Video: SNL on the debate and the McCain rally lady

posted at 11:05 am on October 17, 2008 by Allahpundit

A few chuckles in each and in each for the same reason: It’s not the material that’s funny, it’s the impersonations. Armisen gets better at mimicking The One’s speech patterns every week and the crazy McCain rally lady operates essentially as an in-joke, with all of the humor contained in simply getting the reference. Eh.

They seem to rise to the occasion for the ‘Cuda, though, which is good news for her cameo this weekend. According to campaign sources, she’ll be spoofing herself and Tina Fey, whatever that means. Exit question: Good idea or bad one?


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I outgrew chocolate milk too, but I have nicer memories of it.

chinesearithmetic on October 17, 2008 at 11:08 AM

The “crazy McCain town hall lady”, the real person, whoever she is – should be glad that the media isn’t looking in to her taxes and checking to see if she has the proper licenses to work, or whatever. While being publicly ridiculed nationwide, at least she’s getting off easy compared to Joe the plumber.

wise_man on October 17, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Exit answer: great idea.

carbon_footprint on October 17, 2008 at 11:10 AM

I’m curious: the debate was this week and SNL has not yet aired. How in hell did these videos make it up BEFORE the episode airs? The dress rehearsal? Or is a taped part of a live show?

Physics Geek on October 17, 2008 at 11:12 AM

The “crazy McCain town hall lady”, the real person, whoever she is – should be glad that the media isn’t looking in to her taxes and checking to see if she has the proper licenses to work, or whatever. While being publicly ridiculed nationwide, at least she’s getting off easy compared to Joe the plumber.

wise_man on October 17, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Same goes for Monkey Man. I don’t know if this should be considered enough evidence that they were plants or not, but it’s suspicious. Of course, Joe hurt O’bama and of course Arab Lady & Monkey Man are meant to hurt McCain.

Editor on October 17, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Physics Geek on October 17, 2008 at 11:12 AM

SNL did a primetime election special.

carbon_footprint on October 17, 2008 at 11:12 AM

So when do we get the “Colin Powell to endorse Barry” thread to screw with our Friday?

Editor on October 17, 2008 at 11:13 AM

She’s Crazy. The potential President on the United States isn’t an Arab Terrorist. That’s crazy. Right?
*
He does have a lot of Arab Terrorist supporters and friends, though.
*
How far off WAS that lady?

marklmail on October 17, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Saw that last night and A) thought the material sucked.
B) Wondered to the Mrs. how they can be funny if they won’t lay a glove on Barry. It’s not like there isn’t much to work with.
Exit question? Sarah can handle the cameras and can laugh at herself but how can that be done with style on a show that isn’t funny anymore? Maybe if they have Tina Fey play her mother (which is what she really looks like) there’s a chance to save the gig.

crashman on October 17, 2008 at 11:14 AM

No good will come of it. The laughs will quickly fade and transition into a seismic liberal moonbat epileptic fit and feeding frenzy of PDS- right before election night. High Risk- Low Reward. More McCain Campaign ineptitude on display.

Fletch54 on October 17, 2008 at 11:15 AM

As usual, it’s laughing at McCain and laughing with Obama. Nothing new to see here.

matd on October 17, 2008 at 11:15 AM

I outgrew chocolate milk too, but I have nicer memories of it.

chinesearithmetic on October 17, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Outgrew chocolate milk? I knew there was a reason I haven’t grown up yet.

Browncoatone on October 17, 2008 at 11:15 AM

According to campaign sources, she’ll be spoofing herself and Tina Fey, whatever that means.

Maybe the way Seinfeld spoofed himself when he would appear on SNL? He would do jokes that poked fun at the way he made jokes. What’s the deal with …

LastRick on October 17, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Wondered to the Mrs. how they can be funny if they won’t lay a glove on Barry. It’s not like there isn’t much to work with.

They too know what happens if you go too far with Odummy.

“We are all Joe Plumber” cuts both ways.

