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Tina Fey as Sarah Palin on SNL [advert precedes video]
posted by humannaire (118 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Anyone see the "Alaska man" they had on Weekend Update?
posted by delmoi at 11:11 PM on September 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


You go girl. Destiny is waiting.
posted by chance at 11:12 PM on September 13, 2008


Ok, that was pretty fucking funny. In a way that makes me weep.
posted by everichon at 11:13 PM on September 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


In a way, that makes me veep too!

what, too soon?
posted by Kattullus at 11:14 PM on September 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


What the hell was my last comment about? Stupid effects of not sleeping on the brain.
posted by Kattullus at 11:15 PM on September 13, 2008 [6 favorites]


She does a great job.
posted by jeblis at 11:24 PM on September 13, 2008


Tina Fey will have a full-time gig if Sarah is elected. They're barely distinguishable, and they're both actresses. Meanwhile, the real Palin's defining accomplishment in Wasilla was an ice-rink that turned into a money pit as she made enemies, hired cronies, drove the town into debt, and kicked her political career into high gear.
posted by digaman at 11:24 PM on September 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


digaman -- I raise your WP article with today's devastating "Palin" front-page New York Times article -- Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes.
posted by ericb at 11:29 PM on September 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


Oh my god. OH MY GOD! I see the way clear to a better future. We vote in John McCain. Then, stay with me, stay with me... we KIDNAP SARAH PALIN AND REPLACE HER WITH TINA FEY!!

She'd totally pull it off. She's perfect. If Sarah Palin's not standing right next to her, you'd totally believe it's her. Once she's sworn in, we just wait for McCain to keel over, and PRESIDENT TINA FEY!! How fucking cool would that be? Imagine a President that's not just the best of a bad lot, but one you're actually head over heels in love with. Like Katharine Hepburn in Philadelphia Story in love.

It's destiny. This is why Tina Fey was born looking like she does. Her moment has come to rise up and save her country.

Wow, I see it now. The future can be so much more than this. Anything can happen. Anything at all. It's so beautiful.
posted by Naberius at 11:30 PM on September 13, 2008 [146 favorites]


Lest we forget the Sunday Boston Globe -- Alaska Spending Soared Under Palin.
posted by ericb at 11:31 PM on September 13, 2008


That was perfect.
posted by Nattie at 11:32 PM on September 13, 2008


ok so maybe i don't hate tina fey as much.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 11:32 PM on September 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


Note to West Coasters: This is the only funny sketch in the entire show.
posted by Poolio at 11:33 PM on September 13, 2008 [6 favorites]


Backdoor political thread?
posted by jeblis at 11:35 PM on September 13, 2008


Oh poor Tina Fey. To perhaps be forever associated with Sarah Palin. The comedy aspect is nice, but... yikes.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 11:36 PM on September 13, 2008


It's on youtube ad free
posted by jfrancis at 11:40 PM on September 13, 2008 [4 favorites]


Note to West Coasters: This is the only funny sketch in the entire show.

Thanks for the warning!

<>


[although I did note that MAD TV (it's been on for 14 years? Holy cow!) has an actual African American playing Obama (and Bobby Lee playing McCain)]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 11:42 PM on September 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Damn it. This should have been posted over in the original Sarah Palin thread. People, don't fork this thing—we're trying to hit 6,000!
posted by ryanrs at 11:43 PM on September 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


It's already been posted over in the Palin thread, ryanrs.
posted by Kattullus at 11:45 PM on September 13, 2008


Hahaha bloody brilliant.
posted by Chan at 11:47 PM on September 13, 2008


A little too much Wisconsin in the accent, but otherwise I thought she pretty much nailed it. Still, I refuse to give up hope that they'll let Kristen Wiig run with the Palin character.
posted by Balonious Assault at 11:48 PM on September 13, 2008


Yay! Something I was looking forward to that was actually not disappointing. Oh and Amy Poehler plays bitter so well.
posted by Miastar at 11:50 PM on September 13, 2008


That was glorious.
posted by empath at 11:52 PM on September 13, 2008


I just watched it. It's disappointing. SNL could have used the opportunity to really highlight Palin's failings, but it was really just a standard "bitter Hillary" sketch.
posted by mrnutty at 11:52 PM on September 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


it was really just a standard "bitter Hillary" sketch.

