Video: The exquisite timing of SNL

posted at 1:15 pm on January 10, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Do you think Harry Reid was watching SNL last night? Obviously the writers concocted this sketch before anyone knew about Reid’s remarks in the Halperin/Heileman book being released tomorrow, but they couldn’t have timed this any better if they had tried. I imagine that Lorne Michael’s staff was doing some high-fives when the news broke yesterday, knowing this was running after the football game:

That’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in years on SNL. In fact, I could easily have seen South Park doing this same exact skit, with Randy as MacGruber. I expect that Trey and Matt may have something coming up in March that’s more specific to Reid.


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Who knew that MacGruber was a raaaaacist?

Sir Charles, the Round Mound of Rebound, that’s who.

hillbillyjim on January 10, 2010 at 3:52 PM

I always wondered what Reid was doing back in the 80s.

forest on January 10, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Not so sure I’d high five the SNL team for their ‘prescience’ on this one – it’s merely the flip side of stereotyping, with the white characterization taking the slam.

As ‘applies’ to Dingy Harry – not really in agreement that this is analagous to the kind of racism Harry is guilty of – Harry’s racism wasn’t stupidity directed at a single individual (Skippy), but the classic liberal disguise of racism through lowered expectation based upon race, and the liberal perception that everyone’s a racist, and as such, is an exploitable political situation. The knee jerk reaction is that Dingy Harry used the term Negro, and made reference to skin shading – but his underlying points are what is far more insidious imho, demonstrative of the machiavellian approach towards the strategy of exploiting racial animus (real or imagined) for political gain – which, as non-PC as it may be to frankly discuss, was a central (but never honestly or directly addressed) theme of the Obama campaign. Examples? Using the charge of racism in broad brush strokes to confound and distract the opposition, while at the same time using clearly racial ‘insider’ material to encourage or inflame supporters – slamming, directly or by proxy, with charges of racism, while making racially charged appeals. The best of both worlds.

This is what Reid alluded to, in a complimentary or appreciative manner – and is a huge factor in the ‘sweep it under the rug’ reaction from the Administration, as well as the deafening silence from the left, who completely understand how this game is played -

Which Ed, in ‘connecting’ the SNL skit to Reid’s comments, has, I submit, just demonstrated a certain obtuseness (or if you want to say it lack of nuance about. . .

Wind Rider on January 10, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Really? They think the Huffers are too extreme, or not extreme enough?

juliesa on January 10, 2010 at 3:49 PM

The main debate as it relates to Huffpo seems to be centered around the (not unreasonable) idea that the site has no credibility on science whatsoever.

As always, the more sensible people are skeptical of a blog being any better than Wikipedia for credibility in general, but apparently the main issue is that Huffpo has sided with the anti-vaccination crowd one too many times to dismiss.

Dark-Star on January 10, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Wind Rider on January 10, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Excellent analysis. A lot of this crap succeeds because people are unwilling to defy social pressures and be honest about what is really at work here.

Django on January 10, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Reid will be endorsed by every racialist group in Nevada. They’ll all fall in line for him. Racist comments can only be made by conservatives.

Mojave Mark on January 10, 2010 at 4:17 PM

That has got to be one of the funniest things I have seen in years!

JellyToast on January 10, 2010 at 4:18 PM

I am so glad you have the clip..I was telling my sister that it was the funniest skit they have had since Peyton Manning was on!

Pam on January 10, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Dark-Star on January 10, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Ah. Well, they’re right about that. I look at the Huffers’ “Green” page fairly often, and it’s really dumbed down for the most part.

juliesa on January 10, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Wind Rider is correct. Harry Reid didn’t mean any disrespect to Obama per se, but instead was totally defaming the voting public. Not only did he infer that we are a racist nation, but stupid as well. Because only a “light-skinned black man” with a non-black dialect (whatever that means in his twisted mind) would be able to fool the average voter into electing him.

Harry Reid was certainly projecting his own bias on those of us he obviously feels hold his same values.

Disgusting.

wordsmithy2009 on January 10, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Completely offset with the weekend update where Bush, Cheney, Guiliani and the CIA were blamed for anything and everything. Not a peep about Dear Leader.

BowHuntingTexas on January 10, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Did anyone else catch that when he said “Jew” it was dubbed. I wonder what he said the first time around?

