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IT’S LIKE THAT: How She Move

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the upcoming Presidential Election, it’s that I’m (usually) not allowed to discuss it with friends and/or family. Despite keeping an open mind when they are talking about their candidate of choice, the conversation-valve is usually clamped shut when I open my mouth. I guess that’s one of the disadvantages of coming from a background of one-platform-ponies (not saying standing on one platform is necessarily a bad thing, but when your candidate of choice contradicts many of your own moral beliefs, standing on one platform, and one platform alone, seems a little silly).

(left: Yo, that Sarah Palin got some fresh moves!)

There’s one key-figure in this whole race that I’m just dying to talk about though: Sarah Palin. Since being named John McCain’s tag-team partner, she’s been turned over to the media short-order cooks, who have fried her like a big piece of (almost) Canadian bacon. Does she deserve it? Absolutely. When you’re attempting to be the No. 2 Man/Woman for the most powerful country in the world, you damn well better expect criticism, fact digging, comedic beat-downs, and public scorn and ridicule.

I could rattle off a couple dozen reasons why it would freak me out if Sarah Palin sat shotgun in the White Office. But today, I’m not going to diss, I’m going to compliment. This past weekend, Sarah Palin appeared on Saturday Night Live. Her acting wasn’t much different than the speeches she delivers on a daily basis (should clue you in on one of the prerequisites of being a politician), but what I was most impressed with was her dance moves. Straight up baby–that’s right–her dance moves!

On SNL’s Weekend Update, Sarah Palin informed the audience that she was dropping out of a skit she had rehearsed because it might be “bad for the campaign.” Amy Poehler decided to give it a go and performed a boast-filled, Sarah-Palin-inspired, gangsta rap number. During the song, I was amazed that Palin actually had some rhythm as she bobbed side-to-side with the beat.

Why was I amazed?

Because throughout years and years of Presidents and VP’s gettin’ down at their respective victory parties, I haven’t seen one sweat-drop of rhythm shimmy through the Oval Office. George W. has had his share of wince-inducing dance performances, and let’s not even talk about Al and Tipper painfully trying to just clap along to a song (ew).

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like Sarah Palin took out a piece of cardboard and did a head-spin to “Planet Rock,” but it is a relief to see a candidate who can actually move to the music.

Do we need some rhythm in the White House? Hell yeah! Is Sarah Palin the one to bring it? Um, this is where I’m supposed to shut up.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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