Sarah Palin was a once-in-a-lifetime situation

By Maureen Dowd

“SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” writers have devastatingly lampooned Mitt Romney as a corny, coreless candidate.
“I don’t think it’s going to be as much fun as 2000 and 2008,” Jim Downey, the show’s inimitable satirist, told me. “When you have an incumbent president, it’s not wholly new. And because of the long Republican primary debate stretch, I’m already tired of Romney. I wish there could be a crazy brokered convention with someone we’ve never heard of to keep it fresh. But you don’t get a gift like Sarah Palin very often, and I’m sure it’ll never happen again.”

You’re telling me.

“Comedy writers are incredibly promiscuous, and we want as many targets as possible,” agreed Seth Meyers, the clever “S.N.L.” head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor. “We really slowed down in the second four years of Bush.”

Stuck with a Tin Man-versus-Spock race, the writers perk up at the thought of Romney’s picking the crackling Chris Christie as his running mate. But Mitt seems too programmed to risk his hard-won chance at the brass ring on a brassy partner who might overshadow him.

Two of the most hallucinatory moments in “S.N.L.” history came in 2008, when Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin and the real Palin sashayed past each other, and when John McCain roguishly appeared in a skit with Fey’s Palin going rogue.

“Sarah Palin was a once-in-a-lifetime situation,” Meyers marveled. “She was incredibly magnetic and came with a built-in catchphrase.”

She, like Joe Biden, inspires what Meyers calls “wet comedy” (as opposed to dry), and they both have what Downey calls “handles,” quirks of speech and personality that both writers and performers can latch onto.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. WakeUpAmerica
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 04:25:58

    Oooh, lucky us. The Tundra Turd happened in our life time. Wahoo.


  2. Neil
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 06:11:19

    I for one have had enough palin.The jokes aren’t that good.Let the bitch tumble back down the hole she came from.Good riddance.


  3. anAlaskanAlsoII
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 07:52:00

    I’d forsake that comedic gold-mine for saner times these last three years.

    For those who worry Sarah would have done her homework and better matriculated herself for mainstream, bipartisan appeal had she blinked and declined John McCain’s offer, finished her term and went for another – wouldn’t happen. She’s too lazy. The cunning little opportunist has always benefitted from coat-tail effects.

    Troopergate exposed the ugly underbelly of her 20 hour work-week co-governing MO with that GED thug Todd, and she’d only had been revealed to be as unpopular as Niki Haley in SC.

    The most unfortunate part of the McCain bump is that it gave simple Sarah a platform and a notion that she is worth something more than a Dowdy Valley Housewife. She’s a viscious back-stabber who still leaves no slight alone, get’s treed by chihauha’s and sows seeds of hate and division in this country and among us as neighbors.

    She could have only left the Wasilla carpool group with gripes and heartburn, instead it’s all of us, any of us put in front of her over the years.


    • WakeUpAmerica
      Apr 16, 2012 @ 15:12:23

      “cunning little opportunist”
      And there it is. Truer words were never spoken.


    • AJ Billings
      Apr 18, 2012 @ 03:33:34

      Very thoughtful and accurate analysis. I think you’re right. The Repubs are desperate to have someone as a minority or gender specific candidate right now to balance out the blandness and stereotype of Romney.

      Sister $arah, not having too much foresight, but tons of ambition thought it was all god’s will that she would be VP. She didn’t think it through, and had no one around her to give her sage advice, because like all wanna be beauty queens, she can’t stand criticism or critical thinking. She had no one to tell her, “Sarah you are too young, too inexperienced to play in the big pool. You need to stay Governor, finish a term or two, then run for Senate. Get a voice coach, Learn the policies, get some experience, and THEN you have a chance.”

      But not sister $arah, oh no. We are SO FORTUNATE that her ignorance, narcisissm, blind ambition , and her belief that god had appointed her to run for high office made her say yes to McCain. Her circle of sycophant prayer warriors had been feeding her that lie during her term as governonr. During the campaign, in her worst moments when they were trying to force feed her what she should have learned long ago.she’s actually quoted as saying “if I had known then, i would not have done this”.

      According to the excellent movie Game Change, $arah was constantly worried about
      how Alaskans were viewing her, instead of focusing on the VP campaign.
      Her moment of epiphany happened when reviews of her insanely bad interviews were published in the Anchorage dailies, and she screeched to Nicole Wallace on the phone, “You’ve ruined me in Alaska”

      She is ruined in Alaska, and everywhere else, because she’s known to be rogue, volatile, and she quit the only job that remotely qualified her to run for any high office.


  4. Rick
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 17:35:00

    And that’s how I want to remember Sarah Palin……As the butt of a bad joke.


  5. mea
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 05:45:08

    it’s a sad day when we choose our candidates from a pool of Entertainment Values. Mitt is boring, eh? Obama is too decent to tease effectively. so, the powers-that-be wish for a Palin or a Perry. why? are we so impoverished that we would want the election to be Humorous/Banal/Divisive? How about we get our act together and elect a Respectful President?


  6. Xenon
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 14:55:24

    I would hardly describe Paln as “cunning.” Her handlers, publicists, speechwriters, and ghostwriters on the other hand…


  7. FreshAir
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 18:56:14

    Sarah Palin once told Shailey Tripp how to get her ducks in a row. I wonder if Sarah Palin is now taking her own advice and getting HER ducks in a row. I think the shit storm is coming.


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