SNL’s anti-Obama tidings have been visible for some time ... Perhaps that’s because the show, fat and rich in its old age, reflects the politics of its executive producer, Lorne Michaels, who maxed out to McCain in 08. Granted, he also gave to Obama–but not until the general election. His heart was with McCain from the beginning–he was a donor way back in 2000, too–and seems like it still might be. Or perhaps the Obama fatigue that has occurred is hard to mine for comedy. Better to stick to the easy yet facile right wing arguments–we owe the Chinese money!–than engage with anything a bit complicated.
Whatever the case, SNL is now an anti-Obama conservative comedy show. It’s certainly better than Fox’s ill-fated attempt to make a right-wing Daily Show. But conservative is what it is.