Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader asks you to take note of one of the rotating tag lines on this site. It reads “Just because you can quote Monty Python with a fake accent doesn’t make you funny.” Your Maximum Leader finds great truth in this line. He also thinks that you can still quote Monty Python in certain contexts and have it be funny.

To wit: Dana Milbank in today’s Washington Post.

Did you happen to see his piece? The one entitled “This is an Ex-candidate.”

In the piece Milbank weaves his own take on Hillary Clinton winning the West Virginia primary yesterday with the famous parrot sketch from Monty Python. Your Maximum Leader came away from the piece thinking to himself “Damn. This is harsh. We’ll have to blog about it.” (Because your Maximum Leader writes in the 3rd person and thinks in the 1st Person Plural - the “Royal ‘We.’”)

A sample:

Customer: “That parrot is definitely deceased, and when I purchased it not half an hour ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it being tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk.”

Pet-shop owner: “Well, he’s, he’s, ah, probably pining for the fiords.”

2:57 p.m., Yeager Airport, Charleston, W.Va.: A steep descent brings Clinton’s plane to Charleston’s hilltop airport. After an appropriate wait, she steps from the plane and pretends to wave to a crowd of supporters; in fact, she is waving to 10 photographers underneath the airplane’s wing. She pretends to spot an old friend in the crowd, points and gives another wave; in fact, she is waving at an aide she had been talking with on the plane minutes earlier.

Aiee! That smarts! Where is the neosporin? It actually gets a little worse.

Your Maximum Leader is happy to see the Democrats do everything in their power to blow this election. It is par for the course. The only thing that would be a sure sign of the Democrats committing -SERIOUSLY COMMITTING- to complete defeat in November would be Barack Obama hiring Bob Shrum as his campaign manager. Since Obama doesn’t seem inclined to do that, one must just keep hoping for Hillary to stay in it.

Your Maximum Leader has to admit that he doesn’t know what else to say about this ongoing Democratic primary season. Of all of the things he speculated about in 2007, this wasn’t one of the options. It is incredible. He hopes this just continues to roll on through Denver.

He suspects that it will… Without her presidential run, Hillary is a hollow-cored woman. She has nothing else. When she falls (finally) it will be hard for many to watch. Not your Maximum Leader of course. But others…

Carry on.


I have an itchy feeling that Hillary is going to stay in. Forever. I really don’t think it’s in her to drop out. She will have to be dragged, kicking and screaming from the convention floor. The only alternative is for non-Clintonite dems to grow (collectively) a pair and tell her and Bill to drop it. But, for the Clintons, it’s always been, “nobody puts baby in a corner.”

It will be a spectacle either way. I don’t think the Clintons really care what happens to the Democratic party after they leave. In some ways, they really are solipsistic.

Of course, Bush doesn’t seem to care what he’s done to the Republicans either. It should be a more or less level playing field by September.

Kevin Kim said:

I’m reminded of Lord Foul at the end of the Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever– the moment in White Gold Wielder where Foul, now in possession of the white gold ring, keeps attacking Covenant’s specter even though the attacks merely make the ghost stronger while they drain Foul of his essence. He attacks and attacks, fades and fades…


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