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. Keith

    How about if SNL mocks Obama? Let's see it, NBC ( National Barack Channel).

    September 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Nija

    It's about time. In this time of economic turmoil we need to something to increase our endorphins. SNL make us lol

    September 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Telling the truth

    Gee big surprise, NBC and all it's affiliates, especially MSNBC, are in the tank for Obama. Obama should just move his campaign headquarters to NBC. No wonder they are so far down in the ratings, they should change their name from National Broadcasting Co to No Body Cares

    September 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Scott

    McCain's ads are so slimy. He really isn't the same maverick he was in 2000.

    September 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. The World is Watching.

    ABC News' Tahman Bradley Reports: After the brouhaha over Sen. John McCain's struggle to recall how many houses he owns, Newsweek wondered how many cars might be parked at the presidential candidate's multiple homes.

    The weekly newsmagazine checked vehicle registration records for both McCain and Sen. Barack Obama and found that when you include the candidates' spouses, McCain owns 13 cars, Obama 1.

    McCain has a 2004 Cadillac CTS, a 2007 half-ton Ford pickup truck, a 1960 Willys Jeep, a 2008 Jeep Wranger among other American cars. He's got a few foreign vehicles in his fleet as well, owning a 2005 Volkswagen convertible and a 2001 Honda sedan.

    The only vehicle registered in Obama's name is a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid.

    McCain's wife, Cindy, an heiress to a beer distribution company, has her name on 11 vehicles but actually only drives one car – a Lexus with the personal plates MS BUD.
    Americans, that is your President. Some of you might not see anything wrong with McCain having so much of cars because of your recist Mind(Fearful Mind) towards Obama. God bless America. The information above is from ABC News sunday, 21 Sept.2008.

    September 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Jim

    If it wasnt so near to the truth I would laugh instead of cry! However, SNL people, writers and actors are some of the most creative and truth telling people on TV today! Thank you SNL!!!

    September 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Eleanor

    No wonder they make fun of them
    McSame and Palin are a big JOKE
    I laughed out loud when the McCain campaign insuated that bc Palin has a sit down with Hamid Karzai she will have experience in foreign policy
    Give me a break!!!!!
    the only Americans who will fall for that BS are the palinbots!!!
    This is not a popularity and beauty contest
    she might have experience for those two categories but other than that her experience is minimal!!!
    You will be very SORRY if you vote for these two !!!!

    September 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Tisha

    I believe making fun of the polictics of Mccain is just what SNL is for. To make us laugh. The Mccain/Palin ticket is a JOKE!! Ha Ha

    September 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Tayo, NY

    Let the truth be heard.

    McCain and Palin need to tell the truth and stop distorting the record because no matter waht the truth shall prevail.

    Obama 08

    September 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Laura

    Let's do one with Obama sneaking in a meeting with Jeremiah Wright both of them saying "GD America", or with Rezko plotting to buy some new property (when he gets out of jail) or asking Bill Ayers opinion on how to bomb Paskistan and maybe get Bin Laden.

    Re: Joe can have a doll manufacter make the Joe Biden doll...pull the string and it keeps on talking and talking.

    Let's not be partisan SNL. Fair is fair.

    Laura, Boston

    September 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Kathy in MInnesota

    Tina Fey's portrayal of Sarah Palin in the season opener was spot on.

    This week's skit shows the comedic genius that is Al Franken, who I have gotten to know as well as Franni over the last 2 years.

    If the Republicans are outraged over this skit, it shows that the Republicans take themsmelves way too seriously and cannot laugh at themselves when other see them as they are not.,

    September 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Rob

    With McCain and Palin repeatedly tripping over their own falsities in such comic fashion, one cannot be surprised that they are they object of jokes. Elect them, and the entire world will laugh, as it cries. Unstable and Unable are not fit to lead this nation, particularly as we face the current crisis reaching our horizon.

    September 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Truth Hurts

    Let's talk real issues. SNL is a comedy show – if people actually get their informed opinions from this show, that shows how dumb, gullible and stupid we as Americans are.

    The debates will set the tone. Enough of the rest...

    September 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    As usual, the comedy shows on television are pointing out the obvious. Something the news networks, CNN included, are apparently unable or unwilling to do.

    September 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Give me a break

    Who cares what the Nothing But Crap network does? They are nothing but the advertisement arm for the DNC anyway. And the DNC is owned by moveon, remember them saying they owned the Democrat Party, that they bought and paid for it? And it shows with their choice of candidates and the sleazy ads they run

    September 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Ed

    Who watches SNL anyway? Al Franken and his liberal buddies can KMA. I am looking forward to that what's her name actress leaving the country when the Democrats lose again. The race riots will be fun too.

    September 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Roland

    I hope SNL is only able to make fun of them now and not for the next four years! There is no comedy in where the Republican have led or will lead this county if given the chance!

    September 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Vick


    September 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. V Obama

    We don't need the smug Hillary supporters now. We have the momentum.

    Obama all the way to the Whitehouse!!!!!

    September 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Proud Texan

    Big surprise. SNL has basically turned into the Joseph Goebbels of the Democratic party. They plan on goose stepping themselves right into office.

    September 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Michael in Raleigh

    So we have SNL and the View calling this presidential race what it is, while you news stations sit on your hands and claim you're giving us straight reporting.

    September 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. ME

    If SNL had any real edge, they'd skewer Obama on the basis of his race. BTW: Why is it okay to make fun of whites, women, and the elderly but not blacks?

    September 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. rachel

    It's easy to poke fun at because it's RIDICULOUS even without the skits pointing it out. There is so much material. They could even have Phil Graham...the guy who called Americans who were afraid of us going into a recession a bunch of whiners AND also led the way with forcing laws to deregulate the banking industry as McCain's choise for financial advisor. Oh wait....that's the truth.

    September 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Brvado in Boston

    Hate to say it, but I am scared to death.

    Imagine what the next four years will be like with the Palin/McCain ticket – fiscal disparity, international apathy, rich empathy, and again, USA as a laughing stock for the rest of the world....

    Yeah...scared to death!

    September 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    A McCain/Palin presidency would be a tragic comedy of errors for America, one bad joke after another. We deserve SO much better than these two....telling indeed that this is the best the GOP could muster. Both are unqualified, adept at lying as a reflex (believing the lies themselves as does GW his own about WMDs and such?) and unaware of the world we live in and share with the other 95% of the human population. How could ANYONE consider voting for them? Watch Bush/Cheney arrange a 9-11/Gulf of Tonkin "incident" to use fear to induce Americans into voting for them...and of course blame the incident on Iran.

    September 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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