Thursday, March 06, 2008

Hillary Clinton's Sybillish Personalities?

"On the Red Phone"
by Larry David

Here's an idea for an Obama ad: a montage of Clinton's Sybillish personalities that have surfaced during the campaign with a solemn voiceover at the end saying, "Does anyone want this nut answering the phone?"

How is it that she became the one who's perceived as more equipped to answer that 3 a.m. call than the unflappable Obama? He, with the ice in his veins, who doesn't panic when he's losing or get too giddy when he's winning, who's as comfortable in his own skin as she's uncomfortable in hers. There have been times in this campaign when she seemed so unhinged that I worried she'd actually kill herself if she lost. Every day, she reminds me more and more of Adele H., who also had an obsession that drove her insane.

A few weeks ago, I started to feel sorry for her. Oh Christ, let her win already...Who cares...It's not worth it. There's not that much difference between them. She can have it. Anything to avoid watching her descend into madness. So I switched. I started rooting for her. It wasn't that hard. Compromise comes easy to me. I was on board.

And then I saw the ad.

I watched, transfixed, as she took the 3 a.m. call...and I was afraid...very afraid. Suddenly, I realized the last thing this country needs is that woman anywhere near a phone. I don't care if it's 3 a.m. or 10 p.m. or any other time. I don't want her talking to Putin, I don't want her talking to Kim Jong Il, I don't want her talking to my nephew. She needs a long rest. She needs to put on a sarong and some sun block and get away from things for a while, a nice beach somewhere -- somewhere far away, where there phones.


  1. I'm glad I'm not the only person who saw Sybil emerge. A friend of mine called her Sybil a month ago. Her tears in New Hampshire was an indication that we're dealing with someone who is not tightly wrapped. I saw Sybil a couple of weeks ago in Ohio when she challenged Barack Obama to "Meet me in Ohio!" for a duel, I suppose. Larry David gave voice to what a lot of us have been saying. I ordered the Sybil DVD last week!!

  2. Thanks for the comment. Yes, Clinton seems to swing wildly back and forth at times, as does McCain for that matter (see his attack on the NYTimes reporter today), and it undermines her claims that she is best to pick up that proverbial "red-phone." It does not seem that Clinton gets called on this stuff in the press, nor does Obama get credit for how cool he is under pressure. Funny (literally and figuratively) that it took Larry David, a comedian, to point this out.

    I have read a couple of reactions to David's piece that call it sexist... Any thoughts on that charge?