14 September 2008

- SNL Routine -

This actually came off to me as more about Hillary Clinton's resentment than Sarah Palin's inexperience, and I was surprised that the portrayal of Palin did not insinuate dishonesty, but rather opted for provincial cluelessness (e.g., being able to see Russia from her house). The stereotype SNL seems to be playing with is the Rube, a characterization that heavily favors McCain imho. If the monologue jokes this week continue in this direction that will spell trouble, as it means that provincialism is trumping (and mitigating) the dishonesty as the dominant component in the Palin public character.