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Hillary the Dalek

January 21st, 2008 (04:22 pm)

As seen in today's Times (links to cartoon page - at the time of posting the relevant cartoon is the first one in the main column, but the arrangement will probably change.)

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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 21st, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
US_politics

The joke is the idea that in campaiging heavily for his wife's campaign for the White House, Bill Clinton is expiating his adultery while he was president of the United States. Hillary-as-Dalek is a sort of empowered nagging wife. It's an old-fashioned and sexist cartoon really.

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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 21st, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)

Only in that it's incongruous to see Senator Clinton as a Dalek, and the old 'Daleks can't climb stairs' joke (they have been climbing stairs by implication since 1964, and in vision since 1988) is trotted out again, showing how it's permeated popular culture.

Posted by: Disparate Housewife (wryelle)
Posted at: January 21st, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)

I thought the joke was about Hillary being impersonal and 'robotic' as I have often read her described. And the campaigning/stairs being something she therefore couldn't tackle without her husbands help.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 21st, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)

See my comment to daniel_saunders below.

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Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: January 21st, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Outsider

My reading was that Bill is completely carrying his wife's campaign. Hillary-as-Dalek could be seen as grudging respect: she might not have the popular/human touch that her husband has, but if he gets her to the top, she'll be a force to reckoned with, far more so than Bill was.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 21st, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
regeneration

It's the 'Expiate!' order from Hillary which makes her come over as hectoring - but your interpretation is a more sympathetic one.