Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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 muchbut 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.

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