“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.