I confess this has occurred to me too:

Yes, you ALMOST want to look away, but can’t.  It reminds me of when I watch Ricky Gervais in “The Office” or “Extras” and half cover my eyes or wince, while laughing, as pathetically unqualified characters try to fake their way through life.  Sadly, with Palin, this is real world, grownup stuff.

Yes. Palin's lies are like Gervaisian lies. They are really bad ones, contradicted by reality that everyone else sees. But she's still there and allegedly serious people are asking us to take her seriously. And yet it's impossible. And so we are now required to simply squirm for six weeks. Squirm. People talk sometimes of a national embarrassment. If the Palin candidacy isn't one, what is?

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