20 Most Savage 'SNL' Political Impersonations

From a vintage "Klutz-in-Chief" to Tea Party icons and a certain thin-skinned POTUS, these were the show's sharpest politico parodies

Bob Dole (Norm MacDonald)

It wasn't really an impression so much as Norm MacDonald dressing up like Bob Dole and then acting more or less like himself – which, oddly enough, turned out to be the correct approach. Sitting in a chair and awkwardly holding a pencil, MacDonald rarely gesticulated, made large movements or varied his cadence. Instead, he used Dole's relatively lackluster public persona to his advantage, crafting a figure you had to lean in to truly hear. And those that did manage to catch his low, grumbling patter were rewarded with some very Dole-like crankiness and the promise that, after undergoing several medical procedures, he'd campaign "not as a man, but as kind of a half-man, half-woman ... an androgynous sex-neuter."

Back to Top