my lifetime educating myself only for this Sarah (no brains) Palin to reduce my education to nothing.
Tina Fey stunt was so great depicting the idiocy of Sarah (no brain) Palin. I am definitely pist with this Sarah woman.

Posted by: prudencerussell | September 28, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"Please sir...I want some more."
I would love to see Jack Cafferty on SNL interviewing Feylin. He's the only one who had the guts to say that the questions were easy - it's her intelligence that's lacking.
Otherwise, kudos to Fey and especially Poehler for her great Katie Couric.

Posted by: Peakmom | September 28, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"Please sir...I want some more."
I would love to see Jack Cafferty on SNL interviewing Feylin. He's the only one who had the guts to say that the questions were easy - it's her intelligence that's lacking.
Otherwise, kudos to Fey and especially Poehler for her great Katie Couric.

Posted by: Peakmom | September 28, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Very Funny and not only the palin impression of Tina fey but the Couric impression of Amy is excellent, bear in mind that after this interview Couric found her evasive, this translate to clueless because she is a neophyte when it comes to exterior politics and dealing with normal peopel outside her church, so she comes across as plain dumb and that in the public eye is unforgivable the press will have a pic nic with you.
Thank You Tina and Amy yesterdays performance got the two drops of pee certificate of laughs.

Posted by: alecheli | September 28, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what will happens Thursday if they ask her how old the earth is?

The LA Times reports:

Soon after Sarah Palin was elected mayor of the foothill town of Wasilla, Alaska, she startled a local music teacher by insisting in casual conversation that men and dinosaurs coexisted on an Earth created 6,000 years ago -- about 65 million years after scientists say most dinosaurs became extinct -- the teacher said.

After conducting a college band and watching Palin deliver a commencement address to a small group of home-schooled students in June 1997, Wasilla resident Philip Munger said, he asked the young mayor about her religious beliefs.

Palin told him that "dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time," Munger said. When he asked her about prehistoric fossils and tracks dating back millions of years, Palin said "she had seen pictures of human footprints inside the tracks," recalled Munger, who teaches music at the University of Alaska in Anchorage and has regularly criticized Palin in recent years on his liberal political blog, called Progressive Alaska.

The idea of a "young Earth" -- that God created the Earth about 6,000 years ago, and dinosaurs and humans coexisted early on -- is a popular strain of creationism.

Though in her race for governor she called for faith-based "intelligent design" to be taught along with evolution in Alaska's schools, Gov. Palin has not sought to require it, state educators say.

Posted by: popasmoke | September 28, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Fix you know that was quite funny. The only institution that SNL has a high rate of funny sketches is presidential politics and the past three cold openings have been no exception.

Posted by: icebluebeast | September 28, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The SNL skit...funny. The fact that it is all too possible that this moron might be a heartbeat away from the presidency...deadly serious. God help us all if it actually happens. And if it does, we'll deserve what we get.

Posted by: mulroney777 | September 28, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Funny.

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-meets-with-afghani.html

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sarah Palin Meets with Afghan President Karzai (Transcript)

"Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will meet next week with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in New York, on the sidelines of the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, according to Afghan officials in Washington."--Washington Post

TRANSCRIPT:

Palin: Oh, Mr. President, it is such a pleasure to meet you, you're the first head of state that I have had the opportunity to meet--which is more than many Vice Presidents--and I'm so glad that my first one is an Afghani.

You know, in Trig's class there was a little Afghani? He was the child of one of the oil executives, and he was so cute, with his little turban runnin' around, everyone just loved him, and felt for him...

Karzai: Yes.

Palin: And everyone knew that we just had to defend him and keep him free and that's why I think that with a Palin/McCain...

Palin Aide: (looking up from clipboard) McCain/Palin.

