The 2012 Republican Primary has been a beautiful thing for comedy writers. For months on end, it’s been providing consistent heaps of diversely fertile material. Heck, horny pizza baron Herman Cain alone could supply a year’s worth of Tonight Show monologues. So it was hardly a surprise when SNL‘s cold open went big to commemorate Rick Santorum’s effectively primary-ending concession speech.
Fittingly, the show brought back together the whole gang — Santorum, Cain, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, the indefatigable Newt Gingrich, and presumed winner Mitt Romney – to throw the primary an Irish wake. (Well, Irishish: Santorum ordered a chocolate milk from the bartender, while Romney opted for a glass of napkin.) The candidates sang revised refrains of Green Day’s “Good Riddance” and waxed nostalgic, and SNL, too, was genuinely sad to see the erratic, parody-ripe race come to an end. Fortunately, Bachmann had just the thing to cheer everyone up: Newsweek Face! READ FULL STORY