Saturday Night Live raised the curtain on a new era of political ridicule with a funny skit lampooning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her so-called "San Francisco values." Watch the video clip or read the transcript:
A Nancy Pelosi impersonator, speaking to voters: "You sent this White House a message: That stay the course in Iraq is not a plan; that our healthcare system should serve ordinary citizens, not pharmaceutical compaines; that so-called rough sex can be a necessary and fulfilling adjunct to a healthy sex life, particularly when it involves fantasy role-play scenarios, such as kidnapping or forced interrogation -- provided, of course, that both participants are willing and disease-free, and have agreed on what we call a safe word. For example, 'Palomino'; that an increase in the minimum wage is long overdue; and finally, that U.S. citizens do not surrender their consitutional rights the moment they engage in multiple partner or group sex -- provided, once again, that all participants are willing, at least 12 years of age and no peanuts or peanut products are used."• Related: SNL Videos | Late-Night Comedy | Today's Videos | Top 25 Videos
"We Americans have always been a religious people, a member of my staff tells me. Whatever you may have heard, the Democratic Party is not anti-religion. Whether you're a wicken priestess, druid, tantric Buddhist priest ... Presbyterian or member of the Cult of Collie, your faith will be respected, so long as no animals are harmed during your ceremonies -- except, of course, gerbils."
On the diversity of the new Dem-controlled Congress: "Chairing the Judiciary Committee, John Conyers; at Ways and Means, Charles Rangel; at Homeland Security, Bennie Thompson; at Government Reform, Ernesto Guevara Jr.; at Agriculture, this naked hippie and his old lady; at Small Business, yet another black dude; at Finance, the drummer from Rage Against the Machine; and at Intelligence, al-Qaeda number two man Ayman al-Zawahiri. Truly a Congress that looks like America."