8.1.09

Sarah Palin is MAD!

This was a quote from Sarah Palin during an interview with John Ziegler.
“I did see that Tina Fey was named entertainer of the year and Katie Couric’s ratings have risen," Palin said in the interview. "I know that a lot of people are capitalizing on, oh I don’t know, perhaps some exploiting that was done via me, my family, my administration — that’s a little bit perplexing, but it also says a great deal about our society."
Sarah, let me let you in on something...Tina Fey and Katie Couric had...uh...moderately successful careers before you came along. They were, I guess you could say, "household names". What says "a great deal about our society" is that you somehow became a nominee for Vice President.

Palin went on to discuss Caroline Kennedy's pursuit of Hillary Clinton's Senate seat:
“I’ve been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled, and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope."
Mrs. Palin...it's Caroline KENNEDY. Kennedy. Kennedys can do whatever they want in this country! If you're a Kennedy, you can...well, let's just say I looked at the Kennedy family tree and decided not to go into detail...the point is, you can do anything you want and no one will stop you. Kennedy's are ALWAYS under a microscope, and they screw up repeatedly, but no one does anything. Because they are Kennedys.

But back to you, Sarah Palin. If the limelight and the corruption of big ol' lib'r'l 'Merica is too much for you, why don't you stop doing these interviews? Why not just fade away? Alaska is supposedly a place for that, for new beginnings. Why not start on yours?

20 comments:

  1. What says "a great deal about our society" is that you somehow became a nominee for Vice President.

    Priceless.

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  2. Later in the interview she noted that she was most upset about Fey's joking about her pregnant daughter-- which I'd say is something worthy of anger.

    I'm not a fan of Palin. I thought Fey was generally brilliant. And that it wasn't Katie's fault that Palin bombed in that interview.

    But yeah, there was a little piling on in the end.

    I do think that Fey had more political influence than most this fall.

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  3. It's getting away from you again.

    I generally agree that she needs to fade away. She was obviously grossly unprepared for the Couric interview. Tina Fey was awesome in my book.

    Her blabbing looks like sour grapes at this point.

    I think her appeal for Republicans was for several wrong reasons. However, I absolutely believe she would have been treated differently by the media on the other ticket. She would have been portrayed as a champion for women and so forth.

    I saw a minute of Keith Olbermann slamming her last night. And in this post, I see again, her way of speaking being made fun of. I don't get it. I don't get why that's ok or why that is an issue. If you have a Boston or New York accent you're intelligent and sophisticated. It's just a low blow and I wish we were above it. It has nothing to do with her incompetence as a candidate. She would've said the same embarrassing things if she spoke in any other accent.

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  4. In her defense (and don't get me wrong, I'd be horrified if she tried to nose her way back into the spotlight in four years), the media did crucify her family. It was like Hillary Clinton's cankles all over again.

    Katie Couric's ratings were in the basement (much to everyone's surprise), Tina Fey's 30 Rock has never had a particularly high viewership (just large enough to enjoy the GG/Emmy awards and not get scuttled), and speaking of the basement, SNL was hanging out there two. I've read several accounts (Vanity Fair, etc) who attributed Fey's impersonation for vaulting Fey from a semi-popular cult favorite to household name.

    Palin...sigh. She's like the political version of "True Beauty". To not mock is to miss a grand opportunity. And while no one could botch an interview like that woman, the media gleefully dragged not only her professional life but her - and her family's - private lives.

    I don't know. I thought it was excessive. And I don't even like her.

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  5. I didn't like or dislike her, she's probably a fine person. I didn't think she was qualified for VP ... However, she was excoriated for ONLY being governor of Alaska, but Clinton was the governor of Arkansas. (Clinton was also a Rhodes scholar) Fey made fun of Palin's daughter's teen pregnancy and that was kinds mean. I don't think we would have done that if the Obama's daughter was 17 and pregnant. It would have been hailed a brave thing. There is a media bias, but you can go to Fox News and see the conservative bias. It's not exclusive to one party or culture or race. It's human nature.

    I heard Seth Myers (SNL's head writer) interviewed on Fresh Air, and he said that Palin was a trooper and game for anything they wanted to do on the show about her, and that plenty other candidates were very persnickety about what they allowed the show to do and say.

    If Sarah Palin fades away we will invent someone else to trash.

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  6. I guess you guys view Palin in a different light than I do.

