Shatner Does Palin

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Shatner Does Palin

Late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien has figured out why former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's farewell speech was so awkward and rambling: Not enough Shatner.

Palin's resignation speech in early July was the subject of considerable ridicule, especially after Vanity Fair took the opportunity to "whip it into publishable shape." The result was something of a massacre, evidence, according to the site, that Palin's "high-priced speechwriters moved back to the Beltway long ago."

But while her resignation address may have been rough around the edges, her final speech as Governor, delivered on Sunday, was something else entirely. O'Brien eventually determined that it was in fact a poem and to prove his point he brought in legendary actor William Shatner to read an excerpt.

The result is genius. Shatner's silky-smooth cadence, delivered to a flowing beatnik groove, turns Palin's awkward fumbling for profundity into the most memorable piece of performance art you're going to see all day. Possibly all week.

You may be confused at first, as I was, but have no doubt: No matter how it looks, this is the real deal. Shatner is quoting Palin's original speech verbatim. Politics as usual? I don't think so. And this, my friends, is definitely better.

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If Palin had known about this beforehand, you'd have though she'd have at least one KHAAAAAAAN in there.

All positive comments aside I think this is a rather negative stunt overall in contrast to her own delivery, and the fact that she's stepping down.

I will remind liberals that they don't have quite the majority that they think they do, and in the end I don't want to hear any crying if the shoe winds up on the other foot at some point.

Of course I could be misinterpeting this, but really I get tired of the satires and generally poor sportsmanship. I porobably wouldn't wind up being so anti-left (which is differant from being pro-right) if it wasn't for the carnival atmosphere.

Epic win, nothing more needs to be said.

The_root_of_all_evil:
If Palin had known about this beforehand, you'd have though she'd have at least one KHAAAAAAAN in there.

Or OBAAAAAMA

That would've made my day. Not entirely sure how to take this but it has Shatner and that makes it fairly awesome

This is brilliant, shatner should tackle every famous speech ever done. If Mrs Thatcher had used Shatner she would have been much more popular. Anything really to keep Palins annoying voice off the air for some time.

oh the topic made me think something totaly different...

Therumancer:
All positive comments aside I think this is a rather negative stunt overall in contrast to her own delivery, and the fact that she's stepping down.

I will remind liberals that they don't have quite the majority that they think they do, and in the end I don't want to hear any crying if the shoe winds up on the other foot at some point.

Of course I could be misinterpeting this, but really I get tired of the satires and generally poor sportsmanship. I porobably wouldn't wind up being so anti-left (which is differant from being pro-right) if it wasn't for the carnival atmosphere.

I don't care who gave the speech, it was a garbled mess, and Shatner reciting it as poetry is hilarious. This isn't about politics at all. If Shane Kim had given this speech, we'd still be posting this.

Therumancer:
All positive comments aside I think this is a rather negative stunt overall in contrast to her own delivery, and the fact that she's stepping down.

I will remind liberals that they don't have quite the majority that they think they do, and in the end I don't want to hear any crying if the shoe winds up on the other foot at some point.

Of course I could be misinterpeting this, but really I get tired of the satires and generally poor sportsmanship. I porobably wouldn't wind up being so anti-left (which is differant from being pro-right) if it wasn't for the carnival atmosphere.

Oh, don't turn this into a political thread, it's just more Shatner, nothing more.

Therumancer:
All positive comments aside I think this is a rather negative stunt overall in contrast to her own delivery, and the fact that she's stepping down.

I will remind liberals that they don't have quite the majority that they think they do, and in the end I don't want to hear any crying if the shoe winds up on the other foot at some point.

Of course I could be misinterpeting this, but really I get tired of the satires and generally poor sportsmanship. I porobably wouldn't wind up being so anti-left (which is differant from being pro-right) if it wasn't for the carnival atmosphere.

And who says right wingers arent uptight...

God just have some fun for christ sake.

