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Bitches Get Stuff Done: The “Palin Doctrine” on SNL‘s Election Eve Presidential Bash

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Funny that Tina Fey doesn't seem to like or support Sarah Palin. On SNL as Palin, at one point she described herself as, among other things, "one part high school bitchy." But then Tina Fey some months ago on the Weekend Update before Palin's emergence famously declared that "bitch is the new black" and that bitches like her and Amy Poehler and Hillary Clinton get stuff done. It was a perfectly valid point.

Which brings me to one of the freakiest election eve things I think I've ever seen. NBC had a two hour prime time Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash. They appear to have done a few new introductory things live, with most of the best material from this last year of presidential campaigning, and a few choice moments of vintage Reagan and Ford and Bush humor for historical flavor.

They also had new bits from the real McCain and Palin. I presume they were pre-recorded while the candidates were in as guests in the last couple of weeks. Palin's live appearance was perhaps fairly criticized for her lack of real lines and performance. The point of her appearance was more simply in her being physically present in the middle of the Palin rap, throwing her hands in the air like a true maverick as they shot down a "motherhumpin moose" to the beat.

But Sarah Palin's little bon mot that they saved for election eve was bitch in full and impressive effect, a solo monologue. Dig this.

It occurs to me watching this that Sister Sarah is every bit the bitch that Tina Fey or Amy Poehler ever thought about being. Whoever exactly wrote that – and it sure at least sounds like she did – it comes across just a wee bit truly malicious and baring of fangs. It seemed a little bit purposely creepy and scary. I find myself both frightened and of course just a wee bit aroused.

Of course, Palin just went on SNL to make jokes about shutting down NBC in vegeance when she becomes veep as part of "the Palin Doctrine." That would be as opposed to the Barack campaign having lawyers making real threats against TV stations and such.

Besides being a really interesting freaky moment of TV history, I find this little 'joking' baring of the fangs rather reassuring. It kind of reinforces my impression that Sarah Palin's bitch enough for the job. You'd think Tina Fey might appreciate that point.

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  • Lee Richards

    Sorry, Al. Fred Barnes and William Kristol have already asked her to go to the Prom.

  • http://ex-conservative.blogspot.com Glenn Contrarian

    Hm. You don’t say that you want Palin for the job, so my questions below are going on the possibly erroneous assumption that you do:

    You want to hire someone who, after being asked four times over a three-month period, still doesn’t know the job description of the job she wants?

    You want to hire someone who says she knows about foreign policy because she can see Russia from a small island in Alaska?

    You want to hire someone who, when she was asked what newspapers she read, couldn’t even name ONE?

    You want to hire someone who not only would outlaw abortion in cases of rape or incest…but also charged victims for ‘rape kits’? (Note – Wasilla was the ONLY town in Alaska to do so, and the state law that was passed about rape kits had only to do with…Wasilla)

    You want to hire someone who charged the state per diem for the nights and dinners she had at home, and for flying her children to events where they were not invited to attend?

    I guess all this doesn’t matter since her running mate doesn’t even know how to e-mail or use the internet….

  • Clavos

    I guess all this doesn’t matter since her running mate doesn’t even know how to e-mail or use the internet…

    Would you prefer I not vote that ticket?

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Is that what Glenn was trying to say? He didn’t seem clear…

    ;-)

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Lee- I would fight Fred Barnes or Bill Kristol for Sarah’s honor. I could take them. But I’m pretty sure Todd would just whip my ass, so there’s no sense in that.

    Glenn, really. I understand just not wanting to vote for the Republicans on policy, but your talking points are just bogus and dumb.

    John McCain is one of the more tech savvy senators. It’s not that he doesn’t know how to use a computer, but that he can’t type very well due to war injuries.

    Sarah Palin was not the one who came up with this rape kit policy, and in fact apparently no one was ever charged for one.

    And the newspaper thing was utter crap. Obviously any retard could have defensively cited the names of a dozen papers. She rightfully chose not to dignify that ridiculous and disrespectful question with a list.

    Also, the Republican veep has at least as much foreign policy experience as the guy at the top of the Democrat ticket – and a lot more sense about the real world as a basis of judgment.

