Count Lorne Michaels among those very happy that John McCain picked Sarah Palin instead of Mitt Romney as his running mate.
Thanks in large measure to Tina Fey's scary-good impersonation of the Alaska governor, the ratings for "Saturday Night Live" are up 50 percent so far this season. Fey has portrayed Palin in three of the major sketches that open the show -- bits that have been swapped around the Internet long after they originally aired.
"I think the gods smiled on us with the Palin thing," Michaels, SNL's executive producer, told the New York Times in a story published today. "Like if he'd chosen Romney, I think it would be completely different."
"As exciting as a Romney-Biden debate would have been, it just would have been politics as usual," Michaels added.
While probably combative, "exciting" is not necessarily the adjective many would have chosen for such a face-off. Besides, who in the SNL cast would play Romney?
Viewers never found out, because while Romney was contesting the nomination, SNL was off the air due to the writers' strike. That annoyed Michaels to no end. "I was in a rage for three of the four months," he said, "then I sort of calmed down."
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