Palin: ...McCain/Palin ticket, we can make sure of that, if we have to attack Russia, even, I mean, to keep people free at home, just like we want to keep our people free. We have so much in common! I know you have the problem with the poppies, and I understand because we have the same problem with the crystal meth in Wasilla? And I said "Look, we've got to shake this up!" and then that's exactly what I said: 'Look, let's just see what we have in common with these guys!" And that's just what you could do with the Taliban, Mr. Karzai. They've already so moral, and they want people to live by the straight and narrow, and they've got the newspapers sayin' and the schools doin' lots of the right things. They just need to get some of the right ideas, and pray to the right Lord. And, if they don't understand, we still have the weapons left over from Iraq, and then we can't blink, we can't blink, can we, Mr. Karzai?

Karzai: (Looks at Palin silently without moving his head. Pauses.). Blink?

Palin: Right. The thing is, we just have to hit the ground runnin', Mr. Karzai. That's what I do. A few weeks ago I didn't even know what a Vice President does! That's why I put a clock on my wall--do you have the same clocks as we do in Afghanistan? With the twelve numbers? (points in air to numbers on air clock)--Anyway, I said "I'm gonna measure just how much time I have left here" and that's what you could do, I think, with the war, Mr. Karzai, is to put up a clock so you know just how much time you have left until you finish it. I tell you, Mr. Karzai, it's such a motivating influence on my staff, the good ones, anyway, they know what they're supposed to finish and when, they hear me sayin' "Look at the clock, people, look at the clock, and know what you have left to finish..."

Karzai: Yes.

Palin: And so I said to my husband, Todd--I call him the "First Dude"--Do you have that word 'Dude' there in Afghanistan?--maybe it's like "Khan" or "Emir" or somethin'?--I said to him, 'Todd, we have to take a look at what's happenin' in Afghanistan--before McCain called or any other thing happened--' cause I saw that Russia was right across from us and then right next to that you have all the Stans (counts cross fingers) Kyrgyzstan, oh, what's the others?--well, you are aware of them, of course, Mr. Karzai (laughs)...

Karzai: (Nods)

Palin: And if we don't let other people know of what I'm aware of, then the world won't change, Mr. Karzai. I know we have the same goals even if we don't have the same God yet...(aide touches Palin on shoulder, whispers). 'Even', not 'yet', I meant 'same God even', Mr. Karzai. And my point is, we can't let others stop our choice, which is freedom for those who deserve it, and that's why I know a Palin/McCain...

Palin Aide: (reaching over to touch shoulder)

Palin: Stop! (brushing aide's hand off)...McCain/Palin ticket will do just what you want, Mr. Karzai...

Second Palin Aide Approaches: It's time for your next appointment, Gov. Palin.

Palin: It was so good meeting you, President Karzai, and all of your other people, it was so good meeting you too! Shalom! (waves, exits)

Karzai: (to his aide, in Pashto): She makes the last one look like the Grand Mufti.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-meets-with-afghani.html

Posted by: robthewsoncamb | September 28, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-meets-with-afghani.html

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sarah Palin Meets with Afghan President Karzai (Transcript)

"Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will meet next week with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in New York, on the sidelines of the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, according to Afghan officials in Washington."--Washington Post

TRANSCRIPT:

Palin: Oh, Mr. President, it is such a pleasure to meet you, you're the first head of state that I have had the opportunity to meet--which is more than many Vice Presidents--and I'm so glad that my first one is an Afghani.

You know, in Trig's class there was a little Afghani? He was the child of one of the oil executives, and he was so cute, with his little turban runnin' around, everyone just loved him, and felt for him...

Karzai: Yes.

Palin: And everyone knew that we just had to defend him and keep him free and that's why I think that with a Palin/McCain...

Palin Aide: (looking up from clipboard) McCain/Palin.

