Tina Fey reprised her moonlighting gig as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live in an opening skit that took aim at Thursday's vice-presidential debate with Joe Biden.
Asked about climate change, Fey/Palin ducked the idea it was manmade, saying it also could represent the Biblical End of Days. Or something else.
In the Saturday Night ''debate,'' Fey/Palin thanked America for letting her speak without a media filter that asked pesky followup questions and cared about syntax. She played a flute during her self-declared ''talent portion'' of the debate, and said, regarding same-sex benefits, that ''marriage is meant to be a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers."
Cast member Jason Sudeikis, taking shots in playing Biden in slick, hair-plugged glory, closed by saying he surprised critics who thought the egomaniacal Joe Biden would show up and get nasty -- but, he added, he triumphed by holding back to ''nail'' the debate against, as he put it, his much less-prepared opponent. Sudeikis/Biden also said he was in touch with Joe Six-Pack because he came from such a miserable, undistinguished ''genetic cesspool'' like Scranton, Pa. -- and that Wilmington, Del., wasn't much better.
Queen Latifah played the part of moderator Gwen Ifill, hawking her political book at the end of the faux debate.
Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank took a bruising from SNL in another political sketch, this time on the bailout. A clip is below: