Thanks, that was fun, and I love John Cleese. And not surprising he uses the parrot analogy, since he was in the Python's legendary "Dead Parrot" sketch.
[Excerpt from mid-point in the sketch in a pet shop. Cleese is Mr. Praline, Michael Palin (mentioned in the interview) is the shop owner]
(Takes parrot out of the cage and thumps its head on the counter. Throws it up in the air and watches it plummet to the floor.)
Mr. Praline: Now that's what I call a dead parrot.
Owner: No, no.....No, 'e's stunned!
Mr. Praline: STUNNED?!?
Owner: Yeah! You stunned him, just as he was wakin' up! Norwegian Blues stun easily, major.
Mr. Praline: Um...now look...now look, mate, I've definitely 'ad enough of this. That parrot is definitely deceased, and when I purchased it not 'alf an hour ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it bein' tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk.
Owner: Well, he's...he's, ah...probably pining for the fjords.
Mr. Praline: PININ' for the FJORDS?!?!?!? What kind of talk is that?, look, why did he fall flat on his back the moment I got 'im home?
Owner: The Norwegian Blue prefers keepin' on it's back! Remarkable bird, id'nit, squire? Lovely plumage!
Mr. Praline: Look, I took the liberty of examining that parrot when I got it home, and I discovered the only reason that it had been sitting on its perch in the first place was that it had been NAILED there. [Continues]
Here's the entire sketch from YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vuW6tQ0218
BTW, Pelosi as House Speaker wouldn't automatically become VP, but only President if both the President & VP offices are vacant. The next VP is nominated by the new President (former VP), and approved by the Senate. I would expect Pres. Palin to nominate a Republican, not a Democrat for VP.