dimanche 28 septembre 2008

Katie, I'd like to use one of my lifelines!

Update: I just couldn't stop myself from adding the link (scroll down) to her BFF from North Carolina, Miss North Carolina. Insight into Palin as runner up for Miss Alaska?

FEY AS PALIN: "I want to phone a friend!"

Oh, what do I do? Update the post of the interview, or just make a new one giving this the very, very special place it deserves?

Can I phone a friend?

Comedy is so much better and smarter than reality, and it just doesn't get better than this, or Palin just doesn't get better than when Fey does her. Remember when everyone was worried the election was about to get unfunny because Obama just isn't comedy material?

Want Obama in a Punch Line? First, Find a Joke

That was back on July 15, before anyone but McCain's camp and GOP visionaries knew who Sarah Palin is.

Well, saved by Sarah! Or Tina. Or, Tina as Sarah.

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, SNL
September 27

On Alaska's relationship to Russia:

FEY AS PALIN: "Every morning, when Alaskans wake up, one of the first things they do is look outside to see if there's any Russians hanging around, if there are y'gotta' go up to them and ask, 'What are y' doin' here?' and if they can't give y'a good reason then, if they can't then it's our responsiblity to say, y'know, 'Shoo! Get back over there.'"

And on the Wall Street bank bail-out:

FEY AS PALIN: "Like every American I'm speaking with, we're ill about this. We're saying, 'Hey, why bail out Fanny and Freddie and not me?' But ultimately what the bailout does is, help those that are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy to help...uh...it's gotta be all about job creation, too. Also, too, shoring up our economy and putting Fannie and Freddy back on the right track and so healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reigning in spending...'cause Barack Obama, y'know...has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans, also, having a dollar value meal at restaurants. That's gonna help. But one in five jobs being created today under the umbrella of job creation. That, you know...Also..."

I think I gave the same answer at my interview for Yale with the alumna who seemed to think I was better prepared to be governor of Alaska than attend her alma mater. Thank God Barnard didn't ask.

Wait, how did George get past those interviewers? Oh! Right, his legacy.

And on all those foreigners working at the UN in NYC:

FEY AS PALIN: "And when John McCain and I are elected, we're going to get those jobs back in American hands!"

Pewm! Pewm! Pewm!

What Palin might have been like as Miss Alaska

Or is.

Caviar gauche, or pâté de campagne droite

OK, I'm not beaming about Maureen Dowd's latest sniper shot at Barry in her take on the first debate in her latest target practice, "Sound, but no Fury" -- does she or doesn't she? (support him) -- or, she leaves me feeling like a love-sick campaigner. A little embarrassed for my enthusiasm.

(How does she maintain her razor-sharp edge and infatuation-free distance from him?)

DOWD AS DOWD: "It was quite a memorable moment in history for the M.B.A. president and the nominee of the party of business. Who would have dreamed that when socialism finally came to the U.S.A. it would be brought not by Bolsheviks in blue jeans but Wall Street bankers in Gucci loafers?"

What a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a jewel of a moment to happen to be in Paris, at dinner with friends in their rez-de-chaussée appartment in the 16ème avec notre ami de la gauche en cashmere. On this occasion, we joined forces in idealism, rising to respond to a retired French insurer-banker director for a French bank (I feel compelled to leave the best details out), who admits to feeling a tingling in his soul for US Republicans, Wall Street bankers and the making of money, who argued that if Sarah Palin had made it to this level, "Elle doit avoir quelque chose." [trans: She must have something.] They wouldn't just give the VP job to anyone.

Ah! The sweet naïveté of the priviledged! Always ready to see the best in one's fellow over-priviledged comrades (Whoops! Did I say that?), I mean fellow priviledged men and women.

Oh, but they would, if it suited their purposes. He looked unconvinced. In the mind of Europe's most elderly, most conservative, the Republicans just wouldn't stoop so low, drop so far, he assured me.

Oh, but they would. You musn't, I told him, make the mistake of thinking that today's Republicans in any way bear a resemblance to the ones you knew in your youth.

It's really very endearing, in a sort of terribly out-dated way. I think the elderly should have their voting cards taken away at, say, retirement. They're just way too out of step with where society is going. Leave it to those who will actually have to live with the consequences of their and their leaders' decisions, if they survive them.


"I'd like to pay for everyone's dry cleaning tonight," Barack told stalwart listeners in Virginia. "But I can't, because we need the money for the campaign. Consider it a modest contribution."

The slideshow

See the Huffington Post piece Despite Rain, 26,000 Virginians Show Up For Obama-Biden Rally for video coverage, including local Fox affiliate, of the Virginia (battleground, swing state), turning a lovely shade of purple-blue.

Way to go Virginia!

Pewm! Pewm! Pewm!

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