I wouldnâ€™t ever want to be in Sarah Palinâ€™s position on Saturday Night Live. She is consistently good on camera and came off as a good sport. If the heat had been turned up any higher she would pick up sympathy votes. She sure didnâ€™t get the respect and deference her running mate thinks she is owed.
But a show like SNL is supposed to be a chance to humanize the candidate after a tough campaign of defining positions and laying out a platform. Thatâ€™s what the candidate does when she is interviewed and answers questions. Sarah Palin hasnâ€™t done that.
Itâ€™s true, she came in late in the race, but then she went into seclusion for emergency VP classes. Then she was interviewed by Katie Couric. It was not good. For the past few weeks itâ€™s all been preaching to the choir at rallies. Sheâ€™s extremely good at that.
The problem is that only dictators get to preach to the choir all the time while in office. Even a VP needs to be able to face opposition without resorting to vague patriotic sentiment or questioning the patriotism of her opponents. And a president needs to make her case to her own party, the opposite party, and other nations.
So going on SNL is kind of the lighter moment after the heavy stuff. But we havenâ€™t seen the heavy stuff. Will she give some real interviews in the next two weeks? Nope. So all we have is her record. Thatâ€™s fair game.