Hillary Clinton and the “Costanza Rule”

George : Yeah. No, no, no, wait a minute, I always have tuna on toast. Nothing’s ever worked out for me with tuna on toast. I want the complete opposite of on toast. Chicken salad, on rye, untoasted … and a cup of tea.

Elaine : Well, there’s no telling what can happen from this.

Jerry : You know chicken salad is not the opposite of tuna, salmon is the opposite of tuna, ‘cos salmon swim against the current, and the tuna swim with it.

George : Good for the tuna.

( A blonde looks at George )

Elaine : Ah, George, you know, that woman just looked at you.

George : So what? What am I supposed to do?

Elaine : Go talk to her.

George : Elaine, bald men, with no jobs, and no money, who live with their parents, don’t approach strange women.

Jerry : Well here’s your chance to try the opposite. Instead of tuna salad and being intimidated by women, chicken salad and going right up to them.

George : Yeah, I should do the opposite, I should.

Jerry : If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right.

George : Yes, I will do the opposite. I used to sit here and do nothing, and regret it for the rest of the day, so now I will do the opposite, and I will do


( He goes over to the woman )

George : Excuse me, I couldn’t help but notice that you were looking in my direction.

Victoria : Oh, yes I was, you just ordered the same exact lunch as me.

( G takes a deep breath )

George : My name is George. I’m unemployed and I live with my parents.

Victoria : I’m Victoria. Hi.”

It’s a tactic that Hillary Clinton might do well to consider.

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4 comments on this post.
  1. Mithras:

    So let’s imagine the zenpundit-approved response that Sen. Clinton should have given:

    "Yes, I’ll make my husband – a domestic policy expert who was a lightning rod for criticism by the Right whenever he did anything with national security implications – a key member of my foreign policy team."

    Whether or not what she says bears any relationship to what she’ll do, hers was clearly the politically smart answer.

  2. Barnabus:

    You really want Bill making national security decisions?  Compared to Bush, Clinton IS a warmonger, taking military action without prior approval of the people.

  3. zen:

    Hi Barnabus,

    As much as I disagreed with Clinton on many things when he was in office, "warmonger" was not one of the epithets that I used to describe the man.

    Hi Mithras,

    Who was really beating down her door because they were so worried that Bill might offer some kind of foreign policy advice ? Anybody ? No, Hillary wanted this story out there front and center for her own egocentric reasons.

    The politically smart thing to do was not to have raised this issue in the first place and if asked, mumble something like " The former President is highly respected overseas and has a wealth of experience to share when called upon…blah..blah…blah" Something simple and to the point rather than some kind of weird exile/No-Bill-Zone that the Clinton’s will no doubt get caught violating anyway.

  4. JayJay@Soob:

    "No-Bill-Zone." Lol!