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. annette

    I also agree.

    September 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Mark

    Its not hard to make fun of McCain. He gives you so much with the constant lies and not remembering what he said the day before. Its so scarry to think how many people even believe what he says. P.T. Barnum would have loved him as an example of how to make even more suckers out of his listeners.

    September 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Republican not voting for McCain/Palin

    McCainPalin are playing the flute. Everyone that is being deceived will vote for them. God forbit they win all American's will pay deeply for the next 4 years. It will be worse than George Bush the last 8 years. When you all wake up you will have no heath care, your social security will be gone and we will still be fighting in Iraq. With Palin she would have a co-VP office sharing it with the First Dude. That's sickening.


    September 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Michael in NC

    McCain: "If only Obama had agreed to do a slew of pointless, redundant town hall meetings with me...then these dishonest attack ads wouldn't be necessary..."
    I can't wait for Friday's debate.
    Obama '08!

    September 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. observer

    This was the best depiction yet of McCain's mind. Its ridiculous how the press had not gone after him, until SNL challenged them to do so. I would advise CNN to do their joba s journalists

    September 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Fred C Dobbs

    The NBC and MSNBC bias against first, Hillary Clinton and now John McCain has been well documented.

    Now we are seeing the bias of CNN – "no bias, no bull" is certain to be a feature in an upcoming SNL parody.

    Perhaps we might see a day where other than positive Obama comments and other than negative McCain reports will be featured on CNN.

    I will not be holding my breath.

    September 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. renee

    I wish I could comment, however you never publish I will not...maybe someone else will respect my views

    September 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Lorenzo Jones

    I'm not a great fan of derisive sarcasm as humor, but when I think of McCain's actual ludicrous ads and comments and copycatisms, I kind of feel that he deserves it this time just to level the playing field, so-to-speak. Both he and Palin are masters of biting sarcastic comments, many of which aren't true, so let the chips fall where they may. As they say, "All's fair....." I think Obama is a cut above all of this, however, and I respect him for that. Oh, for dignity to return to politics!

    September 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Renee

    I haven't watched SNL for years. They're toilet paper as far as I am concerned, and so is Al Franken.

    September 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. James

    It was hilarious. No need to read a message into the skit. It simply did what it was supposed to do: BE FUNNY.

    September 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |

    SNL doesn't even need writers. All they have to do is say EXACTLY what McCain and Palin say and it's funny. I've never felt the combination of laughter and fear at the same time, but McCain and Palin accomplish it.

    God help this country.

    September 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Tim

    Geez, there is a surpise, SNL bashing a republican.

    But they can't find anyting funny about Him?

    September 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. jr

    I guess that is why the SNL ratings are down. Maybe they should be a little less partisan, and then the viewership would increase. I get tired of hearing McCain Palin bashing. I very seldom see the same level of criticism aimed at Obama Biden. Does SNL think there isn't any humor in a sketch where Obama explains that Biden didn't do a very good job overseeing the Clarence Thomas/ ANita Hill hearings. I would really love to see a skit where Obama tries to explain to Biden why his comments to ANita were somewhat disgusting at the hearing.

    September 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. aware

    America desperately needs a leader with a strong moral center and a strong sense of American values! And, this does not describe Barack!

    "Man does not live by bread alone" and now is the time to get back to the basics of the founding fathers. We are "One nation under God" and every man or woman cannot do what they think is right in their own eyes!

    McCain/Palin 08! 🙂

    September 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Paul, EP Tx

    can u imagine if John McCain came out an said he was gonna wait to give his plan for the economy? everything about this election is disgusting. TWO PARTIES? that's it? two moronic, losing, choices for President? this country will never unite while being run and manipulated by one DEM/REP umbrella.

    September 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. kmac

    McCain/Palin thanks but no thanks.

    September 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. John

    This just too funny....these two idiots have no business even being in this race! We have one unqualified person and one senile! Wake up cant be that stupid! Are you afraid of an intelligent African American in the White House? Polls suggest if Obama were White he would be lead by 10 points right now....I hope you are not racist america!

    Oh more food for thought:
    Funny...everyone go over to MSNBC and they will show you who is winning in one catergory!

    McCain = 13 Automobiles
    Obama = 1 Automobie

    McCain = 7 houses
    Obama = 1 House

    You be the judge America....who is more in touch with the common man? Its not that lying Veteran McCain! Oh and for all you repuiblicans who support the wars...guess what, the Men and Women you send over there are 3-1 in Obama's camp! So again you be the judge who the true American is.

    Veterans for obama

    September 21, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Sarah

    I hope SNL shows the real face of John Mccain and Sarah Palin i am sick and tired of. both of them. it would be disaster for the American people if god forbid they get elected for god sake we all should come to our sence and elect Barak Obama for real change.

    September 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Peggy in Ohio

    SNL is always more fun during election season!
    Bring it on!

    September 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. jr

    Or, a SNL skit where Obama tells Biden he is off the ticket, and he is picking Hillary because Biden's facebook friend count is down and Hillary has more friends.

    September 21, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Say NO to Open Borders Say NO to Obama

    What you may not know about Obama.

    Obama wants to lift the bans against Cuba and negotiate a peace treaty with the same government that only 40 years ago allowed Russia to place Nuclear bombs pointed at America on it's land.

    Obama wants to tear down the walls that keep illegal immigrants from Mexico and wants to open the borders so workers from Mexico can work in America without interference of slow paperwork and Visas.

    Hamas the terrorist cell in Palenstine openly endorsed Obama.

    Putin of Russia openly endorses Obama.

    Hugo Chaves the dictator who's only opponent in the last presidential race that was found dead floating in a river before the election openly endorses Obama.

    Cuban Flags and Che flags openly hung in Obamas campaign centers.

    I don't believe that Obama will know how to react if we are attacked again. Does he have the right judgement to avoid war or will he over react and hit that "red" button just like JFK almost did.

    Obama's philosophy is near identical to how most communist countries run. While I don't think Communism is 100% evil or destructive. I do not want Obama to change what so many people before all of us fought so hard to build, and protect....Our rights!

    September 21, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. lyn

    McSame & Palin deserve it, with all the lies they are telling, do they think that the American people are stupid, they will put this country in a bigger mess if they win, so wake up American.

    September 21, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. Helen, NY

    SNL is part of NBC Universal. They are anti-Mccain same as CNN.
    Barack Obama like to criticize McCain for his economic plan but he does not know that his campaign advisers who was working for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have created this mess. They want now bail-out. They should be put in jail and revcover all the money they have to pay for this bail-out. Why should taxpayer give the money to Government. I though socialism is dead after collapse of Soviet Union but now it is surfacing here and USA is moving away from capitalism. Democrats like sen. Schumer and of course Barack Obama are happy to move to socialism. These are radical senators and they cannot be put into power by American people. Wake up America.I am not sure if CNN will publish this one.

    September 21, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. aware

    And, Obama lied about McCain's comments on Social Security and Immigration, and Iraq.........!

    September 21, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Deb n Texas

    I laugh when I saw SNL last night; they are so right – that is exactly what he has done. Whatever!

    September 21, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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