Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Cartoonist Cuts a Wide Swath

If you have not already seen it, check out a recent rendering by Pat Oliphant, the widely syndicated political cartoonist. The piece is remarkable for the number of mainstream political factions that it offends in one cartoon. In fact, Oliphant goes to great pains to take all of those loosely affiliated constituencies and represent them as a cabal of the deranged being led away by the village idiot. Not too many groups escape this attempt by Oliphant to paint the 'red' portions of the electorate as Neanderthals, only politically viable by virtue of sheer numbers. I particularly like his swipe at those south of the Mason-Dixon line with the 'He lost me my job' line. Apparently, Oliphant and his cronies think Bush voters sound like Cletus the Slack-jawed Yokel of Simpsons fame. This belief manifested itself a week before the election when, in a transparent attempt to ingratiate himself to Ohio sportsmen and gun owners, John Kerry dressesd up as a hunter for Halloween. Thinking that he had better try to blend in with the local populace, the Yale educated Junior Senator from Massachussetts asked the hick behind the counter of the sporting goods store, "Can I get me a huntin' license here?" Nice touch, Senator. Anyway, take a close look at the Oliphant cartoon and you'll see that he thinks Christians, patriotic Americans, those serving in the military and senior citizens are also all brainless automatons who voted for Bush despite all the problems he's caused. It's a wonder Oliphant put any words in the cartoon at all, considering he thinks we probably can't read them.

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