As always, SNL has tackled what's going on in the American political scene in its skits. SNL has always loved to do this, since its creation. Recent SNL skits have had their fair share of material choose from, giving especially the recent Republican candidates coming forward. Last weekend on SNL, Republican John Huntsman even made an appearance on Weekend Update, showing he was not afraid to poke fun at himself. He wasn't the only Republican getting in on the SNL skits, however. Another one of these recent SNL skits featured a parody of frontrunner Mitt Romney, shown in another skit. In that one, the SNL skit had Romney trying to reform his "boring" image.
He said at one point during the recent SNL skit that he had more skeletons in his closet than that other infamous candidate, Herman Cain, comparing theirs and calling his a "graveyard."
Other recent SNL skits, as is their tradition, have taken shots at nearly every major player on the political scene at the moment. And given the array of people at their avail, SNL has had their work cut for them on their recent skits. The Republican candidates have come up with great fodder for these recent SNL skits, appearing on pretty much every episode this season.
Rick Perry, for example, has been caricatured on this show as well. Of course, Perry hasn't helped his own cause in this matter. Bill Haden has used the SNL Weekend Update skit to show up the governor, who caught some flack for not being able to remember his answers on a recent debate. Not to be outdone of course, Herman Cain was done up in a recent SNL skit by Kenan Thompson.
Republican candidates have not been safe and neither have any of the sitting Democrats, to be fair, have also been target for these kind of skits. Fred Armisen portrays the sometimes befuddled President Obama on the show, though not quite as befuddled, as, say, Will Ferrell's legendary George Bush impressions on the SNL skits. And as the upcoming presidential election approaches, these skits are bound to get more and more frequent on SNL.
The arguably most popular SNL skit of lately, featuring these Republican candidates, was one featuring such classics as Donald Trump and Sarah Palin towards the beginning of 2011-2012 season. Tina Fey came back onto SNL as Sarah Palin, her most famous role to date. That skit helped open the 36th anniversary of the show. Of course, at this time the presidential candidate field was more widespread, but as the real primaries come closer to light, more are dropping from the race and thus not appearing as characters on the show.
Alec Baldwin, one of the most common and popular guest hosts, made a memorable appearance on the recent SNL skits as the aforementioned Rick Perry. In that particular skit, the previously alluded to opening debate skit, Alec Baldwin hit the nail on the Rick Perry head. One quote from that skit: "Can you speak for 10 seconds without alienating your base?"
We will see only more of these kind of SNL skits skewering the Republican candidates as the race gets nearer, inevitably.