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Uploaded on May 23, 2011
SNL Politics: Season 36 Review http://www.snlpolitics.com/ SNL ended its 36th Season with a show that reminded me of the old saying, "The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about," which in this case would refer to the Republican Party. In a week that saw the withdrawal of both Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee from the race for the Republican Nomination for President, and the self destruction of Newt Gingrich's campaign, the show completely ignored everything to do with Politics. Justin Timberlake turned in a brilliant performance as Host, often assisted by the show's Musical guest Lady GaGa, delivering the highest rated show of this past season, without the benefit of any teasing of the GOP and their inability to produce any excitement in their challenge to President Obama's re-election.
Or in other words, the only thing worse than being laughed at is not being laughed at.
No one's laughing at Tim Pawlenty or Mitt Romney or Ron Paul or any of the other declared GOP candidates because nobody really knows or cares about them. And sure, Newt Gingrich is good for a laugh line or two, but only in a sad pathetic kind of way. Truth to tell, the best news that the GOP and SNL could have gotten was a report this weekend that Sarah Palin is believed to be buying a house in Scottsdale Arizona, from where she might launch a campaign for the Presidency or one of Arizona's soon to be vacant Senate Seats. In which case you could expect to see a lot more coverage of the GOP candidates both on SNL and in the mainstream news media.
And as for President Obama, well, he's off touring Europe and enjoying the best of both worlds. The show regularly trots out Fred Armisen to impersonate him, but never with anything approached the laugh levels that were greeted by Will Ferrel's George W. Bush, Phil Hartman's Bill Clinton, or Dana Carvey's George Bush senior. A straight man to the end, Barack Obama seems poised to have the last laugh next season, just as he did this past one.