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Cleese on Palin: ‘Monty Python Could Have Written This’

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Posted on Oct 18, 2008

Venerable Britcom star John Cleese has a thing or two to say about the U.S. election, speaking on behalf of the world, or at least Europe, or at least himself, about George W. Bush (the world was fuhhlabbergasted, we learn, when Bush was re-elected), Barack Obama and a certain vice presidential candidate who reminds Cleese of “a nice-looking parrot.” And Cleese knows from parrots.


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By Maani, October 20, 2008 at 10:46 pm Link to this comment


“I wish I could share Cleese’s optimism that Obama’s election would erase the events of the last eight years.”

As you suggest, this is (sadly) unlikely, for two reasons.

First, Obama will be saddled with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.  Add that to the general mess that Bush has made of the economy (deficits, debt, etc.), and Obama will have his hands full.  In fact, it is likely that if Obama is unable to make some real, visible progress in four years, the G.O.P. will use that against him in 2012.  My guess is they are already licking their chops in this regard.

Second, we have not heard one word from Obama - the constitutional scholar - re undoing the damage Bush has done to the Constitution.  He has said nothing about reversing executive orders and signing statements that centralized power in the executive; nothing about restoring habeus corpus and Posse Comitatus (among others); and nothing about restoring the many freedoms and civil liberties that have been weakened or nullified over the past seven years.

Certainly he remains the (much) lesser of two evils, not least re the Supreme Court, health care, foreign affairs, etc.  But it remains to be seen whether he keeps all that (illegally obtained) executive power, or relinquishes it.


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By WriterOnTheStorm, October 20, 2008 at 10:27 pm Link to this comment

Yes the “re-election” of Bush was a watershed moment for me, if not for America. We had an opportunity not only to repudiate the mistakes of an incompetent administration, but more importantly, to strongly denounce the suspect methods by which that administration achieved power. The strict party line supreme court vote which made a travesty of our constitution and deeply wrongtracked the country, perhaps for years to come, needed to be undone. But giving Bush a second term instead, effectively deep-sixed whatever was left of the American democratic process. From that point forward we’ve been living in a might-makes-right, end-justifies-the-means society, even if those means are torture,  domestic spying, and a host of other perversely conspicuous betrayals of public trust.

I wish I could share Cleese’s optimism that Obama’s election would erase the events of the last eight years. For me the real damage has not been Bush, but the sad recognition that millions accepted Bush’s overreaching policies so willingly - that we were led, with little more awareness than one would expect from livestock, to the destruction of so much that we hold dear.

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By LJ in MD, October 20, 2008 at 10:42 am Link to this comment
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“Dear Sir,
I resent, in the strongest terms possible, the insinuation that Sarah Palin is an idiot. I’ll have you know that I come from a long and prestigious line of idiots, not to mention morons and twits (upper class) and I can say with great certainty that Sarah Palin has neither the dedication nor the utter lack of inspiration needed to be a true idiot.

Yours Truly
Former Navy Captain
John McCain (Mrs)

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By Inherit The Wind, October 20, 2008 at 3:57 am Link to this comment

Mark Russell used to say “Keep it up, Guys. I need the material.”

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By xyzaffair, October 19, 2008 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment
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Maani, thank you for the tip on the Palin for President Web site.  The funniest Python clip is Flower Arranging with Michael Palin.  It’s on YouTube.

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By Frank Cajon, October 18, 2008 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment

You’re wrong, John. If Monty Python had written it, it would be funny. It isn’t funny, it is scary. One can only hope that she scares as many people into NOT voting for her as she does voting for her.

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By Maani, October 18, 2008 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment


It might interest you to know that someone has begun a Michael Palin for president website - and it’s hysterical!  Make sure to watch the video.


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By xyzaffair, October 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment
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It’s interesting that Sarah Palin has the same last name as Monty Python troupe member Michael Palin.  I guess the difference between them is Michael Palin meant to be funny.

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By GW=MCHammered, October 18, 2008 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment
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Nailed it, John. Half of America has become Europe’s ‘The Ugly American.’

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By G.Anderson, October 18, 2008 at 8:30 am Link to this comment

Yes, the right is surreal….but dead serious

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By Eric L. Prentis, October 18, 2008 at 8:17 am Link to this comment
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Hurray for John Cleese and Monty Python’s truth through comedy, it doesn’t get any more politically effective then that.

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By hippy pam, October 18, 2008 at 6:02 am Link to this comment

I have been-forever-a MONTY PYTHON FAN…..and I can envision SO MANY DIFFERENT TAKES on “moo-sellini”..And now for something completely different…{thank you to the M.P. CREW for that line…it covers SUCH A MULTITUDE of IRONIES…

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