John McCain and Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live

John McCain joined Tina Fey (playing Sarah Palin) on Saturday Night Live. The two opened the show in a skit in which they were appearing on GVC since they lacked the funds to purchase a spot on network television as Obama did last Wednesday. McCain explained, “Look, would I rather be on three major networks? Of course. But I’m a true maverick–a Republican without money.” Palin announced, “And, as part of our agreement with the QVC folks, we’re gonna try and sell you some stuff.” Palin sold a set of Joe Dolls: Joe the Plumber, Joe Six Pack, and Joe Biden. Pull Biden’s string and he talks (endlessly). Cindy McCain also appeared briefly to demonstrate the product when John McCain sold “McCain Fine-Gold” jewelry. Ultimately Sarah Palin went rogue and offered a Palin 2012 shirt, requesting that purchasers wait until after Tuesday to wear it. The video of the skit is below:

McCain also appeared on Weekend Update as he explained his final campaign strategies to Seth Meyers:

“I thought I might try a strategy called the Reverse Maverick,’’ Mr. McCain told his interviewer. “That’s where I do whatever anybody tells me. I don’t ask questions, I just go with the flow. If that doesn’t work, I go to the Double Maverick. That’s where I go totally berserk and just freak everybody out. Even the regular mavericks.’’

McCain also mentioned other possible strategies including “Forrest Gump” and “The Sad Grandpa Strategy.” The full video is below:

McCain has consistently done the best of the major political candidates appearing on Saturday Night Live. I have more on his previous SNL sketches here. Perhaps McCain has a new career to fall back on should he lose both the presidential race and lose his Senate seat, which appears to be a real possibility in 2010

The show also featured guest host Ben Affleck mocking Keith Olbermann. In the opening monolog Afflect described his history of backing politicians, including Jimmy Carter’s reelection bid against Ronald Reagan, Paul Tsongas in 1992, Al Gore in 2000, and  John Kerry in 2004. In light of the outcomes of those races, he felt that the best thing he could do for the Democratic Party this year would be to endorse John McCain.

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    JohnD says:

    The star of this SNL episode was Afleck hammering Olbermann.  It was awesome.  Olbermann sprews hate and hot gas better than Krakatoa ever dreamed.  All of the satire was right on the mark.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Not so much “hate and hot gas” as justified indignation at what has happened in this country under George Bush. We could have used more such indignation from more sources. If we had, perhaps the country wouldn’t have wound up in such a mess.

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    JohnD says:

    I’m not disagreeing that W blew it.  Olbermann, however behaves like a child in a candy fueled temper tantrum who’s had his stash taken away.   He’s overly divisive and America needs healing not further dividing.  He and O’Reilly are cut from the same molds, only different philosophies.  Both are bad for America.  More moderation and discussion will get America in a better place faster than ego filled rants.

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