There are many, many animated GIFs that I love more than my own family. Snooki getting punched is probably #1 all time. “The Amazing Race’s” watermelon in the face is a joyous miracle of accidental violence. There’s a special place in my heart for the bloody corpse stranglebation on “Dexter.” And, of course, I’d be remiss not to acknowledge Alison Brie’s accomplishments in this field of animation.
But this — THIS! — GIF from last night’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is an instant classic. It’s perfect: simple and hypnotic, yet also poignant in its own way. I’ve seen it about 500 times (honest estimate) over the course of writing these two paragraphs, which makes it officially the longest I’ve ever watched Sarah Palin.