Spinning Gaffes into Gags by Bill Carter
The job of turning the debate into comedy gold fell to Jim Downey, the longtime “SNL” writer who has created the show’s debate parodies since the 1970s. This one, he said, was the hardest he had ever dealt with.
“I can never remember one that didn’t have something,” said Mr. Downey, who watched the debate by himself at home. “Some kind of thing that was odd or weird.”
I think it would have been way funnier if they had played off of “handkerchief-gate.” Romney suddenly pulling dictionaries and maps of the Middle East and “Politics for Dummies” out of his pockets.