Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton address nation

Well, not exactly. Barack Obama didn’t make it, but Saturday Night Live viewers got the next best thing: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, with the kind of biting satire — as opposed to ham-handed, if often funny, jabs — that’s been lacking from the campaign.

Watch for the pitch-perfect exchange highlighting Palin and Clinton’s command of the issues:

Clinton: I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy.

Palin: And I can see Russia from my house!

Clinton: I believe global warming is caused by man.

Palin: And I believe it’s just God huggin’ us closer!

Clinton: I don’t agree with the Bush Doctrine.

Palin: I don’t know what that is…

Praise was widespread for the spot’s spot-on impersonations — Fey sometimes more adeptly evoked Sarah Palin than the Alaska governor has herself lately — with Entertainment Weekly’s Pop Watch giving the opening sketch a perfect 10, compared to a mediocre 7 for the rest of the show’s season premiere. But what about the most critical audience? The Telegraph reports:

On board Mrs Palin’s campaign plane, journalists were told by stewards that she was watching in the VIP section of the charter’s satellite TV system. As reporters howled with laughter during the five-minute skit, there was reportedly silence from the front of the plane.

That Saturday night flight was headed to Denver, where Palin plans to spend the day Sunday without public events. She kicks off the week’s campaigning Monday morning at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds with a speech to 5,000 spectators. Tickets went fast Friday afternoon once the event was announced, forcing the McCain campaign to cancel a planned pancake breakfast (not enough tables) and quintuple the number of tickets available.

Barack Obama will be in Colorado on Monday too, speaking in Pueblo and Grand Junction. Tuesday morning, the Democratic nominee will attend a rally at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

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