To watch Matt Lauer and Sarah Palin try to discuss health care on Monday's "Today" was to watch two entirely separate conversations awkwardly meet in the middle.
When Lauer told Palin that the Tea Party was really into repealing Obamacare, she was very into that. "Right on!" she cried.
When he asked about what the Tea Party alternative to Obamacare was, Palin looked him straight in the eye and answered an entirely different question. "And it's not just the independent grassroots Tea Party movement saying this!" she said.
"But where's the plan from the Tea Party?" Lauer beseeched, his increasingly scraggly beard lending him the air of a reproachful professor.
"Especially Democrats running for re-election," Palin continued (she had been talking the whole time). She finally ran out of steam and answered the actual question. Oh how she answered it!
"The plan is to allow those things that had been proposed over many years to reform a health care system in America that certainly does need more help so that there's more competition, there's less tort reform threat, there's less trajectory of the cost increases? And those plans have been proposed over and over again. And what thwarts those plans? It's the far left. It's President Obama and his supporters who will not allow the Republicans to usher in free market, patient-centered, doctor-patient relationship links to reform health care!"
"Let's move on," Lauer said. Yes, let's! Somewhere, Megyn Kelly was saying to herself, "Been there."
Note: An earlier version of this post stated that Lauer's beard was "gazing reproachfully at Palin." However, after reader David Rutz pointed out that Lauer's beard is, in his words, "not nearly cool enough to be personified," we found that we were inclined to agree. We pledge now to only personify Lauer's beard when it is truly bushy and wild.