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. Ralph

    I bet the McCain camp is mad SNL stole their ideal about the tax cuts for pedophiles ad.

    September 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Molly Weasley

    That was a parody? It seemed like it was a typical McCain commercial shoot to me.

    September 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. former puma

    one thing i hate with cnn is they strech the truth everything in snl is true. but the problem is that cnn is part of the people that knows the truth but is hard for them to say it out. i think that way we have media to tell us what the candid stand for. mccain have been runnning the worst sleesest......... ad but u cant call him out for it. mccain is trying to let people think that obama is going to raise tax for everyone but u cant call him out. mccain is distorting obama records but u cant call him out. wolf blez will be with the mccain camp and they we say that obama will raise taxes, he cant even correct them, he will be with them while they are distorting barack's record he can't even correct them pls and pls give me a break................

    September 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Walt

    Shouldn't have called them out, lol.

    September 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Nostradamus

    In the eleventh month of the eighth year of the new millennium, citizens of a once great country elect a new leader based upon the bias of humor makers.

    The decision they make leaves them with only their change.

    September 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Rich

    This is the only way to uncover liars to the public, These socalled lying candidates like Mccain and Palin need to stop making us feel like idiots.

    September 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Jay

    I seriously doubt that ANY tv show can alter the course of an election. A show like SNL simply echoes the perception of the public. When has a US tv show ever broken ground or generated new ideas? Most of the shows we see now are just repeats of programming from the UK. And SNL is notorious for resurrecting skits written years ago, and that is especially true of the political sketches. Same jokes, they just fill in the blanks to whatever candidate is currently in the the crosshairs. It is simply irresponsible reporting to say "SNL has a clear ability to shape general perceptions..." They are simply airing on Saturday night what most perceptive Americans have already been talking about all week.

    September 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Dem for Unity

    We are in the final stretch of this election cycle and the gloves are coming off. Lets beat MCcain/Palin...................Obama/Biden 2008!

    September 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Ginny

    SNL is disgusting now. Go back to real comedy!

    September 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Jason

    This is fair game. I think all politicians are targets for satire.

    September 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. alvino

    I am sure the McCain camp will borrow some of SNL's ideas to attack Obama this week.

    September 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. loribee

    I love it! If you can't take the heat....get out of the race, John!
    OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Antoinette

    I think the skit was nail on, McCain seems to be driven by what his "advisor" want him to say, and it is so uncomfortable to watch McCain give any points, because they're not his...

    September 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Rebecca

    I'm a female independent voter, and I believe that Someone's got to expose these people. I'm shocked at how many Americans believe what they say. I'm actually offended that they're allowed to lie as they have.

    Have we not learned anything?

    Obama-Biden '08

    September 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Virginia Voter

    Good to see the First Amendment at work – hopefully all of the people watching and laughing will get to the polls on November 4th and vote for the right candidate!

    GOBAMA!

    September 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Cathy

    I'm sure some how McCain and the republicans will blame Obama for all of this. SNL has fun of ALL politicians including Obama.

    September 21, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Unshrub

    I think the comedy act of the real McCain-Palin is just as funny and every bit as unbelievable.

    September 21, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Everyman

    It's just comedy.

    September 21, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. ladymack

    Amen! McCain and Palin are two JOKES!

    September 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. christopher

    I didn't see it yet it is now a must see. Not only is the republican nominee old he also has voted with Bush90% of the time with a running mate with even less experience. Yes, we all know this yet why is this race even close. I love it how the Republicans now call for change(the original maverick) please. As a black individual to be a republican is a joke, what music do they play at rallies ? Country , need I say anymore.

    September 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Irony

    Art imitating life, all too well.

    September 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. jim

    Keep it up SNL. you are portraying the truth that the maimstream media is afraid of portraying, that McCain is too old and his judgement can't be trusted. He chose Palin that has no foreign affairs experience and one that has no grasp of the mess the country is in economically to be a heartbit away from the presidency. If anyone had any doubts about McCain's credibility problem, look at the lies his campaign is spitting, look at him flip flop on the economy, look at his campaign pull all stops to stonewall a legitimate investigation of Palin's abuse of power as governer. Can these two really be trusted to run this country to prosperity? Ask yourself.

    September 21, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. Matthew MacKenzie

    "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."

    Go to any college campus across America and ask about the ins and outs of the campaign trail. You will be surprised at how little these shows have impact on students/young peoples opinions on the Candidates. The youth know more than that which you give them credit.

    September 21, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. MD in ND

    Amazing how SNL is getting the message out. It's one of those, yes it's funny, but the underlying message is true!

    September 21, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Mississippi Man

    The sketch wasn't as funny as last week, but maybe because it was almost to true of the way McCain is running his campaign.

    September 21, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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