  • http://ex-conservative.blogspot.com Glenn Contrarian

    But on the overall gist of your post, women DO get stuff done. It’s just sad that there are millions out there who don’t think so.

    “If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president. It’s kind of a pipe dream, it’s a personal fantasy of mine, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women.”

    Ann Coulter

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Again Glenn, you’re so ideologically blindered that you’re not getting the point. It’s not that Coulter doesn’t think women get anything done – but that at least as far as elective politics go, they get the wrong stuff done.

    And if you’re talking about bitches that get stuff done, I think our beloved warrior Miss Ann is definitely on that list. Of course, Tina Fey hates her too.

  • http://www.idiotwars.com Dave Nalle

    Just for the record, I haven’t subscribed to a weekly paper in 5 years and I manage to read a hell of a lot of news online from dozens of papers and I wouldn’t single one out as a paper I ‘read’. The fact is that in my small town the local paper is not a hell of a lot of use and covers no national news at all. Probably the same situation as Wassila.

    Dave

  • Cindy D

    I agree. Palin is a bitch.

  • Clavos

    I agree. Palin is a bitch.

    So’s Hillary. I admire them both for that attribute.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Well now Cindy, kinda depends on how exactly you mean the word “bitch” doesn’t it? Miss Sarah seems like a real nice, friendly gal – but she’s got the force of will to cut through resistance to get stuff done, and not be too worried about how she looks if that’s what it takes. And hey, I’ll give Hillary similar credit as Tina Fey did as well.

  • Cindy D

    Al

    Well now Cindy, kinda depends on how exactly you mean the word “bitch” doesn’t it?

    you betcha…

  • http://ex-conservative.blogspot.com Glenn Contrarian

    Wow.

    My talking points are DUMB.

    It’s DUMB when I point out Palin STILL doesn’t know the job description of the Vice President.

    It’s DUMB when I point out her opinion of her foreign policy ‘expertise’.

    And I guess it makes perfect sense to decide to SEEM dumb by not being able to name a single newspaper…just like it makes perfect sense that someone who would be VEEP and president of the Senate to not be able to name a SINGLE Supreme Court case.

    And when it comes to McCain – you claim he can’t type? HOW, exactly, is he able to use a Blackberry?

    Hm? Al?

    Here’s what McCain SAID:

    “I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I don’t expect to be a great communicator, I don’t expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need.”

    AND

    “I use the Blackberry, but I don’t e-mail, I’ve never felt the particular need to e-mail. I read e-mails all the time, but the communications that I have with my friends and staff are oral and done with my cell phone. I have the luxury of being in contact with them literally all the time.”

    But you won’t change your mind, Al. It does not matter how much evidence I show you that your candidates are misguided and intellectually incurious – I guess when someone wraps themselves in the flag and espouses spite and scorn for all they oppose, that’s the only requirement they need to have the finger on the nuclear trigger.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Glenn, mindless hostility does not constitute “evidence.”

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    You’d know, Al…

  • http://ex-conservative.blogspot.com Glenn Contrarian

    Al –

    Say that again? No ‘evidence’?

    There’s no ‘evidence’ that Palin – after four tries in three months STILL didn’t get the job description of the VP wrong?

    There’s no ‘evidence’ that she thinks her foreign policy experience is sufficient for the presidency…even though she never even got a passport until last year?

    And there’s no evidence that McCain CAN use a computer…but simply doesn’t?

    BUT THAT’S WHAT THE REPUBLICANS DO. If someone says something a Republican doesn’t like, the Republican doesn’t try to disprove it – oh no, all the Republican does is say “that’s not evidence” or “you’re lying”…but doesn’t present ANYTHING to back him up.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    And the newspaper thing was utter crap. Obviously any retard could have defensively cited the names of a dozen papers. She rightfully chose not to dignify that ridiculous and disrespectful question with a list.

    Al, I realize that in your hopeless infatuation with Flailin’ Palin you refuse to accept that she could have the tiniest flaw, but for the record, this is the question that Couric asked:

    “And when it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?”

