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Saturday, November 01, 2008


Don't 'Blame Canada,' Palin's One of Us

Gov. Sarah Palin fell harder for this one than the Bush White House did for that whole Iraq-WMD thing.

For six full minutes Palin really sounded as though she believed she was on the telephone with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, even after he suggested that they go hunting together [he also asked that they not take VP Dick Cheney along, an obvious reference to the 2006 hunting mishap in which Cheney pumped some birdshot into a friend's face].

[Audio at this link]

Palin, apparently feeling some need to reassure the French president, promised: "I'll be a careful shot."

The call went on (and on) until the pranksters finally had to reveal to Palin that they were actually the Montreal comedy duo of Marc-Antoine Audette and Sebastien Trudel. Palin then gave up the phone to the assistant who failed to properly vet the caller. [Transcript here]

Much as some on the right will now surely Blame Canada, writers and comics have to admire the performance of both Audette and Trudel. They were over the top, but not too far. They were irreverent, but not disrespectful (OK, not TOO disrespectful). They never let it get away from them. They played it quite well, and far nicer than the average American (like me) would've done. If anything, we should pity Canada. They've had to listen to news of the US presidential election for two years now and they don't even get to vote.

Palin's campaign responded with this:
"Governor Palin was mildly amused to learn that she had joined the ranks of heads of state, including President Sarkozy and other celebrities, in being targeted by these pranksters. C'est la vie."

Click to e-mail TJ Sullivan in LA
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