Respectful Insolence

Saturday Night Live on Sarah Palin

Heh.

“Please, ask this one about dinosaurs.”

“I invite the media to grow a pair. And if you can’t, I will lend you mine.”

Comments

  1. #1 DonZilla
    September 14, 2008

    Thanks Orac for the much-needed chuckle! And check this out, looks like a serious woo-meister was taken down a few notches yesterday:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/12/matthiasrath.aids2

  2. #2 Mark Mancini
    September 14, 2008

    That was absolutely hilarious!

    “I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy…”
    “And I can see Russia from my house!”

  3. #3 Joe
    September 14, 2008

    For those who, like me, are not able to hear the audio, there is a transcript http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedishrag/2008/09/sarah-palin-hil.html

  4. #4 Jennifer H
    September 14, 2008

    That was great! Needed a bit of a laugh right now!

  5. #5 JAN
    September 14, 2008

    Hilarious, BUT SADLY VERY TRUE,

    I HOPE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL RECOGNIZE ASAP HOW ABSOLUTELY CLUELESS SARAH PALIN IS- IT IS INCREDIBLY FRIGHTENING TO THINK THIS WOMAN MAY ACTUALLY GET ELECTED – WHAT ARE PEOPLE THINKING- SHE DOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING!

    JOHN MCCAIN WAS COMPLETELY IRRESPONSIBLE CHOOSING HER FOR VP- IT IS A JOKE-
    IT WAS ALL SENSATIONALISM. OUR COUNTRY NEEDS AN EXPERIENCED, EDUCATED, DEDICATED, PERSON WHO WILL CONFER WITH THEIR ADVISORS ON HOW BEST TO FIX OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD-

    SARAH PALIN IS GREAT AT WAVING HER PAGENT WAVE, SMILING, HE BEST TALENT IS AVOIDING ANSWERS QUESTIONS. LISTENING TO HER INTERVIEW BY CHARLIE GIBSON- SHE SKIRTED EVERY ISSUE AND SAID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

    IT WILL BE CATASTROPHIC IF SHE IS ELECTED.

    SHAME ON YOU- MCCAIN.

    EVEN THOSE WHO WERE NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR YOU AT LEAST FELT YOU DESERVED RESPECT .
    BUT ANY RESPECT ANY EDUCATED INDIVIDUAL MAY HAVE HAD FOR YOU BASED ON YOUR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE- GOT TOTALLY WASHED DOWN THE TUBES WITH THIS RIDICULOUS DECISION- YOU DID ALL OF THIS FOR ATTENTION- NOT BECAUSE THIS WAS THE BEST CHOICE. WHO DO YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT- THIS CHOICE WAS DEFINITELY NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOR THE WORLD.

    ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC- YOU HAVE ONLY MADE A WORSE MESS- STOP THE HOOPLA SO PEOPLE CAN MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS THAT MAY ACTUALLY BENIFIT AMERICA AT THIS CRUCIAL TIME.

  6. #6 Orac
    September 14, 2008

    Jan,

    All caps is the Internet equivalent of shouting and it makes you look like a nut. Just a word of friendly advice.

  7. #7 Overstroming
    September 14, 2008

    In a moment of unusual equanimity I’ve had a vision of what it might be like for Palin, as an utterly ignorant and deluded fool, to be briefed by her scientific advisor:

    What? Really? Giant Lizards once ruled the earth? And you want me to go on national TV and say that?

    The poor dimwit would have a head implosion.

    Yet she might be a heartbeat away from ruling the planet? Now my head is imploding!

  8. #8 Jan
    September 14, 2008

    Orac,

    I wasn’t aware there were proper etiquette rules for personal internet comments.

    Thank you for informing me!

    Capitalized or not- I certainly am not a nut, nor is it your place to infer I am.

    I am an informed citizen with a strong opinion and authentic concerns about the outcome of this election.

    There was nothing about my comments that were friendly advice they were brash and inappropriate.

    I would prefer your name calling be kept to yourself.

  9. #9 Mike
    September 14, 2008

    Of course, Palin has given any indication that she supports young earth creationism….

  10. #10 mike
    September 14, 2008

    Sorry, that sould be that has *never* given any indication. The most anyone can get is that she mentioned the idea of allowing intelligent design taught, but never pushed for it.

  11. #11 Zoo Knudsen
    September 14, 2008

    Actually it is Orac’s place to call you a nut if he chooses. It’s his house and you came over to play. I took his comment as his not assuming you were a nut or else he would have either ignored you are directly called you one. He was trying to give you friendly advice so that people would be more likely to listen to what you have to say. Many, myself included, tend to ignore anything written in all-caps. So relax, you are very likely surrounded by people who do not appreciate Palin here.

  12. #12 qubit
    September 14, 2008

    Mike, when has Palin mentioned ID? She didn’t use that term in any public statements I can find. She made some mention of “creation science” and “creationism,” though, and although she didn’t act on those statements as governor, AiG (apologies for linking them) seems to think she’s one of them. Granted, she’s done a good job of keeping her public statements as vague as possible and I haven’t seen any denial of an old Earth, but I can’t find the words “intelligent design” either.

  13. #13 Jan
    September 14, 2008

    I did not come over to play……..

    My message was not intended to be playful but thought provoking or at least sharing an opinion.

    This is an incredibly important topic and a pivotal time in the history and the future of our Country.

    My opinions voiced and comments had validity, thought, and purpose behind them.

