The Rocky Metaphor Jumps the Shark

The Rocky Metaphor Jumps the Shark

The Rocky Metaphor Jumps the Shark

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April 22 2008 10:19 PM

The Rocky Metaphor Jumps the Shark

We've written at length about Clinton's attachment to Rocky and her flawed belief that Balboa's plight mirrors her own. (Her devotion to the comparison has also inspired one of the greater YouTube political mashups of all time.) Tonight, Clinton has taken the metaphor to the next level. During her victory speech, two garishly red boxing gloves are floating behind her right shoulder, attached to somebody wearing a purple V-neck.

We know that campaigns orchestrate their human backdrops carefully , so it seems clear the Clinton campaign put the gloves behind Clinton on purpose. But the real question is whether they gave the gloves to the V-neck wearer or he brought them in by himself.