The Wall Street Journal lead editorial today references one of my all time-favorite Saturday Night Live skits, "Dukakis After Dark," aired way back in 1988. Here is the money quote:
As historical evidence, we suggest that Democrats--and the Dean campaign, for that matter--consult the archive for NBCs "Saturday Night Live." Specifically, the show from 1988 featuring Jon Lovitz as the defeated Democratic presidential nominee in a skit called "Dukakis After Dark."
The setting is election eve, and even before the polls are closed its already clear--as Mr. Lovitzs Dukakis candidly admits--that he doesnt stand a "chance of winning this election." But he goes through with his party anyway, and Lloyd Bentsen walks up with a question. "Mike!" says his running mate. "Now that its all over, you can tell me. You were gonna raise taxes, werent you?"
Martini in hand, clad in a burgundy smoking jacket, Mr. Lovitz doesnt even blink: "Through the roof!"