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The sharpest barb in Tina Fey's Sarah Palin interview sketch on SNL Saturday night was the following bumbling explanation of the bailout plan:

"Like every American I'm speaking with, we're ill about this. We're saying, 'Hey, why bail out Fanny and Freddie and not me?' But ultimately what the bailout does is, help those that are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy to help...uh...it's gotta be all about job creation, too. Also, too, shoring up our economy and putting Fannie and Freddy back on the right track and so healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reigning in spending..."

Comedy at its finest!
 
But what is even more hilarious is that those were virtually Sarah Palin's exact words.  That's right, a (more or less) direct quote from the GOP vice presidential candidate.  Move over, Dan Quayle.

Here's what Palin actually said:

"That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, we're ill about this position that we have been put in. Where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Um, helping, oh, it's got to be about job creation, too. Shoring up our economy, and getting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions, and tax relief for Americans, and trade -- we have got to see trade as opportunity, not as, uh, competitive, um, scary thing, but one in five jobs created in the trade sector today. We've got to look at that as more opportunity. All of those things under the umbrella of job creation."
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Tina Fey as Sarah Palin:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/27/tina-fey-as-sarah-palin-k_n_129956.html?page=33&show_comment_id=16193998#comment_16193998

Sarah Palin herself:  http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_09/014881.php

Now I know I'm getting into dangerous territory here, because there are gender issues involved.  But I can't help being reminded of the famous rambling answer given by Miss South Carolina to her challenge question in last year's Miss Teen USA pageant.  Here's a video of that poor girl's embarrassing moment:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww.
 
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You can see her mind working in the background:  "Whoa, I'm in trouble here.  I've got to say something that sounds convincing... I'll just start talking and keep saying words and maybe something will occur to me that'll tie it all together."

No one has yet come forward with a video showing how Sarah Palin (then Sarah Heath) dealt with her challenge question in the 1984 Miss Alaska competition, but in all fairness, she handled the swimsuit competition with modesty, dignity and aplomb.  Here's a video of that phase of the competition:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/26/sarah-palins-beauty-pagea_n_129667.html.

Credit where credit is due!

 

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Joel Thorson is a a software engineer who lives in Portland, OR. Before tackling software he was an English major, taxi driver and newspaper journalist, moonlighted as a bouncer at a Moebius strip club, apprenticed as a quantum mechanic, and ran a (more...)
 

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