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Style backlash: Did Sarah Palin let her hair down to thwart Tina Fey?

October 13, 2008 |  7:29 am

83191751 This past weekend, Sarah Palin ditched the uppity bouffant and the bizarre French braid hair styles. She looks different. More carefree and less like that efficient diner waitress who always tops off your coffee just when it starts to get tepid.

But most importantly, she now looks nothing like her impersonator, Tina Fey on 'Saturday Night Live.' Clearly, Palin is either trying to change her image or she's suddenly self-conscious about her ear lobes.

The N.Y. Post reports today that some political scientists believe that political spoofs damage a career.  From the article:

"Presidential impersonators do influence elections, and in this one, Tina Fey is well on her way to ruining Sarah Palin's political career," said Jerald Podair, a professor of American Studies at Lawrence University.

The story also cites a Washington Post poll that revealed that voters are crediting the "Tina Fey831904561_4 effect" for turning them off to the GOP ticket. If SNL skits have such sway, one can't help but wonder how George W. Bush got elected while Will Ferrell impersonated him. (Though I can imagine that more liberals and Democrats watch SNL than right-wingers.)

I have my own theory as to why Palin decided to ditch the librarian bun. Cindy McCain wanted to wear the bouffant this weekend.  (See lower photo.)

Do you think these two women talk in the morning to make sure that they're not wearing the same color blazer or shoes? Do they fight over which one gets to tease her hair higher?

Seriously, do you think that Tina Fey's Palin spoofs are hurting the candidate's image?

Weigh in, people.

-- Monica Corcoran

Photo credits: Top, Getty Images; bottom, AFP

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