Memo to Hillary: Rocky LOST
April 2, 2008 1 Comment
As a former Philadelphian and major fan of the Rocky movies (except Rocky V, which we just don’t talk about), Hillary’s “I’m like Rocky” assertion yesterday irks me:
Recalling a famous scene on the steps of thefrom the 1976 Oscar-winning film “Rocky,” Clinton said that ending her presidential campaign now would be as if “Rocky Balboa had gotten halfway up those art museum steps and said, ‘Well, I guess that’s about far enough.'”
“Let me tell you something, when it comes to finishing a fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common. I never quit. I never give up. And neither do the American people,” Clinton said in excerpts of prepared remarks to be given Tuesday to a meeting of the.
Um, memo to Hillary (and spoiler alert): Rocky lost. He went the distance, took his shot and made everyone proud and all – which is what makes it a great movie – but ultimately, he LOST, so I am not sure this is really the metaphor for which you are searching.
And in the process, he beat the snot out of the champ, which would have totally screwed Apollo if he had to battle another world heavyweight champion – like say from an opposing boxing federation (let’s call them the Republican Boxing Association, just for shits and giggles) – within a few short months, he might not be ready for the fight.
I mean, you saw them at the beginning of Rocky II. Did either one of them look like they were in any shape to take on John McCain?
The question becomes, when does the damage done outweigh that whole ‘going the distance’ thing? Huckabee went the distance, but he stopped attacking the frontrunner when it became impossible for him to win. He made his case and all that, but he stopped taking shots at McCain.
The problem, of course, is that Huckabee was likable and had not reached the apex of his likability. Hillary, on the other hand, is at an all-time high unfavorable rating of 48 percent and has held steady at about 48 percent in the polls for, well, ever. That means she can’t build herself up anymore so the only way to win is to chop away at the other guy’s knees in hopes of bringing his numbers down to her level so her stagnation looks like a victory.
The Clintons argue that the fight will only make them stronger, but it’s a fine line to walk and these things can go either way, and this new gallup poll shows that even half of your own supporters think you may have made your point”
When asked about the effects of the continuing Democratic nomination campaign on the party’s general election chances, 56% of Democrats say it is doing “more harm than good,” while 35% think it is doing “more good than harm.”
As would be expected, most Democrats who favor Obama for the nomination believe the ongoing campaign is doing more to hurt (61%) than to aid (32%) the party’s chances of winning in November. But Clinton supporters also tend to believe this — 48% say the continuing campaign is doing more harm than good, while 40% say it is doing more good than harm.
And more lessons from Rocky: In the third movie, Rocky doesn’t take Clubber Lang (Mr. T) seriously and puts on a big, televised show of training while really doing only the minimal amount necessary. Clubber’ montage, meanwhile, is more akin to the classic, street-fighter, Rocky montages of the past.
But the truth is, in the meantime, Rocky’s been fighting patsies and soupcans, guys like Rick Lazio or a former mayor from Yonkers.
But Mick has a heart attack before the fight and but Rocky goes in to fight anyway, figuring Clubber to be a chump. But Lang just puts a hurt on him and takes the belt away from him.
Rocky eventually finds the eye of the tiger in the rematch (after running across the beach and splashing in the waves with Apollo), but the damage is already done and Mick is still gone.
The longer this campaign goes on and the longer the party is not the only one taking hits – eventually, a haymaker could not only cost Clinton the race, but also damage the ‘legacy,’ potentially keeping her from higher offices or positions within the government and party where she could do some real good.