Hillary and Bill Clinton have produced a video spoofing the finale of the Sopranos. By casting themselves as Tony and Carmela Soprano they revealed a little too much about themselves while at the same time managing to be a little creepy.
It’s been a tradition of American politicians of questionable morals and ethics to associate with members of organized crime. The strange relationship of John F. Kennedy and Sam Giancana, with whom he shared a mistress, comes to mind. But few if any American politicians have held the overt desire to be in the Mafia.
While both Hillary and Bill Clinton are likely guilty of a number of crimes, neither of them measure up to the sort of mayhem that any Mafia Don is capable of. Sure, Bill has had people killed as President, but it was under the authority of making war against the enemies of the United States, even if on occasion these bombings and missile attacks tended to distract from the latest scandal he had gotten himself into.
The Clintons have behaved most like Mafioso when cleaning up messes left by Bill Clinton’s infidelities. The case of Kathleen Willey comes to mind. Willey accused the former President of what amounted to a sexual assault in the Oval Office. While the Clintons did launch a public relations campaign to try to discredit Willey, as they had so many other women, Willey presents an even more ominous story of what the Clintons may be capable of.
According to Willey, her cat was disappeared and the tires of her car were slashed. Then a stranger approached her, mentioned the two incidents, and then asked after her children, mentioning them by name. The stranger concluded by saying that she (Willey) was “just not getting the message.” The story is like something out of a bad gangster movie.
The Clintons, by releasing the video, have violated the first rule of being a Mafioso, at least according to the movies. The rule is never to admit, or even hint, that one is in organized crime. In fact, it is even better to insist that the Mafia doesn’t exist, that it is an invention of people who are bigoted against Italians.
Along those lines, at least Hillary Clinton did not repeat the faux pas she committed when she tried to speak in what she thought was black slang. Hillary Clinton trying to sound as if she was from Jersey would have been just too much to bear.
The Clinton Sopranos video was creepy on a number of levels. A cameo appearence from a Soprano actor seemed to suggest a Mafioso button man eying the Clintons with a kind of anticipation. What was this former President and possible future President trying to suggest? That they were in danger of getting wacked? If so, by whom? The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy? As a member I can assure you that most of us don’t look like some goomba from the old neighborhood.
And what was this business about the carrots? We know that Bill would have preferred a big, heaping basket of onion rings. But he allowed his wife to instead order something that was-well-more healthy than tasty. The least she could have done was to include some low fat ranch style dressing to dip the carrots in.
There is a name for a man like that. The polite word is hen pecked. In Texas, we call a man like Bill “whupped” using, sometimes, an impolite adjective in front that means (sometimes) the same as cat. A man who would let it happen is pathetic. A woman who would do it is scary and not the sort one wants to give the Presidency to. The whole country would be in danger of being “whupped.”
Finally what is business about outsourcing the campaign song to Canada? Celine Dion is a sweet singer, despite being somewhat over exposed because of Titanic, but surely writing and performing a song for Hillary is a job an American would be willing to do.