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    • Are you talking about the Coopers, or the retro-fitted Bauers?   In retrospect, it just seemed silly to introduce this branch of the Bauer family tree we had never heard of before, when simply bringing back Hope, Mike, or even back-from-the-dead Hillary would have sufficed.  If anything, having more Bauers on the canvas to interact with might have helped the audience accept Johnny, Lacey and their parents more.
    • And if we were being fair and honest, we could further admit that SNL took it REALLY easy on Gerald Ford (all they could say is that he fell down a lot?) and even Richard Nixon (less about how he upended the political system for his own craven agendas, more about the fact that he was that crazy, drunk uncle who could make you cringe-laugh at family gatherings).  In fact, the most venom that even the brief (and garishly unfunny) Jean Doumanian era displayed was toward -- you guessed it -- Jimmy Carter.
    • True. You'd probably have to have somehow managed to catch Spitting Image episodes...by flying to the UK I guess. 
    • Frankly, I think you would be VERY hard-pressed to find ANY political humor from that period that was even SLIGHTLY critical of the Reagan administration.  I think that is one reason why conservatives today tend to "wax nostalgic" so much about him.  They have been conditioned by all those warm, congratulatory and toothless jokes that SNL, HBO's "Not Necessarily the News," Johnny Carson, David Letterman and everyone else told about him.  They either do not know or do not care that, in fact, the Reagan years were hell for a lot of people in this country.
    • I sometimes wonder if fans would have accepted them if more effort had been made, or if it was just a bridge too far. 
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