March 22, 2023
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Sokolsky on the Arts and Entertainment
A weekly program focusing on the arts and entertainment
Well. no, the new TV season has not been a complete dud. That's according to Arts and Entertainment Editor Bob Sokolsky who insists there is at least one bright star.

That, he says, would be vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin who has come across as a quick and personable funny lady. But wait a minute, he adds. That's really Tina Fey and she's not a politician. She just plays one on TV. Or is it the other way around?

At any rate, Sokolsky observes, he wonders whether Sarah might be better off losing the election because a number of producers seem ready to sign her to a long term TV contract.

There is precedent for that, and he cites such names as Ronald Reagan, Shirley Temple and Arnold Schwazenegger all of whom parlayed screen fame into political success. And then there was former vice president Alben Barkley who had his own talk show after leaving office.

Meanwhile, Sokolsky notes, some critics are already claiming Barack Obama and John McCain were showing up better as standup comics than presidential contenders. But, he observes, Sarah might have the edge of them because isn't she the one supporters handed a $150,000 wardrobe. Or was that Tina Fey?
Episode Date: October 31, 2008
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