Bishop on October 17, 2008 at 11:18 AM

More tripe…

Claypigeon on October 17, 2008 at 11:19 AM

As usual, it’s laughing at McCain and laughing with Obama. Nothing new to see here.
matd on October 17, 2008 at 11:15 AM

I caught the last half of the news desk portion of the program. When I tuned in, I saw wall to wall McCain bashing, and later, assumed that I missed the part were they gave as good to Obama as McCain. Thanks for filling me in as to what they were actually doing there.

wise_man on October 17, 2008 at 11:19 AM

The guy playing McCain used to play Chris Matthews so well that whenever I see him on SNL, all I can think of is the real Chris Matthews, thus ruining the sketch.

Hannibal Smith on October 17, 2008 at 11:20 AM

I outgrew chocolate milk too, but I have nicer memories of it.

Ouch. Well said.

I used to watch SNL for the Mr. Bill shorts.

saint kansas on October 17, 2008 at 11:21 AM

According to campaign sources, she’ll be spoofing herself and Tina Fey, whatever that means.

That means Palin will provide them with spoofy fodder so they can spoof her spoof next week and make her look stupid again and again and again and again and again and again and again…

Brat on October 17, 2008 at 11:21 AM

btw

McCain “screwed up” for Letterman last night.

And promising to send Palin to personally take Letterman’s bigotry to her face really showed balls, NOT.

Letterman feigning to be a journalist was PATHETIC, BORING AND REPULSIVE. Even his band members revolted from Bore Dave’s monotony of, “Yeah, but”s regarding the choice of Palin the incompetent proving McCain’s lack of judgment.

After doing well for himself in debate vs. Obama, and doing well for himself “Roasting” at the NY Al Smith Dinner, McCain should not have “returned” to Late Night.

McCain won’t take on Dave Letterman! It’s as though McCain needs to hide behind Palin for cover, unable or unwilling to take on the enemy himself.

Palin has what McCain lacks.
Thank God SOMEONE has balls.

maverick muse on October 17, 2008 at 11:22 AM

I’m curious: the debate was this week and SNL has not yet aired. How in hell did these videos make it up BEFORE the episode airs? The dress rehearsal? Or is a taped part of a live show?

Physics Geek on October 17, 2008 at 11:12 AM

They’ve been giving a Thursday night version of SNL, after The Office (my favorite show).

terryannonline on October 17, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Exit question: Good idea or bad one?

Bad… how do you spoof an impersonator? That makes no sense…

ninjapirate on October 17, 2008 at 11:23 AM

And promising to send Palin to personally take Letterman’s bigotry to her face really showed balls, NOT.

Yeah, fark letterman… Palin should not go on that show he is a jackass…

ninjapirate on October 17, 2008 at 11:24 AM

NO NO NO,SarahCuda can do all the SNL she wants as soon
as her hand comes off the bible in January!!

Lets see,

Charlie Gibson Hit piece.

Perky, Katie Couric Hit piece.

Didn’t SNL,do a skit about the 1st Dude,
and incest in his family crap!!

MEMO to RNC: Get Governor Sarah Palin off SNL,PERIOD!

canopfor on October 17, 2008 at 11:25 AM

According to campaign sources, she’ll be spoofing herself and Tina Fey, whatever that means. Exit question: Good idea or bad one?

Assuming SNL doesn’t stick the knife in Palin again, this could be a good opportunity for her. Palin’s job now is to rebuild her reputation so she can run against Obama in 2012. Poking fun at Fey’s impersonation is a good way of lightening its negative effect on her reputation. So, if she’s able to do THAT, then it’s worth it. If her appearance will only serve to reinforce the negative stereotype, she should avoid the appearnace.

Along those same lines, when will Palin stop coordinating with McCain and completely run out on her own? Hit Obama with Wright and Ayers and being a crazy socialist… Go on Rush and Fox News and talk radio… Express a vision for the country and a serious political philosophy… This is all about her now.

Outlander on October 17, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Who writes this crap? It’s awful.

