Tina Fey and Amy Poehler re-enact Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric

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Tina Fey was back on Saturday Night Live with her hilarious and eerily accurate portrayal of Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin, re-enacting with Amy Poehler Palin’s now-infamous interview with CBS news anchor Katie Couric last week.

Watch it here now (and if you missed Fey’s first Palin imitation on SNL, watch it here):

The most salient point made by the skit was showing how Palin ducks difficult questions by rephrasing the question as the answer, using half-finished thoughts, or acting “increasingly adorable.” (Even conservative Republican columnist Kathleen Parker wrote this week that Palin “filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there.”)

But the best/scariest aspect of the skit? Several lines of Palin’s (Fey’s) answers — on topics like how she and McKain would spread democracy, and how exactly Palin has gained foreign policy experience by living near Russia — weren’t even made up, they came directly from her interview with Couric (watch and read transcripts here and here).

But let’s set aside the accuracy of the spoof — since that will be covered everywhere else — and get to the funny.

Favorite Fey/Palin hand gesture(s)? Pretty much all of them.

Favorite made-up line? On visiting the U.N. for the first time: “… I was disheartened by how many of them were foreigners. I promise that when Sen. McCain and I are elected, we’re going to get those jobs back in American hands!” Brilliant summary of America’s myopic foreign policy approach over the last 8 years.

Second favorite line? “Katie, I’d like to use one of my lifelines now.” I’ll bet she would!

What was your favorite line/moment/gesture? And, aside from the fact that Tina Fey is a Democrat who stands against, and is repugnant to, almost everything Republicans believe in, is there any reason the Republicans shouldn’t dump Palin and make Tina Fey McCain’s running mate? I mean, not to belabor the point, but can you give me even one specific reason?

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