Last night, Saturday Night Live could have chosen to take on the declared candidates in the Republican debate on Thursday. But who wants to waste time making fun of politicians most people have never heard of? Instead, SNL turned its skills of mockery to the GOP's undeclared candidates: Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and ... the Rent Is Too Damn High guy?
Each one offered up at least one signature line during the debate:
Mitt Romney: "I've been smiling for the last four years, but I haven't been happy once."
Newt Gingrich: "I love the '90s."
Michele Bachmann: "I'm hoping to establish a 'Fatal Attraction' situation with America."
Sarah Palin: "I just hope that the lamestream media won't twist my words by repeating them verbatim."
Donald Trump: "This is a great time for this nation's greatest man: Me."
The comedy world's stereotypes about these candidates are now official:
Romney is an elitist who can't connect; Gingrich is stuck in the past; Bachmann is a crazy obsessive; Palin is just someone who wants to be a celebrity; and Trump is a megalomaniac.
Of these caricatures, Bachmann's is probably the most unfair (she's clearly not actually crazy) and Trump's is probably the most fair (he's quite likely a megalomaniac). Each character, though, is funny and plays on a perception of the candidate's weaknesses.
Fox News host Shepard Smith even caught a joke:
"I'm Shepard Smith: my voice is both reassuring and deeply unsettling," he said.