Move Over Tina Fey. Palin vs. Clinton has hit another level.

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Update: Approximately an hour after I wrote this piece, Sarah Palin was disinvited from the rally.

Is Hillary Clinton Obama’s running mate? By watching the election coverage over the past few days, it almost looks like she is.

This past weekend, Saturday Night Live opened their season premiere with a HILARIOUS video on Palin and Clinton:

Back in the real world, a couple of weeks ago, Clinton had accepted an invitation to speak at a rally to protest Mahmoud Ahmadinajad’s upcoming visit to the UN.  Probably out of political pressure, the rallies organizers, namely Malcolm Hoenlein, felt they needed to bring a Republican to speak at the event as well (even though Clinton is a Senator from New York).

And guess who the Republicans decided to send?  You guessed it…Sarah Palin! Can you see Iran from Alaska as well?

Well, it seems like Hillary wasn’t very happy about this decision (not that I would blame her).  As explained perfectly in the SNL skit, Clinton does not want to be associated with Palin in the slightest.  As a result, Clinton has canceled her appearance at the rally.

Now, we are in that really awkward stage where no one really knows what to do.  The rally organizers are in a really tough spot.  They unintentionally made this nonpartisan event partisan by inviting Palin.

So, they could either disinvite Palin (a move that would piss off a lot of Republicans), or they could invite someone from the Obama camp, further perverting an event that shouldn’t have been partisan in the first place.

One organization, JStreet,  a “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization, has started an online petition asking the organizers of the event to disinvite Palin.  I just received an e-mail that claims that over 17,000 people have already signed it.

Posted on September 18, 2008

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6 thoughts on “Move Over Tina Fey. Palin vs. Clinton has hit another level.

  1. alaskajew

    Even Sarah Palin thinks that sketch is hilarious.
    Thanks for posting it; I hadn’t had a chance to see it yet.

    This whole thing has been hard for me. I never voted for her, but she never seemed so crazy before either. It’s also hard to hear a lot of the jokes. She’s from the same place I grew up, and it’s hard not to feel like I join her as the punchline. My greatest fear has always been that I couldn’t overcome my roots. It seems that it might be impossible.

  2. The Doctor

    I did write a piece for our synagogue newsletter encouraging participation in a raffle for an alaskan trip. We touted the fact that your personal mikvah privacy would be guarranteed by the full power of the United States Air Force. At the time, the mikvah was on the grounds of Ellmendorf AFB. I have always loved the concept of the “Frozen Chosen” and encourage visitors to check it out.

    By the way, the village of Kotzebue boasts the world’s most northerly Chinese Restaurant, the Arctic Dragon. Does a minyan meet there on December 24th, by any chance?

  3. matthue

    Hey, Alaska Jew: Did you see the recent interview with Michael Chabon where he spoke about searching Lexis-Nexis for “Alaska” and “Jews” and that, before his book, they only appeared together 18 times? Do you think that could be true — that there’s never been a substantive article on the Alaska Jewish community before, well, Palin & Chabon’s arrivals on the scene?

  4. alaskajew

    I would tend to agree with that statistic, even though I’ve not double checked it. Alaska’s Jewish community is tiny. There is one mikvah. There are two rabbis, one Reform, and one Lubavich. Our oldest continuously serving synagogue just celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. If I remember, Alaska’s first Jewish cemetery was dedicated only within the past couple years.

    As best I can tell, there hasn’t been much talk of the community. I’ve read one article that was pretty substantive, and it was published only this year. Even if you google “Alaska” and “Jewish” today, you don’t get much.

  5. alaskajew

    I’ve never been to Kotzebue, so I don’t really know, but I kind of doubt that there is a minyan there. It’s a very tiny place, and to get there, you have to hop a plane from the middle of nowhere.

    Like I said, I’ve never been there, but I’ll make a generalization anyway. I do know that the villages tend to be Christan, and mostly Catholic at that, due to conversion campaigns sponsored by the Church in the 40s and 50s. I would guess that the Chinese restaurant is either closed that day or hosting a Christmas celebration.

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