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Tina Fey and SNL do it again with VP debate spoof

By Jimmy Orr / October 5, 2008



As is becoming the custom every weekend, Tina Fey turns into Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and the ratings take off.

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It happened again last night.  But could they top last week's "I'd like to use a lifeline" gag?

Well, the writers proved that another sequel could produce hilarious results anyway.  The late night comedy show poked fun at Palin's performance during Thursday night's debate and took aim at Joe Biden as well.  They even parodied the moderator of the debate, Gwen Ifill.

"Mavericky"

Eight years ago, SNL coined the term "strategery" when spoofing then-candidate George W. Bush.

Last night, in lampooning the nauseatingly overused term "maverick," they turned it into a verb when Palin (Fey) was asked about climate change.

"Gwen, we don't know if this climate change hoozie-what's-it is man made or if it's just a natural part of the 'End of Days,'" she said.  "But I'm not gonna talk about that. I would like to talk about taxes, because with Barack Obama, you're gonna be paying higher taxes. But not with me and my fellow maverick. We are not afraid to get maverick-y in there and ruffle feathers and not got to allow that. And also, too, the great Ronald Reagan."

Fact-check

How close to that was her actual statement on Thursday night?  Well, they packed a lot into that paragraph.  Palin's announcement that she would answer only the questions she wanted to, her lapses into pre-set talking points jargon, and of course the frequent use of the world 'maverick.'

Hardscrabble

Joe Biden frequently uses the word "Scranton" - as in his birthplace in Pennsylvania.  He drops the Scranton name often.  Three times, in fact, during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.

He does it to remind voters that he's not a Washington insider (despite his 35 years of continuous service as a U.S. Senator).  He also does it to make sure everyone knows that he's an "average Joe."

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