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.
Watching @nbcsnl 40 yr reunion . Lifetime fan looking forward to show BUT Sarah Palin ! Why perpetuate in her mind that she is relevant ?
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) February 16, 2015
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.
@RepCohen <—— Who is this? Oh that’s right, some one irrelevant of whom no one’s heard.
— Sweater Yams (@Sweater_Yams_) February 16, 2015
— Wendyن (@WBVT_98FM) February 16, 2015
Cohen, Steve Cohen. From Tennessee’s vaunted 9th Congressional District. You know, Memphis?
— Single Barrel Con (@ChampionCapua) February 16, 2015
— Michael (@CoolChange80) February 16, 2015
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.
— ERIK (@vada_nick) February 16, 2015
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.
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