Here's my new cartoon about Missouri Congressman Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin. Thoughts?
Missouri Rep. Todd Akin brought the "War on Women" back into the spotlight over the weekend with his mind-numbingly dumb "legitimate rape" comment (don't miss our Akin cartoon slideshow). As Republicans are once again placed on the defensive when it comes to a woman's reproductive rights, our cartoonists weigh in:
Last week, Joe Biden got into some hot water when he awkwardly told a crowd during a campaign rally that "Romney's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules - unchain Wall Street!" adding, "They're going to put y'all back in chains."
Well, our conservative flamethrower Gary McCoy responded with this cartoon about the gaffe-prone Vice President:
Jon Hall: Here come the defenders of the Progressive Faith --- letting us all know he didn't mean *those* chains ...
Stilton Jarlsberg: I applaud Gary McCoy's courage in speaking out about this. Racism is NOT acceptable - especially in the mouths of those on the Left who make it into policy.
Mary Lou Quinn: How can (inappropriately) referring to the early history of black americans be, in any way, compared as equal to references of watermelon and malt liquor? Weapons of mass distraction!
Anika Denton: This cartoon is so vile and unfunny. Biden didn't even make a racist statement, it's Republicans fake poutrage that made simple-minded people think it was racist.
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As those yellow buses make their way back on the road, here are five funny cartoons to get you into that back to school grove...
The GOP continues to push Voter ID laws, one set of "chains" go unmentioned and campaign ads get bloody. Here is our afternoon round-up of cartoons about what's happening in the news...
Every Friday, we collect the best political cartoons of the week and stuff them into one big, glorious slideshow.
So just relax and catch up on a week’s worth of news with our Best Cartoons of the Week slideshow.
Pat Bagley / Salt Lake Tribune
Columnist Tina Dupuy thinks if you have to compare Paul Ryan to a wacky Republican female, look towards Minnesota...
The charm of Sarah Palin as a vice presidential pick is she set the bar incredibly low for her successors. As long as a nominee can name a newspaper and their foreign policy experience isn’t living next to a foreign country, the press can dub them better than Sarah Palin. More qualified. More gravitas. More ready to lead than Palin was…
A Palin standard for being fit for public office is like a Donald Trump standard for public humility. Basically, no standard at all.
It’s really not fair to compare Paul Ryan to Sarah Palin. Sure it makes Ryan as a VP nominee seem less cynical——less Hail Mary——less desperate than if Palin had never word-souped the nation four years ago. If John McCain would have picked Tim Pawlenty in ’08, the Ryan pick would look pretty irresponsible. But now the GOP has the “Palin Standard.”
A better comparison for Paul Ryan is former Republican presidential candidate Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Both are from mid-western cheese-heavy states. Both are high-profile tea party Republicans in the lowest-rated Congress in the history of percentages. Even when Bachmann is causing international incidents with her xenophobic race baiting about the Muslim Brotherhood’s alleged infiltration of the U.S. government——she sounds as pleasant as someone selling orange juice on television.
If the 1980′s Michael J. Fox sit-com character——the beloved Reagan-idolizing Alex P. Keaton——were a self-hating public employee who cherry-picked all the worst parts of Ayn Rand, the Bible and the Heritage Foundation’s reading room, he’d be Paul Ryan! Quirky, young and clearly trying to fill a larger man’s suit——the rightest of Republicans love Paul Ryan.
Bob Englehart / Hartford Courant
Well they kind of love him. Both Paul Ryan and Michele Bachmann are guilty pleasures for Republicans. They like listening to them beat up on President Obama and spout their cheery condemnations of liberalism, but they don’t want to admit it too loudly lest they get stuck defending ALL their ideas. Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll but now she’s not even invited to introduce anyone, let alone speak, at the upcoming Republican National Convention.
Obama tried to campaign against the Ryan Budget plan this past spring since the House GOP voted for it, but that was declared out-of-bounds. Now? It’s in play and Republican politicians are not thrilled about explaining their vote to give future senior citizens coupons for chemotherapy.
