<i>Under the Bus</i>, Starring Sarah Palin

It’s one of my favorite things to do after a good party, especially if you’ve got the following day off, like New Year’s Day. Bleary from the celebration, maybe even a little hungover, but with the evening’s highlights still dancing through my head, I have some coffee, make a little breakfast, get some snacks and curl up on the couch in my pajamas and spend the day watching a good movie.

Let’s see what’s on [videocafe.crooksandliars.com]:

CARL CAMERON (FOX News): There was great concern in the McCain campaign that Sarah Palin lacked a degree of knowledgeability necessary to be a running mate, a vice president, and a heartbeat away from the presidency.

We are told by folks that she didn’t know what countries were in NAFTA — the North American Free Trade Agreement. That’d be Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. We’re told that she didn’t understand that Africa was a continent, rather than a series — a country just in itself. A whole host of questions that caused serious problems about her knowledgeability.

Ooooohhh! I love this movie! Under the Bus starring Sarah Palin, FOX News, the rightwing blogosphere and a bunch of C-list actors from the McCain campaign. It’s a fish-out-of-water comedy about a small town con artist who tried to pull off the ultimate scam. See, Sarah Palin’s mistakenly chosen for a job she’s totally unqualified for, but sees the opportunity to enrich herself and her family and maybe come within a heartbeat of running the country. In an interesting twist, the movie starts after the scheme falls to pieces and everyone’s running around trying to cover their ass.

In a series of flashbacks [www.newsweek.com], we see Palin being instructed to buy three suits and hire a stylist, then blowing $150,000 $200,000 on designer clothes, including tens of thousands on new duds for her hubby, and then “losing” some of it. Palin shoos away staffers who try to prepare her for her interviews, then pitches a fit when those interviews go badly. She brings up attacks on Barack Obama before being cleared by her handlers and generally makes a (bigger) mess of everything. The scene where she meets McCain’s campaign advisors in nothing but a towel? Hilarious! Hijinks like that divide the campaign staff and eventually get one long-serving foreign policy advisor fired [politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com].

Meanwhile, Palin has winked and “You Betcha”-ed her way into the good graces of the Republican base. Outraged at their heroine being disparaged as a “Wasilla hillbilly” by their own party, such luminaries as Michelle Malkin [michellemalkin.com], Conservative Political Action Committee Blogger of the Year Ace O’ Spades [ace.mu.nu] and the purists at RedState [www.redstate.com] vow ideological jihad on the unbelievers in the McCain campaign. The big climax is the pie fight at the end, when the entire Republican party breaks down into Keystone Cops-like chaos while Palin hightails it back to Alaska.

Two thumbs up. It really is a great movie. Very funny.

I just hope I don’t run out of popcorn.

– Michael Turner