Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A Carmelized Hillary

New York Times: By Maureen Dowd (of course)

...Besides, this is a Hillaryized Carmela, or a Carmelized Hillary, so Bill Clinton must munch carrot sticks in their diner scene....

Maya Angelou...said that she was proud that Hillary, who has dropped the “Rodham,” “gives herself the authority to be in her own skin, to be who she is.”

But Ms. Angelou gets it exactly backward. Hillary never seems at ease in her own skin, and she always gives herself too much authority....

The Clintons’ “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy seems so similar to that of the Sopranos, that it could be a bit risky to play the mob couple, even for a gag....

And like Tony, Hillary is so power-hungry that she can justify any thuggish means to get the prize. ...

In the Clintons’ mob spoof, as a rather wooden Hillary is about to announce her song choice to a loose and funny Bill, the screen suddenly goes dark.

In the case of “The Sopranos,” this was cause for perplexity. In the case of the Clintons, it’s an unwittingly satirical moment, because if there’s one thing we know about this tough New York family, it is that they will never, ever go dark.

WHEW! Heavy stuff.
What accounts for that degree of savagery?
I have my problems with Ms (Rodham?) Clinton--although if it comes to that, I would vote for her over any of the (still-)Republican candidates (leaving a possible escape hatch for Bloomberg)--but is she really that much worse than her "fellow" candidates, or is something more going on with the estimable Ms Dowd?

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