October 20, 2002


SENATOR LOOK-AT-ME: Becoming the first sitting Senator to host Saturday Night Live was an obvious manifestation of John McCain's attention-avarice, but it was pretty entertaining. It was odd to see McCain-as-Ashcroft sending up anti-libertarianism-- this from a guy who's made prior restraint of political speech a personal crusade. The Meet the Press sketch was entertaining, though Russert's questions about McCain's presidential ambitions were on odd target for satire. In real life it was a perfectly fair question, and Russert wasn't being obsessive, as in the sketch-- he really did catch McCain waffling. And the McCain-Sings-Streisand sketch ("Do I know how to sing? About as well as she knows how to govern America") had one major flaw: McCain's singing wasn't nearly bad enough.

Oddly enough, the best sketch of the night, the dead-on send-up of Lifetime original movies, could have been done with almost any male host.

Posted by John Tabin at October 20, 2002 02:44 PM