Therumancer:
All positive comments aside I think this is a rather negative stunt overall in contrast to her own delivery, and the fact that she's stepping down.

I will remind liberals that they don't have quite the majority that they think they do, and in the end I don't want to hear any crying if the shoe winds up on the other foot at some point.

Of course I could be misinterpeting this, but really I get tired of the satires and generally poor sportsmanship. I porobably wouldn't wind up being so anti-left (which is differant from being pro-right) if it wasn't for the carnival atmosphere.

The same could be said for the "right" side though as well. Mud is being slung, be it dressed up with satirical ribbons or no, on both sides of the field.

Frankly, I just think they - that is, everyone - should shut up about Palin. She stepped down, she's no longer interesting, could we please move on to something slightly more relevant?

I still laughed though.

That's really good. I missed that speech, but one question about it... WTF? I admittedly liked her when she announced as McCain's running mate, but it's like she's just been getting weirder and weirder as time goes on...

I know nothing about US politics to be honest, but I listened to the original speech (just before, to see what the contrast was) and Shatner rocks.
Seriously he should do other speeches as well!

I do feel sorry for Palin a bit, but this does seem harmless, and Shatner is just so awesome.

The_root_of_all_evil:
If Palin had known about this beforehand, you'd have though she'd have at least one KHAAAAAAAN in there.

Someone has to photoshop this. Now.

InvisibleSeal:

I do feel sorry for Palin a bit

Sarah Palin:

"The world needs more Trigs, not fewer."

At about 1:05

I really don't.

Therumancer:
All positive comments aside I think this is a rather negative stunt overall in contrast to her own delivery, and the fact that she's stepping down.

I will remind liberals that they don't have quite the majority that they think they do, and in the end I don't want to hear any crying if the shoe winds up on the other foot at some point.

Of course I could be misinterpeting this, but really I get tired of the satires and generally poor sportsmanship. I porobably wouldn't wind up being so anti-left (which is differant from being pro-right) if it wasn't for the carnival atmosphere.

Yes I smell poor sportmanship too, but the wind may not be quite going the direction you think it is going.

blipblop:
oh the topic made me think something totaly different...

Yeah. I was... Disappointed... >.>

This is awesome.

Nothing else to say.

It makes me wonder if Shatner reading all the lines in Resident Evil would be better.

Amnestic:

InvisibleSeal:

I do feel sorry for Palin a bit

Sarah Palin:

"The world needs more Trigs, not fewer."

At about 1:05

I really don't.

I don't really know what a trig is *blushes* - and the youtube thing doesn't work in Portugal.
I have heard she's not a very nice person though...

Capo Taco:

Therumancer:
All positive comments aside I think this is a rather negative stunt overall in contrast to her own delivery, and the fact that she's stepping down.

I will remind liberals that they don't have quite the majority that they think they do, and in the end I don't want to hear any crying if the shoe winds up on the other foot at some point.

Of course I could be misinterpeting this, but really I get tired of the satires and generally poor sportsmanship. I porobably wouldn't wind up being so anti-left (which is differant from being pro-right) if it wasn't for the carnival atmosphere.

Yes I smell poor sportmanship too, but the wind may not be quite going the direction you think it is going.

Don't misunderstand, I don't think we're going to see any sudden change from Left to Right. All I'm saying is that the wind does change eventually, and the nature of the US is such that neither side is going to ever have a clear and overwhelming majority especially nowadays, it's down to a few percentage points.

You already see some of the cracks appearing when it comes to issues like video game censorship. In general you had the right ring screaming about morality and family values and everything else for purposes of censorship but they did very little in the final equasion. As the power started to shift you saw a definate change in the mentality of censorship and how WE want censorship to end all the hate, and violence, racism, and threats to our children. Instead of a fire and brimstone preacher type, we've got a hippy sitting there making a peace sign and convincing you to give up your freedoms for "your own good man".... and honestly as the wind shifted your actually seeing more in the way of actual results when it comes to censorship as we've discussed on these forums before. When people realized we were likely to see a shift in power from the right wing, you'll notice gaming companies started snapping more into line. This might change, but then again it might not.

