Snl has only had a mediocre amount of my intention as well. It is the rise in popularity that has me interested now rather than the history of it. and i do have to admit that i am not making any claim of what will be or even might be.
Americans do have some good comedians but they are for the most non political.
If this was england or new zealand i would have a stronger argument because both have a good history of using political satire effectively. But neither have used a late night show as a platform either. So this is new ground that america is going for.
Can snl do something? I hope so. One, because it is very effective and two because it will give us a good laugh which is probably needed badly in america right now.