Jon Stewart On Palin/McCain Team-Up: “Lady And The Gramps”

The Daily Show is never going to miss an opportunity to take a swing at Sarah Palin or John McCain, and the recent reunion of the two while McCain struggles to keep his job as a U.S. Senator is prime picking. Jon Stewart does raise a good point though: “No matter what Sarah Palin is saying about John McCain, she can’t help but make him look bad. Just by sitting next to her…he’s just sitting there in her radiant aura.” While Stewart is poking fun, there’s little doubt that at this point Palin is the star of the show and McCain comes off as not the man who plucked her out of obscurity, but merely the object of her latest endorsement.

Keith Olbermann’s Preemptive Strike Against Sarah Palin’s Show

Fox is having some problems with their Sarah Palin special tomorrow, namely that two of the segments stars, LL Cool J and Toby Keith, have claimed that their interviews have been lifted from year-old videos they did for the station, and that they were unaware they’d be featured on Palin’s new program. Which makes the former Alaskan governor an absurdly easy target for Keith Olbermann tonight, albeit a little unfairly. Palin didn’t put together this program, Fox producers did, and with all the commotion surrounding tomorrow’s special, what’s the MSNBC host doing except giving the show more lip-service than its already been paid? If your goal is to boost the ratings for tomorrow Keith, you did a fine job.

Robert Gibbs Gets Defensive On “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

The Obama administration may be following due process for repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy,” but that doesn’t mean it’s happened yet. And for Congressman Barney Frank, an openly gay politician, the White House hasn’t been clear enough in their time line for the repeal…or if it even plans to take legislative action at all. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gets a little bit snippy as he answers The Advocate’s senior White House correspondent, Kerry Eleveld’s questions about the president “ducking” this (possibly) historic precedent of allowing openly gay members into the armed forces.

Pam Stout Appears On Letterman: Becomes New Face Of Tea Party Movement?

There’s no arguing that the grassroots Tea Party movement hasn’t been portrayed in a very positive light recently. After the P.R. debacle on Capital Hill during the passing of the Health Care bill, when members of the party were accused of shouting slurs at Democratic Congressmen and and throwing money at a sick man, the campaign needed a new face if it was ever going stop being so easily demonized by the left. And last night, a new candidate emerged from the most unlikely of places in the form of the well-spoken middle-aged Pam Stout from Idaho, appearing as a guest on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman.

While some may be scratching their heads to why Letterman would have chosen Stout as a guest (it’s no secret that David’s had some bad run-ins with the GOP, most notably when John McCain canceled on him during the 2008 elections) the decision was actually brilliant. Not only as ratings gold, but a chance for the late night host to insert himself back into the news cycle. As Entertainment Weekly noted:

Stout was the mildest of souls, calm and remarkably composed for someone probably not used to the glare of network TV cameras. And Letterman loves this sort of person — a Midwestern citizen, a non-celeb; while raising serious points, he made a point of keeping things light .

Stout may have voted herself into a prime position in the Tea Party, but now that’s she had a platform to show herself as the more genial and articulate version of some in the movement, it will be Letterman she can thank when she’s put on the 2012 ballot.

Stephen Colbert “Shocked” To Find Out Ricky Martin Is Gay

Monday’s shocking revelation for most people wasn’t that Menudo singer Ricky Martin was a “fortunate homosexual,” but that the 90s pop icon was coming out of the closet now, years after his turn in the American spotlight. Then we found out he was pitching his autobiography, and that made a little more (business) sense. But there was at least one person for whom Martin’s sexuality was a total “surprise”: as Stephen Colbert said on his Comedy Central program, “I knew he was livin’ la vida loca…just not that loca.”

We hope that Colbert’s producers can convince Ricky to come on the program for an interview…we’d love for an excuse to see Stephen in that belly-shirt again.

MSNBC Debates The Winners And Losers In GOP vs. Democratic Sex Scandals

Luke Russert was paneling with David Shuster earlier today, in what may have been the most shameless (and yes, sadly, entertaining) moments on cable news thus far this week. Taking off on a Daily Beast feature ranking the top political sex scandals in recent history, Russert took a decidedly sporty style to analyzing what makes a political sex scandal interesting and who has suffered the most political shame: Democrats or Republicans. Video of the sophomoric and salacious video below:

Yes, we accept the irony in criticizing the very video that we are publishing ourselves. That’s just the way we roll.

Sarah Palin Details ‘Heroism, Courage, A Warrior’s Spirit’ In Fox News Special

It’s a bit ironic that all the controversy from the rap and country worlds leading up to Sarah Palin’s first ever Fox News special concerns one of the least controversial things she may have ever taken part in.

Mediaite got an exclusive first look at the special – here’s what to expect on Fox News tomorrow at 10pmET:

The hour is made up of inspiring people, focusing on everyday heroes from across the spectrum. The ’stock hero’ nature of the stories – helping children, Marine, boy and his dog – doesn’t make each tale tug less at your heartstrings. Many of the stories conclude with short interviews between the key participants and Palin on a set in front of a studio audience, brief interactions that allow Palin, and likely Fox News, a chance to see her flex potential talk show muscles.

The special begins with Palin speaking directly to the camera. “Heroism, courage, generosity, a warrior’s spirit – these are the things that unite all Americans,” she says. Then we’re off to meet George Weiss, who started the “Say Yes” program and is helping kids all over the country go to college. Weiss’ story, as the others, are voiced by Palin, so her role of narrator makes it seem like we get more Palin that we actually do. There are subtle political undertones to the Weiss report, and a few others – in a follow-up interview with the “Say Yes” program head of the Harlem chapter, Palin praises the work of “private sector contribution.”

The next story tells the circumstances surrounding the heroic death of a young Marine (as detailed in the book The Gift of Valor), with the third focusing on Cole Massie, a special needs boy who was “saved” by Elia, his dog. Massie and his family (and dog) were on set after, for a relevant talk with Palin about living with special needs children (with her own experience at the forefront of viewer’s minds). If anyone had any doubt at this point if the show would be successful, the impossibly adorable Cole, who starts his answers with “Well, Ms. Palin…” and throws around phrases like “the sky’s the limit,” puts that to rest.

Those who love Palin will love this – those who hate her won’t find much to bash, other than to maybe snark the occasional awkwardness in her on-set exchanges. There’s very little doubt the former GOP VP nominee will be an enormous star, and this proves that even further. Maybe she stumbles a bit in interviews, but in this format – awfully similar to an Oprah-like show – she thrives.

Will we see more Palin Fox News specials? You betcha.