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Saturday Night Live Bids Farewell To The Election Season And Mitt Romney

Submitted by on November 12, 2012 – 11:27 am2 Comments

Tuesday wasn’t only the end for Mitt Romney; it was also the beginning of the end for the countless comedy writers who have just been coasting off of Republican presidential candidates for over a year now. In the very first sketch of the post-election season, Saturday Night Live gave Romney a sentimental send-off, showing the former Massachusetts governor drowning his sorrows in milk:

I’d say SNL nailed this one, filling their mockery with sympathy and even admiration for the target. They even squeeze in a few final jokes about the seemingly interchangeable Romney sons, and Paul Ryan‘s fitness (“I’d like to see him carry Wisconsin!”).

In time, history might remember Romney just as the man at the head of “[one] of the most cynical, dishonest and disreputable presidential campaigns in modern American history“, the candidate of “47%” and “Corporations are people;” but in the wake of the election, several comedians latched onto the notion of such a sober, cheerfully aloof man dealing with such a defeat. The Onion‘s article about Romney crying at his father’s grave was outright harsh. On election night, comedians on Twitter said that Romney must be pooping for the first time in weeks and that reserved Ann Romney would be “RELENTLESS with the help tomorrow about which throw pillows go where.”

All of these jokes revolve around the Romneys’ lack of really outrageous anger. If Newt Gingrich or Michele Bachmann had been the candidate, I don’t think their loss would have elicited so much sympathy.

What’s been your favorite post-election humor?

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