“Maybe it’s going to take comedians to do the job that cable news has relinquished for so much of the campaign.” - From POLITICO
But heading into Saturday, the biggest drama is how Baldwin and SNL will parody the GOP nominee: Will they mock his sniffles?
And it was Tina Fey as Sarah Palin who claimed, “I can see Russia from my house,” not Palin.
The skewering tradition dates all the way back to Chevy Chase’s 1976 portrayal of President Gerald Ford as a klutz, and Jon Lovitz’s disbelief, as Michael Dukakis in 1988, that “I can’t believe I’m losing to this guy.” In 2000, Al Gore’s own advisers made him watch Darrell Hammond’s stilted, stiff, sighing impersonation of his debate performances to show Gore how poorly he was coming off to others.
“I think SNL — frankly, a lot of the comedy in the country — matters because my kids are in their 20s and they don’t get traditional news,” said Sen.
As Fey, whose portrayal of Palin is widely seen as among the most politically impactful in SNL history, said in a 2003 interview, “I loved Will Ferrell’s Bush impersonation, but sometimes I wonder if it might’ve helped Bush win the election.