Sarah Palin says goodbye - the William Shatner way

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Sarah Palin left her office as governor of Alaska on Sunday, off to pursue the next adventure in her life - books, TV, radio, more politics ...

And, of course, she had a lot to say on the doorstep, wishing her state well and dishing politics, but did she do it well? Maybe, but certainly her rendition was nothing like William Shatner's poetic pass on Conan O'Brien's "Tonight Show."

Palin was famously lampooned by Tina Fey in the runup to the presidential election in a series of whip-smart, scathing bits of satire. But here is something completely different. Shatner doesn't play Palin. Shatner, as always, plays Shatner. But who does the speech better?

Compare it to the original (in 2 parts):

Of course, this isn't Shatner's first foray into dramatic, poetic interpretation of original content. He was, in fact, perhaps best known (until now) for this gem - Elton' John's "Rocket Man," about which there is nothing not awesome. Check out the beat poet, Shatner, at the 1978 Science Fiction Awards, cigarette poised and Kenny G-esque soft jazz flowing for full effect:

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WOW! Could you imagine this nut as the President! We'll go from Harvard to Alaska city college. What a joke. The Republicans are stupid, their History! Dam Dummies(Redd Foxx).

Again, the mainstream media doesn't want to cover Sarah unless they're mocking her instead of covering her achievments, like the recent $26 billion Alaskan pipeline.
As far as Harvard vs. Alaska colleges, I seem to recall a recent story about a race-baiting moron teaching African-American studies at Harvard and a fact-deprived moron at the White House blindly supporting him. Democrats are primitive screwheads (Bruce Campbell)

This is awesome. The whole article is exactly what the Internet is about, bringing past context to bear on current events through links.

With respect to Sarah Palin, someone please hand her a mirror so she can figure out how dumb she looks before she pulls something like this again. Even George (W.) Bush begins to look cogent and glib when compared to Palin.

Crusty - LOL. I see you are, like me, a big fan of sarcasm. Love it.

To Crusty -- That pipeline you cite as one of Palin's accomplishments is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. The only thing she has done regarding that project is sign a bill that guarantees it cannot be built without major Federal subsidies, and give away millions of dollars to a Canadian company that can't afford to build it. I doubt you know anything about this pipeline aside from the vacuous slogans that comes from Sarah to give the impression that she is some sort of energy expert. Nothing could be further from the truth, but it seems to go over well with those who are taken in by a wink and smile, and don't bother to read about the issues on their own.

The problem with Sarah Palin is not so much how much the media loves to make fun of her. And I have to say she has become the media's target. The problem with Palin is that she is devisive. She may appeal to the extreme republicans, but she will never be president because she is unable to convince moderate conservatives, independents and some conservative democrats that she is qualified and can see all side's views. You don't win the election with just the radical fringe of your party. She has a very simplistic and narrow view of issues and the world, it's her way or no way, which is no way to lead such a diverse nation.

Another item well forgotten is the "Bridge to Nowhere" fiasco. Sure Palin did jump on the pork barrel band wagon and promised not to build it but... she never returned the money!
Hypocrite!
… and the apathy of the American people is shameful.

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