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About (Late) Last Night: Why Jon Stewart thinks Sarah Palin is running for president [Video]

June 1, 2011 |  7:03 am



For Jon Stewart, Sarah Palin's heavily hyped "One Nation" bus tour can only mean one thing: She's running for president. "The Daily Show" returned last night after a week's hiatus, just as Palin was herself returning to the national stage after several months of relative quiet. The timing was fortuitous.

"What's the first story I hear about when I get back?" Stewart began. "Joan of Anchorage is back! Just in time to kill my PTSD -- Post-Trump Sadness Disorder."

Stewart then cut to a montage of the breathless media coverage of Palin's bus tour, with various reporters asking variations of the same question: Is Palin running for president?

The answer, according to the "Daily Show" host, was about as obvious as the glasses on Palin's face. "Why? Because she's driving her family around key primary states in a bus with her signature in roughly equal size to the preamble of the Constitution?" he asked sarcastically, before suggesting another possible motive. "Has anyone ever stopped to consider the possibility that Sarah Palin and her family are driving from town to town solving mysteries and unmasking monsters. Has anybody considered that?"

Stewart suggested that the easiest thing to do would be to ask Palin, which, naturally, is not possible since the former governor and current Fox News analyst is not granting access to any news outlets other than the one she works for. In an interview with colleague Greta Van Susteren, Palin insisted that she was not on "a publicity-seeking tour," and claimed she didn't owe the "mainstream media" any kind of explanation as to the purpose of her latest cross-country jaunt. "I want them to have to do a little bit of work," she said.

Given that Palin is riding in "a bus that Bret Michaels said was, quote, a bit much," Stewart had one last question for the possible presidential candidate: "Just out of curiosity, how do you get around when you are seeking publicity?"

-- Meredith Blake