“To spoof someone well takes talent, but to utterly nail a political figure while not brutalizing him takes a real gift, and amounts almost to a public service. After all, to capture someone is a kind of tribute: it concedes he is real, vivid, worthy of note. … To observe life so closely takes a kind of love.”
It’s a point I’ve tried to make when giving talks about Fake Steve — when inevitably someone asks me why I hate Steve Jobs so much. They’re always surprised when I tell them that in fact I admire Dear Leader. Once I even confessed on stage to having a man crush on him.
For the record, however, I don’t think Tina Fey has that kind of admiration for Sarah Palin.