Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Nailed

When parody nails reality:





13 comments:

steenbeck said...

Did he say he likes to roast whole turkeys?

Solid gold is almost self-parodying.

I was watching an SNL spoof of Hilary Clinton, and they've nailed her pretty well, too.
http://thepunditmaster.blogspot.com/2008/05/hillary-clinton-saturday-night-live.html
I almost feel sorry for her.

ejaydee said...

He did indeed. I wonder what a jazz walk on the beach is like?

About Hillary Clinton's supporters, it's true in West Virginia at least.
http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=168561&title=indecision-2008-west-virginia

steenbeck said...

Laugh or cry. She's appealing to ignorant, hopeless people, and it's just depressing.

ejaydee said...

Well he is a secret muslim! Like the lady said, "she's had enough of Hussein"!

ejaydee said...

The Hil-Rod in top pandering form:
http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=167642&title=headlines-panderers-box

steenbeck said...

I saw that one last week. How does she live with herself. She's sort of self-parodying too, isn't she?

ejaydee said...

That's what politics and power will do to anybody, unfortunately. I'm surprised Obama hasn't fallen to it yet.

steenbeck said...

I worry about him, if he does win. The system is so corrupt I don't know how anyone can survive it. He seems very strong,, though, and he has a sense of humor, which has to help.

ejaydee said...

Yep, I think it also depends who they keep around themselves, and, even though to want a job like this you have to be some sort of egomaniac, once you're in it, you still have to do a good job to stay in it. Hopefully you don't start a war.

Catcher said...

Sadly, our political systems being what they are, corruption is endemic, and compromise is essential for any politician who wants to rise to the top. It's increasingly depressing to hear candidates for election make promises you know they'll never keep, the lobby system won't allow it, and we fall for it every time. Politicians should be the best and brightest in any given country. I don't ever want to hear a legislator, a leader, speak and think to myself that I'm smarter than they are. I find that inherently wrong, but it keeps happening, and not because I'm a super-genius either. Obama's rhetoric is strong, but it'll prove just as empty as those who came before him. At least Hillary doesn't hide the fact that she's a political beast. And I'm certainly not bashing the U.S., it was the same when I lived in England under Blair, and Ireland is now little more than a banana republic. I find politics endlessly fascinating, but it's become a car-crash kind of fascination as the system devolves ever more into the old boys' network cronyism and corporate power. I don't really have a point to make as such, just that I'm beginning to firmly believe that one's vote is irrelevant to what will actually happen, it's all just smoke and mirrors.

ejaydee said...

The vote still matters as much as it always did. For example, a year ago, France had the choice between two egomaniacs on personal revenges. We still managed to pick the wrong one. Of course you don't know what the other one would have done in his place, but there was definitely a clear choice there between 2 different styles of nutters.

CaroleBristol said...

Whereas in the UK we get to choose between very similar, also all very useless, wannabees.

OK, at the moment we have the bank manager running things, but it is just an interregnum between snake oil salesman Blair and snake oil salesman Cameron.

I wouldn't trust any of them to go to the shops for a pint of milk.

steenbeck said...

I understand how easy it is to become cynical, but after the last 8 years I couldn't say there's no difference between candidates. This nightmare administration manipulated tragedy to orchestrate more tragedy on an epic proportion. It's no coincidence that the ONLY people doing well now in America sell arms or oil, and that those are the industries Bush and Cheney and their friends were engaged in before the war. There's no saying what would have happened if Gore or Kerry were elected, but I do not believe we would be at war in Iraq. There's just no rational reason for it. Hundreds of thousands of people might be alive right now if Bush (and his cronies) had never been elected. I might be naive, but I do believe that.

I remember in a history class in High School, our teacher said that Americans don't trust people who appear smarter than they are, and that seems to be the depressing truth. And it sickens me that the very qualities I would think were admirable in a political leader are seen to be mockable by the general American public--the ability to negotiate, for instance. I can't BELIEVE that Obama is being attacked for suggesting that discussion and negotiation is a good thing. After 8 yrs of a man who can't put a short sentence together, let alone carry out complex negotiations...
And I can't believe that Obama's rhetoric is empty. I think he's already done a lot of good for people in Chicago. I'm not saying he's perfect, and I do think the way the system is set up means he's going to have difficulty getting a lot of things done without the support of congress, but I believe that he is a fundamentally gentle, articulate man that honestly wants to help people. I'm setting myself up for major disappointment, no?
And as Ejaydee said, if he doesn't start a war he's already doing better than what we've had.
I also believe that the Republican party is rotting from the inside with hypocrisy and corruption and is about to collapse on itself.
Sorry for this rant. Obviously these are things I've been thinking about a lot. And now my boy's gonna be late for school. Oops.