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. Peter

    What a mess the Republican ticket has become.

    September 21, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Jeff

    There's a lot there to work with,but when will they start giving equal time to Obama? He's at least as comical as McCain...

    September 21, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. MLD

    I wonder if SNL will also make fun of Obama's support of infanticide, tranfer of 1% of US GDP to the UN, tax increases on small business that will result in increased unemployment, sex education for kindergarden children?

    SNL is on NBC, which is vehemently pro-left. Unfortunately, talent left SNL decades ago.

    September 21, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Not John Glenn

    "If I can see the moon from my back porch, am I an astronaut?"

    Palin/McCain '08

    September 21, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Sue - OH

    SNL unlike the MSM has shown integrity in their portrayal of the ads run by the McCain campaign over the course of this election cycle. McCain did the same thing to Romney - telling LIES - and no one called him on it. Now WE the American people are fed up with listening to members of the MSM defend Senator McCain's lies and have finally found a VOICE through SNL.

    September 21, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Senior female

    Aol has an article stating that Al Franken helped write the parody!!

    Where is CNN on this?

    September 21, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Irish

    I think you underestimate the 'young' voters who you claim don't pay attention to the mainstream media. For this election, I think the younger generation is paying plenty of attention and will be a powerful voting bloc. Since most of them use cell phones rather than land lines, I think the polls are not showing how well Barack Obama is doing withe this demographic.

    September 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Bill

    Too bad SNL won't focus on trying to be funny and entertaining again, rather than a 90-minute politcal infomercial.

    September 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Maureen / Calif.

    I am a CNN junkie. I can understand why SNL and many other comedians make fun of McCain and Palin. It is hard to take these two seriously when they and their campaign spokespersons will not answer questions asked of them. Who do they think that they are kidding when they answer important questions with non-answers. I find myself laughing at them constantly. I guess they think that they can fool some of the people some of the time. And they can fool their fellow Republicans all of the time. But they do not fool mainstream America with their non-answers and spin. Keep it up McCain and Palin! I am thoroughly enjoying the jokes and skits.

    September 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. mitchell and the rest of the sheep

    Both campaigns have lied and skewed the truth.

    Both campaigns will do anything by all means to win the election and push THEIR agenda... not the American people's wishes.

    Wake up and stop complaining.

    September 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Lone Wolf MD

    McCain's looking more and more desperate and befuddled on the campaign trail, and Palin is all style no substance. They make a perfect pair for parody and satire. Keep the laughs coming, SNL!

    September 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Gary Chandler in Canada

    SNL should be unbiased and fair to both sides; like FOX and Limbaugh!
    Who needs SNL, I am watching 5 former Sectr of States, "World of Challenges", and canNOT stop laughing.
    They were asked how America could regain some respect in the World and NOT one of them came up with the answer AND showed WHY you have lost stature.
    (Take leadership in Global Warming, get all the countries together)
    Not of the 5 geniuses on the stage brought up this MOST IMPORTANT point! Lower your crime from the #1 status amongst developed countries! Raise your education standard from # 20! Your United Nations HDI rating is #12 and DROPPING.
    Get OFF the world stage until you win a Standards War in your own country!!! Don't be thinking the world thinks or WANTS you as our leader, WE WANT YOU TO BE A ROLE MODEL, which you are NOT!

    September 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Mark

    The GOP and the usual attack dogs on the far right will, of course, start yowling about the so-called "liberal bias" of the main stream media. (What else is new?) They've got nothing to offer, and the treasonous phonies running the present administration will use this to fan resentment among the same "ignoramus electorate" that put them in power the past two disastrous elections for the nation. Perhaps...just perhaps...this time, even those folks will see the truth for what it is, and vote in the county's best interests rather than just automatically siding with the side that panders to their silly biases. Just perhaps. McCain effectively made it impossible for me – an independent – to vote for him again when he chose his running mate. It is beyond belief. What can the Republicans be thinking? Are they that screwed up?

