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Clinton and the Dead Parrot

Every once in a while a little piece of satire finds its way into the newspaper and becomes a runaway hit with our readers who comment. That is the situation this morning with Dana Milbank's Washington Sketch, in which he suggests that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential prospects are as dead as that Norwegian blue parrot in the famous Monty Python bit.

The occasion, of course, was Clinton's victory last night in West Virginia's Democratic primary. This was a resounding triumph the pollsters had predicted and that almost every political prognosticator called totally irrelevant because of the assumption that Sen Barack Obama has already locked up the nomination.

Most of those who comment on the sketch are either amused or furious, although there are the usual other conversations -- some of them relevant -- that follow most political stories. The Post (known as WaPo) is accused, of course, of being firmly in the Obama camp. How else could the existence of this outrage be explained? Others cheered its humor.

Some insisted on sticking to substance, pointing to the fact that exit polls in West Virginia underlined the race issue. As Dan Balz reported in the main story, "about half of West Virginia voters said they think Obama shares at least some" of the views of the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., Obama's former pastor. Those voters went for Clinton about 7 to 1.

We'll start with Shabash79, who clearly understood the spirit of the column in writing, "Surprised Milbank didn't also compare her to the Black Knight in "MP & the Holy Grail" -- ineffective, but still acting scrappy."

But AugustWest1 asked, "Is everyone at WAPO om Obama's payroll or does WAPO have no journalistic intergrity?"

While zaustin observed that "Dana Milbank, you're a sick puppy."

afellow1 wrote, "I am not a fan of Bill O'Reilly but he said something yesterday very astute yesterday. He said the most despicable thing in the United States is its media... The media have done this country a disservice by not investigating Obama... But the liberal wing of the Democratic Party which brought you McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis and Kerry are at it again. Another November loser if it is Obama..."

DonJulio said, "No comments required. The bird is dead."

But RegisUrgel offered that "She is not dead. But, she is the shadow nominee. If something were to happen to Obama, like some terrible thing the press would find-out about him, she steps in. Like an insurance policy..."

Ciolajr wrote, "Just one minute! Are they none so blind that they cannot see? Barrack Obama is only winning in predominently black states..."

And VPaterno corrected, "...Was there some bizarre racial changeover in all those states Obama has won, including many in the Plains and West? Did all those white voters suddenly turn black...?

svreader [I love that screen name] asked, "...Why is the Washington Post so afraid of the Cintons that makes the WP willing to violate every known code of journalistic ethics to stop Hillary Clinton from being elected..."

shirleypettaway wrote, "I LOVE this article but I am biased. I hate Hillary loved Bill never liked Hillary..."

laurenr1 said, "This article is insulting! Dana you are rude!"

malafry wrote, "A nice little bit of cynicism, but its the democratic party that's the dead parrot and Hillary who has the grit, experience and intelligence to be president..."

Tirade1 said, "The WaPo election coverage is making Fox News look like the more "fair and balanced" news source every day... It's disappointing. And the truly sad part is that I fully expect an editorial this Saturday from Ombudsman Deborah Howell [whose column appears on Sunday] blaming the readers for the decline in quality reporting."

fly66 said, "This is probably the most Anti-Clinton article I have ever read in any newspaper, and that includes the AzRepublic, NY Times, and the LA Times."

ellisconsulting wrote, "Huge blind spot here if the Democrats can't see what this means for the general election."

bostonpaper said, "...An inspired satirical piece, soemthing increasingly lacking in American journalism... So hats off to you - and a hope that America can one day become more educated and inspired, not less."

cms1 said, "Well, I think it's time for all these reporters covering the Clinton campaign to just skip it... They should be assigned to the social pages of their respective newspapers where they can dish, and drink, and throw food, and have just the best time of their lives."

Last word today goes to J_thinks who wrote, "Hey - Regardless of whether you like the Dana or not, it was funny, lighten up. Not elite, sexist or anything else, it was funny. But I like Monty Python."

Who doesn't?

All comments on Dana's sketch are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  May 14, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Clinton , Obama , Presidential Politics  
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When i finished reading all the comments,i came to a conclusion that the democrats are their own problem.Instead of finding a solution issues arising from the long primaries,allowed both Obama and Clinton supporters continued to make comments that are detrimental to its hoped electoral success come November,2008.You should be thinking of talking to Senator Clinton,and not to say she is finished.The press is campaigning for John McCain and the Republican Party and not supporting Senator Obama

Posted by: Daniel | May 19, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Why are you all still talking about Hillary she is no longer in the race is she? I do think it's dumb to follow a person who is no longer in the campaign just because her opponent is and to put such foolishness ahead of the needs of this country. This is not a game it is reality. Your idea is definetly a sign of low self esteem, immaturity and lack of cofidence and leadership. Other words needy. Hillary will move on.