I dunno. I was about a million miles away from being a Clinton supporter, and I'm plenty bitter on her behalf. The sketch struck me as both funny and furious.
posted by scody at 11:55 PM on September 13, 2008


SNL could have used the opportunity to really highlight Palin's failings, but it was really just a standard "bitter Hillary" sketch.

Why is every bit of satire and commentary judged on how well it helps Obama's campaign?
posted by empath at 11:57 PM on September 13, 2008 [8 favorites]


It struck me as going for "justifiably bitter Hillary."
posted by Solon and Thanks at 11:58 PM on September 13, 2008 [6 favorites]


I liked it! Clap clap.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 11:59 PM on September 13, 2008


I happened to turn this on and thought, have I been missing good stuff on SNL? Then the show began and I was quickly assured that I hadn't.

During Phelps' "we can save the monologue by turning it into a sketch with a cameo by the Shat", I saw that repulsive eater Guy Fieri was sitting next to Shatner. I wonder how much Scripps (or maybe Fridays?) paid to get him in that seat. I bet they hit it right off, too.

GUY: Hey, Bill, it's a pleasure to finally meet you, I'm a big fan of green skinned...
SHATNER: Do I know you?
GUY: Shyeah! Guy Fieri, from the food network?
SHATNER: Oh, wonderful. I'd love a burrito.
GUY: Huh?
SHATNER: Make that dos burritos.
posted by ulotrichous at 12:01 AM on September 14, 2008 [10 favorites]


A little too much Wisconsin in the accent, but otherwise I thought she pretty much nailed it. Still, I refuse to give up hope that they'll let Kristen Wiig run with the Palin character.

I dunno, I thought it was more Minnesotan, personally. On the other hand, she did nail it. Magnificence!
posted by taursir at 12:05 AM on September 14, 2008


She really nailed it. Man, I love that Tina girl.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:06 AM on September 14, 2008


Why is every bit of satire and commentary judged on how well it helps Obama's campaign?

It's not. But when McCain's unqualified running mate is the subject of said sketch it seems appropriate.
posted by mrnutty at 12:06 AM on September 14, 2008


Julie Brown does a very funny Palin, here's 3 short clips:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YcBu64TsmE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJAfaza7voA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-E4EaiPQ4M

-rmm
posted by rmmcclay at 12:12 AM on September 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


The Sarah Palin vlogs are also good, and (but?) really over the top.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 12:17 AM on September 14, 2008


I keep forgetting how funny Amy Pohler is.
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:24 AM on September 14, 2008


Tina Fey and Sarah Palin are remarkably similar. Except Tina Fey is really hot and Sarah Palin is really not. IMO.
posted by rtha at 12:24 AM on September 14, 2008 [7 favorites]


“You should be ashamed! Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now!”

I love that.
posted by homunculus at 12:32 AM on September 14, 2008 [3 favorites]


I've never been a fan of Tina Fey. Her news with Jimmy Fallon always seemed to fall flat - too many one-liners, all with the same smug delivery, and the same general mug to the camera. I found myself not liking her because of her reaction to the news - there was never any self-deprecation, never any analysis, just interpreting news stories to make her and Mr. Fallon out as the smarter, better people.

Seeing Tina Fey portray Sarah Palin works for me, though, because although I don't care for either of them, anyone showing Palin for what she truly is deserves respect. While I doubt it makes any difference to her, Ms. Fey has earned my admiration - she did a great job.
posted by Graygorey at 12:33 AM on September 14, 2008


Whoa. Who could have seen that coming?
posted by Smedleyman at 12:42 AM on September 14, 2008


It's not funny 'cause it's true.
posted by liquorice at 12:51 AM on September 14, 2008 [3 favorites]


Sara Benincasa has it down, with that mixture of folksiness, loopiness and ego that she concocted in improv. I'm sure, though, that Tina Fey knew she couldn't get out of SNL, at least this week. It was the best sketch of the night, which obviously isn't saying much, and its best bit is the metaref to Palin's 'Tina Fey glasses'.

