Ms. McCarthy isn’t funny as Mr. Spicer because she’s a woman, she’s funny as Mr. Spicer because she’s made a career of playing aggressive characters who are often angry for no reason. […] Melissa McCarthy’s turn as Sean Spicer is a reminder that cross-gender casting can be a lot more interesting than just putting a man in a dress — and that when you’re trying to mock an administration that seems almost unmockable in its absurdity, it helps to pick the best woman for the job. – Anna North [New York Times]
NOTHING HAS rarely been so well deserved.
Or delivered through such genius.
It also happens to be hilarious.
Melissa. McCarthy. Rules.
Watching Mr. Spicer spin the latest court ruling by Judge Robart should be entertaining.
[…] When Robart issued his ruling, he took care to reiterate his commitment to both judicial restraint and independence. “Fundamental to the work of this court is a vigilant recognition that it is but one of three equal branches of our federal government,” he wrote.
The work of the court is not to create policy or judge the Wisdom of any particular policy promoted by the other two branches. That is the work of the legislative and executive branches and of the citizens of this country who ultimately exercise democratic control over those branches. The work of the Judiciary, and this court, is limited to ensuring that the actions taken by the other two branches comport with our country’s laws, and more importantly, our Constitution. …
[T]he court is mindful of the considerable impact its order may have on the parties before it, the executive branch of our government, and the country’s citizens and residents. The court concludes that the circumstances brought before it today are such that it must intervene to fulfill its constitutional role in our tripart government.
UPDATE 02.07.17: After this piece was posted, Politico reported something I’d wondered about the moment my husband and I sat laughing at Ms. McCarthy’s uncanny embodiment of President Trump’s mouthpiece, Sean Spicer.
The foreshadowing of what can happen through SNL’s eviscerating portraits, which now include Trump and Spicer, is Tina Fey’s seminal portrayal of Sarah Palin. Beware, politicians. Nothing you do can have a broader impact on the American populace like a lacerating depiction that hits its mark. Alec Baldwin hosts SNL this coming Saturday. Look out.
More than being lampooned as a press secretary who makes up facts, it was Spicer’s portrayal by a woman that was most problematic in the president’s eyes, according to sources close to him. And the unflattering send-up by a female comedian was not considered helpful for Spicer’s longevity in the grueling, high-profile job in which he has struggled to strike the right balance between representing an administration that considers the media the “opposition party,” and developing a functional relationship with the press.
“Trump doesn’t like his people to look weak,” added a top Trump donor.
Trump’s uncharacteristic Twitter silence over the weekend about the “Saturday Night Live” sketch was seen internally as a sign of how uncomfortable it made the White House feel. Sources said the caricature of Spicer by McCarthy struck a nerve and was upsetting to the press secretary and to his allies, who immediately saw how damaging it could be in Trump world.
This post has been updated.