AZCoyote on October 17, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Can you imagine a guy like Barrack Hussein Obama getting hold of all of the US military’s secrets? Iran loves the guy. So does Venezuela. Why?

Calm Before the Storm on October 17, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Because we just aren’t getting enough of the presidential campaigning that’s been dragging on for three years now, SNL decides we need an mid-week election special.

No thanks NBC, the Rays/Sox game was far more entertaining.

fogw on October 17, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Palin ought to talk with Fred Thompson again BEFORE doing ANY TV spots! Ask Fred, talk with conservatives in show biz before entering the lion’s den because McCain “screwed up” on Letterman.

There’s more to being McCain’s VP than jumping whenever he fails to bark. No one jumps better than Palin. But that doesn’t mean that jumping alone is going to benefit anyone.

maverick muse on October 17, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Here’s what Liberals are thinking,

“I can’t believe the stupid Republicans
are going to fall into this trap”!(Sarc.)

canopfor on October 17, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Are SNL’s ratings that strong or is putting SNL on Thursday just like Oliver Stone’s 25 million dollar ad buy for the W movie, a cost of being a liberal media producer?

Does it bother anyone that Chinese investors helped fund Stone’s W movie?

Angry Dumbo on October 17, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Outgrowing chocolate milk?

When I was a kid I’d take a carton of chocolate milk, and a carton of orange drink, stick a straw in each and drink both at once– crazy delicious!

Scribbler on October 17, 2008 at 11:30 AM

So it was essentially a commercial for Obama.

amerpundit on October 17, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Try as I might, I just can’t laugh at/with/or for any of these skits from SNL.

I’ve prided myself my entire life for having a great since of humor, but I find myself frowning while I look at these bits.

Sad for us.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on October 17, 2008 at 11:31 AM

According to campaign sources, she’ll be spoofing herself and Tina Fey, whatever that means. Exit question: Good idea or bad one?

It’s broadcast live, isn’t it? Sarah should get her digs in and ignore the teleprompter text.

She who laughs last ……….

fogw on October 17, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Exit question: Good idea or bad one?

They won’t intentionally do her any favors, but she surprises every time she’s challenged.
Gut instinct: she shouldn’t do it.
SNL would love to bring her down in their vain search for relevance.

edgehead on October 17, 2008 at 11:31 AM

You gotta think that some of the writers sort of “hope” that McCain/Palin wins this election. Otherwise, they’ll be lacking for material for the next four years or more. Think about it, they’d be roundly thrashed if they every really did make fun of Obama.

If McCain/Palin win, SNL could continue with the PDS, and honestly the skits probably would be funnier anyway (and unlike Liberals, conservatives have little problem laughing at themselves).

David Rasbold on October 17, 2008 at 11:32 AM

We all know SNL wants McCain to win. Obama is to dull and boring.

jencab on October 17, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Are SNL’s ratings that strong or is putting SNL on Thursday just like Oliver Stone’s 25 million dollar ad buy for the W movie, a cost of being a liberal media producer?

NBC has poor prime time ratings, if I’m not mistaken ABC,CBS, and Fox has more viewers almost every night of the week. I guess they figure no one is watching so let’s SNL on Thursday night. My favorite show on NBC is The Office and I’m not sure that gets stellar ratings.

terryannonline on October 17, 2008 at 11:34 AM

So when do we get the “Colin Powell to endorse Barry” thread to screw with our Friday?

Editor on October 17, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Why? Is there any new rumors about this? You know, ones based in fact and not in the fantasy of a HuffPoo Obama fanboy.

BohicaTwentyTwo on October 17, 2008 at 11:35 AM

SNL is LIVE. Palin could slip a little something in…

marklmail on October 17, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Yes Barack Hussein Obama is an arab terrorist.

As for Sarah Palin going on SNL….BAD IDEA!!

Stay away from those freaks Sarah!