Weird watching it. The accent clearly isn't there (it's bad Newfie to me) but the visual hits the uncanny valley.

I also believe (sort of) that choosing Palin was clearly a quid pro quo for Lorne Michaels' $2300 donation to John McCain last year. Cheap, if you consider the number of extra viewers they probably pulled in tonight.
posted by holgate at 1:15 AM on September 14, 2008


From the comments:
I liked this skit for the most part, but I am voting for Palin. I like her! I used to be a Hillary supporter but it's too late for that! Obama stole her nomination - see www.wewillnotbesilenced2008.com. Anyway, Palin is awesome. It's great to see a woman with values running for VP.
I'm going back to bed to cry now.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 1:32 AM on September 14, 2008 [7 favorites]


So, every other sketch this season will be just as funny, right?
posted by Clay201 at 1:51 AM on September 14, 2008


NYT article was interesting. Palin comes off as George Bush III - Loyalty, secrecy, and eliminating enemies are her number one priorities.
Using yahoo email for crony mailings sounds like a brilliant move. Can't someone guess the password for gov.sarah@yahoo.com? It's got to be the name of one of her kids or dog.
posted by benzenedream at 1:59 AM on September 14, 2008


So is this thread the sequel thread we've been looking for?

Tina Fey for President!
posted by crossoverman at 2:06 AM on September 14, 2008


Watched it. Might have been funny if I was 15 years old. Why oh why can't SNL do anything funny ever at all in any way? I know it's a cliche to dis' on SNL, but seriously -- why can't it just be FUNNY anymore?

Oh, and this comment: Tina Fey and Sarah Palin are remarkably similar. Except Tina Fey is really hot and Sarah Palin is really not. IMO.

Uh, that's backwards. Sarah is smokin', and Tina is just...well, Tina.
posted by davidmsc at 2:27 AM on September 14, 2008


Your favorite Sarah Palin sucks.
posted by Poolio at 2:35 AM on September 14, 2008


Uh, that's backwards. Sarah is smokin', and Tina is just...well, Tina.

The FUCK?
posted by crossoverman at 2:37 AM on September 14, 2008 [21 favorites]


Who is voting for McCain and reads the NYT?

Like, three people. And they all work for McCain.
posted by sondrialiac at 2:41 AM on September 14, 2008 [4 favorites]


Oh, and this comment: Tina Fey and Sarah Palin are remarkably similar. Except Tina Fey is really hot and Sarah Palin is really not. IMO.

Uh, that's backwards. Sarah is smokin', and Tina is just...well, Tina.


It may be overkill, but I am reminded of Susan Sontag's remark about critics in this context. "Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility."
posted by cgc373 at 3:00 AM on September 14, 2008 [30 favorites]


Oh my god. OH MY GOD! I see the way clear to a better future. We vote in John McCain. Then, stay with me, stay with me... we KIDNAP SARAH PALIN AND REPLACE HER WITH TINA FEY!!

...either that, or this is an attempt by the Republican party to infiltrate the world of political satire...
posted by fairmettle at 3:50 AM on September 14, 2008


Michael Palin for President!
posted by crossoverman at 4:23 AM on September 14, 2008


[this is good]
posted by tranquileye at 4:45 AM on September 14, 2008


I love this, and I kind of feel like Poehler's Hillary nowadays, because I think McCain/Palin have a very good shot at winning this thing, and I am seething with anger, confusion and other emotions about that. I mean WTF America? ok rant over, sorry
posted by gubo at 5:17 AM on September 14, 2008


Oh my god. OH MY GOD! I see the way clear to a better future. We vote in John McCain. Then, stay with me, stay with me... we KIDNAP SARAH PALIN AND REPLACE HER WITH TINA FEY!!

Better yet: how about kidnapping Palin and replacing her with someone who's qualified to be Vice President? I'd prefer that, to be honest.


John McCain in the White House, Stephen Harper in Parliament... shit, it's gonna be a LONG FOUR YEARS across North America...


