After dissing the earnest, pro-Obama hipsters of "Yes We Can," praising their anti-McCain parodists ("John.i.am") and comparing the maniacal "Hillary4U&Me" to a jingle for hepatitis B, it's only fair that Stumper takes note of the latest supporter-generated musical extravaganza: Mike Huckabee's "High Hopes" (above).
How does it compare? I'm torn. On the one
hand, I appreciate the historical allusion; originally popularized in
1959 by Frank Sinatra, "High Hopes" was rerecorded by the Rat Pack in
1960 to serve as a campaign theme for John F. Kennedy. (Lyrics included the immortal phrase, "Oops,
there goes the opposition -- KERPLOP!") But whatever trivia points the
Huckafans may have scored by plundering the past, they've more than
lost with their actual rendition of the song. Without spoiling the
surprise, let me say that "overeager Disney World cast member performs
at Asian karaoke joint circa 1997" wouldn't be too far off the mark.