Palin: ...McCain/Palin ticket, we can make sure of that, if we have to attack Russia, even, I mean, to keep people free at home, just like we want to keep our people free. We have so much in common! I know you have the problem with the poppies, and I understand because we have the same problem with the crystal meth in Wasilla? And I said "Look, we've got to shake this up!" and then that's exactly what I said: 'Look, let's just see what we have in common with these guys!" And that's just what you could do with the Taliban, Mr. Karzai. They've already so moral, and they want people to live by the straight and narrow, and they've got the newspapers sayin' and the schools doin' lots of the right things. They just need to get some of the right ideas, and pray to the right Lord. And, if they don't understand, we still have the weapons left over from Iraq, and then we can't blink, we can't blink, can we, Mr. Karzai?

Karzai: (Looks at Palin silently without moving his head. Pauses.). Blink?

Palin: Right. The thing is, we just have to hit the ground runnin', Mr. Karzai. That's what I do. A few weeks ago I didn't even know what a Vice President does! That's why I put a clock on my wall--do you have the same clocks as we do in Afghanistan? With the twelve numbers? (points in air to numbers on air clock)--Anyway, I said "I'm gonna measure just how much time I have left here" and that's what you could do, I think, with the war, Mr. Karzai, is to put up a clock so you know just how much time you have left until you finish it. I tell you, Mr. Karzai, it's such a motivating influence on my staff, the good ones, anyway, they know what they're supposed to finish and when, they hear me sayin' "Look at the clock, people, look at the clock, and know what you have left to finish..."

Karzai: Yes.

Palin: And so I said to my husband, Todd--I call him the "First Dude"--Do you have that word 'Dude' there in Afghanistan?--maybe it's like "Khan" or "Emir" or somethin'?--I said to him, 'Todd, we have to take a look at what's happenin' in Afghanistan--before McCain called or any other thing happened--' cause I saw that Russia was right across from us and then right next to that you have all the Stans (counts cross fingers) Kyrgyzstan, oh, what's the others?--well, you are aware of them, of course, Mr. Karzai (laughs)...

Karzai: (Nods)

Palin: And if we don't let other people know of what I'm aware of, then the world won't change, Mr. Karzai. I know we have the same goals even if we don't have the same God yet...(aide touches Palin on shoulder, whispers). 'Even', not 'yet', I meant 'same God even', Mr. Karzai. And my point is, we can't let others stop our choice, which is freedom for those who deserve it, and that's why I know a Palin/McCain...

Palin Aide: (reaching over to touch shoulder)

Palin: Stop! (brushing aide's hand off)...McCain/Palin ticket will do just what you want, Mr. Karzai...

Second Palin Aide Approaches: It's time for your next appointment, Gov. Palin.

Palin: It was so good meeting you, President Karzai, and all of your other people, it was so good meeting you too! Shalom! (waves, exits)

Karzai: (to his aide, in Pashto): She makes the last one look like the Grand Mufti.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-meets-with-afghani.html

Posted by: robthewsoncamb | September 28, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse


The only double standard being applied is be the Mccain campaign. They treat her with sexist contempt afraid she can't handle the job they have given her as their candidate. They must assume because she is a woman she can't handle it. No one can even remember a candidate who was treated as if they are to stupid to even speak to the public. She scares the Mccain campaign to death that is obvious. Now it is to late, she has bee sheltered too long and will be given no extra leeway. They have trapped themselves now, people were willing to give her the benefit of the doubt in the beginning and would have allowed her some mistakes and let her grow into the position. Not anymore. people are mad. Every chance people get, she will be torn apart.

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It's only funny if you're comfortable with the fact that this has gotten to the mean-girl point. And it's only funny if you're comfortable with the double-standards that are applied to Sarah Palin, that are not being applied to, say, Joe Biden. Can you imagine if Sarah Palin, as did Joe Biden, claimed there would be no clean coal plants in America, or that FDR spoke to the nation after the stock market crash in 1929 on TV? Or if she, as did Joe Biden, command some crippled man in a wheelchair to stand up and then exclaim "what am I talking about"?

