Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sarah Palin's gone hunting and is wearing the Cookie Monster's pelt. What will we tell the children?

On his Daily Show, Jon Stewart played a role that Greta Van Susteren failed to play when she had Sarah Palin on her show the other night. According to The Atlantic Wire's Eric Hayden, Stewart's point -- he's quoting Stewart -- is:
"So, here's the thing. You can have a colorful bus and drive to early primary states or you can go around telling people what you would do if you were president. But when you put those two together, there's really only two possibilities: you are either running for the president of the United States, or you are a crazy person."
The video is hilarious and trenchant. Some things may be best expressed through comedy. Jon Stewart's "interview" of Sarah Palin is intercut with sarah-palin-answerthons from Greta Van Susteren's show and has dubbed-in a laugh-track:

Ha! Where does Sarah Palin get off talking about a "nail in the coffin" of anyone else's candidacy?

Before reading The Atlantic's post, "Jon Stewart: Either Sarah Palin Is a Candidate or She's 'Crazy'," bear in mind, in this age of short attention spans, that sometimes the punchline needs a buildup. Timing is everything with comedy.

A video and transcript of Sarah Palin's appearance on Greta Van Susteren's show can be found at Fox News' "'Maverick' Palin vs. 'Quasi Reality' Show."

Bonus: Salon has "The Christie/Palin tease."

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