maybe sarah palin is just dressing up as a dangerously unqualified politician


So the official word is that Sarah Palin had a good laugh at being parodied by Tina Fey in the opening sketch of Saturday Night Live this past weekend. The Republican’s spokeswoman told CBS News: “She thought it was quite funny, particularly because she once dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween.”

I know the impact of SNL bits tends to be fleeting – but this could be just the turn of events needed to bring clarity to the presidential race. To take undecideds and make them decideds. To bring the most important issue of the campaign into focus.

Because when it comes right down to it, it seems to me that every American of voting age now has a question to ask himself or herself before casting a ballot.

And that question is: Do I, as a citizen of the United States of America, the most powerful nation on Earth, really want to elect a vice-president who still dresses up for Halloween?

Thomas Jefferson did not dress up for Halloween. LBJ did not dress up for Halloween. Al Gore did not dress up for Halloween (though, to be fair, that didn’t stop him from being constantly mistaken for a hat rack). And it’s not Dick Cheney’s fault that his natural demeanour leads one to the conclusion that he’s The Penguin.

Dressing up for Halloween says something about a person. Usually it says: Hi, I’m seven years old. But it can also say: I welcome each holiday on the calendar with an enthusiasm that unsettles my neighbours and makes even my own children uncomfortable.

So you really have to wonder: If they missed this Halloween-based bombshell, what else did John McCain’s vetters fail to turn up about their VP nominee? Animatronic reindeer on the Palin porch at Christmas? A bunch of soot-covered children strip mining her back yard on Labor Day?

And let’s not overlook the potential for confusion down the road. McCain’s confidence in his memory is already pretty shaky – the last thing he needs as president is to look up from his desk in the Oval Office next Oct. 31 and wonder how Elvira got into the room.

That said, if Palin is as ambitious as she seems and has designs on becoming President sooner rather than later, it’s hard to imagine a political strategy more effective than renting a Grim Reaper costume and mastering the phrase, “Come with meeeeeeeeee…”


maybe sarah palin is just dressing up as a dangerously unqualified politician

  1. The attacks from the left against Palin are becoming increasingly unhinged.

    Your parody of them: “she’s unfit because she celebrates Halloween”

    Hits the nail on the head.

    Good One.

  2. When you are already the double for Tina Fey, how do you dress up as Tina Fey for Halloween? Do you just just dress normally, and then put on a name tag that says Tina Fey? Kinda reminds me of the kids that inevitably show up dressed as hockey players (bonus candy if they didn’t just come from the arena).

    Well, I guess it’s better than dressing up as a pit bull (same as usual, forget the lipstick).

  3. I LOL’d coffee out my nose. I can’t come up with anything witty to add. This article is just perfect.

  4. Kody:

    I agree. The left should let her alone. She does a fine enough job being a parody of herself.

  5. Has the writer ever heard of a costume party? Or are they too mature to go to one?

  6. Her dressing up as Tina Fey has given me the only reason to vote for her as VP (well, if I could vote).

  7. I wonder what dressing up for halloween has to do with her ability to be vice-president? I didn’t think she was qualified before i knew she dressed up for halloween, and I don’t think she is qualified now that i know she dresses up for halloween. Nothing has changed.

    I felt the same way about Rudy Guiliani dressing up as a woman, for halloween or just whenever he felt like it.


  8. Mmmmmm…..Sarah Palin dressed up as Elvira….

  9. Here’s a snippet of what David Brooks–that famous left-leaning (irony) member of the MSM–had to say about Palin.


    Sarah Palin has many virtues. If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she’d be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness.

    I urge you to read the entire article in the New York Times–it is somewhat relevant to our situation here in Canada.

  10. Hey what’s this I hear about Tina Fey (Tina Fey!) running for vice-president?

  11. One of the job qualifications for being the house conservative at the NY Times is that you must cease being a conservative. David Brooks isn’t the first to accept that neutered mantle.

  12. Scott, how about a contest to imagine how McCain and Palin would dress up for a Halloween costume party this coming Halloween, right before the vote? Would MCain dress as a Viet Cong prisoner of war? A McCain Pizza Pocket? Would Sarah Palin dress up as Michael Palin dressed up as a Canadian lumberjack? Think of the possibilities!

  13. What, you don’t get invited to Halloween parties as a grown-up anymore? I could’ve *sworn* I heard a story about you and Reid bobbing for apples at 24 Sussex back in ’05 ;p

  14. Paris and Tina for President! It’s what the Republicans really want…

  15. I don’t think Americans would get the Pizza Pocket reference. It’s strictly a Canadian/Australian line.

    I’m mildly disturbed that I actually knew that fact and didn’t have to look it up. I don’t even like Pizza Pockets. Besides, McCain-the-man-not-the-product looks more like fried pastry than baked. Aarrgh!! Why do I know that Pizza Pockets are baked and not fried???? I’m becoming a Paris-following popculturite!!!!

  16. Your article shows how desperate the left has become.

  17. I just cannot figure out why it is ok to talk about Palins relatively short resume and not Obamas. Im not here to make a partisan attack, but from a logical standpoint, I find even myself questioning Palins experience more than Obamas. I cannot find any logical reason for it. She was a governor and a mayor. She lead. She has made decisions and run a state, if only for 20 months. He has won a race for senate, and done some good community organizing work. She has the trooper issue, he did business as a community organizer and advocate for public housing, with a known criminal slum lord. But I still, on some level, see him as a better leader. There is no logical reason for it. Nothing I can point to in order to prove my point. I can only assume it is because I am a bit of a sexist. Not that theres anything wrong with that.

  18. She countenances Halloween?

  19. And some people say that Anna Nicole Smith was only a bad influence on people.

  20. Actually, Gore did dress up as Frankenstein one Halloween. I remember them showing a photo of him in that costume during the “Al Gore is Wonderful” video at the 2000 DNC. I think the message was that he can laugh about the fact that he is perceived as stiff.

  21. Oops, I just did one of my own pet peeves. Of course, Gore was not dressed as Dr. Frankenstein, but as the monster.

  22. I’ll take Sarah Palin’s costume custom over Bill’s cigar smoking habit any day!

  23. She never dressed up as nothing for Hallowe’en, her being so Evangelical – Hallowe’en is not on their calendar. Those Palin people, spin, spin, spin. She probably goes out hunting on Hallowe’en.

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