Monday, November 23, 2009

Palin vs. Fey

During her many television appearances promoting her book, I heard Sarah Palin talk about Tina Fey’s impression of her on Saturday Night Live (SNL). While she admitted that Fey was funny, she specifically mentioned Tina’s “I can see Russia from my house” line. Palin replied, “I never said that and now people think I said that.”

That, my friends, is why you don’t want Palin to be your President.

That one quote sums up the conservative mentality perfectly. Palin actually thinks that people are too dumb to understand that when Tina Fey plays her as a character on SNL Fey is not actually quoting Palin but simply saying things that captures Palin’s mentality. Palin doesn’t think people can separate her from Fey’s depiction of her. Palin thinks you are stupid. In fact, she wrote a whole book that explains to you how stupid you are for misinterpreting everything that has happened to her since she became famous. She doesn’t believe in the American people. Do you want a President who thinks you are stupid?

I don’t even need to mention the irony in the fact that Sarah Palin thinks everyone else is stupid.

What scares me the most is the people across the country who are using Palin as a role model for their daughters. They think that she has been a successful, strong mother who has been unfairly criticized and they tell their children to look up to her. They’re teaching their children that all criticism is unfair and unwarranted. They’re teaching their children that quitting on people that depend upon you is okay. They’re teaching their children that everyone else is stupid.

They should be teaching their children to look up to Tina Fey.

Tina Fey worked her ass off to become a head writer on SNL. She refused to write and play the typical roles that women play on TV. She created and writes one of the funniest and smartest shows on TV, 30 Rock. Why was she able to accomplish these things? She trusts her audience to understand her jokes and characters. She knows she doesn’t have to explain anything to you because you’ll get it. She thinks you’re smart. She believes in the American people.

Would Tina Fey be a good President? Probably not. Would she be a better President than Sarah Palin? Definitely.
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  1. Bravo! I could not agree with you more. While Palin denying saying that she "can see Russia from her house," is accurate, the orginal quote is far worse:

    "As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border." --Sarah Palin, explaining why Alaska's proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience, interview with CBS's Katie Couric, Sept. 24, 2008

    To think that simple proximity to a foreign country gives her foreign policy experience is about the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

    And she does think that the American people are stupid, but unfortunately we often prove her right (i.e. reality television). But she is not the only one, nor is she the first. The electoral college was created by our founding fathers because of their distrust in the American people to make an intelligent decision on who should lead their country.

    I hope things can change.


  2. The funniest part about her actual quote is that she doesn't even mention the foreign country that her state shares a border with. Maybe Canada doesn't count.

    Not that bordering Canada gives her foreign policy experience, either.