Originally Posted by C.Swicegood
I have three theories/ worst case scenarios:
1. This further sanitizes Palin for general conumption, making the thought of her as VP "not so bad"
2. This gives her a "Nixon on Laugh-In" type bump in popularity this close to the election.
3. She gets booed by the live audience, which generates sympathy resulting in a bump in popularity.
My concerns. To. The. Letter.
As Dave points out, they're in a corner certainly. Yet I see the SNL thing as, in all honesty, a bit obvious and lame. I realize that quite a few folks here are smitten with Fey and have been championing SNL lately. Doesn't change the fact that the show hasn't been funny since my wife was born. Palin has been a watershed for them, pushing them back into the kind of cultural relevance they had decades ago.
I had the distinction(luck?, misfortune?) to meet Michaels three times in the 90s. He's shorter than he looks and less shrewd than he sounds. That said, this weeks "real" Palin visit smacks of him trying to butter his bread on both sides. If, God fucking forbid, her and McCain end up getting elected in November, it will be the best thing that could have happened to the show. You don't need to be a die-hard cynic to see that Fey would end up making a side-career out of Palin knocking.
What they'll need is some subversively clever writing on the order of Wilde to make her walk the plank unwittingly. If I were Lorne Michaels, I would be ransacking the drama directory and hunting down Chayefsky's spiritual descendants all over the city.