Engaging the Culture: Palin Rocks SNL’s 40th Anniversary

Imagine if you will, attending a high-profile event mainly comprised of people who hate you (or at least their skewed, media-induced perception of you) and wowing the crowd with your sharp sense of humor and obvious

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intelligence, knowing your every move will be scrutinized. Such was the scene Sarah Palin converged upon last night while making her second successful appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Did I mention she’s absolutely stunning? How many women her age can rock a sexy-yet-tasteful white dress paired with black high heels and an unmistakeable air of confidence? No wonder so many harbor irrational hatred toward her.

Jerry Seinfeld however, does not appear to be one of them. Via Breitbart:

Seinfeld then took questions from Michael Douglas, John Goodman, James Franco, Larry David, Ellen Cleghorne, Dakota Johnson, Tim Meadows, and Bob Odenkirk, before turning to Sarah Palin.

“Yes, Tina,” Seinfeld joked.

“No, it’s Sarah, Sarah Palin,” Palin said. “How much do you think Lorne Michaels would pay me if I were to run in 2016?”

“I don’t think there’s a number too big,” Seinfeld replied.

“What if I were to choose Donald Trump as my running mate?” Palin asked.

“Sarah, you’re teasing us, that’s not nice,” Seinfeld joked.

From what I’ve seen, conservative reaction has been a bit mixed, with many condemning her for posing with notorious race-baiter Al Sharpton. Under the circumstances, I disagree with that assessment. For the past six years, Palin has led by example in engaging the culture — something lacking in most prominent conservative politicians. During the 2008 campaign, she demonstrated another rare quality in politics – the ability to laugh at oneself — when she participated in a self-deprecating Saturday Night Live skit, complete with a moose rap.

My guess is that rather than take the “resist we much” attitude, Sarah decided to be a good sport by posing with Sharpton and by joking around with the likes of Alec Baldwin. As activists, we tend to view everything through our own constitutional lens but sometimes forget that a good chunk of the population sadly does not pay attention to politics and/or seek out credible sources of political news. The fact that Palin can easily cross-over into pop culture events while maintaining her dignity and showing her real self to the country (versus the media caricature), proves her leadership capabilities and understanding that we must do much more than simply preach to the choir.