Alex Massie

Hillary as the Italian Stallion?

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Oh god. Here she goes again. ABC's Jake Tapper reports that:

In a speech in Philadelphia today, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, will compare herself to Philly icon Rocky Balboa.

"Well, could you imagine if Rocky Balboa had gotten half way up those Art Museum steps and said, 'Well, I guess that’s about far enough?'" Clinton will ask, according to her prepared remarks released to the press.

"Let me tell you something, when it comes to finishing the fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common," she will tell the Pennsylvania A.F.L.-C.I.O. audience. "I never quit.  I never give up.  And neither do the American people."

Fair enough, but as Tapper reminds Clinton, Rocky lost. To a black man. So, yeah, they do have something in common after all.

Does this also mean that we can expect Hillary to challenge President Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2012?

And, worse than that, after serving a single term she'll retire in 2016 only to launch comeback after ill-advised comeback culminating in a sixth run for the Presidency in 2032 which, though utterly ridiculous, will nonetheless be looked upon with a degree of charity, fondness and sentimental wistfulness by those of us old enough to remember the first time she ran for President? Ah, the plucky old fool we'll say, how nice to see her back...

Seriously, how ignorant are Hillary's speechwriters? How can anyone who doesn't have even a basic understanding or knowledge of the Rocky franchise expect to be elected President? It's just not on.

UPDATE: It's a draw! Ben Smith reminds one that Obama compared himself to Rocky way back in October. Today's Assignment: find me a new Philly cliche, please...

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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