April 1, 2008

I said it 3 days ago, and now Hillary is saying it: Hillary is Rocky.

On March 29th, I presented the "Rocky" analogy:
You know if this campaign were a movie, Hillary would have to win... or at least "go the distance." She would be the central character, because the story is most interesting from her point of view. She's got a fabulous backstory, which includes suffering, but she starts out on top and full of hubris. Along come the one man who can block her path to fulfillment. She's torn down and laid low, humiliated once again. But she needs to learn to fight, and she's not going to give in. Come on, I'm getting chills just sketching it out. If the movie was about Obama, sure, it should have ended on Super Tuesday, with just an epilogue showing him in the White House. But if he's not the central character, we're still building toward the most thrilling climactic scenes.
Today, Hillary is all "I am Rocky":
... Clinton said to end her presidential campaign now would be as if "Rocky Balboa had gotten halfway up those art museum steps and said, 'Well, I guess that's about far enough.'"

"Let me tell you something, when it comes to finishing a fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common. I never quit. I never give up. And neither do the American people," Clinton said.

And as long as she's talking about beating him in a fight, why not expand into other sports? Especially bowling. Everyone can beat Obama at bowling. And sure enough, here's Clinton, taking advantage of any opportunity to kick his ass:

24 comments:

Alan said...

Someone on her campaign is probably reading your blog. Heck, they were probably already gaming your blog through your son. :)

reader_iam said...

Oh, Lord.

Please, not that song in my head, again. Please, no.

Week before last, my husband iPhoned a pic of my son at the Rocky statue, just to tweak me. (Gonna FLY now, in a loop.) Last week, it was Althouse bringing up the allusion. (Gonna FLY now, in a loop.) Now, it's Hillary AND Althouse conspiring, for crying out loud.

Doomed.

reader_iam said...

Well, at a bare minimum, then I expect Hillary to drink a mess of raw eggs and beat the crap out of a side of beef at a press conference. Barring that, I expect Althouse to do the same in a vlog.

I'm owed some compensation, darn it!

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Paddy O. said...

This is much more Hillary.

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Ann Althouse said...

Ruth Anne, thanks. Fixed. (Good song anyway!)

Ron said...

Obama as Apollo Creed? Where's the beef?

former law student said...

If Hillary is Rocky, who is Aaaa-dreeee-annnnnn!!!!

Bender said...

No, no, no, no, no.

Rocky is honest. Rocky is humble. Rocky has integrity. Rocky has a heart. And the fight is NOT his main priority.

All things that Hillary is not.

Clubber Lang, maybe, but not Rocky.

dbp said...

Hillary is not Rocky, she is the terminator:

She can't be bargained with. She can't be reasoned with. She doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And she absolutely will not stop, ever, until she is President.

...and just to confuse JC movies...

Nuke her from space, it is the only way to be sure.

dix said...

Then in the end, Rocky lost to a black man.

Ben (The Tiger) said...

Everyone knows that McCain is Rocky. (His own campaign people made that one, though they've now pulled it. Probably some sort of copyright violation.)

George said...

Yeah! Uh! Get up, now! Ow! Knock out this!

How does it feel
When there's no destination that's too far
And somewhere on the way
you might find out who you are...

Living in America,
James Brown!

Nice theme song for some candidate...

Ron said...

[Mr. T voice] I pity the fool that thinks HillarRocky can get in the ring with Barack Obama! That's Barack like attack, which she voted to do in Iraq! And that's why you should vote for me, sucka![end Mr. T voice]

former law student said...

Then in the end, Rocky lost to a black man.

This made me think: After 8 years of W., are we really ready for another white man in the White House? Although W.'s performance shows that legacy admissions are just affirmative action for upper class WASPs.

reader_iam said...

G.W. Bush's problems are due to his pigmentation?

"A rose by any other name ... ."

Well, not exactly, but you know what I mean.

JohnTaylor88 said...

Stallone endorsed McCain.

I think it is obvious by now that Clinton is running for McCain's VP.

Chip Ahoy said...

How 'bout ski-jump comparisons for making incredible leaps? Or winter biathlon for taking cold-handed pot shots? Or Tai Kuan-do for kicking people in the teeth? Or fencing for slashing and jabbing? Or how about a fiction writers competition? I think an axe throwing comparison would be apt. Actually, I can't wait to make high-diving comparisons.

Congratulations on your prescience. When that came on cable news, I autonomically hit mute. I've now developed a visual aversion to all her poses and postures in addition to the sound aversion which has become physical.

Freeman Hunt said...

I can see why you would have compared her to Rocky, but why would she do that? Rocky loses.

blake said...

As noted, Rocky loses to a black man--arguably due to electoral fraud, er, biased judging--but Rocky wins because he went from being a loser nobody to someone who gave the champ a run for his money. (And while Barack is not a loser, he was the relative nobody. HRC was the "inevitable" Apollo Creed, with all soft matches in NYC.)

Anyway, no one seems to have called her on the folly of challenging Barack to a bowling match. Could she really do better? As I blogged:

"...strategically, I think it was a mistake, especially with offering a two frame handicap to the 46-year old man. I'm guessing HRC hasn't been hitting lanes much--ever, most likely. It's going to be much easier for him to boost his game into the 100+ score than it will be for her look not uncomfortable on the lanes. We won't even go into the dangers to her hips.

It's just braggadocio. Neither of them could beat Nixon, and he's dead.

Frieda said...

wow! you are helping Hillary (well sort of) but voted for Obama in the Primary...
hmmm, am I missing something or you are contributing to Rush Limbaugh's operation chaos?

blake said...

Ann's particular talent is to convince everyone she's on THE OTHER SIDE!