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Signs

Democrat carrying an equality signCartoonist Clay Bennett illustrates what divides Democrats and Republicans. (Click the image to see the full cartoon.)

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Obama at Fundraiser

Just got back from a Democratic fundraiser where President Obama spoke.

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He said (paraphrasing), “When you want to go forward, you put it in D; when you want to go back, you put it in R.”

Gee, do you think he reads this blog?

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You Are Going to Sleeeep…

Hypnotist: You know nothing. You remember nothing...Political cartoonist Pat Oliphant shows us the Republican election strategy for 2010. (Click on the image to see the whole cartoon.)

I agree with the little guy in the corner: try to snap out of it!

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Republicans Can’t Have the Keys Back

President Obama speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Atlanta on Monday.

Republicans ran the country into the ditch, and did nothing to help get it back out.

Finally, we get this car out of the ditch … we’re about to start driving forward again, they say, “Hold on! We want the keys back!”

You can’t have the keys back! You don’t know how to drive!

And I do want to point out: When you get in your car, when you go forward, what do you do? You put it in “D”. When you want to go back, what do you do? You put it in “R”.

You don’t want to go into reverse, back in the ditch. We want to go forward. We gotta put it in “D”.

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Legal Reasoning Means More Cooties

Judge rules eeeeew factor not enough to ban kissingWhat will those darned activist judges say next? Cartoonist Don Asmussen may have the scoop. Some observers predict a massive cootie outbreak.

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Recap

Stolen in its entirety from Daily Kos:

Let me see if I have this straight: in the last few days members of the GOP have savagely screwed the unemployed, protected the bankstas, trashed Thurgood Marshall, implied rape and incest is part of God’s plan, defended BP, threatened to either end social security or screw over 20 million plus people who have paid into the system for at least 20 years by making them wait until age 70 to see their benefits, and screwed homeless veterans with children. That about it, or is there more?

There’s always more.

And yet the cable TV talking heads think Democrats are going to have an uphill fight against the GOP in November.

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The 24 Types of Libertarian

No fair oversimplifying our simplistic philosophyThis is new (to me, anyway): Cartoonist Barry Deutsch shows us the 24 Types of Libertarian. Maybe you recognize some of them? (Click the image to see the full cartoon.)

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Libertarians Make Bad Lifeguards

Libertarian LifeguardCartoonist Clay Bennett says libertarians make bad lifeguards. Click the image to see the full cartoon.

In other cartoons, he examines the Republican sympathy for Bluto and asks, “Do you still want a government that’s run like a business?

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Religion and Politics

I'm voting for him because he's a strong religious figureThe web comic Medium Large suggests you should be careful when it comes to voting your religion.

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Untitled on Obama Administration

Untitled on Obama AdministrationI think this goes on all the time inside the book trade, but it’s odd when Amazon offers consumers a book called Untitled on Obama Administration.

Bob Woodward, one of the reporters who dug out the story of Watergate, is a perennial author of bestselling insider-y tales from the White House. Clearly, he’s got a contract to deliver one of those books in September, about the Obama Administration.

We don’t know what’s going to be in the book, but Woodward’s always good for a couple juicy headlines. We don’t know who he’s talked to or what he’s going to say, but Amazon knows there are plenty of folks waiting to get in line to wait for Woodward’s take on the new guy.

Come September, the words on everyone’s lips will be, “Have you read Untitled on Obama Administration?”

I’m thinking blockbuster. I’m thinking Pulitzer Prize.

I’m thinking “Six Crises, and Counting”.

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No Amount of Spin

The new job numbers are out. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says:

No amount of spin will resolve the fact that the President’s policies have been a colossal failure when it comes to creating jobs.

Here, from Steve Benen, is the latest graph, with Bush in Red and Obama in blue:

May Jobs

Listen to Michael Steele, people! The Republicans know all about colossal failure.

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Elections Have Consequences

Democrats: Cleaning Up Republican Messes Since 1933

Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly has been creating a monthly chart of job statistics. The red bars are from the final year of the Bush Administration; the blue bars are from the Obama Administration.

It seems something changed at just about the same time Obama took office — what a coincidence, huh?

Every bar below the “0” line represents jobs lost, so this certainly doesn’t mean the whole mess has been cleaned up. But it does seem to indicate that elections have consequences.

Job Stats Jan 2008 to April 2010

(On the Rachel Maddow Show, they call this the Bikini Graph, because someone there thinks it resembles the bottom half of a bikini swimsuit.)

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Setting the Tone

Revealed at last, the secret origin of our modern political discourse:

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Okay, Kurrgo, your ray worked. You can check the results yourself by monitoring Fox News or C-SPAN. Now, please turn it off!

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Simplified System

Simplified color alert: dark skin mean high risk of foreignerCartoonist Don Asmussen explores issues with the new “papers, please” law in Arizona. (Click the image to see the full cartoon.)

Next step: change the state’s name to Aryzona.

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Ill-Adapted

Author Dennis Meadows, from a recent PBS American Experience program called Earth Days:

We’ve been on this planet for several hundred thousands of years, and during most of that time, anybody who looked far into the future didn’t have much survival value. I mean, if you’re in the midst of a battle with a mammoth or something, you don’t sit there and say, “Well, let’s think about three years from now;” you run.

And so, for a long period of time, the advantage went to those who focused on the immediate situation. And, I think, as a consequence of that, now that we are faced with issues which will really unfold over centuries, we’re genetically and institutionally ill-adapted for it.

Up the creekWeb cartoonist Francesco Marciuliano shows us where short-term thinking will lead. (Click the image to see the whole cartoon, which is funnier and scarier than this little excerpt.)