SaintOlaf on October 17, 2008 at 11:44 AM

I trust Sarah Palin to be adult enough to hold her own against childishly minded fools on SNL. And it is national exposure-like it or not, good or not, many people watch SNL.
I think it’s a good idea.

Doug on October 17, 2008 at 11:48 AM

So when do we get the “Colin Powell to endorse Barry” thread to screw with our Friday?

Editor on October 17, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Why? Is there any new rumors about this? You know, ones based in fact and not in the fantasy of a HuffPoo Obama fanboy.

BohicaTwentyTwo on October 17, 2008 at 11:35 AM

It’s on Drudge, presumably Powell will make big news on “Meet the Press” this Sunday

neuquenguy on October 17, 2008 at 11:50 AM

I’m getting really tired of them playing Obama perfectly straight every time and focusing all their attacks on McCain. Can’t they think of any gags that the Obots won’t gut them for?

CherokeeJack on October 17, 2008 at 11:50 AM

SaintOlaf on October 17, 2008 at 11:44 AM

You are a moron.

terryannonline on October 17, 2008 at 11:51 AM

It’s on Drudge, presumably Powell will make big news on “Meet the Press” this Sunday

neuquenguy on October 17, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Aw crap. Politico has it too quoting unnamed Republican sources.

That being said, this will kill any of his political aspirations…in this party.

BohicaTwentyTwo on October 17, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Bad, bad idea.

I will tell you exactly what is going to happen: She will be prepared to participate in a really funny, appropriate skit.

Live on the air the SNL crew, however, will do the skit from the version that the real Sarah never saw, that she was not aware of, and it will skewer her. There might even be a joke about the difference between her brain and her womb, but the setup in the REAL Sarah’s skit will be nothing even remotely like that, but her answer will be something that makes all special needs children look bad, or will make her look crass and uncaring. (or something like that, but there will be a script switch that Sarah is unprepared for…she’d better get ready for this, it will happen.)

This is a TERRIBLE idea…I can’t believe she’s going to do this. If they could get away with it, they would shower her with pig blood like Carrie.

JustTruth101 on October 17, 2008 at 11:55 AM

SNL is not a funny show and hasn’t been funny in 20 years.

SNL is definitely the most bigoted, Christian persecuting, television show on the air today.

Pure liberal atheist garbage.

BOYCOTT that garbage!

SaintOlaf on October 17, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Powell’s potential endorsement was the ONLY thing holding back McCain/Palin from playing the “GOD DAMN AMERICA” card. Woohoo!

marklmail on October 17, 2008 at 11:56 AM

I can’t get through them. Uhhg.

ronsfi on October 17, 2008 at 12:04 PM

Be honest. Who actually thinks SNL is funny?

m064404 on October 17, 2008 at 12:07 PM

90% mocking McCain

10% goofing on Obama.

I was expecting something closer to 70/30, but I’m not surprised.

toliver on October 17, 2008 at 12:08 PM

According to campaign sources, she’ll be spoofing herself and Tina Fey, whatever that means. Exit question: Good idea or bad one?

No problems, as long as James Downey (can’t believe people here have already forgotten the C-Span skit from two weeks ago) and not Tina Fey writes the skit (and the McCain/Palin people will need to vet it for any last minute changes to any scenes in the skit not involving Palin).

jon1979 on October 17, 2008 at 12:36 PM

those “comedians” cannot even read their lines straight

I wonder if they will ever do a spoof on the Obama-Ayers meeting in the living room –
or Biden wonderful spelling ability

I think not

but ride “Joe the Plumber” line into the ground – not funny

defendfaithandfamily on October 17, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Be honest. Who actually thinks SNL is funny?

m064404 on October 17, 2008 at 12:07 PM

SNL is supposed to be a comedy show? I’ll be damned…I thought it was like the Mickey Mouse club for MoveOn.org.

Wyznowski on October 17, 2008 at 12:47 PM

They’ve been giving a Thursday night version of SNL, after The Office (my favorite show).

terryannonline on October 17, 2008 at 11:22 AM

I guess that explains it….GARBAGE IN/GARBAGE OUT.