However, I anticipate we're liable to see at least 8 years overall of left wing control. Maybe 12. But like any "untouchable dynasty" it ALWAYS goes the other way. I'm just saying that most of us are going to be around in 4-12 years and people might want to think ahead to the inevitable snap back. I'd like to see a bit more maturity.

... and for the record, no... I do not think this would have been mocked this way if it was a left wing speech.

I've said my piece, I'm pretty much done in this thread. I am well aware that many are going to disagree with me.

InvisibleSeal:

Amnestic:

InvisibleSeal:

I do feel sorry for Palin a bit

Sarah Palin:

"The world needs more Trigs, not fewer."

At about 1:05

I really don't.

I don't really know what a trig is *blushes* - and the youtube thing doesn't work in Portugal.
I have heard she's not a very nice person though...

Sarah Palin's son, born with Down's Syndrome. Her quote then, in essence is "The world needs more children with Down's Syndrome."

Amnestic:

InvisibleSeal:

Amnestic:

InvisibleSeal:

I do feel sorry for Palin a bit

Sarah Palin:

"The world needs more Trigs, not fewer."

At about 1:05

I really don't.

I don't really know what a trig is *blushes* - and the youtube thing doesn't work in Portugal.
I have heard she's not a very nice person though...

Sarah Palin's son, born with Down's Syndrome. Her quote then, in essence is "The world needs more children with Down's Syndrome."

That sounds like a very dumb and selfish opinion then. Shouldn't she be looking for funding to cure / remove symptoms for Down's Syndrome instead (as in, to avoid people in the future having to suffer)?

Sorry if what I said before annoyed you - I really don't know that much about her. I was just thinking that Shatner said the speech way better!

Valiance:
This is awesome.

Nothing else to say.

It makes me wonder if Shatner reading all the lines in Resident Evil would be better.

Except they're already fairly Shatner-esque in their delivery, so I'm not sure all that much would change. Now, Shatner doing something like...I don't know, what's a really overwrought JRPG? You know, something with a lot of god references, or something. That'd be perfect.

Mrsnugglesworth:

blipblop:
oh the topic made me think something totaly different...

Yeah. I was... Disappointed... >.>

You are a sick sick man.
(Yes I was thinking the same)

I LOL'd. I LOL'd so hard that people around me think I am crazy.

well, the title was very attention-grabbing. Politician/actor sex scandals?

painfully blunt gags aside, how could sarah palin reading a poem not sound like a poem? does she have even less emotion than gordon brown? maybe shooting all those wild animals has sucked the love out of her soul...

Therumancer:
All positive comments aside I think this is a rather negative stunt overall in contrast to her own delivery, and the fact that she's stepping down.

I will remind liberals that they don't have quite the majority that they think they do, and in the end I don't want to hear any crying if the shoe winds up on the other foot at some point.

Of course I could be misinterpeting this, but really I get tired of the satires and generally poor sportsmanship. I porobably wouldn't wind up being so anti-left (which is differant from being pro-right) if it wasn't for the carnival atmosphere.

Whatever side you fall on, liberal, conservative, or something in between, you have to be embarrassed just to be associated with Palin as a fellow American. John McCain has and always will be one of my favorite people, but when he added a malignant tumor in Palin to his campaign you could have called the whole thing right there. She may not be as dim and politically oblivious as she appears in her press releases, speeches, blog posts, interviews, and casual conversation, but she is absolutely not doing anything to appear otherwise.

You're right, there's a liberal fest going on right now in the country, which is understandable following two terms of Bush, and they have overblown some things. Even so, I still can't find many reasons to want Sarah Palin in a position of power or influence.

Unfortunately, even the Shat couldn't make some of those lines sound good. However, it certainly sounded better.

