Hillary Agonistes

I’m telling you, it’s all in Milton. (Actually, it’s all in the Bible, but I’m referring to Milton’s having a language for it.) Here is another Milton application from Robert D. Novak, discussing Hillary Clinton’s assassination reference and her other ways:

This recalls Milton’s 17th-century tragic poem “Samson Agonistes” — portraying Samson as a battler. “Eyeless in Gaza” was the poet’s reference not only to physical blindness but also to failure to comprehend reality. As “Hillary Agonistes,” she threatens to bring down the temple of the country’s oldest political party.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    I couldn’t help be amused at all the angst over Hillary’s statement.
    Whether it was an innocent reference to timelines or a veiled wish, it was so Clinton, so in keeping with their hardball politics and callous personalities, it shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone.
    A lot of good people invested a lot more than was ever deserved in the persons of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Now, the people that made them are having to deal with them as they really are and always really were.
    Chickens coming home to roost.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    I couldn’t help be amused at all the angst over Hillary’s statement.
    Whether it was an innocent reference to timelines or a veiled wish, it was so Clinton, so in keeping with their hardball politics and callous personalities, it shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone.
    A lot of good people invested a lot more than was ever deserved in the persons of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Now, the people that made them are having to deal with them as they really are and always really were.
    Chickens coming home to roost.

  • S. Bauer

    I like Oliphant’s depiction of Bill saying to Hillary, “You’ve got to learn to keep your mouth closed or we’re going to end up back at the “Bide-a-Wee” trailor park.”

  • S. Bauer

    I like Oliphant’s depiction of Bill saying to Hillary, “You’ve got to learn to keep your mouth closed or we’re going to end up back at the “Bide-a-Wee” trailor park.”


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