Election 2016

Friday A/V Club: Your Dad's Rock Idols Explain Whitewater

A quick primer for the post-Clinton generation


Ever since the news broke that Trump plans to use the Clintons' old scandals in the general-election campaign, us media folk have been dreading the prospect of explaining the convoluted Whitewater affair to young readers and viewers. Fortunately, we have help. From March of 1994, when both Phil Hartman and Kurt Cobain were still alive, here is Saturday Night Live's helpful USA for Africa-style primer, "Rockers to Help Explain Whitewater":

If you're not sure who all those impressionists are supposed to be, here's a cheat sheet.

(For past editions of the Friday A/V Club, go here.)

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  2. Seriously, they’ll have to go back to *Whitewater* to find Clinton scandals to denounce?

    Why not that she recently did stuff which would earn lower-ranking people a stint in prison?

    1. Obligatory sigh: “I miss Phil Hartman.”

      1. +1. I remember him from such shows as The Simpsons, NewsRadio, and Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

        1. He was going to be the voice of Zapp Brannigan, too.

  3. OT:

    “Bryan Whitman, the senior Pentagon official charged with stealing a Capitol Hill nanny’s license plates, was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday and had his top-level security clearance revoked.”

    Judging by the photo used to illustrate this story, he had a very important job and I don’t know how we’ll survive without him while he’s on PAID leave: In 2011, Whitman presented Larry the Cable Guy, Daniel Lawrence Whitney, a picture and a coin in the Pentagon Briefing Room.

    (sorry, having trouble getting the CNN link to work)

  4. really with all the stuff going on, really boring posts so far today.. sometimes I get the feeling they really don’t want to draw blood against the left…

  5. F-F-F-F-F-F-FLASH! AH-AAAH! Ain’tgonnainstallit!

  6. Huh. And all this time I thought Whitewater had something to do with selling shitty mortgages to dumb hillbillies that let the bank take back the property when they missed a payment. So what scandal am I thinking of?

    1. No idea, but it sounds like BOOSH’s fault.

    2. The Savings and Loan Scandal of the 80s was based a lot on dodgy real estate loans. Mix in Arkansas and you might get there.

  7. I couldn’t make it past Tina

    I’m surprised they haven’t (or, i assume they probably have) tried the same thing with Benghazi.

  8. Thanks, Uncle Jesse. Next time tell us about the time the Yankees raped Grandma.

    1. Oh look….can a Hinhfestation be far behind?

    2. Oh look….can a Hinhfestation be far behind?

      1. And a squirrelz infestation too!

  9. There doesn’t seem to be any video here. Not on my computer.

    Just a blank space.

    1. Hmm. You might try it in another browser, maybe? Or I guess you could just go here.

  10. If nobody outside the VRWC gave a crap the first time this came by, why would they care now that it’s old and stale? Is Trump such a great salesman that he can sell old crap in a new package and people will buy it? Or is Trump suffering Clinton Derangement Syndrome, looking at the endless list of scandals that slid right off the Clintons like water off a greased pig’s back and wondering how is it possible none of this huge pile of shit ever stuck? Of course, Hillary might be doing the same to Trump – how the hell does Trump keep getting away with all the shit he gets away with? We might be watching two Agents going at it here, neither one able to lay a hand on the other because they both can dodge bullets.

  11. red pills, blue pills i get so confused. maybe just deja vu.

  12. I vaguely remember seeing this on a real tv

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