September 21st, 2008
03:11 PM ET
10 years ago

SNL mocks McCain-Palin for second-straight week

Darrell Hammond portrayed McCain on SNL Saturday night.

Darrell Hammond portrayed McCain on SNL Saturday night.

(CNN) - Saturday Night Live, the longtime NBC sketch comedy show that has arguably wielded significant influence this presidential election season, skewered the McCain-Palin ticket for the second straight week in a row Saturday.

In the show’s opening sketch, a Darrell Hammond impersonation of John McCain is shown in an advertising studio recording his tagline for a bevy of negative - and ridiculously false - campaign ads. The ads level such allegations as Barack Obama wants healthcare coverage for the entire universe (including Osama bin Laden) and supports tax cuts for pedophiles.

The sketch also takes a dig at McCain's age, portraying the Arizona senator as unfamiliar with digital recording technology (After he is told it is a new technology McCain says, "Like 8-track?")

Politico reported Saturday the sketch was actually conceived by former SNL writer Al Franken, the current Democratic challenger to Norm Coleman's Minnesota Senate seat.

SNL has already proven its ability to crystallize emerging campaign narratives this election cycle, widely credited with raising a general perception the media was in love with Obama during the primary election season in a series of sketches last winter. SNL's portrayal of Sarah Palin last weekend also synthesized several questions raised about the Alaska governor's readiness to serve as vice president.

With a weekly viewership stretching into the millions that reaches a swath of (mostly young) voters who aren't as closely following the ins and outs on the campaign trail, SNL has a clear ability to shape general perceptions of both presidential tickets in the final stretch of the race for the White House.

Responding to SNL's depiction of McCain, spokesman Tucker Bounds said, "Saturday Night Live is funny, Barack Obama showing no sign of life or leadership during a banking crisis is not funny."

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soundoff (457 Responses)
  1. Dave

    You forgot to metion the skit that alleged that Todd Palin was having sex with his daughters, or what it's going to be like for the Palin children at school on Monday. I hope the cast are proud of themselves for that one. Are their children open to ridicule too? Even as a joke that went way too far.

    September 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. pamela Dallas, TX

    Has Carly Fiorina come out and said how it was sexist yet? Oops, I forgot. She went off script, told the truth and got herself banished.

    September 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Matthew

    Hate to break it to you, CNN, but young people don't watch SNL anymore. We don't know who is, really, as it seems to be... how should I say this?... not good any more...

    September 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Rob indetroit

    Every-day John MCbush-sarah palin are caught in lies and exsposed for the non-mavericks that they are,no way no how no mCcain-palin.


    September 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Mikey B

    This show hasn't been funny in 20 years.

    September 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. WhySoBiased

    lol Mitchell,

    And where do you think Obama intends to lead us? To the promised land based on this ability to speak from a teleprompter? Ill admit, he is a good speaker. But looking at his record and experience, the guy has done nothing.
    His socialist views and ability to do nothing but talk with no actions, is not the direction we need America to be heading.
    Go on and keep letting your hatred for Bush and the GOP lead this country to the biggest mistake ever made in an election.
    Do some research people, and quit getting your news from the main stream media. There is a lot more to know than what they refuse to report on or inform you of. All you have to do is look.

    September 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. M. Bellew-Smith

    Thank God for SNL. In the midst of all the lies, at least they tell the truth. McCain/Palin will destroy this country if not the world.


    September 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Giovanni C

    It makes me feel warm inside to know the future leaders of the United States get their knoledge of politicals form comedy shows. They probably also get news from comic books and financial advice from fortune cookies. Yep, Obama is going to win!

    September 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Jack CArlson

    Who foresaw the FAnnie MAe and Freddie Mac problems? JOhn MCcain in 2002 and 2006 authored Legislation to rein the crooks in.
    Who has rec'd the #2 amount of money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Oh yes, Obama....he's been gaming the system folks.
    Who advises OBama – two are former fined CEO's for the two aforementioned Fed Sponsered thrown under the bus last week by Obama and Raines promises to give back 35 million of the 90 million he stole from the American people now.
    Whatever made people think they were worth millions and millions of dollars anyway – they must be the most greedy people ever born.
    Jack Carlson
    Seattle WA

    September 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. RO

    But ain't it true in essence and sprit – fact check it CNN!

