March 11th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Politics and pop culture


CNN's Cambell Brown talks with the Saturday Night Live writer responsible for many memorable political skits.

(CNN) - CNN's Campbell Brown talks to to the writer behind those Saturday Night Live political parodies - some of which have been credited for helping revive Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

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  1. Edgar

    Secrets to Hillary & McCain: I think its the other way around. The more everyone says that Hillary has lost the nomination, the more everyone writes ugly things about her and her personal life the more this will not end.

    All of you are going to be surprise what happens in the end when HRC is the last one standing! All of you!

    March 11, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Mwamadi, Columbus OH

    I know there has been a lot of discussion about the 3:00AM phone call. I was just wondering if the phone rings at 3:00AM and the President happens to be having an affair at the time with a White House intern, will the "Commander-in-Chief" really be willing to pick up the phone right away or ignore it for a while? Can those who have had an affair with an intern raise their hands please? Some people happen to believe that bad morals run in the family

    March 11, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Ronald, American living abroad

    Hey Chris,

    Thanks for the primer on electoral college. Since you are so educated, could you enlighten the rest of us on when the electoral college played any roll in the primary races of political parties? I am sure you are the smartest person on this site, because you like Hillary. So, enlighted us about how the Constitution declares political parties should select their candidates.

    Looking forward to your enlightening response.

    March 11, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Elizabeth

    IRONY: The SNL writer was on CNN earlier today and said that he is actually leaning towards supporting OBAMA. The skit was for the comedy, not his real feelings.

    March 11, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Anna, IL

    What's funny to me is that Hillary doesn't understand what satire means. SNL was never trying to help Hillary, but she took them literally and have been using them to her advantage. What's worse is that her supporters believe it too. Pathetic.

    March 11, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Don, San Francisco

    Remember when SNL used to smack everyone around equally? But that was way back when the show was funny...

    March 11, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. polly molly

    here one less viewer for SNL The more biased they get the less useful they are in a democracy and as we know it, Billary wants a Dynasty............

    March 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. polly molly

    March 11th, 2008 5:40 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    here one less viewer for SNL The more biased they get the less useful they are in a democracy and as we know it, Billary wants a Dynasty…………

    March 11, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. tirek

    the pop culture voting novice threatens the dem. party . white men have a problem voting for a women. blacks have no loyalty and vote with emotions not reasoning russell simmons .prime example. p.s. i am african american .

    March 11, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. JC

    This makes me laugh. No wonder the uneducated vote for Hillary. They are getting their information from SNL.

    March 11, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Tim

    No big deal really, SNL hasnt been funny since 1982....the last time I watched it.

    March 11, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. The Austrian

    Are people still watching SNL? They're way past their good years...

    And thank you "londonguy" for tying in the archetypal usurping characteristics of the older villain! As someone who was study critical theory in literature, I am ashamed that I hadn't seen that already.

    Although in all honesty, WHEN Obama wins the presidency, he'd be better off calling Ron Paul when the international crises hit...

    March 11, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Sharon

    SNL doesn't help change anyone's mind about anything but they sure are good at pointing out the obvious in a comical way... LOL I loved this one.

    March 11, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. CClaudia

    The haters can bash SNL all they want but it's the truth and thanks to SNL the media finally decided to ask their media darling Obama tough questions which they should have done months ago.

    Thanks SNL for exposing this because before your skit, Obama the great was given the Royal treatment.

    And to give credit to SNL for reviving Clinton's campaign?? If you must go there then go ahead but at least be consistant and give the rest of the media credit for Obama's campaign since poll after poll (even those done by CNN) have shown the public (even those that DO NOT LIKE HER) does indeed think the media has been baised towards Hillary.

    March 11, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. judi

    mostly everyone here sounds like they are bashing a strong woman! it's easier to bash a woman than a man,is'nt IT? this why we have way..... too much ......domestic violence in AMERICA TODAY! lighten it up people! half the people here won't have the time to vote in the FALL!

    March 11, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. BG - Texas

    OK – Let's turn this around.

    Phone rings at 3 AM and Obama answers the phone with WHITE whateve all over his face.

    On the other end is President Hillary, chain smoking, sweating and asking Obama for advice.

    Now is this funny or realistic. Obviously not – in that all the Obamamaniacs will be crying foul in that Obama should have had a black face and that the skit was definitely racist?

    The Clingons on the other hand will ever accept that Hillary would ever ask Obama for anything and she isn't a smoker, and that obviously she is sitting in her rightful place.

    The winner of the National Election in October will be the candidate with the MOST ELECTORAL votes!

    I must say this is even better than anything Karl Rove could ever come up with.

    PS: The cartoon with Obama, Jesse and Al was priceless and probably more accurate than the skit.

    March 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Maureen Majury

    That skit was so over the top and overtly racist I wrote SNL about it.

    I saw Countdown's Keith trying to , and miserably failing at, spinning your most recent SNL skit about Senator Obama as being unflattering to Hillary Clinton in her face mask and rollers. Do you think we are that stupid?
    1) You paint him as an idiot african-american who has stuffed his cabinet with african-americans (Al Sharpton) and can't function without calling on Hillary for advice.
    2) You have a man who is not african-american playing him who is almost one of those racist cartoon character's from the old "black face" crap from the 20's and 30's that everyone is sick of all ready.
    3) You show that somehow, through some miracle he is elected, but he is such a dumbo that he has to call her at 3am and she has all the answers, when she can't even keep her own campaign together, claims she engineered a peace process in N.I., has her bizarre husband talking about the good old days, and she lies as easily as she inhales (oh, that's right, her husband didn't get that great hit off a dooby).

    And, to the bobble head who stated above "Why Obama not win primary, why just caucus". He has won primaries. He actually won primaries. Since you are on, just go to "Election Center" and select state and look at states where he won a primary. You'll be suprised about "Obama not win primaries, Obama just win caucus".

    March 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Nadeem Tahir


    March 11, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. DVW

    I am a New Yorker that voted for Clinton as our senator and supported her during the White House years. Her presidential campaign has shown such an mean spirited, divisive, "slash & burn" mentality, that I would not vote for her in November no matter what happened. I believe she has conducted herself in a disgraceful manner and conducted an underhanded dirty campaign. I would also never vote for her again here in New York. As a matter of fact, I hope we can find a strong "real" New Yorker to go against her here when her term is up. Many other New Yorkers are starting to feel the same way. The media can't change that.

    As far as our convention is concerned, I am fearful that this will indeed become uglier as Clinton continues to use whatever tactics she can to take the nomination. If she starts stealing pledged delegates etc., I'm afraid we might see protests at our convention when young disillusioned voters feel the nomination was stolen from them. I do not believe that Obama supporters will vote for her in any large numbers. Would she still be competitive without them? Probably not! Are there no leaders in our party who can stop this craziness? There must be someone out there who can see this is headed down a wrong way.

    The media backs Clinton all the way!

    March 11, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. An American on the outside looking in!!

    I wonder how much Hillary paid SNL to do these skits? Tricky politics!!! Shame on you Billary!!

    March 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. dfortruth

    What I found fuuny about this is...why Bill Clinton was not in bed with her. Hilary should have been keeping her eye on the interns.

    March 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. suzy



    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. Jay

    Hillary went on Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show in the days before the primaries in Ohio and Texas. Will she shamelessly do so again in the days before Pennsylvania?

    March 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. nick

    Hillary for Governor. Now she can start all over and follow Bill. Because President is not in the cards at this time.

    March 11, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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