Jay Leno, needing some guest which might help revive The Tonight Show when he returns, is having Sarah Palin on as a guest on his second night back. This will be Palin’s first appearance on a late night talk show (and she has so far stayed away from all the Sunday morning interview shows).
I’m sure that it is no coincidence that Palin’s first appearance is on the late-night show which competes with Late Night with David Letterman. Letterman is one in the long list of people Palin is feuding with. Last spring some right wingers launched a smear campaign against David Letterman claiming he told a joke about an under-aged daughter and Sarah Palin fell for it. She was too dumb to realize that the joke was obviously about Bristol’s pregnancy, not about a younger daughter, who by then was eighteen.
Palin also fails to realize that Letterman actually told fewer jokes about her family than the other late night comedians, and his was tamer than many of the other jokes told. While Letterman did not tell a joke about a daughter who was under the age of eighteen as was claimed in the smear campaign, other comedians did tell cruder jokes about the younger daughter, as well as jokes about Bristol before she turned eighteen. For example, it was Jay Leno who clearly realized he was joking about Bristol when only seventeen when he quipped, “Governor Palin announced over the weekend that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is five months pregnant. Oh, boy, you thought John Edwards was in trouble before, now he’s really done it!”