Once again, we pause in our otherwise comical flight to appreciate a handful of memorable images that editorial cartoonists have lately deployed to make a nefarious point or so. Here are Jimmy Margulies and Adam Zyglis.
(If the image is too small to readâwhich, for most of us, it isâthe recommended procedure is to click on the image and it enlarges. For some inexplicable and presumably temporary reason, when you do that here, you and the picture are merely transported to another plane, where the picture resides more-or-less alone, same size; but if you click on it again, there, it’ll get much largerâlarge enough, usually, to read. Try it: you’ll like it.)
Marguliesâ picture of the Republicans as a Great Obstructionist Pachyderm astride a roadblock barrier is effective propaganda on its own, but the GOPâs remarkâriding “this thoroughbred”âgives the visual an extra impact.
The GOP strategy for the fall is fairly straight-forward if scarcely public-spirited: the party in power always gets blamed for whatever government does, or doesnât, do, so if the Republicans can prevent government from doing anythingâanything at allâBaracko Bamaâs party will be held responsible and will be voted out of office. Or so the GOP thinks.
Maybe theyâre right; maybe not. My guess, however, is that theyâve been branded the Party of No for so long now that they wonât escape unscathed. In fact (put me down for this prediction), I doubt theyâll gain any seats in Congress at all.
Ostriches are always useful as symbols of willful ignorance, and Zyglis makes a telling image out of this one.
Our next couple editoons arenât such powerful images, but theyâre good for a sardonic laugh or a pleasing picture.
Nate Beelerâs pair of miscreants give politicians a bad name, which, of course, is exactly what he intends. Nice pictures, but bits of the verbal content hone Beelerâs attackâ”freeloader” and “pander” give the pictures their sarcastic edge.
Brian Fairringtonâs drawings always amuse me. Here the fat lady being sucked up by Wal-Mart is a happily humorous image. She may not add anything to the message imparted by the mega-store vacuum cleaner, but, situated as she is in the center of the picture, she is the kind of visual comedy that attracts our attention, the signal role of imagery in any political cartoon.