Posted by: Eleanor,Illinois | May 16, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

It is time we put the egregiously awful Clintons behind us.

Posted by: candide | May 15, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

The Clintons have rewritten their own epitaph. It reads "Sang the last song after the audience had left". When Hillary got up on a stone to give a celebration speech for winning W.Va. there were hardly anybody there to listen. It was just a high-5 amongst the Clinton clan. Not even her so called surrogates were there. Well the message she conveyed had the following ring to it.

Here is Hillary's speech to the mountain people.

"Hello, hard working red necked white americans with pasty white thighs who do not earn more than $50,000, thank you very much your vote. When I go to the white house, I will pass law that will let you buy gasoline on weekends for your pickup trucks without paying tax. Nobody has won the white house without the blessing from pasty white thighed people like you."

Posted by: Jim Troubagh | May 14, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

What is really sad about this whole situation is that in the beginning Obama had managed to put the "racism" genie back in the bottle. People were looking at him as a person and not as something other than. I guess everyone knew the Republicans would play the race card sooner or later, but I don't think anyone expected the Clintons to be the culprits. To me it is sad that the Clintons would apparently sabotage Mr. Obama's campaign, in hope of some future gain, rather than lose gracefully. Unfortunately I don't think they realize that even if they are successful in this ploy people will not forget and forgive. Hillary is dead in the water politically, for many people, no matter what office she runs for in the future. I hope it was worth it, Senator Clinton.

Posted by: Harvey | May 14, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

NEW YORK (AP) -- Democrat Barack Obama has won the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America, a leading abortion rights advocacy organization that has supported rival Hillary Rodham Clinton throughout her political career.

The organization announced the endorsement of its political action committee on Wednesday.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

"...the Paul v Clinton civil fraud suit has now been cleared by the judge to proceed with discovery which will include sworn depositions from Bill, Chelsea, Hillary (after the election) Al Gore, Howard Wolfson, Ed Rendell, Larry King and many other notable personalities...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Los Angeles Superior Case Number: BC304174

Filing Date: 10/14/2003
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Status: Pending

Future Hearings

08/08/2008 at 08:31 am in department 47 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Documents Filed | Proceeding Information


CLINTON HILLARY RODHAM - Defendant/Respondent


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Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Nope, Sharpton has never said he supports anybody, but:

Does Al Sharpton have an agreement with the Clintons to help them handle their Barack Obama problem? Obama's camp thinks so. "It's no state secret that he's with Hillary, and that's fine," says a source close to Obama. Often critical of the centrist Clinton White House, Sharpton was far from Lincoln Bedroom material--and the Clintons weren't regulars at Sharpton's House of Justice in Harlem either. Now, according to a Sharpton source, the Clintons have enacted "a full-court press" peppered with "personal touches" to win Al over. (Bill called Sharpton to offer condolences after James Brown's death, the source says; Obama only wrote a note.) Sharpton insists he's not with anyone yet and is eager to hear from the star-studded lineup of candidates (Obama, Hillary, John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Dennis Kucinich) slated to speak at his National Action Network Convention this month..."

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Attention Hillary supporters: we need to start showing up at Obama rallies with bowling pins like the clever guy in WV did! To show our lack of support for NObama. Even if he is the nominee. Do not vote Obama if you support Clinton. They haven't wanted our vote, so don't give it to him!

Posted by: Joyce | May 14, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"Al Sharpton, a Clinton supporter, "

what?? Are you smoking crack? Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are Obama supporters! Being kept quiet until Obama gets the nod, if he does in November. Then watch them swarm the whitehouse. Sharpton has NEVER said he supports Clinton!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I think Dana and the rest of the media should keep it up and half the democratic party will away from Obama if he is the nominee. He's already lost me and many others, but the unsportsmanlike conduct seals the deal.

Posted by: carol | May 14, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Also to the person who said that Obama would be indicted in the Rezko trial, he wasn't mentioned but Hillary and Bill are certainly on trial for fraud.
That's LA Superior Court case number BD304174 if you want to look it up.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

after years of preparation, rodham was not ready ( iowa) on day one.

Posted by: commonknowledge | May 14, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Hillary compared to the famous "dead parrot". Jay Leno says she wanted to be a coal miner, but was forced to attend Wellseley and Yale.
Al Sharpton, a Clinton supporter, compares her to the entertainer who doesn't know when to leave the stage. Now the tasteless but funny Hitler as Clinton parody on YouTube.

When everyone starts making fun of a politician, they've had it.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, even Obama knew that HRC was gonna win West Virginia. Almost all of the black americans in the US knew that also. Why waste the time and money on trying to bail water out of the Titanic with a plastic cup. Think about it: White, non college-educated, working class, hmmmmm. Basically, she can tell them anything and they would believe it. WV didn't really make any impact on the delegate count and i'm tired of hearing her say that this is a turning point in the campaign. he only needs less that 150 delegates and its over. she needs way more. I'm sorry, i don't like the race card and everyone knows that she can't beat McCain and the republicans know this as well. how can people actually be this stupid. Plus McCain would be lucky to last 2 yrs in the White House anyhow. i'm voting OBAMA, because we definitely need change. Let all of the Hillbillies of the US unite and vote HRC if you want, maybe she might give you a brick-tax so that you all in WV/Kentucky can brick up your mobile homes.

Posted by: WIGGS | May 14, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton has demonstrated her disaffection for the Democratic Party. She has shown she would rather destroy the Democratic Party than allow the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party its victory and her comments last evening was like watching an accident in slow motion. Howard Wolfson, Lenny and Terry are monstrous, duplicitous and shameless. If Obama does not change his mind about being President given the nonsense, this nation would be very fortunate to have him. He will be a great President.

Posted by: Robbie | May 14, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

to the person who said that obama was going to be indicted in the rezko trial, the jury is already deliberating and his name never came up so nice try on that one. and for all the people that say he has bad judgement i have somthing for you.

Posted by: plamonica | May 14, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: UTWO

And you, Sir or Madam, are a complete MORON!

Posted by: lori | May 14, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The satire is great but pointedly accurate. Hillary ... exit is stage left. Goodby Clintons, Goodbye!

Posted by: buddychan | May 14, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

If Billary is elected president and reelected for a second term that would equate to 26 YEARS OF NOTHING BUT BUSH'S AND CLINTON'S RUNNING THIS COUNTRY! That thought really scares me. It seems to me our politics would be very narrow minded and our leaders will be following the same lines of thinking to solve problems. Granted the Bush's and Clinton's bring very different approaches to their leadership styles and likely even balance each other out but that would mean no net gain in moving our country forward. Clinton=stalemate. This is why I think Obama would be a great president - he can bring the change of thinking needed to fix many of our problems and thinking outside the box and not stay down the same old lines.

Posted by: jimmy | May 14, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Judging from the responses to your levity about Hillary, she and you have both opened a poison can of acidic human relations. The country does not need a catalyst for divisiveness, either in its newspapers or its candidates. Too many people are too ready to lick up any poison they see, substantiated or not. Watch out Pandora.

Posted by: Iris | May 14, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

If I'm not mistaken, folks with a sense of humor tend to live longer than their perennially angry counterparts.

On a more serious note, the concern about white working class voters is misplaced and has at it's core the fact that rednecks and their allies have been in power for eight years now. It is time for change and it appears that educated voters are finally uniting behind a candidate that not only has a sense of humor but will not pander to the anger, fear and phony patriotism professed by coercive conservative think tank bimbos and their media representatives.

Perhaps the funniest part of this election season has been the degree to which the dead parrot has embraced the angry and uneducated at the expense of others. Are we really expected to believe this is change?

It is no wonder so many of HRC's supporters claim they will vote for McBush in November. Let's hope for the best!

Posted by: LH | May 14, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

In some worlds, everybody is familiar with M Python and everybody likes him. Can't imagine anybody not in that world, can you?

Posted by: Cris | May 14, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama could get nominated, but he never gets elected. Black people alone is a very serious problem to get elected to serve almost 90% white. He also has a lot more other serious problems : his pastor Wright, his wife never proud to be American, brain-washed for years in Muslim school, never show his interest in US symbols, like flag, no experience in anything, but talking, ... How can people trust him to serve them as Prez with such a lot problems ?!?!?

Posted by: Duy Kyng | May 14, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Great article -- the parrot sketch juxtaposition, yes, but most especially the behind-the-curtain look at Clinton, the actress. I've been impressed with her showmanship ever since the "gee, I don't know" weepy scene in New Hampshire. She knows that what the camera catches creates its own reality. Pointing to and waving to an aide in 'surprised' recognition -- Fabulous.

Posted by: LNR | May 14, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about Clinton being dead but she sure has dug herself a very deep grave. How could we possibly use her as VP now? Her "obliterate Iran" comments destroy any chance to use her in a diplomatic position. She is highly unpopular in the Senate so how could she bring about bipartisanship if the Dems won't even work with her? Even her coalition is doubtful because those blue-color whites will vote Republican in the Fall so how could she help Obama get elected? I'm actually in favor of her long goodbye to the end of the race if for no other reason than to show her supporters that she lost fair & square!

Posted by: klynnrn | May 14, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

After seeing the photos of the female HRC WV supporters holding their "Hussain" signs it makes me wonder if these gals are still stuck in the 70's & 80's. I can almost hear "Stand By Your Man" playing in the background. My bet is that HRC got their sympathy vote.

