"Madame, bear in mind That princes govern all things--save the wind." -Victor Hugo, The Infanta's Rose

Friday, May 23, 2008

This is an ex-parrot

Remember the 1978 sketch from "Saturday Night Live" with John Belushi as "The Thing Who Wouldn't Leave"? Outside her camp of hard-core supporters, most other Democrats are screaming in horror like Jane Curtain (some quietly, some not) as Hillary continues to ignore the obvious in her increasingly futile bid for the nomination. There is not much doubt in the minds of anyone who is thinking clearly that for a variety of reasons, the Clinton ship is sinking; yet as captain, Hillary is determined to ride it to the bitter end -- even if it tears the party apart. Most major news organizations, including Newsweek and US News & World Report, are beginning to rightfully focus their coverage on the upcoming McCain-Obama contest. The New York Times wrote, "The shrinking candidacy of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has all but vanished from the television set."

Sen. Barack Obama's milestone victory in Oregon this week gave him a majority of pledged delegates to the Democratic convention, and as Hillary's campaign drifts further into desperation, one of the many venues in which she's taking a shellacking is, predictably, YouTube. This video features the versatile Lisa Nova playing Hillary as a delusional Norma Desmond in the final scene of "Sunset Boulevard". (For comparison, you can watch the original clip here.)

And in keeping with the Monty Python theme of today's (as well as yesterday's) post title -- not to mention that we promised the hilarity of dismemberment would soon return to this site -- the next video seems entirely appropriate.

Hillary still has a diminishing window of opportunity to show some class and gracefully withdraw, but that's not likely to happen. She somehow sees herself as destined to make history as America's first woman president, and no doubt must be incredibly pissed off at an upstart like Obama who hasn't, in her mind, paid his dues or waited his turn. For someone like myself who has been so disgusted with the last eight years of The Shrub, I've been audaciously hopeful that America was at last ready to put a sane person in the White House; but if she continues on this path, Hillary may very well lead the Democratic party to proverbially snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. How very sad, and dangerous. I actually do think that someday our first female president could be a Clinton, but I also believe there's a good chance her first name will be "Chelsea".


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