Going up against comedians is usually full of peril. Especially comedians who have millions of viewers and have been national TV icons since the early 1980s. Yeah, like David Letterman.
Letterman usually wins. He's got the charisma, the humor, the microphone, and a big loyal following. Although John McCain kissed his ring last fall when he fell out of favor with the late night comic, McCain's former sidekick is not bowing down or shying away.
Anything but. She's taking on Letterman like she said she would do with anyone who talks negatively about her children -- like a mama grizzly. And like that mama grizzly, she appears to think she can win the battle.
The latest lob between Letterman and the Palins came after the late night host's clarification yesterday that his joke about a Palin daughter getting "knocked up" by Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was aimed at the governor's 18-year-old daughter Bristol. Not 14-year-old daughter Willow.
"These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never, never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl. ... Am I guilty of poor taste? Yes. Did I suggest that it was OK for her 14-year-old daughter to be having promiscuous sex? No," Letterman explained last night.