Donald Duck's a Big Bird in Politics

But perhaps the outgoing vice president felt being a lame duck is much better than beating a cartoon duck — especially on a technicality. Gore decided to return to private life, at least for now. Donald Pays Taxes, Mocks Hitler

Still, Donald Duck is a proven force with the electorate. His reluctant membership in The Mickey Mouse Club only proves his status as an outsider. His current work in House of Mouse on the Disney Channel reconfirms his enduring fame. And the sailor suit reminds voters of his commitment to the military.

Indeed, Donald has served this country. In World War II, the Roosevelt administration commissioned him to appear in The New Spirit, a 1942 film that stressed that paying your taxes promptly was the job of every patriotic American.

Ducks usually like their bills — but not their tax bills. However, when irritable Donald sees the terrible threat of the Nazi war machine, he hightails it Washington to personally deliver his share to the Treasury Department (which paid for the film).

Later, in the Oscar-winning Der Fuehrer's Face (originally titled Donald in Nutziland), our hero is forced to work as a virtual slave in a Nazi munitions factory, where he gets beaten up for not saluting Hitler.

Donald wakes up to find that he's no Nazi. It's all been a nightmare, and he is still living in Disneyland.

But if Donald ever has to leave, it's comforting to know that he has a home and political future abroad. If you throw in some meatballs and an Ikea discount, he might even bring Mickey and Goofy.

Buck Wolf is entertainment producer at The Wolf Files is published Tuesdays. If you want to receive weekly notice when a new column is published, join the e-mail list.

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