Read, White, and Bleu 2016: Huck Finn and Jim

In January, we announced Bas Bleu would be hosting our own 2016 presidential election, with your favorite literary characters as the candidates. We’ve narrowed your nominees down to six teams, and in the months leading up to Election Day in November, we’ll be presenting you with the candidates’ biographies, platform issues, and a schedule of campaign events.


Candidate Bio

Huckleberry “Huck” Finn was born in St. Petersburg, Missouri, son to a Pap who learned him all too well the sting of poverty and violence. When an act of heroism alongside his friend Tom Sawyer resulted in a financial windfall, Huck was taken in by the Widow Douglas, who was determined to sivilize him and make him respectable. But money ain’t nothing when a boy’s freedom is on the line, so to save his neck Huck lit out. Fate threw him together with his future running mate, Jim, an escaped slave whose good sense and good morals saved Huck’s skin on more than one occasion. A student of the school of life, Huck has traveled the United States, entertained European dukes and dauphins, survived a blood feud, and died and been brought back to life (twice). He learned the hard way that humans can be awful cruel to one another, and now he plans to do something about it.

For what you want, above all things, on a raft, is for everybody to be satisfied, and feel right and kind towards others.

Issues We Care About

Preserving America’s Waterways
Persons attempting to pollute our nation’s rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans with trash, chemicals, or invasive species will be prosecuted.

Racial Discrimination
Persons attempting to judge others by the color of their skin instead of the letter of the law and the dictates of human decency will be banished.

Domestic Abuse and Child Abuse
Persons attempting to do physical harm to women or children will be shot.

Upcoming Campaign Events

Kids’ Campout
Little adventurers are invited to bring their sleeping bags and s’mores fixins for a campout on Jackson’s Island. Fish for your supper, enjoy campfire stories, and practice wilderness safety and basic survival skills. There will even be a chance to build rafts for the raft-racing competition!

Race in America Two-Day Seminar
Racism is an ugly stain on American history and culture, a stain that persists long after slavery was abolished. Join us for a two-day seminar at which our nation’s leading scholars, journalists, and civil-rights advocates share their expertise about Americans’ ongoing struggles for racial equality.

Mississippi River Clean Up
Grab your gloves and pull on your boots: Every Saturday morning we welcome volunteers to help us do our part to clear debris from the Mighty Mississippi. A clean river is a healthy river!

11 thoughts on “Read, White, and Bleu 2016: Huck Finn and Jim

  1. I love this. Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin get my vote. love not hate, peace not war, and plenty of honey for everyone and lots of fun times in Hundred Acre Woods! Love Huck Finn and Jim and their causes as well. really like that you are doing this, hope word gets around about this wonderful thing you are doing amid this crazy election time in our country. thanks, Blue Stocking! nora holt

  2. Well! I’m truly sorry I wasn’t paying attention earlier in the year when this particular campaign was announced! What a terrific idea. I would love a more expanded menu of candidates in real life; I will content myself with the ones on offer from my one of my favorite salons of refuge. I’m going to have to see the rest of the platforms before casting my vote however. I can tell it’s going to be a very difficult decision! (And yes, I would appreciate the option of bumper stickers or magnets promoting these candidates but I don’t wear T-shirts much anymore.)

    • Thanks so much for touching base with us, Sue. Our apologies for the delayed response; for some reason your message was caught in our “pending” folder. We appreciate your nice words about our literary presidential campaign and love that you’re willing to listen to all of the candidates before making your choice. We hope you stop back by the Salon on a regular basis!

  3. This is a fantastic idea and a much appreciated relief from the current election reality.
    Without knowing the remaining pairs — and therefore reserving my right to change my mind! — I would like to suggest the following: Pooh and Christopher Robin as President and Vice-President, respectively; Tom Sawyer as Secretary of the Interior; Jim as the Secretary of Common Sense (a new position sorely overdue); Hercule Poirot as Attorney General and therefore over the Department of Justice; and Miss Marple as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.

  4. Pingback: Read, White, and Bleu: Atticus Wins! | Bas Bleu Bluestocking Salon

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