Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin: Top 5 comedic comparisons
What do Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin have in common?
You mean, aside from the obvious? “Just give [O’Donnell] bangs and a pair of rimmed glasses and she’d be a dead ringer for…” Jon Stewart said on his show, flashing side by side photos of the two women after O’Donnell’s victory in the Delaware Senate primaries last week.
Political commentators can’t resist the comparison, not just on where O’Donnell and Palin stand on the issues, but in other aspects as well, especially considering Sarah Palin’s endorsement and mentoring of what many are calling her own “Mini-me.”
Why should comedians be any different?
5. A “trophy candidate”?
As comedian Jay Leno said on Monday night, Christine O’Donnell has all the qualities of a “trophy candidate.” Leno noted that Sarah Palin should watch out because O’Donnell is “younger, hotter, and crazier!”
4. Tina Fey back on SNL?
Who can forget comedian Tina Fey’s iconic representation of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live?
On Monday night, comedian David Letterman said on the Late Show that Christine O’Donnell looks an awful like Sarah Palin, “You know what that means, more work for Tina Fey! That’ll be exciting.”
Letterman isn’t the only one making the Fey/Palin/O’Donnell comparison. Stick a pair of glasses on O’Donnell, and well, the result is rather uncanny.
3. The Tea Party connection
As part of the The Daily Show’s “Indecision 2010” election coverage, host Jon Stewart noted after a clip about Christine O’Donnell’s primary win in Delaware last week: “The Palin is strong in this one.”
Right, are you, Yoda Jon.
Both Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell have strong ties to the Tea Party, or as Stephen Colbert called them after their recent victories in primaries last week, the “happiest angry they’ve ever been.”
2. Boil, boil, toil and trouble
OK, so Sarah Palin’s ties to witchcraft are pretty thin. Or are they?
As far as we know Palin never “dabbled” in witchcraft like Christine O’Donnell says she did in her youth. But a video has circulated on the web of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin being blessed by a Kenyan bishop who asked Jesus to protect Palin from “witchcraft,” in Sept. 2008.
O’Donnell has addressed the witchcraft revelation saying, ““How many of you did not hang out with questionable folks in high school?” laughing at the idea at a Republican picnic in Delaware on Sunday.
“There’s been no witchcraft since. If there was, Karl Rove would be a supporter now,” she joked.
Which brings us to #1 on our list…
1. Devil or BFFs of the Republican Party?
Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin: Where do they stand with the Republican party?
Some have said that O’Donnell’s primary win will spell victory for the Democrats come Election Day. Is O’Donnell too “tea party” to win over more moderate Republicans?
Some Republicans are now holding Palin’s so-called “Mini-me” at arm’s length. Flash back to the 2008 Election, when Palin experienced a similarly fickle relationship with the GOP.
The liberal and conservative talk show hosts said O’Donnell’s tea party backed victory is emblematic of a “Battle for the soul of the Republican Party.”
Of course, Jon Stewart couldn’t resist such dramatic imagery.
O’Donnell’s victory has “released hell!” He noted Karl Rove’s criticism of O’Donnell before suggesting that the two should have a “fiddle off.”
It was a reference to the 1979 Charlie Daniels Band hit, the “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” where a fiddler wagers his soul in a fiddle-playing contest with the devil.
But says Stewart, there is no battle for the soul of the Republican party, the Tea Party Express has won. “Now the battle is how many Republicans can cram themselves on to their train?!”
Indeed, two days after O’Donnell’s victory over Mike Castle, “Republicans from all over are rushing to close ranks and support her.”