Hey, did Tina Fey just endorse Donald Trump?
I was among those who admired the spunky and beleaguered Sarah Palin who stepped onto the stage in 2008 and delivered a great speech.
But yesterday when she endorsed Donald Trump (watch here) for the presidency it was again obvious that that Sarah Palin had turned herself into a caricature.
Trump and Palin, despite the differences in their backgrounds, have much in common–both are fixated on the media, through which they live, Trump less self-destructively so than Palin (so far).
"Mr. Trump–look at the press box," Palin ordered, probably unnecessarily. "Heads are spinning, media heads are spinning."
CNN rendered it " "Heads are spinnin'. Media heads are spinning!"
Here are some highlights:
Palin's at times disjointed 20-minute speech was filled with Palinisms like "pussy-footin'," "hallelujah" and "you betcha." With Trump looking on from beside her, she hailed the real estate developer as a "compassionate," "refreshing" and "self-made" man who would bring the country back from President Barack Obama's disastrous tenure.
"Looking around at all of you, you hard working Iowa families, you farm families and teachers and teamsters and cops and cooks, you rock and rollers and holy rollers!" Palin said. "You all make the world go around and now our cause is one."
Palin, who has spoken openly since the 2008 campaign of her anger at the treatment she received from the press and Republican Party leaders, appeared to recognize that Tuesday night marked a moment of comeback.
"I was told, 'You're going to get so clobbered in the press, you are just gonna get beat up, chewed up and spit out.' And I'm thinking — and?" she said. "Like you guys haven't tried to do that every day since that night in '08 when I was on stage nominated for VP and I got to say, 'Yeah, I'll go, send me, you betcha, I'll serve!' And like you all, I'm still standin'!"
Palin had a colorful way of saying that the so-called establishment candidates harm themselves by being afraid to bring up issues the way Trump does:
Well, he being the only one who's been willing, he's got the guts to wear the issues that need to be spoken about and debated on his sleeve. Where the rest of some of these establishment candidates, they just wanted to duck and hide. They didn't want to talk about these issues until he brought them up. In fact, they've been wearing this political correctness kind of like a suicide vest. And enough is enough.
I actually think she has a point here and she was right about something else as well: she did get clobbered in the media. Not inaccurately, the Washington Post called her words "remarkable, rambling and at times hard to understand."
In this instance, however, Ms. Palin may have the last laugh. Endorsements don't count for that much but her endorsement of Trump could actually help him. Palin seems completely unfazed by Trump's past disparagement of the Tea Party and approval of Barack Obama.