George Bush (Will Forte) versus John Kerry (Seth Meyers), 2004
Kerry is obsessed with Mary Cheney’s lesbianism. Bush’s attacks on tax hikes are plagued by fuzzy math.
Joe Biden (Jason Sudeikis) versus Sarah Palin (Tina Fey), 2008
Palin uses “maverick” as a noun, verb, adjective, and adverb. Biden calls Scranton a “hell hole.”
Republican primary debate, 2012
Mitt Romney admits he’s the Republican Forrest Gump. Michele Bachmann drops an elbow on Newt Gingrich.
Sadly, one of SNL‘s best all-time political debates isn’t available online: “Campaign ’92: The Race To Avoid Being The Guy Who Loses To Bush.” At the height of the first war in Iraq, H.W. Bush seemed invincible in the polls, and this sketch, which featured Kevin Nealon as Bill Bradley and Phil Hartman as Mario Cuomo, among others, showed each one trying to one-up the other in why they shouldn’t get the Democratic nomination. Bradley said he was just a dumb jock; Cuomo claimed personal ties to the mafia; and Tipper Gore explained that her husband couldn’t make the debate because he was at a gay porno theater with his kids.
Perhaps this sketch didn’t make the cut at NBC.com because history ultimately proved the elder Bush beatable and the man who did so wasn’t even in the public consciousness when it aired in 1991.
Which SNL debate do you think was the funniest? Was it because of the candidates themselves or the comedians playing them?