Monday, October 13, 2008

I can see Russia from my house...

As the American elections draw closer, you can’t help but feel a little sorry for Sarah Palin, the current governor of Alaska and the running mate of Republican John McCain. The woman is just totally out of her depth.

As John McCain is the oldest man to ever run for office, the Republicans probably wanted to soften their campaign with a young, female face. A face they hoped ‘your average American woman’ would associate with.

Problem is, Palin has provided the Internet with far too much funny (and controversial) material to poke fun at.

Palin describes herself as a Hockey Mom, a cliché that many women feel insulted to be associated with. Matt Damon had a really good go at this one. He said in an interview… “There’s a really good chance Sarah Palin could become president… It's like a really bad Disney movie: the hockey mom, you know, 'Oh, I'm just a hockey mom'... and she's facing down [Russian] President Putin... It's totally absurd... It's a really terrifying possibility.”

Comedy site even created a mock trailer for this ‘really bad Disney movie’ movie featuring a Palin look-alike.

Then there are the strange names of her kids: Track, Trig, Bristol, Piper, and Willow. Check out this Sarah Palin baby name generator.

Then there are her policies: Palin has stated that abortion should be banned in nearly all cases, including rape and incest, except if the life of the mother is endangered.

She has just had her latest baby – Trig – who was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Controversially, Palin was attending a conference in Texas when her water broke. She was in labour but continued to give her speech then got on a plane and flew for 12 hours before delivering her baby.

Although Palin preaches abstinence, her oldest daughter, who’s only 17, recently fell pregnant by mistake, and so mother and daughter will have children round about the same age. For a laugh, check out the blog: Teen Moms for Palin.

She’s also not very pro-environment – she’s trying to get Polar Bears off the endangered species list and is opposed to listing beluga whales as endangered. Apparently she believed that humans were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth. And she keeps changing her view on global warming.

When Sarah Palin appeared in an interview with Katie Couric of CBS News, her lack of experience really showed. The interview was widely criticised, and was parodied on Saturday Night Live, the late-night sketch comedy/variety show.

When asked about financial bail-out deal, Sarah Palin proved she had no idea what she was talking about. Confused by Couric’s question, she started throwing in key-words like healthcare and education.

When Saturday Night Live got hold of this they created a brilliant parody. Ironically, they didn’t need to write too much of a script – they used Palin’s own words to show her ineptitude.

Then Palin went on to talk about her foreign policy experience. Palin has very little foreign policy experience – but she sited the fact that Alaska is close to Russia as her ‘experience’ in dealing with superpowers of the world. In the Couric interview, Palin tries to explain her position, but again the Saturday Night Live Parody took this to a whole new level.

In the SNL parody, Tina Fey (playing Palin) again makes Sarah's comments look ridiculous.

But the meme that's going around at the moment all started when Tina Fey first parodied Sarah Palin on SNL... Together with Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton. Fey delivered the line: "I can see Russia from my house" (again based on Palin's assertion that she is so close to Russia) which has now become a meme.

This brilliant poster held up at a political rally reads: "Hey Sarah, I can see the end of your political career... From my house!"

Stay tuned... because my feeling is that we haven't heard the last from Sarah - something crazy is going to happen. And the Internet will be all over it.

Like, who knows, maybe someone will make a Porn Movie featuring hr life story perhaps?

For more great Sarah moments, check out Red Green and Blue's take on Sarah and her policies.

1 comment:

Tamara said...

Urgh... That woman has such a smack-me face. She opens her mouth and i have the urge to deck her!