SaintOlaf on October 17, 2008 at 12:48 PM

That being said, this will kill any of his political aspirations…in this party.

BohicaTwentyTwo on October 17, 2008 at 11:54 AM

When Powell retired into “private” life, he pointedly dismissed every political aspiration others had/have for him.

That Powell belongs to the elitist camp is no longer any news to any who used to think of Powell as a responsible conservative. Powell is for Powell is for whoever will hurt Bush for having hurt Powell. Powell is as bitter as they come. Powell (and Condi Rice) are playing their self-interest cards to the tune of the Left. They are bailers. BUSH himself is the king of all bailers, having set up the Paulson emergency red button alarm bell late night phone call sobbing on McCain’s shoulder for bail-out HELP. And as WE KNEW ALL ALONG, the only bail-out is for the cronies who forced us into difficult times to pad their pockets attached to Bush’s coat-tails on his way out, setting up an attrocity for McCain to overcome.

When Megan McCain said that her father’s Republican relationship with the Bush family was complicated, that’s the understatement of the election!

maverick muse on October 17, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Powell is for Powell is for whoever will hurt Bush for having hurt Powell. Powell is as bitter as they come.

Remember that it was Powell who KNEW Armitage was the source, yet in the middle of a war, Powell betrayed his country (along with Armitage and Fitzgerald, of course) by staying silent when they all knew Libby was innocent. And he was, he would have been proven to be also if Russert could have been cross-examined, which was not permitted. The truth died with him.

JustTruth101 on October 17, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Fantastic idea. The SNL crowd will see her human side and will help boost the McCain-Palin ratings. When a politician can poke fun at themselves, people tend to view them differently.

RMCS_USN on October 17, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Very classy the way Seth Myers made fun of the way McCain walks–McCain, the guy whose knee was destroyed in Vietnam. That was vile.

I actually like some of what SNL does, but these skits both sucked. What was up with that whole imaginary friend thing that went on forever? To be funny, satire has to have a basis in reality, but I just didn’t get that “joke”. Especially since Obama is the one who met Joe the Plumber, so how could he be a figment of McCain’s imagination? What am I missing here?

Never mind, I’ve already wasted too much of my life thinking about this.

On the exit question, however, I think it’s (probably) a good idea for Palin to go on there.

juliesa on October 17, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Terrible idea!!!

SNL will make her look like a dunce. She will play along, thinking it’s all in good fun. SNL will know they are in reality insulting her.

There are too many young people who think SNL is hard news. They believe Sarah is dumb and Hill is smart because that’s how SNL protrays them.

This will not be good.

SNL really may try to dump pig blood on her (a la “Carrie”.) Lord knows they could get away with it. Sarah would laugh it off and the public will think she’s a buffoon.

Lothar on October 17, 2008 at 1:50 PM

was the “crazy mccain lady” played by former cast member cheri oteri?

Opinionnation on October 17, 2008 at 2:50 PM

I thought SNL was doing a great job this election, until last night. Lat night I think they went over the line.

Cr4sh Dummy on October 17, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Palin’s appearance should be good. I don’t think it can possibly be a bad idea to get on TV and show you have a sense of humor about yourself. Americans love humility and this is the best possible showcase for some.

I’m guessing she’s gonna be doing Tina doing her? In other words, “I…can…see…Russia….from…my…..house”. I dunno. I don’t know how else she can lampoon herself and Tina Fey at the same time.

LibTired on October 17, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Hmmm… Does anyone think that the man who forced the mentally handicapped Jack Justice to vote for Obama will get the same play as “crazy McCain” lady?

RightWinged on October 17, 2008 at 4:22 PM

So, wait. 4 years ago EVERY DAMN liberal was saying Bush was the worst president since Hoover. Now somehow McCain running an attack in the same vein shows how out of touch he is? These people really think we don’t pay attention to their stupidity, don’t they?

brainy435 on October 18, 2008 at 12:05 AM