Tuesday, June 03, 2008

If Clinton concedes today, what movie references will MoDo use tomorrow?

Update Since Clinton hasn’t made a concession speech yet, I don’t know if my predictions have expired. Regardless, Dowd did make allusions to two movies in her Wednesday post-primary column: Gone With the Wind and Bambi. Over at The Dowd Report Mo MoDo has the deconstruction.

I have been trying to work this out all day.

If MoDo believes that, despite a gracious and generous concession speech, Clinton really seeks revenge and intends to lash out during an appearance at the national convention in Denver, she might reference the Durrenmatt play, Der Besuch der alten Dame (literally, The Visit of the Old Lady). By non-MoDo standards, this would be an obscure reference, although some Americans may know the work -- if they know it at all -- via the considerably altered 1964 movie, The Visit, which starred Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn. It is a classic tale of revenge about a woman used, scorned, shamed, shunned, and ultimately driven out of town.

More likely, I think, is that MoDo -- believing Clinton wants the VP spot, will reference that wonderful boardroom scene in Mommie Dearest, during which a furious and distinctly non-corporate Crawford leverages her late husband’s connections and Pepsico shares into a seat on the company‘s board of directors.
[addressing the men in the Pepsi boardroom]
Joan Crawford: Don't fuck with me fellas. This ain't my first time at the rodeo….
Pepsi Chairman: Apparently the Board has failed to realize the extent of your interest in the company, apart from Al's position. We... misjudged. We shall be... pleased... to have you stay on.
Joan Crawford: Thank you, gentlemen. Now let's get to work…
Really, how could MoDo go wrong with Hillary, Mommie Dearest, and that great rodeo line?

Well, we shall see, we shall see.

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