Long live Shatner.

Wow. Palin just got owned by Shatner. I renounce any and all ridicule I have ever thrown Bill S's way.

xmetatr0nx:
This is brilliant, shatner should tackle every famous speech ever done. If Mrs Thatcher had used Shatner she would have been much more popular. Anything really to keep Palins annoying voice off the air for some time.

I doubt it; in Scotland all 6 million inhabitants would leap into a pit and deepen it so much we could hand her to Satan ourselves.

As for Palin herself, past all the glam and MILFery, she was a female Bush.

Therumancer:

I will remind liberals that they don't have quite the majority that they think they do, and in the end I don't want to hear any crying if the shoe winds up on the other foot at some point.

Of course I could be misinterpeting this, but really I get tired of the satires and generally poor sportsmanship. I porobably wouldn't wind up being so anti-left (which is differant from being pro-right) if it wasn't for the carnival atmosphere.

I understand - I'm more anti-right than pro left myself but you have to remember it's been more than just liberals who were crying for the past 8 years when the shoe was on the other foot. The right wing lost a lot of actual conservatives in that time. In fact, I think the only constituents they were able to keep are the fanatical zombified Rush Limbaugh audience types who would drink any sort of kool aid the gop would hand over to them. Political heritage types.

In regards to Shatner, he's awsome; I could've never learned hypnosis if it wasn't for him. Still... I liked Rocketman better:
Rock-
et
man;
burning out his fuse, up here...
...
...
Alone!

Therumancer:

However, I anticipate we're liable to see at least 8 years overall of left wing control. Maybe 12. But like any "untouchable dynasty" it ALWAYS goes the other way. I'm just saying that most of us are going to be around in 4-12 years and people might want to think ahead to the inevitable snap back. I'd like to see a bit more maturity.

... and for the record, no... I do not think this would have been mocked this way if it was a left wing speech.

I agree with the first part, there is always a counter push after one side holds power long enough to make a mistake.

As for the unlikelihood of a left-winger being skewered for saying something so garbled and foolish you have to admire Jon Stewart's continued efforts to mock all of politics (those who have seen the "That's Great... Now Fix the Economy" skits know what I mean) and I'd prefer to see more of it myself. In reality no, there's not a lot of comedic stuff out there hitting the left but such is the fluctuation of opinion at the moment.

Therumancer:

I've said my piece, I'm pretty much done in this thread. I am well aware that many are going to disagree with me.

I think it is because you know in your heart that you're not exactly right.

To be more blunt, my wind comment was meant to say that you're the one showing poor sportmanship, not that one or the other party is winning.

The success of america will not depend on whether right wing or left wing wins, it depends on how many capable and virtuous people are elected. Many of bushes decisions were disastrous for the US economy. Some of Obama's decisions look like they might not be the best either, but it's too early to tell.

But when a joke is made about a bad performance of a politician, it's ok to just laugh, rather than seeing it as a battle of us vs. them.

Susan Arendt:

Therumancer:
All positive comments aside I think this is a rather negative stunt overall in contrast to her own delivery, and the fact that she's stepping down.

I will remind liberals that they don't have quite the majority that they think they do, and in the end I don't want to hear any crying if the shoe winds up on the other foot at some point.

Of course I could be misinterpeting this, but really I get tired of the satires and generally poor sportsmanship. I porobably wouldn't wind up being so anti-left (which is differant from being pro-right) if it wasn't for the carnival atmosphere.

I don't care who gave the speech, it was a garbled mess, and Shatner reciting it as poetry is hilarious. This isn't about politics at all. If Shane Kim had given this speech, we'd still be posting this.

So true, the 'speech' was just such nonsense that no matter who wrote it would have been made fun of. The act that Palin did it perhaps makes it a little bit more ridiculed, but either way it was a mess of a speech.

Although on the other hand, it was quite a lovely poem was it not? And Shatner made it even better.

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