That SNL Skit That Went Missing For Days
Along with Tina Fey's version of Sarah Palin, Saturday Night Live (hereinafter SNL) last week had a sketch about the Democrats and their by-now well-known role in promoting subprime mortgages, as a way of making "home ownership within reach" of many who had no business being given such mortgages. The Congressional record shows the special fondness of some -- Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank -- for Fannie Mae and its machinations, especially under the plausible (Harvard-educated son of a black janitor, that is, Sentimental American Success Story) Franklin Raines. That fondness for Fannie Mae, and uneagerness to look into what it was doing, much less to regulate it more closely, was shared by Barack Obama -- in that past, so much of which he now chooses to elide or forget or pretend didn't matter --a fondness never shared, whatever his other economic-policy faults, by John McCain.
While Tina Fey's Palin was all over the Internet the other skit broadcast in the same SNL show -- the one in which Democrats were the well-deserved target -- disappeared from the Internet almost immediately. We are told that charges made of a Democratic or left-wing plot to keep that skit off the Internet are false, because SNL needed first to "change" something. Apparently that "change" consisted of little more than a single line being removed ("People who should be shot") from under the Sandler couple. (contributors to Moveon.org and a dozen other similar groups closely connected to Obama and to the Democrats). How strange that it should take a full five days for such a simple change to be made, and how curious that the single SNL skit skewering the Democrats should manage to re-appear on-line only the day after the Presidential debate in Nashville.
Posted on 10/08/2008 9:25 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald