In yesterday’s Day By Day strip Chris Muir noticed something slightly amiss with the Missouri Compromise of 2005.
It’s as though the gang of seven Republican senators rewrote “High Noon” to suit their own temperament. When Marshall Kane turned to his Hadleyville townsmen for help to fight off Frank Miller as he was about to arrive in town fresh from the prison Kane sent him to years earlier, they didn’t just offer their personal excuses to head for the hills (“You’re askin’ an awful lot, Kane, considering the kind of man Frank Miller is”). They turned on Kane and shot him in the back before Miller even arrived at the station.
The Democratic senators seem to me to have played out their own version of the tense poker scene in “Cool Hand Luke.” Luke’s adversaries fold their hands one by one while Luke ups the ante. Luke’s bluff prevails and he takes the pot. Observing the proceedings, Dragline turns over Luke’s hole card and contemptuosly tells Luke’s last adversary, “Nothin’. A handful of nothin’. You stupid mullet-head. He beat you with nothin’.”
Luke responds, “Yeah, well, sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand.” Unless the Democrats rewrite this script as well, however, grounds for optimism can be inferred from the film’s conclusion.
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