The seemingly endless, intractable presidential campaign is a lot like the Iraq war, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert joked during his show last night.

After winning Pennsylvania’s primary on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton’s vow to continue her bid carries more weight, but observers still say she faces next-to-impossible odds to defeat Barack Obama, who holds an effectively insurmountable lead in pledged delegates and votes.

“Hillary is doing well enough to stay in the fight, but there’s still no clear path to victory,” Colbert said.

Sound familiar?

On The Colbert Report, Wednesday night’s word was “Iraq The Vote.”

The host went on to explain that Clinton “went into this campaign using many of the same strategies we used when we went to war”: overwhelming force she hoped would lead to a quick-and-easy Super Tuesday coronation, resistance of calls to withdraw from the race after losing 11 straight contests, a “surge” of victories in Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Problem is, even with her recent wins, not enough states remain to put Clinton over the top in the delegate or vote counts. Again, Colbert parallels the Iraq effort.

“When the Army started running out of soldiers, they simply lowered the standards for recruitment,” he says. “So, if Hillary is running out of states, she should simply ask to lower the standards for statehood. … Surely there’s some other big state that could win her the nomintaion.” (“State of denial?” The Word board asks.)

Stephen Colbert devotes his “The Word” segment to a comparison of Hillary Clinton’s Pennsylvania win and the US strategy in Iraq.

This video is from Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, broadcast April 23, 2008.

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