“SNL” kicked off this week’s episode with a cold open sketch about Senate Republicans partying in their locker room after confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite sexual assault accusations and concerns about his judicial temperament after his Senate hearing last week.
“There are a lot of pacemakers being put to the test tonight,” joked “SNL” cast member Heidi Gardner as CNN correspondent Dana Bash.
The old people jokes kept coming when Gardner’s Bash interviewed Mitch McConnell, as played by cast member Beck Bennett, asking him how if he was proud of the victory.
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“Oh, hell yeah, Dana. Oh, yeah, Republicans read the mood of the country,” Bennett’s McConnell said. “And we could tell that people really wanted Kavanaugh. Everyone is pumped from white men over 60 to white men over 70.”
Then Bash asked McConnell to “put this victory in context.”
“Oh, it’s up there with Vietnam for sure. I mean this could be historic,” Bennett’s McConnell said.
The “SNL” cold open delivered some burns for Maine senator Susan Collins, of course.
“The last thing I wanted was to make this about me,” said Collins, who was played by Cecily Strong. “That’s why I told everyone to tune in at 3 p.m. to tell all my female supporters, ‘Psych!'”
And Kate McKinnon brought back her Lindsey Graham impression.
“This one is is about the fans,” McKinnon’s Graham said. “They’ve been there for us all week cheering and screaming outside our offices.”
“I’m sorry, you think those were fans?” Bash asked.
“Oh, for sure. I know they agree with us because they were out there shouting, ‘Me too!'” Graham said.
The sketch also took a brief visit with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, played as usual by cast member Alex Moffat.
“Well, the Dems lost another one. It’s what we do now,” Moffat’s Schumer said. “We thought this time would be better than the Anita Hill hearing because Dr. Ford was white, but it turned out Brett Kavanaugh was white too and we were completely blindsided by that.”
The interview with Schumer ended with Mikey Day as Senator Joe Manchin, the only Democrat to vote to confirm Kavanaugh, strolling through the frame and flicking Schumer in the nuts.