On 'SNL,' a somber Hillary Clinton refuses to give up

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She's not giving up.

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For a moment, the laughter stopped.

Some might have expected "Saturday Night Live" to return with another excoriation of the new president-elect. How much further could Alec Baldwin extend his bottom lip in an expression of pouty bloviation?

Instead, the show opened with Hillary Clinton at the piano. Technically, it was Kate McKinnon, whose Clinton manages to bear more of the inner Democratic nominee than perhaps the nominee herself.

In a week that saw the death of memorably melancholy poet and singer Leonard Cohen, Clinton intoned his classic "Hallelujah." This is a song that has maintained its poignancy despite being featured on every singing reality show there is.

While many exclaimed "Hallelujah!" at the election of Donald Trump, this version comprised McKinnon singing tearfully.

"I did my best, it wasn't much. I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch. I told the truth, I didn't come to fool ya," sang McKinnon. Some will find solace in these words, others laughter.

And it was all leading up to her final message: "I'm not giving up and neither should you."

Some might point out that at least a proportion of those who voted for Trump had, indeed, given up and saw in him a chance at a redemption.

It's clear, though, that many have been moved by McKinnon's message. Almost 550,000 people have already bathed in it on YouTube.

If you thought the election campaign had many twists and turns, the next couple of years will have many more.

I wonder how many hallelujahs anyone will be singing by this time next year.