(okay, maybe only three years in Canada, but still...)

posted by spoobnooble at 5:50 AM on September 14, 2008


wisconsin? minnesota? bad newfie? no, it's watered down yooper
posted by pyramid termite at 5:58 AM on September 14, 2008



Uh, that's backwards. Sarah is smokin', and Tina is just...well, Tina.

The FUCK?


Some people require assistance from a firearm to achieve erection
posted by Mick at 6:10 AM on September 14, 2008 [5 favorites]


... this is an attempt by the Republican party to infiltrate the world of political satire...

Actually, for the last twenty-five years the Republicans have been almost completely supplanted by a Situationist-inspired splinter group of former Groundlings. They really didn't expect things to get quite so out of hand...
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 6:44 AM on September 14, 2008 [4 favorites]


This could have been funny if Tina was more sarcastic. Every time I hear Palin, all I can think is that she would be the ex-wife from hell.
posted by Bitter soylent at 6:45 AM on September 14, 2008


While I'd like to see Tina Fey get steady work (other than 30 Rock?), I'd hate to have it be at the expense of the nation.
posted by mmahaffie at 6:56 AM on September 14, 2008


Tina Fey's extreme deliciousness has been reduced tenfold.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:02 AM on September 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh my god. OH MY GOD! I see the way clear to a better future. We vote in John McCain. Then, stay with me, stay with me... we KIDNAP SARAH PALIN AND REPLACE HER WITH TINA FEY!!

Yes, it would be like in a cheesy movie where the evil twin is identical to the protagonist, except for a scar. This would be like... just the opposite of that.
posted by Arch_Stanton at 7:05 AM on September 14, 2008


OK that was fucking funny.
posted by PHINC at 7:05 AM on September 14, 2008


This has made my life just a tiny bit more full of glee.
posted by saturnine at 7:19 AM on September 14, 2008


"The accent clearly isn't there (it's bad Newfie to me) but the visual hits the uncanny valley."

Really? So her portrayal of Sarah Palin was so close to lifelike that the flaws in the computer-generated portion of her performance caused revulsion in the viewer? Did you even read the wikipedia page you linked to?

Or is Tina Fey actually a robot and this is the first I'm hearing of it?
posted by Eideteker at 7:21 AM on September 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Also, it's great to see you folks react to a sketch with sexism as a theme by talking about how attractive various public personalities are.
posted by Eideteker at 7:24 AM on September 14, 2008 [18 favorites]


Fey's Palin was pretty good but I thought Poehler's Clinton was awesome. Not so much as an accurate portrayal, but just as a character who is seething. I should write a movie script for her where that's all she does.

Also, when the drums started I mentally buffered the theme music to Mr. Show.
posted by wobh at 7:27 AM on September 14, 2008


Palin saw the skit. (via John Cole's Balloon Juice)

As comedienne Tina Fey debuted her impression of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, the governor and her staff were watching from 30,000 feet.

Palin was on board her campaign jet flying from Reno to Denver as 11:30 PM Eastern rolled around. But the show was available on the Jetblue charter’s satellite TV system.

Standing alongside SNL cast member Amy Poehler who was impersonating Hillary Clinton, Fey’s Palin extolled her foreign policy expertise in a flat midwestern accent: “I can see Russia from my house!”

There were howls of laughter from the sizeable press corps covering Palin’s first foray on the campaign trail without her running man as a chaperone.

But, from the front of the plane, silence. The flight attendants assured us Palin and her entourage were watching. What she thought, though, is anybody’s guess.

Palin has yet to say so much as hello to the press corps.

posted by maudlin at 7:32 AM on September 14, 2008 [10 favorites]


I'm waiting for someone do do a mash up with this and this.

After watching the entire interview, I can only assume that Sarah Palin doesn't know what words mean. It's a feeling I first got from a few of her speeches, but now I'm almost certain that they got her a Hooked on Phonics kit and just have her talking points written out phonetically on big cue cards. This daily show clip nails it around 4:30.
posted by Telf at 7:45 AM on September 14, 2008


So her portrayal of Sarah Palin was so close to lifelike that the flaws in the computer-generated portion of her performance caused revulsion in the viewer?