- The Cat

MirCat on January 10, 2010 at 7:05 PM

I’m reading the news backwards, from today to yesterday, but from what I heard about Reid, I’m loving it.

madmonkphotog on January 10, 2010 at 7:33 PM

It’s kinda odd that Charles “I was a Republican til they lost their minds” Barkley was in it. Since he switched parties and is now a Jeremiah Wright Democrat, I wonder what he really thought.

And SNL hasn’t been funny since the exit of Sandler and Farley.

Lothar on January 10, 2010 at 7:42 PM

ha ha Hey he’s got a gun! Macgruber what a knucklehead!

sonnyspats1 on January 10, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Grrr – I’m in the Philippines and can’t Hulu.

Summary, or transcript, anyone?

Timothy S. Carlson on January 10, 2010 at 8:28 PM

KS Rex on January 10, 2010 at 2:00 PM

He could have meant his other bro, Da-RELL.

Barnestormer on January 10, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Hah, Harry hit it dead nuts. Obama is the Tiger Woods of politics: “light skinned African American with no discernible negro accent”. He fooled most Americans and the majority of the country loved him regardless of their ethnicity. But in the the end he was a phony liar with no principles. We can only hope we can witness his cataclysmic fall from grace as well.

Alden Pyle on January 10, 2010 at 8:56 PM

We still keep missing the important part of what Reid said…”with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Is he saying that Obama utilizes a phoney hip hop street talk or whatever when “he wanted to have one?” Are there instances of Obama doing this when he talks to mostly Black groups?

Deanna on January 10, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Are there instances of Obama doing this when he talks to mostly Black groups?

Deanna on January 10, 2010 at 9:12 PM

What is more offensive – when Obama does it, or when Hillary does it (like she did during the primaries, when stumping in front of mostly black crowds)?

_ALL_ of the politicians need to be thrown out and we need a do over – without all of the alliances to special interests. The only ‘special interest’ they should have is America in general and the American People, as a group, in particular.

Timothy S. Carlson on January 10, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Saturday Night Live Serendipity!

canopfor on January 10, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Are there instances of Obama doing this when he talks to mostly Black groups?

Deanna on January 10, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Yes. I don’t know if he still does it, but for some black groups he used to put on an accent that was sort of MLK-ish, for want of a better description. He’d say “dignity” as “dignitih”, for example.

juliesa on January 10, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Reid in a dewrag is what I wanna see.

And unemployment line.

profitsbeard on January 10, 2010 at 10:24 PM

What I walked away from this skit is that if you have a guy in charge of dismantling a terrorist threat, this guy shouldn’t be so caught up in political correctness or the game is over.

Electrongod on January 10, 2010 at 2:04 PM

That’s what I got from the clip.

I’ve seen some funny SNL clips but this wasn’t one of them.

Conservative Samizdat on January 10, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Yep, it was very funny.

packsoldier on January 10, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Is he saying that Obama utilizes a phoney hip hop street talk or whatever when “he wanted to have one?” Are there instances of Obama doing this when he talks to mostly Black groups?

Deanna on January 10, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Yes and yes.

AZCoyote on January 11, 2010 at 6:35 AM

I wonder if President Barack Hussein Obama thought it was funny?

Bishop on January 10, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Who cares? That guy has absolutely no sense of humor.

I see that he’s not the only one. :)

baldilocks on January 11, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Not only did he infer that we are a racist nation, but stupid as well.

After the Jeremiah Wright thing, I question the intellect of any white person who voted for Obama; like cutting your own throats.

Because only a “light-skinned black man” with a non-black dialect (whatever that means in his twisted mind) would be able to fool the average [liberal]voter into electing him.

wordsmithy2009 on January 10, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Let’s be real here: many black people have a distintive accent and some can turn it on and off; I can. And many whites who voted for Obama did so because he seemed to be the un-Jesse Jackson/the un-NBA player….and those who suffer from white guilt wanted to be free of it.

baldilocks on January 11, 2010 at 12:23 PM

That was totally f’ing stupid!!! I saw NOTHING funny in that at all! They have not had a good skit since Eddy Murphy was part of the cast!

Confederate on January 11, 2010 at 2:32 PM

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