In a recent piece for The Hollywood Reporter, “Veep” showrunner David Mandel compared Selina Meyer — the callow, vainglorious, incompetent former president of the United States played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus — to Donald Trump.
“Trump, in a weird way, is sort of doing us,” Mandel said. “We’re not doing him.”
In fact, they’re doing Hillary Clinton.
This week, New York magazine features a lengthy profile of Clinton online, and while meant to be a hagiography, it actually reveals Clinton in a sad, somewhat delusional light — the Norma Desmond of American politics, still waiting for her close-up.
Here she is on May 10, working away (at what is unclear) from her dining room table in Chappaqua. “Clinton checks with her communications director, Nick Merrill, about what’s happened in the past hour — she’s been exercising — and listens to the barrage of updates, nodding like a person whose job requires her to be up-to-date on what’s happening, even though it does not.”