Maybe, or maybe he was using "Uncanny Valley" as a metaphor for something that was exactly like uncanny valley with the exception that the object was not generated by computers. Plus, robots are not computer generated, so by your own definition, robots could not fall into the uncanny valley.

Lest we forget the Sunday Boston Globe -- Alaska Spending Soared Under Palin.

So did their revenues, Palin raised taxes on oil companies, and increased every Alaskan's welfare check by 50%. Wait, taxing oil companies? Handing out welfare checks? Yes it's true, Palin governed as a socialist. Shows the ideological emptiness of the republican ticket, and I don't think there's much indication that she's hew to the same polices in the Whitehouse.
posted by delmoi at 7:45 AM on September 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


That "stop blogging" story gets better when you realize the woman who was finger-wagged, Sherry Whitstine, is apparently a fundamentalist conservative. She writes as Syrin at her blog. It's full of fun:

You have 60 Days to know something about this woamn sarah palin. Why are most of the Christian so called conservative talking heads so easily deceived? I and many others in Wasilla have tried to reveal the true nature of Palin's creditibility. In my case, I'm a conservative Christian, active Republican in the State of Alaska. Sarah has never been an active participent in this party. Hey, I live here and during these 19 month this woman has provided NO leadership. She has left rotten fruit and abuse of power and corruption as her legacy.

Sarah isn't going to help get McCain elected or promote drilling in ANWR. Sarah is hasn't reformed anything, she is the most corrupt and unethical governor the State of Alaska has ever had. Sarah Palin is incompetent, vindictive and liberal with socialist tendencies for her 13 years of politics. I hope that's what McCain was looking for.


And this builds to a hilariously furious climax:

This inept governor Sarah Palin has a high approval from the un educated, sound bite crowd for terrorizing and taxing private industry, growing government. She has continued giving every special interest group just what they want or more. Sarah has created an atmosphere of hate and discontent in the state of Alaska between the people and the legislators. She continues with baseless accusations and directs negative media towards the Alaska House and Senate Members. She just recently tried to oust the Chairman of the Republican Party of Alaska...

The fact that she has NO experience and NO credibility was not considered in the debate. We are now reaping the consequences of electing someone quite incompetent to do this job...But really, she has no content no value, no valid experience and no interest but her known. The only "hot" Sarah is, is a "HOT MESS". Sarah is a disaster! She is over her head in life, let alone in a national political position. Check Out the parody songs about Sarah. I can use some PR to save my nation from this fraud.


Fascinating.
posted by mediareport at 7:58 AM on September 14, 2008 [5 favorites]


Each of you owes me twenty bucks. Pay up, suckas.
posted by ColdChef at 8:08 AM on September 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


When Fey-As-Palin started posing like a model I almost fell on the floor I was laughing so hard.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 8:12 AM on September 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Fey is so good at this that I'd like to get her on the road doing some Borat-style faux campaign experiences as Palin. Further material for my longstanding girl crush on her.

I did think that relying on the bitter-Hilary trope was an easy turn for the script to take at midpoint - I'm sorry the writing team couldn't get beyond it. There is plenty more to mine here. Global warming as "just God huggin' us closer" was a great line.
posted by Miko at 8:14 AM on September 14, 2008 [2 favorites]


Oh lord, Coldchef, that link caused my browser to hang. That's one looong thread.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 8:32 AM on September 14, 2008


Topical humor done without any edge is bad humor.

Norm McDonald once said that he loved the way Chevy Chase did Gerald Ford, because Chevy was just being himself- he wasn't trying to do a straight impression of Ford.

If you like The Simpsons or Family Guy, this was your cup of tea.

Boring, predictable "reference humor".
posted by Zambrano at 8:38 AM on September 14, 2008


Yeah, I hate it when topical humour uses references, particularly references to topics.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:41 AM on September 14, 2008 [21 favorites]


You're either funny or you're not funny.

Lucy was funny. Carol Burnett is funny. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss is funny.


Tina Fey is not funny.
posted by Zambrano at 8:56 AM on September 14, 2008


Fey's Palin was pretty good but I thought Poehler's Clinton was awesome. Not so much as an accurate portrayal, but just as a character who is seething. I should write a movie script for her where that's all she does.

