Victoria Jackson: "The President Is a Communist," Fox News: "He Is Not a Communist"
She was plugging her appearance with Sarah Palin ("my hero") this weekend at a Tea Party rally in Searchlight, Nevada.
At one point, she said, "The president is a communist," to which the Fox anchor had to reply, "He is not." Jackson wasn't having any of that.
"I've watched Glenn Beck, and he's taught me well. Progressive is the new word for communist," she retorted.
Do you think Jackson's recent wacko political profile is for real? Because we have a theory...
Maybe she woke up one day and took a long, hard look at her career. She thought to herself, Well, maybe I can get some voice-over work or play the crazy aunt on a CW sitcom. Maybe if I'm really lucky, I'll get a bit part in a Lifetime movie, but it's all downhill from here.
Maybe she flipped around the channels and came across The Daily Show.
A-ha! Political comedy! That's so hot right now! But wait... no one will take me seriously. Not with this voice. Not with a career spent playing the dumb blonde.
Depressed, she kept flipping through the channels and came across some shoutey head Fox News show.
Wait a tick. Maybe there is someone who will take me seriously...
See, maybe Jackson's recent interest in the Tea Party movement is all some big performance art piece. She's embracing the dumb-blonde type-casting and is going full-out crazy, turning in a nuanced public performance of everything that's wrong with the undedicated, kooky masses who sit and listen to Limbaugh and Beck all day.
She's content to let us laugh at her. It feeds her. It's exactly what she wants. For now.
But one day, perhaps soon, perhaps ten years down the line, she'll make a phone call and book herself on some fancy TV program and get on camera and say, "The joke is on you! It was an act all along."
And the audience, sitting at home, will stand up and slowly applaud. The Academy Awards will scramble to add a category for "Best Acting in a Non-Movie." The Kennedy Center will grant her its honors.
And Victoria Jackson will stand there soaking in all the aplomb and think to herself, No one underestimates Victoria Jackson.