    Generally, I'd say if a person becomes a Governor, and then accepts a nomination for Vice President of the United States, they have a good level of ambition.

    It wasn't necessarily Palin's accent...it was the folksy nature of how she spoke, the answers to her questions, which denoted a lack of intelligence. If you're a mayor, that's one thing. It's another if you're the vice president.

    As for her family, I think there's a double standard...she can parade them in front of us to gain votes, use their stories for her political benefit, and no one can question that?

    As for fame, Katie Couric's lack of success as a news anchor doesn't undermine the fact she's been a household name for years. You're right that Tina Fey's Palin imitation brought her into the limelight, but she'd been a head writer and player on SNL since 1997, and was the star of a sitcom on NBC, right after "The Office".

    It's not as if Fey saw Palin and thought, "there's my chance to make the big time!" She just happened to be the most prominent female comedic star in the US already and look similar to a VP candidate ripe for parody.

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  7. There's no problem with Tina lampooning Palin. I do think that one quip about her daughter was out of line.

    MY issue with Palin is that she is a Reagan-conversative who was falsely marketed as a reformer. It was the final sign that McCain had abandoned all claims at being a moderate.

    This is off-topic, but I left this election with the feeling that I'm a Republican who has lost his party. I won't register Indepenant. In PA that means you lose your vote in the primary.

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  8. I think they're working to find it again, Larry. I hope they do, because I like the principles of smaller government.

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  9. Re: Jordan,

    Maybe Tina Fey didn't see it as her big chance - she was always reluctant to keep doing the impression, but NBC sure did. I know for a fact that their master promotion strategy for 30 Rock involved Fey doing Palin on SNL, even adding those Thursday shows (in 30 Rock's time slot) to "blitz" the country with her before 30 Rock premiered.

    I've got nothing against that - it was smart marketing and it worked. But there is a very real chance 30 Rock wouldn't be getting its ratings right now without Sarah Palin, and there's no way Tina would have gotten her Vanity Fair cover, etc. She was nowhere close to being a household name, and now she's that and more.

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  10. Oh, I won't argue Sarah Palin increased Tina Fey's exposure. I'm just saying Fey was a big star before Palin came along...whether America at-large was watching "30 Rock", it was still the most acclaimed sitcom on network television, and Fey had starred in a major motion picture ("Baby Mama").

    Palin catapulted her to super-stardom, but she'd been well-known (especially by anyone under 35) for almost 8 years previous.

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  11. And I guess the biggest point about that was Palin saying it "says something about our society" that her candidacy made Katie/Tina more popular ... which is pretty much bullshit.

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  12. I can't believe how snotty and mean spirited this post is. But hey, I guess that's the new face of Christianity.

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  13. Considering the old face of Christianity was supporting Sarah Palin without question, should I take that as a compliment?

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  14. My question, and it may seem snotty but is asked with earnestness, is "If you're so upset about people exploiting you, then why are you still in the public light?"

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  15. And the thing I question most, Josh, is how me writing this post (and not any of the other 800 or so posts on this blog) somehow becomes the perfect summation of "the new face of Christianity", whatever that is.

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  16. Jordan,

    To your first question-- you can't sustain a culture war without an opponent. I think that Sarah's anger over the attack on her family was real. But the other offenses are just "put on." Both the left and the right need their boogeymen.

    I'd also like to see a post soon about the comedic genius that is Tina Fey.

    She's a voodoo woman. She rips my party and tells jokes that lampoon some expressions of Christianity. But she does it with intelligence and a twinkle in her eye. All I can do it smile and say thank you.

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  17. Jordon,

    All I'm saying is that the woman is our sister in Christ, and that maybe, just maybe, it's time to extend a little grace and stop criticizing every move she makes.

    As for the 'new face of Christianity' comment, I want to you apologize for that. But doesn't it seem to you that believers have been remarkably unkind to each other since this current political season began? I just find it really frustrating.

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  18. I would agree with that, Josh, and I apologize for adding to the rift. In all honesty, that post was made out of frustration, and it was not well thought out.

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  19. Sarah Palin is created by God in His image of flesh and blood. She has feelings, dreams, goals, needs, hurts, aspirations, hopes and is deserving of love, kindness, and compassion. Jesus' heart is grieved over the malicious treatment she and her family have been forced to endure. Many who call Him Lord have joined in the despicable witch hunt. Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven...Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!"

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