05/07/2008 03:59 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Hillary Is John Cleese

Watching Hillary's inspirational victory speech last night I immediately thought of Monty Python. And not because her campaign resembles a dead parrot. The happy talk performance reminded me of the Black Knight scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

If you remember, King Arthur (Graham Chapman) is passing through a forest when he is confronted by the Black Knight (John Cleese). After observing The Black Knight destroy one of his own knights, Arthur tells him, "You fight with the strength of many men, Sir Knight... You have proved yourself worthy. Will you join me?" The Black Knight refuses to join him, and refuses to let the King pass. "I move for no man," he intones. The two then go at it mano a mano, as our current president would say. King Arthur first cuts one of the Black Knight's arms off with his sword, then another. He then cuts off his leg. Bleeding from three stumps, hopping around on one foot, the Black Knight magnanimously announces, "All right, we'll call it a draw."

I can't think of a more resonant metaphor for the Democratic primary today.