Sarah Palin’s parody of Tina Fey didn’t work so good.

The GOP vice-presidential candidate seemed pitch perfect Thursday night in capturing every element of Fey’s Saturday Night Live performances.

But the results were not boffo.

With the first set of tracking polls out to incorporate at least one full day of post-debate interviewing, there is no indication that John McCain and Sarah Palin have made progress in closing their gap with Barack Obama. In fact, Obama ticked upward in three of the four national tracking polls that published today, although he lost a point in Rasmussen. In addition, Ipsos/McClatchy has come out with a poll showing that the debate moved undecideds slightly toward the Obama ticket, confirming the results of most of the snap polling conducted on Thursday evening.

Still, there was at least one guy who was, um, orgasmic about her performance.

I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can’t be learned; it’s either something you have or you don’t, and man, she’s got it.


Winks aside, the fact is that Palin was terrible in the debate, or what passes for a debate in our debased political culture. All she did was recite talking points she’d been taught, many of them not even vaguely relating to whatever softball question the wretched Gwen Ifill tossed up.

Mr. Rob Davis and I have some thoughts about that in our Sunday cartoon, now online.

You know what to do. Just click on the cartoon frame to jump to The Dubya Chronicles and see the lady in action.


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