I've seen two links, here and here, to websites criticizing "Saturday Night Live" for being pro-Hillary again with its parody of Hillary's "3 AM" ad. Basically, if you didn't see it, the sketch has a pathetic, paranoid Obama calling up Hillary in the middle of the night during a crisis and desperately asking her for advice, which she doles out confidently.
How do people get this so wrong? The parody is clearly poking fun at the Hillary campaign. First clue: it's a PARODY of Hillary's ad. It's making fun of her real ad's contention that Obama isn't experienced enough to deal with a crisis, and it does this by taking that idea to it's ridiculous conclusion. The sketch even begins with Hillary at a desk saying, "I'm Hillary Clinton and I approve this unfair and deceptive message" and later she calls the ad "specious campaign talking points." If anything, those lines make the sketch too bluntly anti-Hillary.
Side note: I actually thought it was one of the better sketches in a show that demonstrated evidence of host Amy Adams's comedic talents but ultimately squandered them. She is getting no love these days, as the Oscars also did her no help -- not only did they fail to nominate her for Best Actress, they put her out there to sing, alone, a song that, in the film, involved her cleaning a house with cartoon birds and rodents. Even one of those goofy production numbers with animal costumes would have been better. And despite her presence, this "Mrs. Pettigrew" movie has no appeal for me.
And back to Hillary: don't even get me started on this op-ed in the NY Times calling the original Hillary ad racist. I haven't seen "Birth of a Nation" so I can't judge if there are any images in the ad that are similar to what's in that movie. But otherwise, this op-ed strikes me as ridiculous. The best argument I can see for the ad being racist is this: the reality is that many viewers of the ad will instinctively assume that the ad's vague crisis that's endangering their children at night is someone in a minority group, so Hillary should refuse to play to those instincts. But I can readily believe that Hillary and her campaign assumed that many people would think the unnamed threat was a terrorist or nuclear war or something more general like that. And so without knowledge of what the campaign was really thinking, I think you can't accuse the ad of racism.
I wonder if perhaps these two incidents of paranoia from the Obama camp relates to this incredible anti-Hillary fervor that seems to be happening lately. Among many of the people I know, almost all of whom (like me) are pro-Obama, this fervor has become so high-pitched that I actually find it rather amusing. It actually makes me rather impressed with Obama -- it makes me marvel at how he has such an incredible hold on many of us that we're willing to shout such vitriol at his opponent, who in any other election we'd be supporting whole-heartedly.