I agree. I'm not sure Tina Fey could do this character week after week, but Amy Poehler's Hillary is good enough to sustain its own sitcom.
posted by briank at 9:03 AM on September 14, 2008


You're either funny or you're not funny.
Yes, this is well supported by the unanimous consensus that always emerges when people discuss whether any particular individual is funny or not.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:03 AM on September 14, 2008 [10 favorites]


Your favorite comedienne sucks.

(I couldn't possibly disagree more)
posted by deadmessenger at 9:08 AM on September 14, 2008


It was the only worthwhile sketch of the night. (Michael Phelps: Not funny.)

P.S.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:15 AM on September 14, 2008


Tina Fey is not funny.

Ohhhh. Why didn't you say so in the first place, rather than predicating your argument on the scholarly analysis of that giant of comedy, Norm MacDonald (Whose shtick I do enjoy, when he's not being completely lazy and trying to pass off said laziness as po-mo anticomedy)?

Bonus Fun Fact: Norm's brother is senior CBC correspondent Neil MacDonald.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:19 AM on September 14, 2008


Norm McDonald once said that he loved the way Chevy Chase did Gerald Ford, because Chevy was just being himself- he wasn't trying to do a straight impression of Ford.

Norm: "Hey, Chevy Chase was as bad at acting as I am!"
posted by ethnomethodologist at 10:19 AM on September 14, 2008


"Better yet: how about kidnapping Palin and replacing her with someone who's qualified to be Vice President? I'd prefer that, to be honest."

No joke here, I literally think Tina Fey would be a step up in terms of qualification. Okay, maybe not more qualified than McCain, but I, in all seriousness, believe she's better qualified to lead this country than Sarah Palin based solely on the familiarity with world affairs I've seen in episodes of 30 Rock.

It's not like Sarah Palin's a very high bar to clear, for God's sake.
posted by Naberius at 10:32 AM on September 14, 2008


(Michael Phelps: Not funny.)

He's not just not funny, he's like a log.
posted by smackfu at 10:42 AM on September 14, 2008


I can see Russia from my house!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 11:39 AM on September 14, 2008


C'mon, Tina Fey is funny. On the Bush Doctrine bit where she says "I don't know what that means", that's funny.
posted by gfrobe at 11:47 AM on September 14, 2008


I can see Russia from my house!

From Boston? Are you on top of one of the East Coast ivory towers we've heard so much about?
posted by lukemeister at 12:40 PM on September 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


All this Tina Fey talk makes me wonder what Rachel Dratch is up to.

Rachel, where art thou?
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 12:58 PM on September 14, 2008


Rachel Dratch, sadly, has been dropped like a stone and as last heard is struggling for work. She was even ignored on the "funny women" issue of Vanity Fair.
posted by piratebowling at 1:15 PM on September 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Tina Fey is not funny.

She revived SNL in early 2000 as the head writer and has created the funniest show currently on television (30 Rock). And why compare her to only female television comics? Tina Fey eats Norman Lear for breakfast!
posted by cazoo at 1:46 PM on September 14, 2008 [3 favorites]


Rachel Dratch, sadly, has been dropped like a stone and as last heard is struggling for work. She was even ignored on the "funny women" issue of Vanity Fair.

.
posted by lukemeister at 1:49 PM on September 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let's put some money together and hire Rachel Dratch! She can be a mod or something! Think of the reasons for deletion she could post!
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 2:02 PM on September 14, 2008 [8 favorites]


Meh.
posted by pallen123 at 2:13 PM on September 14, 2008


Tina Fey will have a full-time gig if Sarah is elected.

and sarah palin will have a full-time gig if she's not elected. she'll become the hottest spokesmodel in the history of spokesmodels. i, for one, am looking forward to watching her hawk laundry detergent.
posted by msconduct at 2:16 PM on September 14, 2008


"Watch as these moose blood and lipstick stains wash right out!"
posted by Sys Rq at 2:20 PM on September 14, 2008 [4 favorites]


Let's put some money together and hire Rachel Dratch! She can be a mod or something! Think of the reasons for deletion she could post!

