Dem. congressman not happy Sarah Palin was invited to SNL bash; should’ve kept it to himself!

One Democrat rep. who tried to hijack Sarah Palin’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th anniversary special learned Sunday night there really might be such a thing as bad publicity.

No doubt hoping to get his name noticed outside Memphis, Rep. Steve Cohen criticized the show for inviting Palin, ludicrously suggesting that the former Alaska governor, vice presidential candidate and walking cultural touchstone needs “SNL” to know she’s a relevant part of American life.

Someone could try to explain that Tina Fey’s impersonations of Sarah Palin in the 2008 election have become part of the show’s lore. And some might argue that Palin’s influence on the American political and social scene since that election have barely diminished (she’s still a coveted endorsement in any Republican primary.)

Others might wonder who the hell is asking such a stupid question.

(Steve Cohen? That Steve Cohen? From Tennessee’s vaunted 9th Congressional District?)

The aim was probably to induce a round of Palin-bashing responses, and maybe pick up Cohen a few more Twitter followers.

The result was mockery.

Cohen, Steve Cohen. From Tennessee’s vaunted 9th Congressional District.  You know, Memphis?

Somebody’s heard of him, anyway.

There were plenty more responses, none of them complimentary to Rep. Cohen, but this one sums it up pretty well.

Steve Cohen. Remember the name.

CORRECTION: This post originally identified Cohen’s home state incorrectly. He is from Tennessee’s vaunted 9th Congressional District. Not Kentucky’s.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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