(LANCASTER, Pa.) After spending the better part of her candidacy under the safe confines of carefully staged rallies and having struggled through a few high-profile interviews, Sarah Palin is coming out of her media shell.
She now holds daily interviews with local broadcasters and conservative talk radio hosts, she gave her first ever on-camera press conference with her traveling press corps on Friday, and tonight she'll take the leap that everyone's been waiting for when she appears on "Saturday Night Live."
"Oh, man. I'm excited for tomorrow night," Palin told reporters on Friday. "I have no idea what to expect because I haven't seen any scripts or anything else yet, but it will be fun. The opportunity to show American television watchers anyway that you get to have a sense of humor through all of this or even just this really would be wearin', tearin' on you, so an opportunity to show that sense of humor and that side of all of this, I look forward to it."
On the NBC show, Tina Fey has been relentless in portraying Palin as an unqualified joke over the last few weeks, and Fey's satirical take on the Alaska governor has left its mark on the public consciousness. For that very reason, it would seem that Palin has much to gain and little to lose in tonight's appearance.
If Palin can show an ability to laugh at herself, and perhaps even more importantly, succeeds in giving Fey a taste of her own comic medicine, she will reap the benefit of days of positive coverage on cable news and entertainment media outlets. "Saturday Night Live" may be a comedy show, but Palin's appearance could very well have a serious impact on the election.