"Are you someone who likes fine jewelry and also respects a politician who can reach across the aisle? If so, you can't go wrong with McCain Fine Gold," quips John McCain as faux QVC infomercial host of "Washington Outsider Jewelry Extravaganza" on Saturday Night Live last night. With wife Cindy standing by her man, McCain delivered the punchline with perfect pitch: "It commemorates the McCain/Feingold act and also looks great with evening wear." Watch video here and backstage clips here, including "My favorite thing probably I've ever done, Streisand" as Yentl: "Pretty annoying, huh? Now you know how I feel."
With perfect comic timing and fiscal discipline, Navy flyboy Johnny McCain got inside his profligate, public-funding-turncoat adversary's OODA loop on Saturday Night Live last night [watch here], shooting Red-Diaper Baby Barry Obama's multi-million-dollar "Sally Struthers of our national conscience" prime-time infomercial blitz — the yawner that delayed the start of the World Series broadcast — out of the sky without spending a penny for air time:
John McCain as himself: The final days of any election are the most essential. Last Wednesday, Barack Obama purchased air time on three major networks. We, however, can only afford [TV home shopping network] QVC … so tonight we come before you with some final remarks on our campaign.
Tina Fey as Sarah Palin: And as part of our agreement with the QVC folks, we're gonna try and sell you some stuff.
McCain: This has been an historic campaign, so why not remember it with our line of collectible products … Look. Would I rather be on three major networks? Of course, but I'm a true maverick, a Republican without money.
"It's like the old days, when it actually was a funny show," writes our imail correspondent:
She: I'm really pleased if this was scripted by SNL. They used to poke fun at BOTH sides. For the last 20 years, they have been grim, in the tank, NOT FUNNY. Who would have thought that a little under a year ago, our toes curled at the thought of a McCain presidency?
We: They realize that Sarah saved their a**!
She: The interviewer [in the must-view "SNL Backstage" video with John and Cindy] as much as said it, re: saving their a**.
We: It's the capitalism, stupid!
Update: We love TigerHawk's take:
You have to hand it to John McCain. He's still having fun.
And speaking of still having fun, there's a radiant look of pure joy about our man Joey Lieberman, beaming as he stands behind his man on the campaign trail today. Are internal polls whispering sweet nothings in his ear? We liked the sound of the latest IBD/TIPP Tracking Poll:
The race tightened again Sunday as independents who'd been leaning to Obama shifted to McCain to leave that key group a toss-up. McCain also pulled even in the Midwest, moved back into the lead with men, padded his gains among Protestants and Catholics, and is favored for the first time by high school graduates.
Protestants and Catholics, sure, but high school graduates? God truly does move in "a mysterious way, his wonders to perform."