Not Flip-Flopping…Pandering

by arianne

Last night on Saturday Night Live they did a spoof of last week’s debate. They had Dubya saying over and over “its hard…this job…so hard…” and Kerry saying “When I said I was against the war in Iraq, I was speaking to an anti-war group. When I said I was for the war, I was speaking to a pro-war group. That’s not flip-flopping, that’s pandering”. [SNL's site is painfully not up to date...if they ever get a vid clip, I'll post it here]

SNL has such a great way of breaking things down to the lowest denominator, and they did it again last night.

They also had a very short Dubya behind a tall podium, reenacting how off balance the two candidates looked (Kerry looked tall and more visually confident in comparison) in the spilt screen shots. While watching this skit here at the beach (where we are “getting away” this weekend, hilarity ensued.

SNL is always much more funny after some wine and a few homemade margaritas with little miniature limes on the rim.

Update-Here’s the transcript of the portion of the skit I was referring to:

“Lehrer”: “With that, this debate comes to a close. Each candidate will now make a brief closing statement. Senator Kerry?”

“Kerry”: “You know, this president likes to talk about how I called Iraq the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time. That a few days later, how I said that anyone who doesn’t think the world is a safer place without Saddam Hussein isn’t fit to be commander in chief. But what he doesn’t tell you is that when I denounce the war in Iraq, I was speaking to an anti-war group. And when I endorsed the war, I was addressing to a pro-war delegation from the UGA. The fact of the matter is, I have consistently supported the war in front of pro-war audiences, and condemned it when speaking to groups that oppose it. That is not flip-flopping, that is pandering, and Americans deserve a president who knows the difference! Thank you.”

“Lehrer”: “President Bush?”

“Bush”: “September 11 changed how America must look at the world. I wake up everyday and work hard, thinking about how to protect America. That’s my job. And it’s hard. It’s hard work. Frankly, I don’t know why my opponent even wants this job. Cause it’s hard. A lot of people, working at meetings, it’s hard work.”


Hat tip: Unconventional Wisdom [where you can read the whole skit]

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