Alec Baldwin: Sarah Palin 'Polite, Gracious' on SNL

Alec Baldwin: Sarah Palin 'Polite, Gracious' on SNL
Alec Baldwin and Sarah Palin

10/20/2008 AT 02:15 PM EDT

If politics makes for strange bedfellows, they make for even stranger TV costars. Blatant case in point: this weekend's headline-making Saturday Night Live pairing of diehard Democrat Alec Baldwin and GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Both proved to be incredibly good sports. On the left (of the TV screen, that is) was Baldwin, standing next to the veep hopeful and commenting, "You are way hotter in person!"

Later in the show, Palin was perched in the "Weekend Update" segment, witnessing Amy Poehler deliver a rap number about her that included a moose who danced on stage – and got shot.

Apparently, Baldwin is taking some heat for Palin's appearance, because he writes on the Huffington Post in defense of Palin and SNL – which he describes as "a comedy show. It's not Meet the Press."

The NBC program exists only "to make people laugh," he says. "When you come on a show like that, you are prepared in advance to get worked over. Palin knew that. Palin came on to be a good sport. And she was. She was polite, gracious. (More so than some of the famous actors who come through there, believe me.)"

Baldwin also dismisses any notion that Palin's appearance might sway voters one way or another – and editorializes that those who think otherwise "have more contempt for the electorate of this country than the Republican National Committee does. And that's a lot of contempt."

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