10/30/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Sarah Palin Responds to Nuclear Crisis

The first time I heard the name Sarah Palin, I was about to get on a plane at JFK airport. Yeah, right, I thought. By the time I got off the plane at LAX, she was John McCain's running mate. Oh God, no, I thought. This is awful. She's just the kind of candidate to make a certain breed of undecided feel comfortable with his latent bigotry and down-home ignorance. She'll get hardcore conservatives and scrape off a few more Clinton supporters*

I could only hope that there would be time for inevitable fascination-fest to give way to a backlash. Katie Couric's interview sped up the process, for sure, as did Palin's nutty comments about seeing Russia from Alaska. Fingers crossed that she doesn't pull off that spunky mom-with-venom act from her convention speech at the debate this Thursday (and that Biden doesn't gaffe it up and distract from her incompetence). Regardless, more and more people are taking a moment to imagine this person in control of nuclear weapons. She doesn't have a clue what's going on or where she is--she's supposed to run the most powerful country in the world? On that thought, I'd like to introduce this brilliant little video that just popped up on Youtube:

Ha! It's hilarious because we might all be dead.

* Turns out Hillary Clinton was right--her most ardent working-class white voters really did remain skeptical of Obama: