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. Tony in GA

    Funny!!!!!!!! The sad thing is that it is true!!!!!! McCain has lost control of his campaign to the Karl Rove staff and has no say!!!!!! He has lost his integrity and honor!!!!!!!!


    I vote on the issues and the person!!!!!!!! Barack don't be sold yet!!!!!! Just because I am not voting for McCain, does not mean you got me!!!!!

    September 21, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Paying Attention

    McCain needs to have meaningful ads. His current ads distort the truth to the point that they are humorous. He should focus on what he intends to do. The ladies of the view also noticed how his ads did not resemble the truth.

    September 21, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. rhiannonrede

    Mirriam Webster Dictonary: Morally bankrupt, pathological liar, religiously delusional, warmonger, fiscally inept, can you fear me now, noun, verb, 9/11: See Republican.
    This skit is spot on! Keep them coming, SNL!
    Little Rock

    September 21, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. King Kong

    The Republican strategy – regardless of the candidate – is to depict their nominee as a man of character and experience. They depict the Democrat as elite, effeminate, and snobbish. The Republicans run on "character" (whatever that is) and do not mention issues, since their stand on the issues would cause people to vote against them. Comedians are more honest in pointing this out.

    Journalists believe, for some reason, that they must pretend that they don't notice this.

    September 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Richard

    So what else is new? The media have always been left wing.

    September 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Curtis

    It was funny as hell but also very sad at the same time. I don't think that John McCain has any idea of what he is approving when it comes to these ads. For a so called leader he is being lead by the nose by people who care nothing about this country and want to win regardless of the cost to his honor.

    September 21, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Zack B

    McCain and Palin, like most politicians pandering to a hypocritical right wing base, really set themselves up. Palin alone is a joke on the international and military affairs scene, and the post-2000 McCain is a sickly twisted antithesis to the so-called maverick.

    There's a reason you don't see any right-wing conservative comedy shows ala the Daily Show, SNL, or Colbert...the only "jokes" they could conceive would be petty personal attacks that only elementary school kids would appreciate.

    September 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Jim

    I thought that there was supposed to be equal access in the media. If SNL has become a billboard for one candidate then NBC should be required to make equal time for the other candidate at the same cost. If Al Franken is the writer promoting his own agenda then NBC has a serious problem. Give an equal voice to both.

    September 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Neal

    Is SNL suddenly becoming relevant for the first time a couple of decades?

    September 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. average joe


    September 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Darryl

    What they don't tell you is John McCain wife Cindy McCain and their son Andrew McCain was highly involve in the Silver lake State Bank NV that that the FDIC has taken over and the Tax Payer are bailing out.

    John McCain and his family are bigger crooks then they give themselves credit for...

    Please John McCain get your own family in order first.

    September 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Jim, NY

    Where is Michelle Obama. Are they hiding her because her unpatriotic views don't play in these United States, as well as her elitist and racist views?

    September 21, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Eric-29-m-PA

    I wonder why they didn't mock Obama's illegal immigration ad which was completely and utterly false. Also, McCains ads are mostly correct. The one about the sex education is correct. I read the law online from a government source. It's the Obama campaign and the pro-Obama media that claims McCains ads are false. The only recent ad of McCains that was false was the one put out in response to Obama's utterly false immigration ad (trying to tie McCain to Rush Limbaugh). Additionally, mocking McCain's technological shortfalls is related to the Obama ad that criticized McCain for not using the Internet. Some in the media (not the pro-Obama media) have pointed out that McCain's war injuries is the reason McCain can not use the computer comfortably. Obama should be ashamed of himself for airing that ad and SNL should have known better. SNL also leans to the left and therefore favors Obama. Sounds like they are in the tank for Obama now.

    September 21, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Ross

    A pretty fantastic skit. Obama's ads aren't the beacon of truth either, but at least they aren't hateful, desperate, and mean-spirited like McCain's are.

    September 21, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Nathan

    The funny thing about the sketch was how accurate it was.

    September 21, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. pam

    To paraphrase the great "Hill-amy" – unlike the MSM, at least they "have a pair".

    September 21, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Pete from Ohio

    it's good to see the ridiculousness of the McCain/Palin ticket from SNL's point of view. I am still shocked and speechless if I allow myself to imagine the consequences of McCain becoming president for just two minutes.
    I feel the urge to panic if I think about what kind of country we will become. Maybe I'll be able to live in Canada after all? I checked recently if I would qualify for immigration and was glad to found we both would (=my partner and myself).

    September 21, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. p1tey1

    This is like a really BAD Disney movie. America PLEASE don't put these two in the White House!

    September 21, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Never obama

    Young or old, you have to be pretty stupid to allow a SNL show to
    shape your perception of anything.

    September 21, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. mary

    who cares. I am not voting for him anyway,Enough!

    September 21, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Pam

    If the so called "reporters" won't take McCain to task for his lies, let SNL do it.

    September 21, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Nick


    September 21, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. MaryanneAZ

    SNL is in the unique position to be able to tell the truth without the censorship of media mogul's who have a horse in the race–wealthy corporations want a repug administration to continue feasting at the trough of the American consumer with big tax cuts and little regulation. Most media people will not call out a talking head for the campaign due in part to their own lack of sophistication on the issues and because they cannot be objective, especially with their corporate bosses breathing down their neck. I say way to go SNL–reveal the truth with humor. The truth needs to be what drives this election instead of the deception we have endured the last eight years. Go Obama/Biden!!!

    September 21, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Louvene

    well, either the truth hurts or it can be funny.

    September 21, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Ryan in Minneapolis

    I really hope Al Franken wins. We have a No GOOD, Bush buddy in the senate "Norm Coleman". I mean the guy is a comedian and he won the primaries here in Minnesota, that alone says alot about Bushorm.

    September 21, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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