On Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey used her Sarah Palin impression to mock Palin’s media neediness, her Katie Couric issue, and her perennial lust for the presidency.
Here is the video from NBC:
Tina Fey reintroduced Palin at a Fox News debate for the candidates who didn’t bother to show up for the real Fox News debate by saying, “It’s just so great to be back on Fox News. A network that both pays me and shows me the questions ahead of time, and I just hope the lamestream media won’t twist my words by repeating them verbatim.”
When Fey’s Palin was asked what she had to offer the American people she said, “First I want to acknowledge that this week we finally vanquished one of the world’s great villains and I for one am thrilled to say good riddance to Katie Couric. As for boning up on experience and policy, I’m planning a trip to the Middle East where I will be filming a cameo in Hangover 3, the third Hangover. The fellas go a bar and I’m there. I also recently purchased Rosetta Stone English, but the important thing for people to know is that I am going to be running for president every four years for the rest of my life. It’s my Olympics and I intend to win a whole bunch of silvers.”
The whole sketch was good and relevant except for Keenan Thompson, who was fine but it seems like they threw Jimmy McMillan in just to give him a reason to be in the sketch. As usual Fey mostly nailed Palin. The dig at her bitterness over Katie Couric was priceless, and she really did capture the odd internal conflict that appears to be going on inside Sarah Palin between her laziness and her presidential ambitions. Palin would love to be president, but she has no desire to do the work that would be required to turn herself into a legitimate presidential candidate.
The one thing that was missing from Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin version 2011 was Palin’s evolution into from goofy dim witted Alaska governor to the angry and mean spirited public figure that she has become today. Fey still played Palin like it was 2008, but SNL, like many other media outlets, has not taken notice of the public emergence of the darker elements in Sarah Palin’s character.
SNL satire is always a good measure of a politician’s relevancy in our pop culture. A political figure that gets heavily satired on Saturday Night Live is someone who people are talking about. It is interesting that at one time Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin would have been the centerpiece of a sketch like this. Now she was a supporting player who Donald Trump offered the vice presidency to.
Sometimes art really does reflect life.