Bachmann and Ryan also share the distinction of being ineffective lawmakers. According to ThatsMyCongress.com, in her nearly six years in office “Bachmann has passed three rhetorical bills with no force of law, and one amendment that asks an Inspector General to conduct inspections.” Paul Ryan has been an incumbent for twice that time and has only introduced two bills that have become law: One renaming a post office in his home town, the other changing how arrows are taxed (how very 21st century).
Bachmann at least gets to distance herself from the Republican Congressional blank check given to the big-spending Bush administration. Under Ryan’s allegedly hawkish eye, his party started two unpaid-for wars, cut taxes during said wars, grew the government, exploded the national debt and then bailed out unregulated banks with taxpayer money. Paul Ryan voted yes for all of it and doesn’t ask for a correction when he’s called a small government conservative.
Both Bachmann and Ryan are also at the extreme end of the spectrum when it comes to gay rights and reproductive freedoms. They both have consistently voted for any anti-abortion/anti-contraception bills that came before them. Ditto with expanding martial rights to same sex couples. Ryan, with all his libertarian billing, has voted to take away liberties from his fellow citizens. He is the government he’s warned us about: Freedom is for corporations, and regulations are for our private lives.
If Ryan is now the Republican mainstream, Bachmann is now the Republican mainstream. If Ryan is getting the full embrace of his party——Bachmann should be getting that same welcome into the fray.
Or in the case of Republicans in 2012, the fringe.
Tina Dupuy is the editor-in-chief of SoapBlox, and columnist for Cagle Cartoons Inc. Read more of Dupuy's columns here.
In an interview with Fortune magazine, Mitt Romney briefly hit on a couple of the programs and subsidies he would get rid of in order to balance the budget, and PBS was on the list.
The GOP has been going after PBS funding for years. Here's my cartoon:
Here are some addition cartoons about the GOP's desire to kill Big Bird:
Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his VP might be dominating the news coverage, but there are a lot of other things going in the news that don't involve the Wisconsin Congressman. Here's a round-up of five non-Paul Ryan cartoons:
Here’s my new cartoon about the Republican duo of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan:
It is a metaphor that made me laugh – Romney and Ryan, as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, chasing the “impossible dream” of vanquishing the entitlement windmills. It is great fun to rip off recognizable works of art for editorial cartoons – most editorial cartoonists do it every so often.
George W. Bush as King Henry VIII by Hans Holbien is one of my favorite oldies:
It's interesting to see how cartoonists have been reacting to the selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate. Here's a round-up of five cartoons commenting on the pick, and what it means for the Presidential race...
I'm sad to see the Olympics end. They offer so many great opportunities for cartoonists, especially when an election is occurring...
Too bad dogs weren't allowed at the Olympics. Romney brought his horse, and Obama could have entered his small-bladdered attack dog...
Meanwhile, Mitt is still being weighed down by questions over the secrecy of his tax returns...
Good luck getting a straight answer from one of his surrogates. They've had nearly as many gaffes this cycle as Romney himself...
It's been a rough summer for Mitt Romney. From a series of gaffes to being slammed by Harry Reid our cartoonists have it covered in this slideshow called Romney's Rough Summer!
Mitt Romney has chosen his vice president, Paul Ryan. Let's take a closer look at Ryan and his stance on Medicare in this cartoon slideshow called Paul Ryan and Medicare.
News of Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsonis Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate broke late Friday night. By Saturday morning, our conservative flamethrower Gary McCoy was first on the scene, beating everyone (including me) to the cartooning punch:
I asked McCoy what he thought of the pick, and he responded:
Obviously, I think Mitt Romney made a great choice by picking Rep. Paul Ryan for his Vice Presidential running mate. Could he have made a better choice? Oh sure, Jesus perhaps. But on second thought, that would have only invited more vitriolic criticism from the left, in particular, Bill Maher, who would have likely donated another million dollars to Obama’s super pac just to smear the Son of God as another extreme right-winger who is anti-government and for pushing his Christian values on America.
Despite lacking Christ’s pure divinity, Paul Ryan is a cool-headed, economic Einstein. Sure, with him as Vice President, the country will sorely miss Joe Biden’s hilarious gaffes. But that’s just the price we’ll have to pay to finally get our country out of the gigantic debt that team Obama has thrust upon America, and relieve our future generations of the China-red shackles that it has forged for them.