January 2, 2008, - 12:39 pm

Mike “Joe Perry” Huckabee?: Ugh – Meet Another Wannabe Rocker Who Ran For Prez Instead

By Debbie Schlussel
For the last several days of pre-Iowa Caucuses coverage, many of the clips of Mike Huckabee feature him playing guitar. And that’s a bad sign. When I see politicians playing musical instruments, it reminds me that they were likely wannabe rock stars and musicians who failed. So, in order to get the same rock-star like fame, they’re running for President or making Israel amputate itself to death, or both.
When I see politicians playing musical instruments, I ask myself (and them) what the heck that has to do with running a country. In one case, a Presidential candidate’s instrument playing foretold what Monica would do under the desk in the Oval Office. And regardless of that, in every case, I find the politician playing an instrument an annoying session of show-offi-ness and braggadocio that tells me they are all show and very little substance. It makes me shout at the TV, “Keep it to yourself. You just want fame and the rock star life. A better country–not so much.”



Sorry, but semi-skills at making what passes for music do not make you better equipped to run America. They just make you better equipped to play back-up for yet another Washington-area garage band of lame politico singers like Trent Lott.
It reminds me of a quote from Gene Simmons, which he unfortunately doesn’t follow himself (since he’s forever absurdly spouting off on world affairs):

We don’t comment on whales and the rain forest. We don’t try to be ambassadors to Bosnia. Duh. You need a rock star for that? Some idiot who couldn’t tune a guitar six months ago is now an environmental specialist? I blame media for giving rock stars more credence than they deserve. Why don’t they ask Al Gore how to play bass?

Well, apparently, they can ask Mike Huckabee how. And it’s just as ludicrous.
In seeing the Hucksterbee’s Joe Perry-wannabe photos, I decided to put together a tiny montage of other instrument players who’ve been in the Oval Office–either as its occupant or somebody way too close to the occupant–whom we’d have been better off without. You tell me: Did his questionable saxophone skills and her piano skills help our country any? . . .





National Security Advisor/Secretary of State or Star Wannabe?:

Condi Clueless Can’t Make Up Her Mind


Oh, one other thing: To those who say I’m jealous, I’m not. I took piano and know how to play. But I hated every single minute of piano lessons. The day I quit was a great day, indeed. My relatives and piano teacher said I’d regret it for the rest of my life, which I never did. I really think I would have liked the drums, though.
On a related note, have you ever seen “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T” (written and directed by the anti-Israel Dr. Seuss/Theodor Geisel)? My piano teacher was nothing like that–she is a sweet lady who was my grandmother’s best friend. But that movie–about a kid sent to an evil piano camp–was great, cute . . . and brilliant.

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12 Responses

Harry Truman played piano and was the best of the lot. By far.

barrypopik on January 2, 2008 at 2:22 pm

One Truman quote for you:
“My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.”

barrypopik on January 2, 2008 at 2:24 pm

I’m obviously not voting for Huckabee, but I think it’s cool that he plays bass. It makes him look more human and less mechanical. I’d vote for Geddy Lee for president but he’s Canadian.:)

Norman Blitzer on January 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Nixon played the piano as well.
If only Condi had stuck to piano playing. She is unbelievably clueless and in over her head. The highest level she SHOULD have reached was Stanford University provost. I always thought she was incoherent. I at first thought it was me but now I realize Condi IS incoherent.

lexi on January 2, 2008 at 6:31 pm

Take a close look and it is clear that all these wanna-be-rockstar politicians are full of themselves, unlike selfless candidates like Tom Tancredo, who America failed to support. Americans have only to blame themselves for what will now come to White House. Good Luck, America.

Alert on January 3, 2008 at 4:51 am

Please don’t put down real musicians, i.e. those who actually can play an instrument; even amateurs. There’s too much fake “music” already today, Debbie. Also, Huckabee is (obviously) playing electric bass, not guitar.

Cousin Charlie from TN on January 3, 2008 at 5:52 am

I can play the stereo.

John Cunningham on January 3, 2008 at 7:32 am

Honorî Killings in Texas?
by Dymphna…….
There is lots of outrage to go around on this, but I canít go there anymore. Itís not Islamic, itís tribal. Not too long ago, this was going on in European countries, too – especially Catholic ones. A girlís ìhonorî came before everything else………..
In other words, this is not IslamÖor it is not just Muslims who murder family members. This is not ìinstant jihadî; itís a family tragedy.
I found one reference (scroll down) on the web to a song I used to hear on the radio as I got ready for school. The lyrics didnít mean anything to me then; just a bouncing country tune while I ate breakfast:
Slap her down again, PaÖ Slap her down againÖ
Make her tell us more, PaÖ Tell us where sheís beenÖ
Oh how they slapped, slapped, slapped my sister BetsyÖ
Slapped her on the chinÖ
Make her tell us more, PaÖ Tell us where sheís been.
And that was America in the early ë50ís.
We donít have too much room to judge on this one.( from Gates of Vienna..sick)

storagemanager on January 3, 2008 at 8:19 am

Like you, I took piano as well, know a bit about playing, and like you, hated it. But look at the bright side. Today, you could leverage that talent on a synthesizer, and select your own favorite instrument. It’s a lot easier than a guitar, I think.

Infidel Pride on January 3, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Forget the guitar; that picture of the Huckster stuffing his face is priceless!

spiffo on January 3, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Because wacking Yo Yo Ma on the head is smart. He don’t gots the know to play.

laneh on January 3, 2008 at 5:34 pm

I read today that Huckabee and Clinton have one more thing in common. They are both from Hope, They both play musical instruments for fun. They both have ugly wives, and they both left office with a few more things than they came with. It seems that Huckabee left the Governors’s mansion in much the same way as the Clinton’s left the whitehouse, destroying hard drives and stealing furniture. Sounds like a great Christian to me. Orianna Fallaci was right when she stated that people don’t think anymore the television does it for them, that can be the only reason people could vote for Huckabee. The only thing I agree with Ron Paul on is when he said that “Facism will ride into America carrying a cross”. Watch out America, meet the real Huckabee.

MadMom on January 4, 2008 at 11:42 am

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