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Melissa McCarthy’s impression of Sean Spicer on SNL

McCarthy’s impression was funny, but I’m more curious about what impact this will have on our actual politics, and on the White House’s relationship with the media. In saner times, Tina Fey’s impression of Sarah Palin showed it could re-shape the popular perception of a vice presidential candidate from a major political party. That was before we had a president who actually seems to watch SNL somewhat regularly and complain about it on Twitter.

I appreciated Emily Nussbaum’s take on it:

It seems possible that Spicer, already a target of Trump’s occasional anger, may face some kind of reckoning for it.

  • I can’t stand Melissa McCarthy, but I have to hand it to her for an SNL skit for the ages. This first Spicer impression (if anyone else has done one before now, it didn’t make any impact) is instantly iconic and I can’t imagine it being topped, except by future McCarthy takes (hopefully next week). If I’m Sean Spicer, this has to be beyond humiliating. I am looking forward to his next press conference to see how he over-compensates for how he comes off in this skit. I wouldn’t be surprised if Spicer steps down, not wanting to ruin whatever remains of his credibility.