SNL Benghazi Skit Mismatches Members, Nameplates

Posted May 13, 2013 at 11:17am

“Saturday Night Live” had some fun with last week’s marathon Benghazi hearing, marrying House Republicans’ fervor for media attention with the basic tenet of sweeps week programming, like stunt casting:

We can’t quibble with the logic of exploiting newsmakers to make people notice what’s happening on Capitol Hill — frustrated conservatives bemoaned the same. But shame on NBC for mixing and matching the major players and nameplates in the SNL cold open.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., (played by Kenan Thompson) is indeed the ranking member for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, but in the skit his character is sitting with a nameplate that identifies him as Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash.

Another silly snafu: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., (played by Taran Killam) is sitting behind a nameplate that identifies him as Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.

To the folks at SNL: The new “Congress at Your Fingertips” by CQ Roll Call is out. Give us a holler and we’ll send you a copy.