Watch SNL Skewer the Democrats' Dysfunction

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Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images
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Saturday Night Live is back and for the first time in at least four years, it took aim at the Democrats. The cold open was a proper skewering of the dysfunction currently afflicting the party, thanks to disagreements among moderates and progressives. Joe Biden, played by new featured player James Austin Johnson, confronted the chaos like a cheerful camp counselor. Johnson’s Biden is more self-aware and less bizarre than Jim Carey’s, but it still pulls most of its jokes from Biden’s blue collar roots. “I’m like an oil change. You don’t think about me until you absolutely have to,” joked Johnson’s Biden.

Biden then introduced the main thorns in his side: Sen. Krysten Sinema, Sen. Joe Manchin, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Each character was given their own one-liner, and some worked better than others. Ilhan Omar’s ”I was designed in a lab to give Tucker Carlson a heart attack” and Joe Manchin’s “I’m a Democrat from West Virginia. If I vote for electric cars, they’re gonna kill me” were the two best. Kyrsten Sinema, played by an over-the-top Cecily Strong, and Rep. Ocasio Cortez, Melissa Villaseñor, didn’t get similarly clever treatments, though Strong tried desperately to make her material seem funnier than it was.

But the sketch’s best line belonged to President Biden. It came when he referred to Sen. Joe Manchin, played effectively by Aidy Bryant who has mastered the art of playing delusional, male politicians (for more evidence see her past performances as Ted Cruz), as “the de-facto president of the United States.”

“It’s funny,” as the old adage says, “because it’s true.”

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