Opinion: It’s Jay Leno’s new ‘Tonight Show’ starring Sarah Palin


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Sarah Palin popped up on Jay Leno’s revived NBC ‘Tonight Show’ tonight and poked a little fun at herself by writing Jay’s introduction cue notes on her hand. (See video below.)

The pair, both of whom have taken hits in the media in recent weeks, talked amiably about a wide variety of issues. Here are some:


On the media’s treatment of her children:

I think, yes, that a line was crossed there. And I’m still waiting for that line to be uncrossed. Just some common decency, allowing the kids to not be the -- I guess kind of a victim in all this, because they certainly don’t deserve it. I have very strong, independent, well-adjusted kids. And I so respected that the media had left other politicians’ kids alone. I would just ask for the same treatment.

On the Tea Party movement:

It is an uprising of the people -- (Applause) -- an uprising of the people to say, ‘Hey, Government, we are not to be working for you. You are to be working for us. Let’s get government back on our side.’ So heaven forbid the Tea Party movement think that they need an individual, a politician to put their faith in, to be their leader.

On campaigning for John McCain:

I stood by his side, wanting Americans to vote for him as our President. Of course I’m going to stand by his side as he runs for reelection in the great state of Arizona. He is an American hero, and I think he is fighting for Americans harder today than many of us had seen for many, many years. He’s what we need.

Palin also did her debut standup routine as a comedian:

Hello. Thank you, Jay. Thank you. I’m so happy to get to be here. This is a thrill of.... ________________________________________ ...a lifetime really. And Alaska, being so different from Los Angeles. Here when people have a frozen look on their face, I find out it’s Botox. (Laughter.)It is so beautiful here, though, so warm and beautiful. Back home, ooh, it was freezing. It was 5 degrees belowCongress’ approval rating.....Shaun White on the show. Oh, what an amazing athlete. I watched him do a double McTwist 1260, and the only other people to do a double McTwist 1260 was last week: the White House on healthcare.

She’ll be here through 2012, folks.

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-- Andrew Malcolm

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