Sarah Palin's Alias -- TINA!

10/20/2008 1:45 PM PDT

Sarah Palin's Alias -- TINA!

So get this ... we found out when Sarah Palin checked into the Omni Berkshire Hotel in NYC for her "Saturday Night Live" performance, she used an alias -- first name, Tina (we're not mentioning last name -- national security!).

And there's more. The hotel had some specific instructions on what Her Hotness needed, and it appears to be a preemptive strike against another Couric attack.

Palin asked for and got copies of the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, New York Post, Daily News, and USA Today. No Wash Post -- of course they're on Team Obama now.

We also learned how the Governatrix keeps that pageant-ready figure -- all she asked for is diet soda, Atkins bars, and skinny white chocolate mochas ... but no whip. We're told Palin made it VERY clear, she's not into whip.

Our favorite part -- her peeps also specify the kind of coffee stirrer she wants -- "thin red straw." She's a red-stater right down to the thing that stirs her drink.