Speaking of smug lounge acts, what about the Bush Administration? Will Tomlin talk politics tonight? Not exactly, but she says Ernestine will. "I'll certainly make some comments. Ernestine now has a reality-based Web chat show. Now she can have a Webcast with the president, or anybody." Then there's former Florida Secretary of State and Senate candidate Katherine Harris. "She was a funny one," Tomlin says. "Did she really get all her campaign cash from her father? Oy."
As for that moviemaking meltdown, Tomlin is circumspect. "Twenty, 30 years ago when a friend of mine would be riding pretty high, and then they'd hit a low point, I'd think, you know, as painful as it is, in some way they're being liberated," she said. "When you're starting out, and you're getting a lot of attention, and you're really on top, you just fear that something is gonna go wrong, and when something finally does go wrong oh boy, what a relief."
Even sailors fear a tongue-lashing from Lily Tomlin
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