Last night's SNL opened once again with Palin, this time parodying the Katie Couric interview she stumbled through this week. Tina Fey might have left SNL, and Amy Poehler is on her way out, but here's hoping they keep coming back to reprise this. They've hit upon comedy GOLD.
Seriously, Sarah Palin interviews are quickly becoming must-see TV. Tina Fey doesn't actually make up a lot of what Palin says. She's becoming notorious for dodging questions by rambling so much she doesn't actually make any sense, thus baffling her interviewer into forgetting what they'd originally asked.
In the actual Katie Couric interview, when Couric asked her what she really means when she keeps mentioning Russia's proximity to Alaska, Couric responded:
“That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land — boundary that we have with — Canada.”
When Couric pushed her on the point, asking if she's ever been involved in any foreign negotiations, she answered:
“We have trade missions back and forth,” said Ms. Palin. “We do. It’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to our state.”
As Bob Herbert of the NYT wrote, "It was surreal, the kind of performance that would generate a hearty laugh if it were part of a Monty Python sketch. But this is real life, and the stakes couldn’t be higher." He cautioned, rightfully so, "The alarm bells should be clanging and warning lights flashing. You wouldn’t put an unqualified pilot in the cockpit of a jetliner. The potential for catastrophe is far, far greater with an unqualified president."