Sunday, February 24, 2008
Zen and the Art of Understanding Mike Huckabee
Mike Huckabee was on "Saturday Night Live" last night, proving beyond any shadow of a doubt that the man does not have a sense of humor, but for some reason he needs everyone to think that he does. The act of appearing, as a means of campaign promotion, in a sketch about how you are unable to win the Republican nomination yet will not drop out of the race is...something, but funny is not it. Neither is it ironic, satirical, or a parody of current events. It is what it is, that kind of tunnel-vision bland truth that has no effect on you for looking at it. It is a neutral event, with no external bearing or significance, a null act save for personal vanity. I reel every time I consider the punchline to Huckabee's segment, that he has overstayed his welcome on the show itself. We are talking complete symbolic stasis lock, a black hole that meaning cannot escape.