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June 07, 2008

Farewell, Hillary!

By: Bernard Chazelle

Hillary could never be Angela, so she tried to be Benazir. She failed. For that, we owe her our gratitude.

It's funny one should have to explain why. Funny this shouldn't be funny enough:

Bush1 (VP), Bush1 (VP), Bush1 (P), Clinton1 (P), Clinton1 (P), Bush2 (P), Bush2 (P), Clinton2 (P)

Oh, but Hillary was smart, competent, and she was a woman. So was Queen Victoria. People easily forget that many (if not most) Europeans monarchs were smart, competent, and would have won any electoral contest fair and square.

63 percent of US presidents have been mutual relatives. I thank Senator Clinton for unwillingly bringing that number down.

Women are doing a better job than men at running great universities (a job that I believe is harder than running the country) and a chromosomal change in the Oval Office is long overdue. Hillary would have been the worst possible way to bring in the extra Xs.

The sad part is that she lost because of Mark Penn's idiocy, not because of the country's flight from its own idiocy.

— Bernard Chazelle

ADDED BY JON: Don't be grateful too soon. If she's Obama's vice president, it could go Bush1 (VP), Bush1 (VP), Bush1 (P), Clinton1 (P), Clinton1 (P), Bush2 (P), Bush2 (P), Clinton2 (VP), Clinton2 (VP), Clinton2 (P), Clinton2 (P). That is, 44 STRAIGHT YEARS of these two benighted families.

Posted at June 7, 2008 11:36 AM

I'm quietly confident someone else will be the VP candidate.

Posted by: Nell at June 7, 2008 02:39 PM

Ain't feudalism grand?

Posted by: Mike Meyer at June 7, 2008 02:42 PM

Reminds me of "A Fist full of Dollars". 2 families fighting over which one OWNS the town.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at June 7, 2008 02:47 PM

I don't think Hillary will be chosen VP either. I do think we can look forward to the eventual reign of Bush the III aka Jeb.

Posted by: Mark at June 7, 2008 06:55 PM

I don't think Hillary will be chosen VP either. I do think we can look forward to the eventual reign of Bush the III aka Jeb.
Posted by Mark at June 7, 2008 06:55 PM

yup, especially if Obama1 is a one-termer (presuming he gets the Office), which in all likelihood he will be, because no one will have the power to enact thechanges he seemed to have promised, and the country's gonna continue cirlcing the bowl, ever more swiftly.

Posted by: woody, tokin librul at June 7, 2008 09:18 PM

Politicians are traitors for the oil industry.
Hydrogen as a fuel is being dumped on by disinformation agents of the oil industry and untruths are spread about its expense. Here are some of my thoughts written to other people concerning water as a fuel. Americans, as well as the rest of the world, have to stand up to the profiteering elite of the world using oil to rape our economies and the environment. The Germans, in WWII, used Hydrogen, derived from water, to fuel the V-2 Rocket and their Rocket Propelled Fighter. Both of these weapons used H2O2 and Alcohol as fuel. The U S Air force has used water, as a supplemental fuel in B52 Bombers, C141 Cargo and KC 135 Tankers for over 30 years. The water is injected after the jet fuel combusts and the water is converted to hydrogen and oxygen to boost takeoff thrust. Cheap energy is a fact and water is the fuel. The Scramjet technology uses water vapor as fuel. The atmosphere is compressed and heated until the water vapor becomes hydrogen and oxygen and combusts when the temperature is above the flashpoint of hydrogen providing thrust. An endless energy supply. Zero Point Energy Generators also perform the same process at ground level. I have created inventions that use these principles. My web site is

Posted by: Mark Cleveland at June 8, 2008 04:28 PM

Hillary lost because she refused to admit that it was a mistake to vote for the Iraq AUMF in 2002. If she could have admitted that mistake, she would have closed one of here major weaknesses against Edwards (who admitted his vote was a mistake) and Obama. Penn's non-caucus strategy sealed her fate, but she chose to stick with him for months after his ineptitude became apparent. Similar story with Patti Solis Doyle, who is probably a great person, but wasn't able to operate a national campaign.

Who hired those people? Who chose not to replace them as soon as they were liabilities? It's all Hillary. She's a great campaigner and a decent legislator, but she didn't manage her campaign well, and that's an important flaw in her "readiness" and "experience" story line.

Posted by: dcs at June 9, 2008 12:58 AM


More details on US presidents and their mutual relatives, have seen much higher numbers than 63% elsewhere. Give us the math!

Posted by: patience at June 9, 2008 11:31 AM

Argh! I finally saw "A Fistful of Dollars" a few years ago. "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly" is one of the finest films made, in my opinion, but the former is a mess and does Leone little credit. You should know that the film is an uncredited remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Yojimbo" - so much so that Kurosawa successfully sued Leone for the Asian market film proceeds. And Yojimbo is far and away the better movie, on every level. It's the original 'spaghetti western' (though maybe it should be called an 'udon western' instead). I think Leone didn't quite know how to direct Clint Eastwood at that point. Mifune's laconic samurai is obviously the model for Eastwood's "Man with no name", but the character is much better situated in "Yojimbo" than in "A Fistful of Dollars". Never watch the latter when you can watch the former instead.

Posted by: saurabh at June 11, 2008 02:40 PM