Mr. Baldwin takes the time to instruct the hoi polloi in the way the world operates:

…I wonder, what did some of you people actually think would happen with Palin on SNL?

Saturday Night Live is a comedy show. It’s not Meet the Press. It doesn’t “ask the tough questions” or “set the agenda.” It attempts, with varying degrees of success, to make people laugh. That’s it. Whether they skewer and savage people in order to do so, they don’t care. When you come on a show like that, you are prepared in advance to get worked over. Palin knew that. Palin came on to be a good sport. And she was. She was polite, gracious. (More so than some of the famous actors who come through there, believe me.)

However, I assume that, like Meet the Press, SNL feels an obligation to offer their special forum to any and all public figures and officials who are current. Headline making. And in SNL’s case, would make for a hit show. Several people decried SNL for giving her a spot on the show. You’re kidding, right? The woman is the Vice Presidential nominee of one of the two major parties in this country. Don’t put her on SNL? With all of her exposure and the Tina Fey performance? What reality are you in?

(Via Hot Air Headlines)

By the way, I refuse to believe that that last line was unintentional: I imagine that liberal elites find the netroots’ favorite description of itself just as tediously inane as we do.What happened here, of course, is that Alec Baldwin understands something that apparently many of our opposite numbers don’t, which is the nature of power in this country. On November 5th, 2008, Sarah Palin will be one of two things: she will either be the next Vice President of the United States, or she will continue to be the current Governor of Alaska (a job which she will be holding for the foreseeable future, by the way). This makes her more powerful, more influential, and frankly more interesting than roughly 99.99999% of her critics – which, to an actor-activist like Mr. Baldwin, makes her simply more meaningful as well. Certainly more meaningful than a variety of commenters on a group blog; hence, the tone. If he could have cracked a digital whip in any meaningful way, he might have done that, too. And that’s pretty much why I fronted this: I try to never pass up the chance to remind my opposite numbers of just what their self-appointed “betters” really think of them.

Justifiably, I might add.

Moe Lane

PS: The skits were actually pretty good, and Alec Baldwin carried off that introduction better than I would have expected, although not better than I should have expected. He does do this sort of thing for a living, after all.