What Sarah Palin is being subjected to is a one-sided bashfest that has no bearing on reality. I.e. she's getting special treatment as an idiot, wherein the almost-mentally-ill Joe Biden gaffes and other clueless statements of the Democratic ticket candidates are ignored. She's being painted as a clueless dummy, for things that the Democratic ticket are guilty of in greater measure than her.

And the whole basis for why this feels "right" is the prejudice with which the media and Democrats are comfortable viewing an attractive, mother of 5 governor.

The picture being painted of her today is no more accurate than the picture painted prior to her convention speech. If she's guilty of anything, it's now to not fall for the sly tricks of undermining journalists, like repeatedly asking her the same questions without giving her any feedback as to why they are re-asking, so that she sounds stupid repeating her answer.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 28, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | September 28, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Very Funny and not the palin impression of Tina fey but the Couric impression of Amy is excellent, bear in mind that after this interview Couric found her evasive, this translate to clueless because she is a neophyte when it comes to exterior politics and dealing with normal peopel outside her church, so she comes across as plain dumb and that in the public eye is unforgivable the press will have a pic nic with you.
Thank You Tina and Amy yesterdays performance got the two drops of pee certificate of laughs.

Posted by: alecheli | September 28, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

It would have been funny if this was a pure cari..caric.. caricature.
It is scary because it is 100% true!

McCain did a great disservice to this nation by selecting Ms. Palin who is totally out of her league ( Thanks, Ms. Parker).

Posted by: Troglodyte | September 28, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it was funny and well done. But it was really sad & scary too. After seeing the actual Couric - Palin interview, I felt sorry in a sick, queasy way for Palin. It was so painful to watch Is it really true that she might be a heart-beat from the Presidency?

Posted by: dlkhoward | September 28, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Everyone listen up- I live in Alaska- Palmer, near Wasilla where Palin is from- I would NEVER vote for her- doesn't matter that she is a woman, and I am, etc... But on the other hand, with McCain choosing, he helped Obama pull ahead- and I was already voting for him anyway. Choosing Palin was a really stupid moves and shows how out of touch McCain is and that he only picked Palin to make the Christian conservative right satisfied. I am embarassed that an Alaskan thrown on the National level has been this embarassing- but that's what you get when you think you are ready and really aren't. Here in Anchorage, Alaska, here have been several protests by hundreds, almost a 1000 people, to date- Palin is NOT liked by all Alaskans !! Go Obama/Biden !!!

Posted by: messa1 | September 28, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I was feeling better about Obama, after he gave a fairly convincing performance in the last debate. I mean, he was wrong in the things he said but he didn't act like a evasive retard like in the debates with Clinton.

However, this by-now absurd, witchhunting round of sexist ridiculing and framing of Palin has turned me off again.

I just can't vote along with this kind of sexism, no matter who is on the Democratic ticket.

I wonder if the Democrats will get to a point where they realize that the sexism on their side is a liability?

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 28, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I didn't realize much of that was straight from Palin until I saw a partial transcript of the original. Amazing. She's like a car wreck...I just can't look away...

Posted by: LeftCoasterInIowa | September 28, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

It's only funny if you're comfortable with the fact that this has gotten to the mean-girl point. And it's only funny if you're comfortable with the double-standards that are applied to Sarah Palin, that are not being applied to, say, Joe Biden. Can you imagine if Sarah Palin, as did Joe Biden, claimed there would be no clean coal plants in America, or that FDR spoke to the nation after the stock market crash in 1929 on TV? Or if she, as did Joe Biden, command some crippled man in a wheelchair to stand up and then exclaim "what am I talking about"?

What Sarah Palin is being subjected to is a one-sided bashfest that has no bearing on reality. I.e. she's getting special treatment as an idiot, wherein the almost-mentally-ill Joe Biden gaffes and other clueless statements of the Democratic ticket candidates are ignored. She's being painted as a clueless dummy, for things that the Democratic ticket are guilty of in greater measure than her.

And the whole basis for why this feels "right" is the prejudice with which the media and Democrats are comfortable viewing an attractive, mother of 5 governor.

