‘SNL’ Alum Victoria Jackson, The Tea Party’s Answer to Al Franken
“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, I’ll carry a concealed weapon if I want to.”
This weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) provides right wing leaders like Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty an opportunity to flex their ideological muscle ahead of potential 2012 presidential campaigns, but the event’s not all lectures and politicking. There’s also entertainment, including a performance from ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum Victoria Jackson, who may very well be the Tea Party’s answer to Sen. Al Franken.
On Thursday night, after Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Senator Mitch McConnell help kick off the influential conservative event, Jackson will take the stage at a CPAC party called “Liberty Fest,” where she will tickle the Tea Party’s ribs with the comic stylings that landed her gigs on Johnny Carson’s ‘Tonight Show,’ ‘The Jeffersons’ and, eventually, ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and a number of movie roles.
Considering Jackson’s background, it may be a shock to some to hear that the comedienne’s hobnobbing with the nation’s most conservative political sect, but a look at her politics makes clear the 51-year-old subscribes to some of the Tea Party’s more hardcore beliefs, like that President Obama’s a communist.
“I watch Glenn Beck and he’s taught me well,” she told Fox News’ Steve Doocy last March.
She went on, “Progressive is the new word for Communist, but it’s the same goal as government control of everything and it’s very obvious that Obama is trying to do that. And I don’t want to brag, but I sort of called it before he was elected and when I was on O’Reilly and I said he was a Communist and I got a lot of hate mail, but I got some that said I was a prescient which means “a prophet.'”
Jackson, who admits she’s new to political activism, clearly sees her fame and influence as the perfect vehicle for furthering the Tea Party’s goals, and led a rally in Pasadena, California, in 2009, declaring, “The time has come for the silent majority to be silent no longer. The liberal media brainwashed the ignorant masses into electing a communist dictator.” Jackson has also likened Obama to “the anti-Christ” and Adolf Hitler.
Jackson hasn’t indicated whether she’ll run for office, but it’s clear she’s enamored by Tea Party activism and wants to keep working in the political realm. And appearing at CPAC will only raise her profile among the political camp, thus providing her with a launching pad for any future campaign efforts.
If Jackson does indeed run for office in the future, one wonders how she would get on with Al Franken, her former ‘SNL’ co-star who’s now a liberal, Democratic Senator from Minnesota. They apparently already have a sticky political relationship.
In the late 1980s, while they working on ‘SN’L together, Jackson reportedly told the future Congressman, “I have this kind of personality because I’m overcompensating, thinking that everybody here is dying and going to hell, and I’m supposed to tell them about Jesus,” a remark that left Franken “speechless.”
Here’s some video from Jackson’s appearance at the Pasadena Tea Party rally: