Lewis Black Takes on The Epic Insanity of Sarah Palin

Lewis Black popped by MSNBC’s Countdown tonight, and he had some thoughts to share on Sarah Palin. Black said that the idea that Palin could be considered a presidential candidate is epically insane, “The whole concept of her doing the reality show is more than — and then to hear them talk about her as a possible candidate for president is — we’ve now reached epic — it’s epically insane.”

Here is the video from MSNBC:

On Countdown, Lewis Black talked about Sarah Palin’s latest SarahPAC video, “I think what’s interesting is that after the editing, she shoots the grizzly. It’s unbelievable. It’s truly — I did every possible type of drug as a child, and nothing prepared for me this, Keith. Nothing even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined.”

Black then called Palin a fictional character come to life, “What I do believe is that she’s actually not real. That’s the way — that’s the only way my mind can deal with it. She’s a fictional character come to life. I used to say in the act, she reminds me of — it would be if it it was a movie, this would be terrific. If it was a film, it would be wonderful. Like Jimmy Stewart, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Jimmy Stewart would be a better leader and he’s dead.”

He also had some choice words for The Learning Channel’s decision to air her reality show, “It’s The Learning Channel. That’s another one, you know. It’s another kind of — how on the learning — not the learning — it can’t be the learning — it The Learning Channel can’t in all good conscience put that on and call themselves The Learning Channel.”

Black talked about the bizarreness of Sarah Palin being discussed as potential presidential candidate, “The whole concept of her doing the reality show is more than — and then to hear them talk about her as a possible candidate for president is — we’ve now reached epic — it’s epically insane. I used to think you kind of go for a long time as you grow older, that’s nuts, it’s quirky, it’s odd. Now it’s just bizarro. It’s like when I was with the — you know, in the old days when you’d go to see the tent where the oddities were, the fat lady and the bearded lady. Now it comes to us. It’s now a 24-hour news cycle.”

Black pretty much nailed it. The notion that Palin can run off and do a reality show and still be discussed as a presidential candidate is surreal to say the least. Can you imagine Ronald Reagan quitting as governor of California, and prepping for his presidential run by hosting a reality show? It isn’t presidential, and the fact that she has chosen this path should disqualify her from any serious discussion but it won’t.

Lewis Black also hit on something else. Much of the media attention that Palin gets is because she is a cross between a train wreck and freak show. Palin’s often bizarre behavior makes for good television, but much like Christine O’Donnell, Palin doesn’t realize that people are laughing at her, not with her. Her own ego tells her that her fame equals political power, and a ticket to the Oval Office. The reality is that being famous for being famous is not the same as being viewed as qualified for the presidency. Palin will run in 2012, and she will lose. At this point she will go from a quirky freak show television to being just another failed presidential candidate.

7 Replies to “Lewis Black Takes on The Epic Insanity of Sarah Palin”

  1. I watched this same show with Lewis Black and he nailed it perfectly. It’s part of the dumbing down in this country that Palin is taken seriously at all as a potential president. Tank Jones, who was Levi Johnston’s manager, was on this same show talking about Palin. He stated that the popularity she does have is more outside of Alaska than inside it. Her having quit on them last year still rankles with a lot of Alaskans, and most of them are unenthusiastic about her potential presidential candidacy.

  2. do you think she’d try to get cameras into the white house? she’s a threat to national security as it is…

  3. Absolutely incredible. It’s difficult enough to take the movement seriously but the movement’s leader is indescribable…I like his equating her to a fictional character come to life…perhaps an insane Davy Crockett? The only problem of course is that Palin’s Alamo would be a nuclear wasteland and NOBODY would survive it.

  4. Come on on guys think the rest of the world. We need a good laugh with the depression and all things that going on. Palin as president will give us that. Of course you will cry all the way but hey you can’t please everyone!!

  5. I think Mr. Black is correct. They do pay attention to Sarah Palen because she is a complete idiot. In contrast to that lets think about the fact that we have many good congressman, both Republican and Democrat who never get a moments notice unless they walk out and say something like the world is ending tomorrow. you don’t get attention unless you have an attention getting spew going. can you imagine what would happen if the media stopped turning everything Sarah said tomorrow?
    I have often wondered if she actually knows what’s going on and people are laughing at her or if she actually thinks she has a chance to run for president. If it’s the latter it’s absolute proof that she is deluded. All of the lies she has told, stupid things like the death penalty and all that will haunt her right to the first debate when she was thrown out of the building. I don’t think there’s a Republican congressman in a blue suit who has been in more than one term who will stand up and say yes to Sarah, I want you to run unless his best friend is running and he needs an easy win.

    I agree with Anne, it’s completely scary that anyone, even an uneducated person would consider her a valid candidate.

  6. Good an very informative post. I will come back to your blog regullary. One thing: I do not exactly know what do you mean in the second paragraph. Could you please exmplain your opinion?

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