Sunday, November 02, 2008

McCain on ‘Saturday Night Live’

I suppose the notion behind McCain's appearance on Saturday Night Live is supposed to tell us all that he is a good egg, capable of laughing at himself. But, like Palin's own appearance on this show a couple of weeks ago, one couldn't help but think that there was an air of desperation about his agreeing to appear on national television - next to someone clearly mocking his running mate - in the very last days of a long campaign.

They played with the idea of Palin running in 2012, and John laughed along with the rest of us, but the fact that we know that this is something which Palin would dearly love to happen left me wondering what exactly he was laughing at. After all the thing that makes most of us laugh is just how unprepared she is for the job that McCain put her forward for.

“This past Wednesday Barack Obama purchased airtime on three major networks,’’ Mr. McCain intoned. “We, however, can only afford QVC.”

“So tonight we come before you to give you some final remarks on our campaign,’’ he said.

His pseudo Palin, Ms. Fey, then said: “And, as part of our agreement with the QVC folks, we’re gonna try and sell you some stuff.’’

They went on to sell knives for cutting pork; 10 commemorative plates celebrating the 10 joint town-hall-style meetings he wanted to hold with Mr. Obama (which were blank, since Mr. Obama did not agree to the proposal), and jewelry called McCain Fine Gold (say it fast; get it?), ably displayed by Cindy McCain.

Ms. Fey even poked fun at reports of strife between Ms. Palin and Mr. McCain, telling the camera quietly, “OK, listen up everybody, I’m going rogue right now, so keep your voices down,’’ and offering “PALIN 2012” T-shirts.

He's taking part in sketches which highlight the troubles in his own campaign with Palin going "rogue", but the trouble with this line of comedy for McCain is that she is going rogue.

I can see why we find it funny, but why does John McCain?

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