    September 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. youth vote

    -–I LOVE SNL--

    September 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Sarah/john will win

    SNL is cool! I am a huge fun, but only for several minutes of laugh.

    But resiously, this country is moving towards socialism if Obama elected. Obama/Biden is dumping what made this country a place the rest of world wants to move into.

    September 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Kim

    I saw the SNL skit. It was definitly funny and Hammond is great. But more important. SNL while a comedy, is also very accurate in their portrayal of what is happening in current events. The ridiculously false accusations that the Republicans have engaged in this election are pitiful. Yesterday I got an Email that went on and on explaining that Obama is the anti christ and therefore must not be elected. I responded that if you truly believe something this stupid. Then Obama must be elected President so that God's plan for the return of Christ may be fulfilled. As a life long Republican I am ashamed of my Party. All Republicans should vote Obama or Bob Barr in order to retake our GOP from the crooks and idiots who have taken it from us.

    September 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Pam

    SNL didn't mock McShame/Failin'. They just told the truth. McShame will put his name on anything in order to win. It's disgraceful but sad at the same time.

    The wheels are coming off the "Straight Talk (more like Double Talk) Express." Pull up a chair and enjoy the show!!!

    September 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Silence Dogood

    Now of course SNL will air a bit making fun of Obama, right? Something lampooning his lying Hispanic ad, or his inexperience, or something else. Anyone taking bets?

    This is a fine example of how Obama can go out and lie and pander and generally behave like any other politician. But he can count on people and the media not critisizing him too much for fear of being called racist. It has been a cornerstone of his campaign. He has mentioned it most speeches in some way.

    He even has the media saying race is hurting him when it is the opposite like the book "1984". Is this the New Order?

    And we see that it works. It is the Emperor's New Clothes, and no one is brave enough to say the obvious truth. The invisible Change is a myth and no one will say it.

    Question the obvious.

    September 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. annie rose

    It's like the Emporer's new clothes! This John and Sarah satire.
    "First Dude?" SOS.

    September 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. The COSMOS and McCain ROCKS!!

    »John McCain is the MAN. The WONDERFUL Sarah Palin is our next Vice-President. NO DOUBTS about it.

    September 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. theodore

    mitchell, how would you know McCain would lead us to destruction? of course if you are dead set on voting Obama, you would think so. the presidency is filled with unknown variables...the world isn't static, it's dynamic and ever changing, and a good president would know how to react to such changes.

    September 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Carmen

    Maybe McPalin want be so eager to be publicized. All their false adds and words will catch up with them.

    September 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. NO Bail out for banks

    Sarah is a joke... but, this is what people need to know.
    Do Not Bail Out banks...Think Americans...What are the chances that two Major Banks fail days apart and the government had nothing to do with it. Think People, the gov't staged this event to send you into panic to take our money and give it to their friends on wallstreet. Bush strikes again, just like with 9-11 and the Iraq WAR. NO NO NO BAILOUT. Banks can't loan money they don't have and if they do, they deserve to go broke and go to jail. You're FDIC insured it won't hurt you. and why can't the gov't just loan the trillion dollars to us instead of banks. Call your congressman today and say No to bailout.

    September 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. eric steele

    The more the better. Palin is perhaps the worst pick ever. At least Eagleton had credentials, and I personally consider speaking in tongues to be a mental disorder which Palin does as a Pentecost. It's almost like McCain is pulling a cruel joke on the country after the conservatives in the party wouldn't let him pick Lieberman. I hope they get mercilessly pounded for their utter disregard for the truth and wholehearted willingness to make the country suffer under the same policies and corruption as Bush. Obama ought to sue them for slander for the stuff Palin/McCain tosses around.

    September 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. josephine

    Comedy is a nice and gentle way of warning people of what they may get by voting for the GOP. Awareness through laughter. Hats off to SNL for this public service.

    September 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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