Hooray for Tina Fey

October 17, 2008 · Leave a Comment

Contributed by RJ


Sarah Palin is sliding in the polls.

Have voters finally seen through her phony reformer shtick? Or should we thank Tina Fey for highlighting the candidate’s finer qualities?

Recent polls reveal that Sarah’s numbers took a tumble following Fey’s parodies on Saturday Night Live. While this is an encouraging development, it says a lot about our current political culture. We live in a nation where sketch comedy has the power to influence a presidential election.

Here’s what I’d like to ask the people in that polling sample: “Really? You thought Sarah Palin was a reasonable choice until you saw Tina Fey impersonate her on Saturday Night Live?”

In an intriguing yet predictable twist, it looks like Palin will be appearing alongside Tina Fey on this week’s SNL. She told Neal Boortz in an interview that she hasn’t seen a script yet and has no idea what’s in store for her. If that’s true and the Palin campaign has agreed to an appearance “without preconditions,” the SNL writers are going to have a field day.

It’s an interesting gamble. Palin and her campaign want to neutralize the damage Fey has done by showing that Palin can take a joke. It their gamble pays off, she’ll come away looking more likable. If it doesn’t, well, let’s just say it’ll be one of the best life-imitating-art moments in the history of political satire.

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