This week’s cold open of “Saturday Night Live” features the GOP presidential candidate standing on the balcony of his home on election night. Romney, played by Jason Sudeikis, sulks about his defeat in a reserved way, on account of his Mormon faith. “Darn it all,” he says before chugging some milk from a carton.
“I still love you America, I do,” fake Romney says. “But you’ve hurt my feelings very, very much.”
Romney is joined at different intervals by various people, including his wife Ann, three of his sons — Tagg, Matt and Josh, all played by Taran Killam — and Karl Rove.
The highlights of the cold open poke fun at a long campaign season fraught with political drama. Tagg threatens to punch America in the face, alluding to the eldest son’s comment about wanting to hit President Obama. Rove, played by Bobby Moynihan, tells Romney he thinks he could still win Ohio, poking fun at the conservative commentator’s meltdown on FOX News.
Matt tries to convince his dad to come inside to watch Paul Ryan do “feats of strength in the drawing room.” “Well I’d like to see him carry Wisconsin!” fake Romney shouts. During the election, Romney lost every swing state except North Carolina — including Wisconsin, the home state of his running mate.
Josh Romney tells his dad to come back into the house because Donald Trump “is doing a very amusing thing where he’s racist.”
Ultimately, SNL seems to think Romney will survive his defeat. At the end of the cold open, Ann, played by Kate McKinnon, comes back out onto the balcony with her husband. “I’m going to be very, very sick tomorrow,” Romney says, after telling Ann he’s had ten gallons of milk. “But I’m also going to be OK, because I have you.” The shot narrows to a heart around the two, and words on the screen read “Mitt & Ann Forever.”
While it may be the end of the road for Sudeikis’ role as Romney, the former Massachusetts governor will keep on trucking.