If we could forget about the politics and see it purely as theatre, then Sarah Palin’s problem becomes obvious.
She forgets her lines.
She needs more rehearsal.
It seems obvious that she memorizes answers to certain questions and then freezes up and gets lost. But it’s live, so she has no choice but to blast through to the end.
I’m sure she does much better in rehearsal.
I can almost picture it. Bristol holds the script. Our Tea Party hero starts. She gets off to a good start. Slides in a zinger. And then… she forgets. You can’t hold it against her. She’s had very little time with the script.
When the camera finally rolls, with no book in hand (unless it’s on her hand), she starts out fine. She looks great. And then forgets a line. She panics, cobbles together a few random keywords from the script, and then, after a moment, detours into some familiar territory. Anything. Pulling it together for a strong, coherent finish (on a completely different subject).
Both of them are great entertainers. Personally, I would have to give Michael the nod, since he did such groundbreaking work with Monty Python, has had such a long, distinguished career, and produced an enormous body of funny work.
But Sarah’s ascension to the heights of politics and TV and humor is also groundbreaking. She may be catching up…
In London, in 1978, I sort of met Michael Palin. I didn’t really meet him or talk to him — but I was standing right next to him. He had just finished playing squash, and I was just going to play. I was waiting for the girl at the desk to tell me which court I had, while he was making a reservation for another day.
I was playing squash with a guy named Roy, and he said, “Do you know who that was?”
“That was Michael Palin.”
I wasn’t impressed at the time. But I have been ever since.
When I was in London that year, I played a lot of squash and really enjoyed it. Haven’t played since.
Not that that has anything to do with anything.
This is the ending of Monty Python’s Life of Brian – Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
Sarah Palin, herself a former governor, and also a woman, was outraged.
“I’m insulted,” she said. “Mine are perfect. The judges in the Miss Alaska pageant said so. My breasts belong to Todd first, then Alaska second, and next in line my great country, the USA, third — not the stinkin’ federal government.
“Abraham Lincoln may have said our government is ‘by the people, in the people, on the people, or something like that; but good ol’ Ronnie Reagan said ‘Government is not only A problem, it is THE problem, or something like that, ya’ know? That’s why I voted for Reagan.”
Updating her Facebook status, Palin, also a former Vice-Presidential candidate, wrote about her daughters’ breasts. She said that she’s pleased with Bristol’s, but admitted that some of her daughters’ breasts, once they develop, may need a little work.
“But that’s a private, family matter,” she said.
“First he was a community organizer. Then a constitutional law professor. Now he wants to organize the constitution of underage girls’ boobies. That’s outrageous.
“That may be the way they act in Kenya, but not where I come from.”
Senator John McCain, former candidate for President, said hes’ a firm believer in plastic surgery, but not at taxpayers’ expense. He supports government health care only for military personnel, military children, and members of Congress.
“It’s been fine for me, my entire life,” McCain said. “But I needed it.
“I don’t think the federal government can afford to help the general population, however. The government messes everything up. It’s too much spending.
“The bill will never pass,” McCain said. “We’ll fight it. We’ll stomp it. We’ll crush it. We’ll beat it. We’ll defeat it. We’ll kill it.”
Glenn Beck, on his Fox TV show, wept openly.
Even after gathering himself during a commercial break, Beck could barely speak through his tears.
“They are going to send government photographers into your homes and take pictures. Then they’re going to pick out the women they want to see again and haul them in.
“I love my country,” Beck said. “I think Obama is a sexist. Next, he’ll want to check my penis size. That’s just like the kind of things Hitler did. He’s the same way! A dictator!”
Health Insurance CEO Ron Williams, of Aetna, says he will help fund a massive advertising campaign in order to fight the intrusive provision.
“Somebody’s got to stand up for the American patient,” says Williams. “Since I made over 40 million dollars in 2007 — a damn good year — I feel a moral obligation to do that.”