Hillary Clinton: Manchurian Candidate Redux?
The Sundance Channel has been airing the 2004 remake of "The Manchurian Candidate" lately and revisiting parts of it, I was struck again by how much the character played by Meryl Streep---the power hungry, political mother-from-hell, Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw---resembles Hillary Clinton. At the time, Streep adamantly denied as much, but whatever her intentions, that's certainly how the performance came across. Check out this clip, as well this deleted scene of now-Senator Al Franken interviewing the ambitious Eleanor.
No one will ever surpass Angela Lansbury, who, in the original 1962 classic, was one of the scariest women in film history, nor can the remake, which conveniently changed the bad guys from communists to corporate villains, touch the original. But now that Hillary is after the presidency, the comparison is one to think about. Americans already know what it's like to have what feels like a Manchurian Candidate for president. Let's not make it a habit.