MCCAIN ADVISOR RIPS ‘SNL’ SKIT…. By now, I suspect most of you have seen the opening skit from “Saturday Night Live,” which featured a joint press conference hosted by Sarah Palin (played perfectly by Tina Fey) and Hillary Clinton (Amy Poehler). If you missed it, and it was pretty hilarious, NBC has posted the whole thing.

It was pretty harmless, and as Faiz noted, Palin herself reportedly found it “quite funny” and had a good laugh. But then, there was McCain adviser/surrogate Carly Fiorina on MSNBC this morning.

“[T]he portrait [on “SNL”] was very dismissive of the substance of Sarah Palin, and so, in that sense, they were defining Hillary Clinton as very substantive and Sarah Palin as totally superficial,” Fiorina argued. “I think that continues the line of argument that is disrespectful in the extreme and yes, I would say, sexist, in the sense that just because Sarah Palin has different views than Hillary Clinton does not mean that she lacks substance.”

Maybe now would be a good time for the McCain campaign to lighten up a little, because watching these bizarre complaints is probably enough to make even the die-hard Palin backers roll their eyes. It’s a sketch comedy show. It mocks everyone, exaggerating shortcomings and creating caricatures. That’s the point.

And in this case, if Palin was presented as superficial and lacking substance, it might have something to do with the fact that she’s never heard of the Bush Doctrine, doesn’t know that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac didn’t receive tax dollars, doubts that human activity is responsible for global warming, thinks entitlement reform has something to do with finding “efficiencies” at the “agencies,” and to date hasn’t demonstrated any expertise in any area of public policy.

That is, of course, what made the bit funny.

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