Kevin Fobbs
Did Jay Leno go rogue in picking Sarah Palin as Tonight Show guest
By Kevin Fobbs
February 27, 2010

Sarah Palin will not only help to re-launch Jay Leno's second stint as The Tonight Show host but will serve as an example for other conservatives and those leaders in the Tea Party Patriot movement that late night can be a welcome home for its supporters and viewers.

There are of course the naysayers on the left coast who believe that Jay Leno's booking of Sarah Palin on The Tonight Show in such a high visibility slot only gives credence and support for a possible positioning of a run for the presidency in 2012 as well as a confirmation, of sorts, of the array of traditional values that she and conservatives hold dear.

Yet what is startling for some is the possibility that again, Sarah Palin is showing that it is the quality of her character and the widespread appeal she has to Americans that confuses her detractors. She appeals to those who live not just in the middle of the country, which has been traditionally considered the heartland, but also reaches into the neighborhoods and homes of residents on both coasts. Case in point is the newly claimed ground zero for Tea Party Patriots of the Commonwealth of once-blue-now-purple-turning-red Massachusetts.

Is it only a television show? Is it only one appearance that shall long be forgotten as Jay Leno attempts to recapture his late-night magic?

Not so. If Sarah Palin did not have such a universal draw, then Sarah Palin would not have been on Leno's list of first week guests in the first place. Think about the other possibilities who Leno could have selected. If he were attempting to be politically correct according to Hollywood standards then he easily could have selected anyone from a number of left-leaning Hollywood stars or even his old standbys.

Instead Jay, like most Americans who are sensing a sea change in the mood and temperament of the nation, more than likely looked at the new conservative demographics as well as the potential ratings numbers and it spelled cha-ching for him as well as for his advertising supporters.

This gives Sarah Palin and Tea Party Patriots, as well as other conservatives, an opportunity to ring up a little cha-ching in their coffers as well. Why not host a Sarah Palin viewing party in your home or do it as part of an online viewing party?

Circulate an online list amongst your friends and family who will help build your local issues effort by raising and recruiting new members as well as new money to help finance your organizational outreach?

Who knows? Perhaps Hollywood in the Heartland conservatives will catch on. Hopefully other rising stars in the conservative movement will help make their late night debut not as the butt of comedic put downs from the likes of a David Letterman. Instead the conservative luminaries will bring the grace and conciseness of their beliefs and appeal to a late night landscape that has for too long been the habitat of the late night left.

What do you think?

Jay Leno may make it fashionable to go rogue on late night and America will be watching. Go get'em Sarah!

Let me know what you think! If you agree or disagree or have a different thought or idea send a comment to:

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Kevin Fobbs Media Bio: 05-21-2021

About Kevin Fobbs: Kevin Fobbs, a native Detroiter, is Chairman of the American Christian Civil Rights Movement (ACCRM), President of NAACP2021: National Association for the Advancement of Canceled People, Managing Partner of Ascension Entertainment Productions, and director of RTL Productions. He is a producer of the Holocaust-themed movie drama "Never Again," collaborator on the 2018 police documentary "Bleeding Blue" and producer/director of post-Civil War - World War II historical Christian southern civil rights drama "Johnathan - Living on the Edge of History," and Exec/Director-Producer of the film version of his soon to be released book a modern Christian fairy tale "Bernadine and Winston the Crooked Worm's Four Seasons of Life."

In the 1970's Kevin became a professional journalist and attended Wayne State University Law School. His written work has appeared in the New York Times and he has written for The Detroit News, The Michigan Chronicle, Clash Daily, Renew America, Communities Digital News (CDN) among others.

Kevin is co-writer of "Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count - Police Are Minutes Away In 2014 Kevin, together with his grandson, co-authored the Christian children's book "Is There a Lion in My Kitchen? " He is co-author of "Shut Yo' Mouth! How the Left Plays the Race Card to Silence Conservatives and How to Stop It.

He is co-host of New Right Network's "American Exceptionalism" and upcoming "American Correct" podcast shows.


For nearly 40 years, Kevin's personal devotion to Christian conservative values and principles has guided his public service in both state and national government, as well as private sector and media leadership roles, including elected and appointed positions. The primary Biblical verse that guides Kevin is: Isaiah 6:8 (NIV) 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"


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