Is Huckabee The Duke or The Dauphin?

Which ever one he is, George W. Bush must be the other. Stay with me for a minute.

I caught the end of a pretty bad film version of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” on TV the other day, and I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Huckster Mike Huckabee when watching the con men Duke and Dauphin. I never thought I’d use the syllable “huck” so many times in one sentence.

There was an important part of the book that was left out of the movie. Remember when the townspeople are so embarrassed that they were suckered by the “Royal Nonesuch” that they tell all of their friends how great it is, resulting in a bigger crowd the next night? Doesn’t that remind you of what’s going on right now? GWB is like the first night’s performance, and Huckabee’s encore would just be more of the same. Unfortunately, it seems like the Republican Party is starting to line up behind “more of the same” in order to save face for voting in the Royal Nonesuch we have right now.

Still, I can’t help but be encouraged by how the novel turns out. In the end, The Duke and The Dauphin are tarred and feathered, and Huckleberry Finn has an epiphany (“all right, then, I’ll go to hell”) , which ultimately results in his and Jim’s salvation.

Hopefully we’re living in a country full of Huck Finns and not Huckabees. December 16 sounds like a good day for an epiphany to me.

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