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This is a dead pop culture reference


Michael Fullilove


15 May 2008 14:33

Dana Milbank has a good column in Wednesday's Washington Post. A day in the campaign of Senator Hillary Clinton, it's a beautifully drawn sketch of the absurdity of modern politics. Take this paragraph:

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.

My only quibble is with Milbank's heavy-handed references throughout to Monty Python's 'dead parrot' sketch. The only thing more boring than a Python sketch is a Python fan who insists on quoting the thing at you verbatim. This particular skit has been cited about a zillion times in politics, by everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Michael Costello.

Come on Dana, you can do better than this. No use pining for the good old days of sketch comedy!