‘Herman Cain’ and ‘Mitt Romney’ make appearances on Saturday Night Live

AFTERNOON BREAK

Nothing says campaign season like Saturday Night Live skits. So far, they have nailed Rick Perry’s sleepy-time performance, Herman Cain’s preacherly Southern cadence, and Mitt Romney’s perfectionist persona.

Saturday they spoofed the Bloomberg News/Washington Post debate (ouch!), and nailed the low-key, conversation about serious things around a wooden table vibe of that debate.

How did it rate?

Weakest Performance goes to the actress playing the debate moderator, Vanessa Bayer, for fumbling her words.

Weakest, Too-Easy-Joke premise goes to former Sen. Rick Santorum (Andy Samberg) in a gay bar. We get it, but it’s not really funny. In a (real) New Hampshire interview, Santorum said that the skit amounted to bullying, according to The Hill. Sense of humor much?

Best Golum look-alike-goes to Paul Brittain’s take on Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Nice Try award goes to Bill Hader as Rick Perry. Hader does creepy well, but doesn’t capture Perry just yet.

Tie for best performances go to Kenan Thompson as Herman Cain as he mocks the now-ubiquitous 9-9-9 tax reform plan of the former Godfather’s CEO.

“I never thought that I would be taken...seriously. So I never thought that anyone would look...at...it... The original goal of the 9-9-9 plan was to get me a show on Fox News. At 9.”

And Jason Sudekis, who channels the 1950s, all-will-be-well-swagger of Mitt Romney just perfectly: “It’s time to settle. And nothing says you’re settling like Mitt Romney”

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Nia-Malika Henderson is a political reporter for The Fix.

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