We appear to be entering Phase Three of Sarah Palin's career: Woman stuff guru. Palin guest-hosted the Today show Tuesday, and after a brief interview about the standard political stuff -- "Anyone but Obama" will make a good president -- she moved on to meatier topics: Are people being too mean to Jessica Simpson for gaining weight while pregnant? How do you boost your teenage daughter's body image? Palin tried to own the all-time best Palin jokes, with a newspaper gag, a Tina Fey namecheck, a laugh at joining the "lamestream media," an admission that "it's a crap shoot" to raise teenage girls, and a subtle reference to her famously fancy campaign clothes. It was only the third hour of the Today show, but Palin was much more interested in talking about the issues that are usually fodder in the fourth: Girl stuff.
Palin wore all black, a hip-slung belt, and flares. When they stood outside for the morning weather talk, she added an enormous magenta scarf, and the crowd screamed so loud it was hard to hear her. Memorable Palin lines:
Matt Lauer on Palin's reading habits: "I see she's doing her homework!" (A reference to her infamous interview with Katie Couric in 2008, in which she said of her newspaper consumption habits that she reads "all of them." The camera shows her reading at left.)