All silliness aside, I'm beginning to feel a little sorry for Sarah Palin, who has been whisked out of Alaska where she seems to have done a pretty good job of being a mayor and a governor, and foisted onto the world stage where all eyes are on her and her every move is scrutinized. I don't agree with the Judith Warner NY Times piece where she's compared to Elle Woods, but it's worth reading, as Miss Haphazard points out, for the comments. My friend Katie asked me yesterday:
'and do you feel like Palin is going to drop out of the race for "family" reasons? seriously, how can she get through a mental chess game like last night with Joe Biden?'
Tina Fey is does her really well and I admit to giggling this morning as I watched last night's SNL skit but I wonder what kind of long-term damage this will do to her psyche when five or ten years from now she is still the punchline of political jokes. The woman we first saw burst onto that stage with John McCain, in her smart suit and pink lipstick, her shiney brown hair in a jaunty updo; the one that made the men swoon and the women identify with her ("I'm a hockey mom/I have a big family/I have a special needs kid/I hunt moose") is not the same woman we saw crumbling under the pretty fair questioning of Katie Couric. I think she's lost her confidence.