As the Palin-McCain campaign continued to fight off controversies, a new challenge emerged. Saturday Night Live featured the debut of Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impersonation. Immediately, Democrats and Republicans alike found something they could agree on - the impersonation was good. Good enough, in fact, that the nation began to wonder: Do we need the real Sarah Palin anymore? The pundits began to ask: Since Fey did such a good job playing Palin, why not just cut out the middle man have her be Palin?
For democrats, Tina Fey's Palin represents a chance to have all the goodness of Palin without all the pesky 'controversies' and 'inabilty to answer simple questions' that has caused them to question her qualifications since day one.
For the McCain camp, Tina Fey's Palin presented a rare opportunity for a 'do-over' - here was their chance to grab the smart, capable woman that McCain thought he was getting after his exhaustive two hour screening process. The toughest challenge to making the switch would be changing all the yard signs, a problem quickly solved by deciding that the campaign would become "Vote John McCain and Sarah Palin (played by Tina Fey)", which would only require adding a few words to the posters and bumper stickers.
Fey has thus far remained silent on the issue of joining the ticket, preferring to focus on not joining a McCain ticket. But Saturday Night Live producers are already whispering that if Fey leaves, they will have to find a replacement to play the part of Sarah Palin. Industry insiders note that should Fey replace her on the ticket, Sarah Palin herself would become available to play the part of Sarah Palin on SNL. But those same insiders note that the general consensus is, she would not be able to pull off the part, because she would have trouble remembering her lines.