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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Rocky Balboa: Survivor of a Brutal Life!

I saw Rocky when it came out, a long time ago. I vaguely remembered the parts about his struggling life in South Phillie — part-time loan shark, hard-working boxer who finally gets his big break after a lot of hard training, etc.

But this recent news item reminded me of just how brutal Rocky’s life really was. How could I forget? How did he ever make it out alive??

First there was the rough and tumble of the high school debating team and the student council — and yet he came out unscathed. And like they say, nothing separates the tough guys from the pussies like a few sets of tennis at the country club.

He survived this ordeal, only to be thrust into the hellfire of the political science department at Wellesley. Indestructible! What didn’t destroy him only made him stronger.

Well, you know the rest of his tortured life. The bare-knuckle brawling at Yale Law School, the gut-wrenching brutality of political schmoozing, making partner in a major law firm, sitting on the Board of Directors at Wal-Mart — Brutal!

Folks, this is True Grit. Presidential timber. Yo, Adrian.

cross-posted at Bring It On!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hillary needs some sleep, her sleep depravity is causing her to misspeak again like she did the Bosnia sniper affair.

Her desperation and analogies are beyond pathetic. So if she is Rocky Balboa, is Barack Obama Apollo Creed because if my memory serves me right, Apollo won in part one of the Rocky series. Unless of course she is trying to let voters decode her message which means she's indicating that she's really to lose round 1(2008) but will be back in round 2(2012) to reclaim the title. She really needs help because I sincerely believe she is bi-polar. Thanks for pointing out the ridiculousness of her analogy....she's Rocky Balboa my ass.I doubt she can run up the museum stairs in her pantsuits.


April 3, 2008 at 1:44 AM  
Anonymous ascap_scab said...

And let's remember something else, after everything Rocky went through in the first movie, which is what the Clinton Brothers are referencing here, Rocky lost in the end.

April 3, 2008 at 4:12 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

"Ain't gonna be no rematch."
"Don't want one."

At least that part will prove to be true, unlike in Hollywood. Though, to be fair, the second Rocky was pretty damn good as far as sequels go.

April 3, 2008 at 6:17 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jo: I wouldn't doubt if that's her plan, to let McCain win this year and then she'll come bouncing back in 2012 and take the White House. I don't think it'll work. I think it's this year or never (hopefully the latter).

ASCAP_SCAB: Maybe Barack Obama is Apollo Creed. Even if that's not what she was trying to convey, it was still a pretty dumb analogy.

Randal: I actually liked all the Rocky sequels, even though they were getting more farfetched every time.

April 3, 2008 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

Must be rough being Hillary....her and Bill have made $50 million since leaving the White House.

That's chump change compared to Romney....

I think the irony of her failed Rocky analogy as many have said is that Rocky ended with the fight being called a draw then Apollo Creed being announced the winner.

Is that how she invisions the convention going? She's going to battle all the way to the end only to have Obama win the nomination? Is she going to be running throuhg the crowd yelling "yo Bill!"

April 3, 2008 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Great post, Tom.

Obama's closing the gap in the PA polls. Superdelegate Jimmy Carter, for all intents and purposes, endorsed him today. Poor Hillary. It's all just a vast left-wing conspiracy.

April 3, 2008 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

So many wartime fantasies, so many dreams of dodging bullets and bombs, boxing the enemies within her mind.

Such are the dreams of the everyday power grabber, you see in the news anytime anyday.

April 4, 2008 at 5:26 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Sorry for the long delay in publishing your comments. My computer died yesterday (temporarily I hope) so I had to take the CPU in to an expert. I’ve spent the last few weeks battling some sort of virus or malware. I’ve tried everything I know – HijackThis, running AdAware and Norton in Safe Mode – and nothing worked. So it’s out of my hands now.

PoliShifter: Yeah, I can just imagine Hillary running up those courthouse steps yelling “yo Bill.” It seems more and more like if she doesn’t get the nomination, she’d rather have McCain win so she can try again in 2012.

Candace: Thanks. I’m glad Obama is catching up to her. Yup, those damn liberals are out to get her.

Larry: Yes, the Inner Hillary must be leading an amazing life. Dodging sniper fire, beating up the world heavyweight champion in the ring – maybe she should just enjoy her fantasies and quit running for president.

April 4, 2008 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Larry, nice Glen Campbell reference!

Comparing oneself to someone in real life can be very risky. but so can comparing oneself to someone fictitious. At it's best/worst, it can bring about such glorious things as the Lloyd Bentsen-Dan Quayle moment. Is comparing oneself to a fictitious character less risky? I think it could be even more so.

I would say this to Hillary Clinton, and I hope lots of other people would do the same: "Rocky Balboa wasn't real, and neither are you."

April 5, 2008 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

I guess she has to assume all these various guises (Rocky, peacemaker, bullet dodger) because she feels like the voters won't like the real Hillary.

April 5, 2008 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger People in the Sun said...

Maybe she just meant she won't rest until they build a statue of her in the Washington Mall. (Now that I think about it, wasn't that Saddam statue a bit similar to Rocky's?)

April 5, 2008 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I guess I’m not up on my Glen Campbell lyrics; I didn’t know that was a reference to one of his songs. Yes, if Rocky had been a real character it would be a perfect opening for “Rocky Balboa was a friend of mine….Senator, you’re no Rocky Balboa.” Maybe it’s comparable to Dan Quayle slugging it out with Murphy Brown back in 1992, around the same time he told a spelling bee that potato is P-O-T-A-T-O-E.

Lew: Good point. Either there isn’t any real Hillary underneath all of those fake personalities, or she knows nobody would like the real Hillary.

People In The Sun: Yup, a statue in the Washington Mall would soothe her ego, for awhile at least.

April 6, 2008 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Hillary is no Rocky, but I will say that she's slowly becoming a big liar. See Politics, Political Punch and Bosnia

April 6, 2008 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

OMG, you know what? I just realized that I miss Dan Quayle! Now, how sucky does an administration have to be that I miss fucking Dan Quayle?! No no - not that I miss FUCKING him, that's not what I meant at all - I meant - oh fuck it. Nevermind.

Sorry to hear about your PC problems!

April 7, 2008 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Let's Talk: Yup, whatever credibility Hillary once had is slowly draining away.

Candace: I miss Dan Quayle too. Not him exactly, but he was at least as good a punchline as Bush, without the viciousness or the dimented behavior.

I should get my computer back tomorrow (but then I thought it would be today).

April 7, 2008 at 5:34 PM  

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