People who submit lame posts will be punished with a Debbie Downer mp3 playing any time they post or comment for the following month.
posted by lukemeister at 2:23 PM on September 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


"although it is never sexist to question female politicians' credentials ... please, ask this one about dinosaurs. In conclusion, I invite the media to grow a pair, and if you can't, I will lend you mine."

I love you, fake Hillary.
posted by onlyconnect at 7:24 PM on September 14, 2008 [3 favorites]


Funny stuff, fav pat is when "hillary" rips off part of the podium.

I was hoping there'd be a monty python/hack her arm off/blood spewing bit :)
posted by axltea at 8:43 PM on September 14, 2008


I've noticed that all the SNLized politicians are so much more likeable than the real politicians: Amy Poehler as Hillary, Fred Armisen as Obama, that little kid who used to play Dan Quayle (adorable!), and, now Tina Fey as Palin. Since SNL has steadly gone down in quality, the political skits and the news are the only guaranteed good bits. I turn the tv off after the latter.
posted by Mael Oui at 9:50 PM on September 14, 2008


Sometimes I think that it's a shame that SNL isn't widely known about or seen outside the US.
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:55 AM on September 15, 2008


Sometimes I think that it's a shame that SNL isn't widely known about or seen outside the US.

I can only assume you're joking or being sarcastic here.

She revived SNL in early 2000 as the head writer and has created the funniest show currently on television (30 Rock).

The first is and will be a stain on her record and her very soul until she dies, but the second, yeah, that's some pretty amusing stuff right there.

Uh, that's backwards. Sarah is smokin', and Tina is just...well, Tina.

You're a very weird man. Even with that enormous scar trailing across half her face, Tina Fey's a very appealing person.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:09 AM on September 15, 2008


No, I was being honest. Most of the people I know here never see it.
posted by chuckdarwin at 6:24 AM on September 15, 2008


Fey's whispered line of "and I don't know what that is..." with regard to the Bush doctrine made me laugh because her delivery is perfect.

Then I got a little sad, because it's also perfectly accurate.
posted by quin at 8:06 AM on September 15, 2008


Chevy Chase Compliments Tina Fey... Slams Sarah Palin And McCain [video | 07:02].
posted by ericb at 11:43 AM on September 15, 2008


Tina Fey, Michael Phelps Lift SNL To Highest Ratings Since 2002.
posted by ericb at 11:44 AM on September 15, 2008


Am I the only one who thinks that the woman who played the gold digger married to the old guy from Best in Show would make an AWESOME Palin?
posted by iamkimiam at 1:11 PM on September 15, 2008


THE CRYSTAL-METH TICKET - McCAIN / PALIN '08
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=109554353&blogID=433156142

there's lots there, its big
but here's the money quote:

WASILLA'S ENDANGERED METH CHILDREN (GOOD KIDS DON'T SNITCH)
http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/030805/sta_20050308002.shtml
Troopers dub Mat-Su area the meth capital of Alaska

(AP) WASILLA - The Matanuska-Susitna area is the methamphetamine capital of Alaska, according to Alaska State Troopers. In 2003, authorities uncovered nine meth labs in the area. Last year, the number increased to 42, said Kyle Young, an investigator with the troopers who works with the Mat-Su narcotics team. Officials with the Office of Children's Services in Wasilla said the problem affects children. The office receives about 40 calls a month from people reporting abuse or neglect involving some aspect of the highly addictive drug.

In late February, the Mat-Su narcotics unit arrested a couple at their Willow home. Michelle Motta said for years she tried to warn authorities that her three young nieces lived in the midst of a methamphetamine operation run by their parents, Phillip Dean and Laura Jackson. Alaska State Troopers reported finding a "large active meth lab" in a detached garage shop. The house was a frigid mess, with piles of dirty dishes, clothes everywhere and frozen pipes, investigators said. Through a hatch in the shop floor, the team found an underground room with a meth lab in one corner, as well as old marijuana root balls and lights from a past pot-growing operation.

