Saturday, July 27, 2002

JOHN MCCAIN, Democratic Senator, oops, er ah, I mean, of course, Republican Senator from Arizona, has jumped at the chance to appear on Saturday Night Live, October 12, this Fall. McCain, whose recent voting record and political alliances place him to the left of many Senate Democrats, can be expected to be part of a new series of SNL parodies of President Bush. Let me make one thing clear here. I'm not at all opposed to Saturday Night Live's right and duty to spoof, satirize, and poke fun at any public figure or policy. As with England's venerable Punch magazine, political and cultural satire is SNL's job and hardly anyone on American television does it better. None-the-less, SNL is a questionable forum for a United States senator, even granting that Senator McCain would scarcely be the first prominent politician to appear on the program. Perhaps looking ahead to a new career once his days on Capitol Hill are over, the budding Arizona Thespian may be simply seeking an opportunity to hone his stage skills since he admits "... there's a fine line between political theater and theater..." However, this admission of his personal view of politics doesn't absolve the Senator from the responsibility of acting with the dignity of the office to which the increasingly embarassed Arizona voters elected him. Since McCain's oath to uphold the Constitution didn't stop him from urging the passage of the very unconstitutional McCain-Feingold Bill and trampling on the First Amendment's protection of political speech, it's a bit scary to imagine where he might draw the line on Saturday Night Live. Will the honorable Senator climb through an SNL set window wearing a killer bee outfit? Perhaps he will do a samurai spoof using a Japanese katana ala the late John Belushi. Personally, I'm holding out some hope that the clever SNL writers and crew may convince the Senator to do a Gilda Radner skit. For those too young to remember, the late Miss Radner was at her Saturday Night Live best while playing the role of an irate citizen who had been given television time to comment on some current issue. While Radner ranted on, it was painfully and hilariously obvious to the viewer that she completely misunderstood the issues, the problems and had, at best, only a tenuous grasp on reality. The sad thing is that the Gilda Radner role would indeed be an appropriate role, not for a United States senator, but for Arizona's John McCain.

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