The picture being painted of her today is no more accurate than the picture painted prior to her convention speech. If she's guilty of anything, it's now to not fall for the sly tricks of undermining journalists, like repeatedly asking her the same questions without giving her any feedback as to why they are re-asking, so that she sounds stupid repeating her answer.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 28, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I believe the election is all but lost for Mccain. After the debate Obama picked up three more points in the polls and on intrade Mccain is around 18 points down, a virtual land slide and Obama is given a 78% probability he will be elected. Having said all that, I predict Palin is replaced before the election, maybe this week even before the debate.

Posted by: popasmoke | September 28, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

VERY Funny! And dead on... As folks have pointed out they are using Palins own words. Palin is a political idiot. So much so that she was actually clueless that what is happening to her was to be expected.

Sarah, your not in Alaska anymore. This is not little league this is "the show".

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 28, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

tina fey is absolutely perfect, and really all she has to do is quote palin, which she does almost verbatim for at least a third of the sketch. amy poehler was working the squinchy face and the eye fluttering a bit too much. i wonder who will do biden (please don't let it be hammond) next week in the debate send-up. the sketch is funny but in one of those really nervous frightening 'god this could be our future' kind of ways; they have to be careful not to overplay it

Posted by: wickerparkbob | September 28, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

tina fey is absolutely perfect, and really all she has to do is quote palin, which she does almost verbatim for at least a third of the sketch. amy poehler was working the squinchy face and the eye fluttering a bit too much. i wonder who will do biden (please don't let it be hammond) next week in the debate send-up. the sketch is funny but in one of those really nervous frightening 'god this could be our future' kind of ways; they have to be careful not to overplay it

Posted by: wickerparkbob | September 28, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Tina Fey is absolutely perfect as Sarah Palin. Not only is the physical appearance uncanny, but she's captured the essence of Palin in her portrayal. It is almost impossible to tell the difference - which one is Palin? which is Fey?
Despite how much I enjoy seeing Tina Fey in this role, I hope that it's only a short time gig . . .

Posted by: deden53 | September 28, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Almost as funny is a video I just posted that juxtaposes Sarah Palin's responses to Katie Couric, with the inane responses given by Miss South Carolina at last year's Miss Teen USA pageant.

Close your eyes and you won't be able to tell who is who.

Check it out at:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/separated-at-birth-sarah-palin-miss.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 28, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"Mining interests have courted Palin since her inauguration. Northern Dynasty contributed to her inaugural fund, and other mining companies have offered gifts and paid travel expenses for Palin's husband to go on fact-finding trips.

Palin suggested in her campaign and early in her tenure that she would withhold judgment on Pebble Mine. Three days before her selection she publicly and possibly illegally spoke out against their referendum to protect their valuable salmon industry and publicly opposed their fishing industry's referendum, never done by a sitting Alaskan Goveror in Alaska's history. She fires DPS officer and interferes wth their referendum process. Sounds like Alberto Gonzalez and Dick Cheney Part II.

I reject the special interest. Send me to Washingon and John and I will stop the lobbyist in their tracts with our reform agenda, and when the special interests step in, John and I will say Thanks but No Thanks.

Posted by: leichtman | September 28, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Almost as funny is a video I just posted that juxtaposes Sarah Palin's responses to Katie Couric, with the inane responses given by Miss South Carolina at last year's Miss Teen USA pageant.

Close your eyes and you won't be able to tell who is who.

Check it out at:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/separated-at-birth-sarah-palin-miss.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 28, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Almost as funny is a video I just posted that juxtaposes Sarah Palin's responses to Katie Couric, with the inane responses given by Miss South Carolina at last year's Miss Teen USA pageant.

Close your eyes and you won't be able to tell who is who.

Check it out at:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/separated-at-birth-sarah-palin-miss.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 28, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The best part is that some of Tina Fey's dialogue was lifted straight from...Sarah Palin herself.

Posted by: PDiddy | September 28, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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