September 21st, 2008
03:11 PM ET
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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. annie rose

    agree mitchell..

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

    GOP deserves all the derision this country can muster..... Bush is worst president EVER... McCain is WAY TOO OLD.... Troopergate Palin is a total FRAUD.

    September 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. E.Frank MD

    As a psychiatrist I know from 25 yrs of experience that I cannot tell a patient what they deeply need to hear despite their demand that I do so: first, it hurts: again, I wasn't hired to give my opinion of their lives: we all defend against the CCW (Cold Cruel World) so facts about who is the bigger lier or more incompetent will not be heard if we disagree. BUT humor, there it is, it sneaks in truths in a way that enables us to lowers our guard, reflect because it is not a challenge, lets us laugh at the unexpected tickle and, voila, your point is made.

    This TV show is great in getting across ideas that will never be allowed to voluntarily cross the membranes of oppositinal ear drums. More humor, please: this is too serious a time to be serious.

    September 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Lamps

    Make fun all you want, this is the winning ticket.
    Lets vote for good change.

    McCain*Palin 08

    CNN, pls post this one...

    September 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Sara

    Political satire, at its best, is born out of the frustrations of people not being able to out the truth. The court jester has served a serious purpose throughout history.
    SNL and Comedy Central are two of the best sources for sanity and exposure of the hypocrisy and lies surrounding us.

    September 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. tom

    Path of destruction?! Get real. Obama/Biden (and other Democrats, for that matter) haven't a clue how to embrace a free society – every time you *require* one American to subsidize another, whether it be health care, food, housing, whatever, you drive another nail into the coffin of liberty. Sadly, Republicans of the last 10 years have only offered lip service while foresaking their principles. Hopefully, McCain will have the opportunity to change that.

    furthermore, there's a very serious problem if Al Franken is still offering political sketches to SNL. I suppose we should expect to see some Norm Coleman spoofs soon...

    September 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Nancy

    This might be more effective if more people actually watched SNL.

    September 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. jo

    what are you saying, that is perfect mach with Mccian this week and palin last week. that is the knowledge of their level.

    September 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. frances

    As nasty as Obama is I would be ashamed to have him as our
    President. A Democrat that will not vote for Obama.

    September 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Louise from ohio

    Good job SNL. Show the Repugs that Truth is the truth.

    September 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Jan

    I guess that will be the last time I watch Sat night Live. Now they have insulted 2 great women–Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. More of the liberal left hatred and viciousness! Actually, Palin thought it was funny–she has thicker skin and more tolerance than the rest of us! That is why she will be a great leader–Don't get mad–just beat them !

    September 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |



    ENOUGH !


    September 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Lawrence

    With both George Will and the Wall Street Journal explicitly saying John McCain's actions are "un-Presidential" – SNL's McCain send-ups aren't even edgy... They begin to seem obvious – cleverly done – but obvious.

    September 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    GOP deserves all the derision we can heap on them. Bush is an idiot and liar and worst president EVER... McCain is confused and WAY TOO OLD... Troopergate Palin is a total FRAUD.

    September 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    John McCain's campaign has shown they have no problem lying, but I guess that's what we have come to expect from politicians. This election is too important though, so I hope the majority of Americans can see through the BS.

    McCain has shown he cares NOTHING about our country (I know he has admirably served the country in the past) and EVERYTHING about winning the election with his gimmicky choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate. Being the oldest nominee, it is obvious that chances are the stress of holding office will be too much for him and he will die, leaving our poor, bankrupt country with this woman who knows nothing about being a president (and has some distorted views about American citizens that are different than her- she even wanted her state to secede from the United States- how patriotic!). Is that showing that he cares about what happens to us after he's gone?

    September 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Rob in Sacramento

    its funny because its true. i laugh at mccain's 'real' ads as much as i luaghed at this skit. it leads me to believe that mccain-palin really is a joke.

    September 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Tainopower

    what do you expect from Hollywood liberals , remember the view whit senator McCain ,and Gibson interview with governor palin , well what do you really expect from Hollywood crowd.

    September 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Willie

    Obama Will Win Sarah Is A Joke. Look She Seems To Have More interest In Promoting Guns And killing Animals!

    September 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |

    "The economy is fundamentally sound" – John McCain 2 weeks ago.

    What is funnier than that?

    September 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Lise Rohead

    I'm Canadian and it scares me to death to think that McCain/Palin might be in charge of the neighborhood south of our border...
    McCain is impulsive, hot tempered, out of touch, too old, and worse – he thinks his V.P. pick is the most qualified American to succeed him! That tells you right there that his judgment is already impaired!!!
    Why does he not do the world a favor and retire in one of his beautiful homes in Arizona... then United States AND the rest of the world would become safer.
    Thank You SNL your show is priceless – the young people especially relate...
    Go Obama go!!!

    September 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. America think for you

    McCain like Bush will bring more threat to our country. Obama/Biden ticket is very strong on national security and Biden as well as Obama is well respected around the world. Obama has better judgment on every single issues that we need on a president than mccain. That is why we must vote Democratic this November to prevent a second 9/11 and have someone who is ready for what ever decission to defend our national security in case of any plot. McCain/Palin ticket I doubt it no foreign policies no experience we cannot risk our country with that ticket.
    Do not listen to the republican scare tactics and believe anything they have to say. The republican is the party we as voters should stay away from this November. They have done enough to our country and the economy and we cannot afford four more years of economic disasters and begging China to lend us money.

    September 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Dave in Minneapolis

    Biting satire perhaps, but dead-on in terms of accuracy. Most reasonable people would look at the McCain-Palin advertising and conclude – as Karl Rove did last week – that it's heavy on the lies and distortions. Last weeks Palin sketch was remarkable in how easily it highlighted just how unqualified Palin is to be a mere heart-beat away from the presidency, and like it or not, John McCain would be the oldest man elected to that post, hence his mortality and her ascension are certainly worth considering before casting ones ballot.

    September 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Matthew

    SNL did not raise the general perception that the media is in love with Obama.

    The media's love for Obama "raised" that "general perception."

    September 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Bill

    I hope they continue running these rediculous skits. Everytime they do....especially when they go after McCain's age (Older voters are one of the largest blocks and most reliable voters) .....they drive more voters to McCain. Keep it up!!!!

    September 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Steve Purcell

    Remember – you can make fun of the old guy or the woman... you just can't make fun of the black guy.

    Got it? Good. Carry on.

    September 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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