A second female candidate has joined Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, and this one might be even more of a household name than the former First Lady and Secretary of State.
“I am announcing my intention to seek the Republican nomination for President,” writer, comedian, producer, awards show host, and actress Tina Fey announced to the crowd gathered outside of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. “And the really cool thing is that I plan to run as Sarah Palin, only with better one liners.”
Fey then did a ten minute set that really killed, before heading inside to meet with her campaign advisers. Rumor has it that Lorne Michaels will be her campaign manager.
If you recall, the former star of 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live made quite the name for herself during the 2008 Presidential Election by totally nailing an impersonation of then Vice Presidential candidate Palin.
“Tina was a better Palin than Sarah Palin,” a Republican bigwig told this Modern Philosopher. “We realized that if Sarah Palin were only as sharp and witty as Tina Fey, she would make a perfect candidate for 2016. That’s when the light bulb went off!”
“I thought they were joking, but they just kept pestering me and sending me muffin baskets,” Fey explained. “Now that 30 Rock is off the air, and I said I wouldn’t host the Golden Globes again, my schedule is pretty wide open. I figured what the heck. I’ll do it.”
Early polling shows that Fey would beat Clinton if the election were held today, but Clinton’s camp isn’t showing any concern.
“We are thrilled to see another female candidate in the race,” the Clinton camp said in a prepared statement. “This is a historic day not only for women, but also for all Americans. We welcome the challenge, and look forward to debating and swapping jokes with Miss Fey should her candidacy survive to that point.”
I can’t wait to see how Saturday Night Live tackles this. A sketch parodying a famous SNL parody running for President sounds like a trip. Even the current cast can’t screw up that one.
So who could Fey choose as her running mate? Would she pick a well respected Republican to give her candidacy some credibility with old school members of the party who might not get the joke?
Or should she totally push the envelope, chase down the couch potato vote, and pick another actor as her Vice President? She’s already proven that she has excellent chemistry with Jimmy Fallon, but he is a little busy hosting The Tonight Show.
The only way Clinton could top that pairing would be by asking the actual Sarah Palin to be her running mate.
So it looks like Tina Fey has this locked up. What do you think, Modern Philosophers? Are you ready to vote Fey/Poehler in 2016?