John Pritchett



Republican Charles Djou recently announced he’s running for the 1st Congressional District seat, known as CD1. This is his fourth run for Congress in four years. He won just once before, in the May 2010 special election to replace Neil Abercrombie, who resigned to run for governor. Djou won that winner-take-all contest with the support of fewer than two in five voters. If Djou wins the Republican primary, a victory in November will likely require a larger swath of the electorate. Civil Beat columnist Chad Blair laid out why Djou might be an appealing candidate, but asked whether running under the GOP banner in such a Democratic state is too much of a burden. Djou’s challenge got our political cartoonist John Pritchett thinking about “High Hopes,” a song Frank Sinatra popularized in 1959: “Just what makes that little old ant/Think hell move that rubber tree plant/Anyone knows an ant, can’t/Move a rubber tree plant.” You can see the young Sinatra performing the song, playfully, with a child chorus here. For the song’s full lyrics click here.

About the author: John Pritchett is a longtime award-winning political cartoonist. He has been penning artwork in Hawaii for decades, including 20 years at the Honolulu Weekly. Find more of his work on the web at

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