    September 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Rosetta JKnox

    I love the SNL, how true, uncover all those lies of McShame, the media is afraid to to do so. Liar, Liar, Old Pants on Fire McShame
    No McCain- No Palin – No Way

    September 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Peter

    If the Democrats won't attack the Republicans for their blatant lies, I'm happy someone will.

    September 21, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Northern Light

    Gee, I wonder why!!! There is just so much good material to work with, how could they not spook Mr. Old and Ms. Hot!!!

    September 21, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. John, VA

    Sarah Palin is a divider, not a uniter. An unqualified one at that.

    Democrats 08.

    September 21, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Kelly

    Keep the good work SNL. It's unfortunate that we have to rely on a bunch of comedians to report the happenings in this election since the mainstream media (including CNN) refuse to report on it. For example, CNN would rather focus on silly comments Biden made referring to college football teams, than report the fact that McCain can't distinguish between the Spanish-speaking countries in South America and Spain in Europe...Now, that's cause for concern.

    September 21, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. priya

    it was funny. and still, it was completely true.

    September 21, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Barbara L. Giles

    For the life of me. I do not understand why the polls are so close. No, no, let me take that back. I do know why the polls are so close. It is because Obama is black. Everyone should ask the infamous question, "Am I better off now than I was eight years ago?" Most Americans would say no, and even though the response is no, we have many of these people who say no who are voting for McCain, or maybe I should say voting against Obama. People of America, do what is right, and vote for the best person for the job, not on race. Also, we need to think about the possible vice-presidents. The thought of Palin possibly becoming president scares the hell out of me. If this election is based on race, then I will know how whites, as a whole, feel about blacks. You will be sending to black America your true feelings towards us blacks. Someone said something to the effect of Obama possibly losing because of his inexperience, That's bull. What experience does Palin have if she has to be the next president, so don't give me that inexperience crap!
    America, wake up and vote for that person who will help 95% of Americans and not that person who will be helping 5%.


    September 21, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Women 4 Obama

    I am still waiting for everybody to wake up and see that Obama-Biden is the only SANE choice in this election.

    I graduated IN FOUR YEARS with a degree in business from a major university. I was also head of our business organization and the student government. I can also see the gas station from my house. I think I am well-qualified to be McCain's Vice President or Secretary of Energy......


    September 21, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Jimmie

    And, everyone thinks that Obama has that magic wand in his hands to make things better. What about Obama claiming to reach across the aisles on issues with the Republicians? It is correct to say that the politicans from both parties, democrats and republicians, are responsibile for the diaster that has struck the very heart of our economy. The democrats had a hand in this fiasco as much as the republicians.

    If SNL thrives on poking fun of McCain/Palin, they can have just as much fun poking fun of Obama/Biden – after all, they are not without their faults, too. On Fox News this morning, a comment made by the anchorman just about blew my mind. He claims, after showing a segment of the SNL mocking of McCain/Palin, that voters will vote by what they hear and see on SNL. It's not the candidates that are giving America away, it's the voters! Some of the voters are not educated enough to understand why they are voting for a particular candidate. That's scary!

    September 21, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Bry

    Using Al Franken's ideas in SNL? Should SNL call Keith Olbermann next or just go straight to Obama?
    Might as well put a "D" tagline next to "SNL."

    September 21, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Dennis

    Finally some TV show raises the concern of the McCain/Paulin ticket. As we see Fox and CNN isn't going to bring up any of the issues raised about Sarah Paulin.
    She sold the Jet on e-bay–Nope
    She didn't support the bridge to nowhere –NOPE
    She actually still took the money for it.
    She cut property taxes but raised the sale tax.
    And many, many more issues.

    September 21, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. shelly

    sad part is is was kind of true....and what's even sadder is that he maybe our next president.

    September 21, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Who watches SNL anymore anyhow? Seriously, that show was officially irrelevant years ago....

    September 21, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Mccain+palin =Bush^2

    Mccains healthcare plan will leave millions uninsured

    anyone who has a pre-existing condition will not be insured under his plan leaving people with diabetes, cancer, aids, any disease out in the cold when they need the most treatment... tell me is that fair?

    Please post this cnn

    September 21, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Jenny in CA

    Good, I hope they continue to mock this ridiculous ticket. John McCain has put his ambitions ahead of this country in his pick of Palin. I can't understand why more people are not outraged. If they are elected this county will be in for even darker days.

    September 21, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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