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Sarah Palin lauds Tina Fey, perhaps because she didn't hear a word of 'SNL' skit

September 17, 2008 |  3:57 pm

Sarah Palin, in a Q&A with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity that airs tonight, stands by her man -- John McCain -- in the recent dust-up over his comment about the “fundamentals” of the economy.

And, just as he has since (in the view of most) ill-advisedly uttering that remark, she doesn't mince words in discussing the turmoil that has rocked Wall Street this week. Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin answers questions from Fox News Channel's Sean Hanniity

But Hannity elicits perhaps the most intriguing answer from Palin when he wraps up the first of two interview segments by asking if she had seen Tina Fey unveil her satirical impersonation of the Republican vice presidential nominee on this past weekend's "Saturday Night Live."

Our own Dish Rag blog had reported Tuesday that Palin, who was on a campaign plane at the time, had watched and, through a spokeswoman, declared it "quite funny, particularly because she once dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween."

Palin elaborates for Hannity: She watched, but she didn't listen. That's because she had "the volume all the way down." Later, she reiterates: "Again, didn't hear a word she said..."

Still, she offers a rave: "I thought it was hilarious. I thought she was spot on."

The resemblance between the two is, of course, remarkable -- and apparently enough to regale Palin. But one can't help but wonder if the Alaska governor would have offered the "hilarious" plaudit if she had heard the comedian's words.

There were barbs aplenty aimed at getting laughs, such as the Fey/Palin take on the cause of global warming: "I believe it's just God hugging us closer."

Time magazine's the Page blog has numerous excerpts from Palin's chat with Hannity (though not her review of the "SNL" routine).

-- Don Frederick

Photo: Fox News

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