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American Politics and American Idol

By on 5.14.08 | 10:47AM

If you were watching Idol last night -- and the chances that you were are declining -- you might have noticed the increasingly bizarre disconnect between the judges' comments and the actual performances. David Archuleta butchered "And So It Goes" and still received praise. Randy, Paula, and Simon even blunted their criticism of Archuleta's absurd rendition of "With You." If it were anyone else, Simon would have called it the trainwreck that it was. Meanwhile, Syesha Mercado was told she was in danger of going home after a performance of "Fever" that was ten times better than anything Archuleta pulled out.

The parallel to Barack Obama is irresistible. Hillary Clinton blew Obama away by more than 40 points last night -- and still didn't put the brakes on reports of her political death. And just as we will most likely learn in tonight's result show that Archuleta's teenybopper fanbase has propelled him into the final two, the superdelegates are still trickling into Obama's column today, even after last night's embarrassing showing.

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