Posted by: Not Barefoot & Pregnant | May 14, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Dead..Bring out your dead....

Posted by: MontyP | May 14, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama just can't seem to win over the redneck racist demographic.

Posted by: bb | May 14, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

That is good to be rich and unaffected by the Housing Bubble Burst... And that is good to see that the Clintons finally found their public: White-Racist-White Carmelia Knights, Hillbillies from the country, illiterate high school dropouts, that is the only people still supporting HRC hate speech... It is not my fault that you, illiterate hillbillies, had to drop high school to work on a mine when Cindy Lee or Sarah Jane got pregnant when she was 16. It is your fault!
So, you may get bitter and cling to guns, religion and HRC, I really don't care. Me, I just rise my champagne glass, from this beautiful millionaire resort I am in, and celebrate Obama's nomination! Go back to your Trailer-Park, Hillary Hillbillies racist suporters! Oh, I forgot, the Hillary Hillbillies are all Sub-Prime so their houses got foreclosed...

Posted by: Go home hillbillies | May 14, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Hillary does not need to go home. She needs to make sure that she can look at and say she did her best. What is wrong with that? She has many supporters, even if not enough to win the nominee, she still had enough supporters to stay in the race and should be able to.
I am happy to vote for Obama. He just ran a campaign that ended in a win.

Posted by: Shannon Michigan | May 14, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: UTWO | May 14, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Here is one headline

West Virginia: Country's Most Racist Voters
Huffington Post, NY - 58 minutes ago
According to the exit polls, West Virginia's voters revealed that they are the most racist in the country so far in the Democratic primaries. ...

Posted by: jy2008 | May 14, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Except for Obama's "bitter" comment, he ran a picture perfect campaign while Clinton had a campaign that was not very effectively manged. It is, in many ways, better that Obama is the candidate: can you imagine Bill clinton peddling lectures at millions of dollars a piece to middle east interests while Hillary is the president?

Posted by: Cankur | May 14, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

SEN. CLINTON'S victory in West Virginia is a reminder to Obama and the black community that their playing RACE card in the presidential election is NOT A WISE thing. What if everyone votes on RACIAL lines. Obama is dishonest, without judgment and calculating. He coddles corruption in Illinois but wants to change Washington. The liberal media, ESPECIALLY, MSNBC -- CHRIS MATTHEWS, TIM RUSSERT, OLBERMAN -- who has no respect and integrity for journalism -- have tried to hijack this election without vetting Obama's record. He has no past achievements but runs on SCRIPTED SPEECHES. OBAMA WILL BE INDICTED IN REZKO'S SCANDAL. HE HAS TRIED TO SHUT THE MOUTHS OF REZKO AND WRIGHT SO THAT HE CAN CONNIVE LIBERAL MEDIA AND YOUTHS INTO VOTING HIM. CHECK THIS OUT, OBAMA'S INDICTMENT IS NEARING!!

Posted by: UTWO | May 14, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

People keep talking about how a large number of people who voted for Clinton in W. Va. said that they wouldn't vote for Obama in the fall, but what the press isn't saying is that those same polls show that a large number of people who voted for Clinton also said that they wouldn't for for CLINTON in the fall!! About 25% of the total Clinton vote in W. Va. was McCain supporters!!!!

Posted by: Jeff | May 14, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

That's why America is in a down spiral situation now, people would rather vote for more of the same BS just because they can't let go of their racial issues but little do they realize in the end we are all in this together. If McCain is ellected blacks will most likely blame it on racism and that my friends is a civil was in the making.

Posted by: Inplanesight | May 14, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

The resounding victory of West Virginia was PEOPLE POWER, which has brought down governments and changed governments in other countries. PEOPLE POWER trounced the pro-Obama biased media. PEOPLE POWER proclaimed Sen Clinton is the Democratic presidential nominee.

Posted by: crat3 | May 14, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Could the Post provide little labels for stories indicating whether they are Dead Serious, Serious But Not Deadly, Interesting, Snarky, or Humorous? Not to mention a designation of News, Opinion, or Opinionated News? (Opinionated News might be appropriate for reports from Burma).

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | May 14, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Well, W Va demonstrates
Hillary DOES seem to pull in a much larger slice of the Redneck vote than Obama.

Hm, I wonder why that is?

Posted by: New MexiDem | May 14, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Everyone has gone home. I wonder when the prom queen will wake up and realize that she and her date are the only ones left at the party. In a way, it's very sad to see her smiling and waving at the "crowd." Sort of like a wannabee star who's just been voted off American Idol smiling at her "fans" in the audience. As someone who has been appalled by her lies and arrogance for a long time, I still feel a slight pang of sympathy for her desire to cry out, "Wait. It's not over. PLEASE listen to me." But it is over. Go home, Hillary.

Posted by: eleanor,california | May 14, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

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