    That seems to me like a perfectly reasonable question to ask a largely unknown candidate for the second-highest office in the land.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Dreadful, that was a dumb question. Pretty much anyone with a professional interest in politics will be getting info from a lot of places. The point of the question seemed pretty clearly to be to suggest that she’s some mindless idiot who would be doubtful to have a reading list, unless it was Left Behind novels or such. No one asked Obama any kind of foolishness like this.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Asking someone where they get their information from is a “dumb question” now? The point of the question was to get to know the fucking candidate, Al. If the inference you drew from the question itself was that she was a mindless idiot, maybe there’s something to that and maybe it’s YOU who has the preconceived notion hiding away in your “gotcha consciousness.” But don’t blame someone for asking an honest, simply question.

    And people asked Obama all kinds of “foolishness.” “Are you a Muslim?” springs to mind….

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Jordan, it’s not a preconceived “gotcha consciousness.” Couric and Gibson both were clearly and unmistakably playing gotcha, which they certainly would never have done with Obama. That’s not paranoia.

    Asking Obama if he is Muslim is not a foolish question, as he has a Muslim name and Muslim family and has attended mosque.

  • Jordan Richardson

    There’s always an excuse, always a line…

    Don’t you ever get tired of concocting a litany of nonsense, Al? Don’t you ever tire of coming up with a way to suggest that “what do you read for information?” is a “dumb question” to voters who didn’t know the candidate?

    And yes, asking Obama persistently if he is a Muslim after he relentlessly and publicly explained he was a Christian is fucking stupid. And so what if he is a Muslim, anyway? I know you Americans would rather elect a kard-karrying Klansman, but still…

    Progress? Almost, guys. Almost.

  • Cindy D

    Glenn,

    All I can say is the student who asked her that question Glenn, should have been prepared by his teacher. His teacher should have advised him to ask Gov. Palin something along the lines of what her favorite color is.

    Instead the li’l bastard asks her one of those Couric-style gotcha questions. What does the Vice President do? How the hell is she supposed to answer that? She’s only have a few months to think about it for pete’s sake! That teacher should have known Palin has been wondering that since she was picked.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Al, Obama wasn’t a complete unknown from the tundra. You may recall that he appeared on the national scene back in 2004, when he gave the keynote speech at the Democratic Convention and whose win in Illinois was about the only silver lining for the Dems that year.

    Nevertheless, since I’m a charitable sort of person, I don’t think that Palin really didn’t know the names of any newspapers. I think she just had a brain fart. I don’t know if you’ve ever done any stage acting, but if you have you may well have encountered that dreaded situation when there are 200 people staring at you and you can’t for the life of you think of your next line.

    Magnify that by a factor of a hundred thousand and you’ll know exactly what I mean.

  • Cindy D

    Yeah, that damn Gibson, he made her answer that she would start a war with Russia at the drop of a dime!

    Bring it on baby!

  • Cindy D

    Or whatever the currently acceptable vernacular is.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    Actually it was the lack of an answer that made Palin look like a mindless idiot. That deer-in-the-headlights stare as she realized, not that she had no answer, but that she wasn’t prepped with the answer the campaign wanted her to give.

    Obviously if she thought it was a gotcha or foolish as Al declares, she had every opportunity to say so. Instead, she says something like all of them, any of them. Not until after she returned to the fold, did they come up with the talking point of it being a “gotcha” question.

    If she can’t think on her feet about what magazine or newspaper she reads, she can’t handle a major crisis on the fly.

    The only things that’s been proven to be foolish in this thread is arguing with Al.

  • Lisa Solod Warren

    I wonder why he didn’t spell check his article, or why the bc editors didn’t check it? Or why they didn’t ask him to clean up his syntax a little? For one, his antecedents are very confusing…. But, hey, maybe that’s just me.

  • julie

    Hah, that link to Fox news is a joke, it’s an opinion piece and doesn’t make the accusation you imply. Holy mooses_hit, Bullwinkle!

  • Ms. Know

    It amazes me how people can call Palin what they want, and it’s okay, as long as it’s done to the GOP, but the mainstream media would attack anyone calling the liberal illuminati anything they deem unacceptable.