(h/t Heather. big video file)
Saturday Night Live offers yet another instant classic with their take on last week's Vice Presidential Debate:
IFILL: Now, tonight’s discussion will cover a wide range of topics, including domestic and foreign policy matters. Each candidate will have 90 seconds to respond to a direct question and then an additional two minutes to for rebuttal and follow up. As moderator, I will not ask any follow up questions beyond, “Do you agree?” or “Your response?” So as to not appear biased for Barack Obama in light of my new book, The Breakthrough: Politics of Race in the Age of Obama, coming out on Inauguration Day and available for pre-order on Amazon.com. And finally, we would like to remind our audience that , due to the historically low expectations for Gov. Palin, were she simply to do an adequate job tonight, and at no point cry, faint, run out of the building or vomit, you should consider the debate a tie. All right, let’s begin. Sen. Biden, how as Vice President would you work to shrink the gap of polarization that has sprung up in Washington?
BIDEN: Well, I would do what I’ve done my whole career , whether it’s been dealing with violence against women or putting 100,000 police officers on the streets. I would reach across the aisle. Like I’ve done with so many members of the other party. Members like John McCain. Because look, I love John McCain. He is one of my dearest friends. But at the same time, he is also dangerously unbalanced. I mean, let’s be frank. John McCain – and again, this is a man I would take a bullet for – is bad at his job and mentally unstable. As my mother would say, God love him, but he’s a raging maniac. And a dear, dear friend.
IFILL: Gov. Palin, how would your administration deal with the current financial crisis?
PALIN: Well, first of all , let me say how nice it is to meet Joe Biden. And may I say, up close, your hair plugs don’t look nearly as bad as everyone says. You know, John McCain and I, we’re a couple of mavericks, and gosh darn it, we’re gonna take that maverick energy right to Washington and we’re gonna use it to fix this financial crisis and everything else that’s plaguin’ this great country of ours.
IFILL: How would you solve the financial crisis by being a maverick?
PALIN: You know, we’re gonna take every aspect of the crisis and look at it and then we’re gonna ask ourselves, “what would a maverick do in this situation?” and then, you know, we’ll do that.