    The important message I was attempting to convey was disrupted by the insignificant comment.

    Does it really matter if what was said was all caps? i

    It is the content I wrote which was important not that my “CAPS lock” just happened to be on when I wrote it.

    Isn’t more important to pay attention to the details and not get lost in the irrelevant clutter.

    I felt it was rude and belittling to “correct” my opinions and totally ignore the message.

    This is a monumental time for our country and emotions are high.

    The beauty pageant stage shows and mockery has got to stop.

    Hopefully then we can concentrate on the details and issues so each of us can make an educated informed decision come the election..

  14. #14 NJ
    September 14, 2008

    Dear Jan,

    Take a deep breath now.

    Good.

    You were given a gentle admonition about netiquette.

    No more, no less.

    Here is another: Read comments more carefully, and try not to take things quite so personally.

    Welcome aboard.

  15. #15 TexDoc
    September 14, 2008

    Capitalized or not- I certainly am not a nut, nor is it your place to infer I am.

    I am an informed citizen with a strong opinion and authentic concerns about the outcome of this election.

    There was nothing about my comments that were friendly advice they were brash and inappropriate.

    I would prefer your name calling be kept to yourself.

    Hmmmm….nut.

  16. #16 Alan Kellogg
    September 14, 2008

    Clinton/Palin in 2008: Cuz wimps aint cuttin’ it

  17. #18 Alan Kellogg
    September 14, 2008

    Jan,

    The credibility of the evening news, without the winsome charm.

  18. #19 Diane
    September 15, 2008

    Bad habit maybe, but I never read stuff in all caps…and so I have no idea what the important message was. I also leave the room when someone starts “speechifying.” Just sayin’…

  19. #20 leandra
    September 15, 2008

    “makes you look like a nut” is not the same as “you are a nut”. I personally tune out everything written in all caps unless it’s satirical. As far as the content of the post- it’s a combination of preaching to the choir and sounding like propaganda. Not gonna impress or convert anyone here.

    (That said, I call troll or ridiculously naive, but we’ll see)

  20. #21 Stevo Darkly
    September 15, 2008

    BUT IF THEY AREN’T CAPITALIZED, HOW WILL WE KNOW WHICH STATEMENTS ON THE INTERNET ARE IMPORTANT AND TRUE?

  21. #22 Ranson
    September 15, 2008

    Stevo-

    The combination of varying font sizes and colors is what gives it away for me.

  22. #23 Kelly
    September 15, 2008

    Joe:
    Thanks for the link to the transcript! I missed the show, hoping that it will rerun in the near future.

  23. #24 BB
    September 15, 2008

    I appreciate the link to the video; we taped it for immediate posterity. However instead of laughing, I am crying at the possibility of a McCain/Palin victory.

    Get the word out to the masses anyway you can. Sarah Palin will be the new Dick Cheney if McCain wins.

  24. #25 ChrisC
    September 15, 2008

    Every time I see her, I’m amazed at how much Tiny Fey resembles Sarah Palin. Palin could die and be replaced by Fey and I couldn’t tell the difference… both in apperance and in deed. The sad thing I suppose is that Fey is trying to be funny

  25. #26 IBY
    September 15, 2008

    The part where “Hillary” mentions how she fought tooth and claw and her mentioning “wanting it more” was kind of funny. I mean look at Palin, it didn’t take her a lot of effort to reach into a VP position. “All you have got to do is to want it.”

  26. #27 Djinna
    September 15, 2008

    I’m loving how this is getting sent around almost as much as that great Daily Show clip from two weeks back. Everyone I know was anxious to see what SNL would do with Palin, what with Lorne Michaels obviously still having access to Tina Fey. As much as everyone was looking forward to seeing it, the reality of it was so much better than we were hoping. Poehler really did sell the skit as a whole, though, as other’s have pointed out. Because that is an excellent point about Clinton – she didn’t run so that a woman could be President, she ran because she wanted to be President, and she happens to be a woman – no one would ever say the same about Palin. The other great part of this week’s show was Seth using “Sarah Palin” as a throwaway joke as a synonym for someone completely unqualified and inexperienced in Weekend Update.

    I’ve been desperately trying to figure out how to phrase the question that Palin’s selection immediately brings to mind – well, with regards to SNL, there’s so many more important ones that come to mind first. Do you think that they thought, hmm, they have SNL cast members that look like all of the Presidents and Vice Presidents, in order to win, we need to find a candidate who looks like someone associated with SNL? Did they mangle how causality works THAT badly?

  27. #28 ACF
    September 16, 2008

    We certainly know who Jan is voting for. I don’t see how Obama has any experience that qualifies him for the White House. He does have a lot of nice sounding, idealistic views that are out of touch with the lives real people live. Obviously I am not going to vote for Obama and I am going to vote for McCain and Palin. Why? Because they have experienced life where the rubber meets the road, not idealistically but realistically. His selection of Palin for his running mate made the election interesting, finally.

  28. #29 Natalie
    September 16, 2008

    He does have a lot of nice sounding, idealistic views that are out of touch with the lives real people live.

    Yep, out of touch with all those real people who will benefit from Obama’s proposed tax cuts for the middle and working class. Out of touch with all those real people without health insurance. Out of touch with all the real people who do not support continuing the Iraq War.

    Oh… I thought we were talking about McCain.

  29. #30 Jared at the Doctor Job
    September 18, 2008

    Rumor is Tina Fey will reprise her role as Sarah Palin this Saturday as well. Looking forward to that!