If you’re wondering what Sarah Palin thought about Tina Fey’s spot-on impression of her on last night’s season premiere of Saturday Night Live, Palin’s only comment was that she had once dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween. Seems she’s not nearly so charming without a script written by Fact Forger. Of all the remarks she might have made, the one she did make seems the most alienating.
Does anyone else find this unnecessarily curmudgeonly of Maggie Van Ostrand? Is there some sort of protocol for how a public figure must publicly respond to their inevitable SNL alter-ego? I thought Palin’s response was both clever and gracious, but Van Ostrand uses the comment to “reveal” the dull and grotesque reality of the VP candidate. “There is no real Sarah Palin,” writes Van Ostrand, “there’s only Tina Fey.”
Even if Van Ostrand objects to the comment, she must admit that it offers up an instantly classic Halloween costume for Fey: Tina Fey as Sarah Palin as Tina Fey. You’re welcome!