If anybody is happier that Sarah Palin has returned to the forefront of American politics, you might be surprised to know that it’s probably not her supporters. In fact, as Stephen Colbert let everybody know on the Late Show last night, it’s the political comedy industry, more than anybody else, who is celebrating her resurgence into the media spotlight.
And boy did she come back strong! The former Alaska governor gave an endorsement speech for the ages earlier this week; a speech so inarticulate and cringe-inducing that political comedians have to do next to nothing to obtain material from it.
“It’s like a magical eagle made a wish on a flag pin and it came to life — which is great for me”, said Colbert in the video below. “While Trump, admittedly, has given me so much material to make jokes about, nobody compares to the original ‘material girl.’”
Trump and Palin, together at last! The GOP primary has finally transformed into a farce, one only made immediately comprehensible through the lens of comedians.
Surely all of this, the frightening speeches, the train wreck hypocrisy of her real family, behind the “family values” she banks and campaigns on, it all has to be some kind of joke right? Unfortunately for us, the “original material girl” is completely serious. The comedians are still the ones making the jokes.
Much of what happens in the video does admittedly function as a highlight reel from Palin’s endorsement speech. However, after a relentless bombardment of all the “right-wingin’, bitter-clingin'” claptrap that the former governor, without the slightest hint of irony, actually used to endorse a primary candidate for the GOP nomination, Colbert moved on brilliantly to turn all that Palinspeak into endorsements for a few other candidates in the race as well.
“First, let me just tase the part of my brain that understands sentence structure”, said Colbert, before taking a taser to his neck and launching into a nearly three minute, non-stop string of endorsements for candidates like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and even Sebastian the Crab from The Little Mermaid. It was everything we could ever ask for after bearing witness to that terrifying speech.