September 21st, 2008
03:11 PM ET
6 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. Ryan

    Lol what do you mean will lead us?

    They (republicans) have already taken us to debt's door and beyond. We will need Obama just to catchup with where our country was before Bush jr. got control.

    September 21, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Smart women

    Hello Osama bin laden rebuplican party like mccain,bushes
    they know where osama lives.they are millionere osama by this time
    he is billionere, so American people do not waste your time,energy as well your dougters,sons, war zone.

    Thanks,

    September 21, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. democrat in mich

    I think SNL do a great job making fun of people. I also love McCain/Palin ticket even as a democrat I am supporting them as others follow suit. Obama cannot be trusted and knows zero about politics so its McCain all the way. My son and his friends love Palin also so they are spreading the word to vote for McCain/Palin.... The McCain/Palin ticket are the best thing this country has to offer. After I read the book Obama nation there was no way I would vote for him...

    September 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Jason

    Well if the McCain-Palin campaign would stop providing so much fodder...

    September 21, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Brett - Cleveland

    So is John McCain gonna have an ad out against SNL?

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

    Okay SNL... don't give the Republicans anymore ideas – has the McCain campaign contacted you to be their new publicist? LOL!!!!! Loved it!

    September 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Robert

    Unfortunately a large percentage of young people are so disenchanted with the political system that they won't vote because they think it doesn't matter. I've met many people who feel that way and even spoke with one last night. It's rather discouraging that 8 years of Bush still can't persuade people to get off the couch and "pull the lever".

    September 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. jes

    More proof that the Obama's Witnesses and their cult-like tendencies are at work once again!

    September 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Harold Epstein

    There was a time (before the internet) when candidates could make outrageous claims in ads and people would fall for it.

    Now thanks to the internet, these false claims can be debunked within hours and transmitted across the globe in seconds.

    The dynamics of political campaigns have been changed forever and this is a good thing.

    September 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. A Rebublican voting Democrat, Maryland

    I agree with Mitchell. The Republicans have a very negative image and McCain-Palin have no chance winning this election. I mean we Republicans have had bad strategies due to George Bush doctrine. Unless, McCain uses other dubious means to win this election.

    I believe Obama – Biden are the victors at the end of the day. It's time for the Democrats to clean up the White House mess caused by president George Bushth.

    Let us send Palin back to Alaska and McCain back to Arizona.

    September 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Smart women

    Hello Osama bin laden rebuplican party like mccain,bushes
    they know where osama lives.they are millionere osama by this time
    he is billionere, so American people do not waste your time,energy as well your dougters,sons, war zone.

    Thanks,

    Lovely

    September 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. Beth

    What? I thought the McCain skit on SNL last night was pretty accurate. I'm pretty sure that's exactly how McCain does his negative and untrue ads. :-)

    Geez, I can't wait for the Palin and pregnant daughter skit. You just know SNL is going to do one. *lol*

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. gigs

    snl should also call out the right wing media that has been peddling nonsense for years – they could start with the infomercial fox ran with sean hannity and palin and rush limbaugh's racist statements calling sen. obama a black "man-child" –
    it is very sad that our democracy now depends on snl, the view and the daily show

    September 21, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Elizabeth NC

    With all the ridiculous charges Mcfalse / Peelingoff have made against Obama that would drive the average American to be insane beyond the madhouse what other relief do we need to save our sanity than to poke fun at then. This way they would know they are only good for comic relief. Just like the 'Fool' in Shakespearean plays.

    September 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Dawn

    The skit was "funny" however, it would be nice to see SNL make fun of both sides equally instead of their constant "obvious" support for the democratic party. If they are in it to shape the general perception of both presidential tickets than how about acting like it. I am a democrat and even I am tired of the SNL McCain/Palin bashing. Let's see something else for a while.

    September 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. David

    When I started watch SNL in the 70's both political parties were fair game. Will SNL allow Anne Coulter to write a skit about Obama & Biden?

    September 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Steve Baughman

    McCain's ads have been so misleading, it must have been hard to create parodies of them. In fact the SNL parodies are not far from the real McCain "straight talk" ads. Sad, but true.

    September 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. lyn

    Political Ticker, stop being so bias towards Obama,you always fact checking what he say , but you fail to check all the lies that McSame & that Palin woman telling on the campaign trail, be fair and stop being bias.

    September 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Noah, Corvallis, OR

    The McCain campaign shouldn't be surprised at all, their ads have bordered on the ridiculous. All politicians stretch the truth a bit, it goes with the territory, and most people would be fools not to expect it during a presidential election. Yet McCain's ads haven't just 'stretched the truth a bit' they've been almost nothing but blatant lies and wild distortions. So sad, so sad. Bravo to SNL for hitting the nail of the head with this one, just like last week with Fey/Palin. I wish the MSM would take Poller/Clinton's advice and 'grow a pair' when it comes to exposing McCain's disgusting lies. This shouldn't be the job of a comedy sketch show like SNL or others like the Daily Show.

    September 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Boss Marston

    SNL is so 20th century, and irrlevant. And NBC wonders why it sucks hind teat from the ratings sow.

    September 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. CNN Fact Check: misleading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If “McCain does support allowing some Social Security funds to enter the stock market in the future, while Obama does not”, how can Obama claim about any potential consequence of that action be “False” ?
    Either CNN analysts are idiots, or they think we are idiots…

    September 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Huffington

    I rarely listen to people that don't know how to punctuate or capitalize!

    September 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    It would be funnier if there wasn't such a good chance of him being elected president. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    Obama/Biden – The only serious candidates for change we can believe in.

    September 21, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. mike

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

    Yeah, more liberal/socialist agenda free air time

    September 21, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. brian

    Sorry GOP but free speech is part of Democracy and if you are so bad that it becomes common knowledge that you are pathological liars, you have to deal with the consequences.

    September 21, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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