Comedienne Tina Fey’s popular spoofs of Governor Sarah Palin for Saturday Night Live are being blamed for the Republican party’s slip in the polls as the nation gears up for the 2008 presidential election. According to a recent poll by The Washington Times, the “Tina Fey effect” is responsible for turning supporters off the GOP’s race for The White House and destroying Sarah Palin’s reputation in the process.
“Presidential impersonators do influence elections, and in this one, Tina Fey is well on her way to ruining Sarah Palin’s political career. In a political culture that takes its cues from popular culture, a good impersonator may be worth a million votes,” Political scientist Jerald Podair said in an interview with New York Post Monday.
“The parodies may have done a bit of damage. People remember Gerald Ford through the prism of Chevy Chase. Ford was among our most athletic presidents, and he had a wide-ranging knowledge of public-policy issues. But because of SNL, many came to think of him as a buffoon.”