February 25, 2008

Huck has Jumped the Shark.

As obvious as it is to everyone else that the campaign is over, Mike Huckabee inexplicably hangs on to the hope that somehow his efforts are still relevant. Huckabee's appearance on Saturday Night Live, lampooning himself over the fact that it is mathematically impossible for him to win the nomination was truly his "Jumping the shark moment". (Sorry UTube has removed the video by order of the NBC copyright police.) I do have to say that Mike was genuinely funny and may have a career in stand -up since the president gig didn't work out for him.

From Wiki: The term jumping the shark alludes to a specific scene in a 1977 episode of the TV series Happy Days when the popular character Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli jumps over a shark while water skiing. The scene was so preposterous that many believed it to be an ill-conceived attempt at reviving the declining ratings of the flagging show.

Since then, the phrase has become a colloquialism used by U.S. TV critics and fans to denote the point at which the characters or plot of a TV series ( or in this case a political campaign )veer into a ridiculous, out-of-the-ordinary storyline. Such a show (or candidate) is typically deemed to have passed its peak. Once a show has "jumped the shark" fans sense a noticeable decline in quality or feel the show has undergone too many changes to retain its original charm.

Mike, we are sorry to inform you that the charm that won you Iowa has run its course, you have been cancelled.

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