Among the many things “Saturday Night Live” missed during its summer hiatus are several rounds of Democratic debates, which means the sketch comedy show has yet to mine the party’s crowded roster for comedy gold.

That will change on Saturday when SNL launches its 45th season (with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish). But since we’ve spent several months getting to know the Democratic contenders, we have thoughts on the cast members (and bicoastal actors) that could portray them this season.

Our picks are presented below, with little regard for whether said actor is actually available. SNL is clearly open to guest stars, so we’re dreaming big. Since not all of the candidates will make it to the fourth-round debate stage come October, we’ve limited our list to those who have already made the cut and a few others with obvious SNL counterparts and/or comedic potential.

Kamala D. Harris

Maya Rudolph is a master impressionist, but she doesn’t need to be to play California’s former attorney general. The resemblance alone makes this one a no-brainer.

Joe Biden

Jason Sudeikis has long played the former vice president on SNL. And given that he’s already worked with Rudolph on the show, the Biden-Harris battles could be in full comedic swing if the show takes our advice.

Elizabeth Warren

Kate McKinnon is Warren, okay? From the raspy voice to the overall aesthetic, we’re not going to mess with this one.

Tulsi Gabbard

Cecily Strong and Melissa Villaseñor are two obvious in-house picks to play the Democratic lawmaker from Hawaii.

Marianne Williamson

Williamson hasn’t yet made the cut for the fourth Democratic debate, but we still hope SNL finds a way to put the “orb queen” — dubbed a “spiritual legend” by Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand — in a skit with easily flustered Goop staffer Baskin Johns. We’ve already seen McKinnon pull off a pretty great impersonation, but we simply can’t lose her as Warren. The good news is: New SNL hire Chloe Fineman has already been working on her Williamson impression — and could probably pass for the author with the right wig. But our pie-in-the-sky pick would be — hear us out — Susan Lucci, of “All My Children” fame.

Lucci has a history with SNL — she poked fun at her notorious Emmy losing streak while hosting the show in 1990, and she was portrayed by then-cast member Vanessa Bayer in a 2013 sketch that played up the soap legend’s penchant for drama. We think Lucci could tweak her voice slightly to match Williamson’s distinct lilt, which has been described as sounding like “someone who just dumped Humphrey Bogart.” If not, maybe Bernadette Peters could lend a voice-over?

Cory Booker

Cast member Chris Redd has played the New Jersey senator before, but Booker seems to think he resembles Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson. Honestly, we don’t mind the comparison — especially since Johnson has expressed presidential aspirations of his own.

And, as Mashable pointed out, the wrestler-turned-actor already has a knack for presidential speech: Check out his thoughtful explanation of why native Hawaiian protesters are fighting the construction of a $1.4 billion telescope at the summit of Hawaii’s highest mountain.

Bernie Sanders

Larry David, obviously.

Andrew Yang

New SNL hire Bowen Yang is an obvious choice to play the tech entrepreneur. Even the Democratic hopeful thinks so.

It’s also worth noting that over the summer, Simu Liu, the Canadian actor set to play Shang-Chi in Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” made it known he’s just waiting for the call.

Amy Klobuchar

We’re going with former cast member Rachel Dratch, who already played Klobuchar in a memorable cold open mocking Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing.

Pete Buttigieg

Buttigieg already has a definitive doppelganger, but it might be difficult for the head coach of the Boston Celtics to get to 30 Rockefeller on a semiregular basis. So, our vote goes to Adam Scott, who doesn’t exactly resemble the South Bend, Ind., mayor but essentially portrayed him on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.”

Beto O’Rourke

SNL’s Alex Moffat, best known for his less-than-flattering Eric Trump impression, already kind of looks like the former Texas congressman, so he could probably easily transform into the music-playing pol.

Julián Castro


Tom Steyer

The billionaire philanthropist — who did not qualify for the third debate earlier this month but has already met the criteria for the fourth — kind of resembles SNL’s longtime exec producer Lorne Michaels.

This post has been updated.

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