Ed Driscoll

Life Imitates Jon Lovitz Imitating Michael Dukakis

Saturday Night Live’s parody of the 1988 presidential debates between the elder George Bush and his Massachusetts liberal opponent:

George Bush: Let me sum up. On track, stay the course. Thousand points of light.

Diane Sawyer: Governor Dukakis. Rebuttal?

Michael Dukakis: I can’t believe I’m losing to this guy!

Via Jim Geraghty, here’s the November 4, 2004 New York Daily News, which profiled Bush’s son…and his Massachusetts liberal opponent:

In the biggest fight of his charmed life, John Kerry swung between bewilderment and anger when things didn’t go his way on the campaign trial.

“I can’t believe I’m losing to this idiot,” the Massachusetts Democrat sighed to a staffer when President Bush’s poll numbers surged in April.

Oh to have been a fly on the wall if there was a 2004 equivalent to this SNL sketch, which also featured Lovitz as Dukakis.