Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Huck Wants What it Wants

It just occurred to me this morning, looking at the local news-paper, that this Intertube contraption of ours could possibly be used in some sort of editorial capacity. To comment on events of the day, and such. Politics? you're thinking. On the internet? But I really think it could work.

I don't think I'm really the one to do it, but I did have one thought. I may not be the first to consider this. Watching election returns, I see that Jeebus-loving Governor Huckabee continues to do surprisingly well with the Mouth-Breathing Rural Folk Component of the Republican electorate, bless their hearts. And, cinephile that I am, I thought what I'd thought before--how is it possible that none of these people have constructed some sort of campaign theme around the slogan "I (heart) Huckabee?" It just seemed like a no-brainer to me; it's a funny name and you'd think you'd want to play up any association it might have in people's minds.

Then, of course, I realized what an idiot I am. I feel like Pauline Kael in the apocryphal story, utterly confused about how Nixon managed to get elected, since nobody she knew had voted for him. I, to drastically understate the case, am not representative of the GOP base. And even among we decadent coastal-elite fifth-columnists, really very few people saw, and fewer liked, David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabee's. It's entirely possible that the set of people who have both seen that movie and who would consider voting for the jolly slimmed-down Arkansan contains literally no one. It's entirely possible that no Huck voter is aware that there is such a film. And that it contains actual Jewish folks, negroes, French people, and Mark Wahlberg.

Huckabee himself, of course, has seen the movie multiple times. He's a big Jude Law fan. Old school! eXistenZ, baby!

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