An investigator said the team didn't find the children at home but saw signs of them there. Motta said the girls - ages 14, 8 and 6 - at times slept in the garage with the lab. A year ago, the oldest girl detailed the household's rampant drug problems and squalid living conditions in a handwritten letter to a judge. "My parents grow marijuana and crystal the(y) did the drugs that they bought in front of (my sisters)," the letter begins. "They spent most money on them instead of food or doing laundry. I got left home with nobody there I got left home with drug(g)ies..." Motta now has custody of her three nieces. The Jacksons are jailed at Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility in Palmer.

Children sharing homes with meth labs face the risk of contamination, fire, explosion, neglect and hazardous living conditions. Caseworkers report little children complaining of breathing problems from toxic fumes rising off chemicals such as acetone, ammonia and hydrochloric acid. When authorities surrounded a converted bus housing a meth operation in Big Lake in January, a 13-year-old boy who answered the door bragged that his mom cooked the best meth in the valley, according to the troopers.

During a 2003 bust at a house outside Wasilla, officers discovered five children living inside, all younger than 8 years old. The calls about meth to children's services in Wasilla accounts for as many as 40 percent of the agency's total monthly child protection calls.

The troopers are aggressively going after meth labs, said Capt. Ed Harrington, the supervisor of the state's drug and alcohol enforcement unit. "It's just not a simple process," Harrington said. "Just because somebody calls in and says 'So and so's cooking meth' doesn't mean we're going to kick the door in the next night."
posted by jojo-dancer at 1:15 PM on September 15, 2008


oh sorry right

CRYSTAL METH TICKET
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=109554353&blogID=433156142

WASILLA ARTICLE
http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/030805/sta_20050308002.shtml
posted by jojo-dancer at 1:18 PM on September 15, 2008


Am I the only one who thinks that the woman who played the gold digger married to the old guy from Best in Show would make an AWESOME Palin?

Oh, you mean Jennifer Coolidge? The original MILF? Heh, good call.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 1:28 PM on September 15, 2008


Carly Fiorina criticizes Tina Fey as disrespectful, sexist
posted by psmealey at 2:45 PM on September 15, 2008


When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or, you know, maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, man, that doesn’t do us any good. Women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country. I don’t think it’s, it bodes well for her -- a statement like that.
-- Governor Palin
posted by kirkaracha at 4:24 PM on September 15, 2008


From psmealey's link:

Fiorina: I think that, of course, the portrait was very dismissive of the substance of Sarah Palin, and so in that sense, they were defining Hillary Clinton as very substantive, and Sarah Palin as totally superficial. I think that continues the line of argument that is disrespectful in the extreme, and yes, I would say, sexist in the sense that just because Sarah Palin has different views than Hillary Clinton does not mean that she lacks substance. She has a lot of substance.

I guess I get, in an abstract, theoretical sense what you're going for there, Carly, but sexist is hardly the right word. I swear, they are just like kids who learned a new word and want to drop it in to the conversation as often as possible, but ultimately misunderstood the meaning.
posted by piratebowling at 4:55 PM on September 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


My Gal
posted by homunculus at 8:58 AM on September 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


Daily Show: Sarah Palin IS the Bush Doctrine
posted by homunculus at 9:51 AM on September 16, 2008


I'm a little late to this, but here's a 2004 cover of Life magazine (the newspaper insert, not the great magazine of yore) featuring John McCain and Tina Fey.
posted by msbrauer at 4:08 PM on September 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


From the Daily Show Newsletter:

Believe it or not, but McCain campaign spokesperson Carly Fiorina didn't like Tina Fey's "sexist" portrayal of Sarah Palin on SNL this past weekend...

"Well, I think that she looked a bit like her. I think that, of course, the portrait was very dismissive of the substance of Sarah Palin, and so in that sense, they were defining Hillary Clinton as very substantive, and Sarah Palin as totally superficial.

"I think that continues the line of argument that is disrespectful in the extreme, and yes, I would say, sexist in the sense that just because Sarah Palin has different views than Hillary Clinton does not mean that she lacks substance. She has a lot of substance."

Yeah, that's an excellent point Fiorina makes. I would have expected more from Saturday Night Live than a caricatured and less-than-flattering portrayal of an American politician. What is comedy television coming to?

posted by chuckdarwin at 1:22 AM on September 17, 2008


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