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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 07/28/2008

The E-Mailbag: 'Tooning In to Obama & McCain

By Michael Cavna

Ever since The New Yorker's Obama cover, we've received e-mails and comments about how political candidates are depicted in cartoon form: What's fair, what goes too far -- and does Mitt Romney really look like a character out of "Mark Trail"?

The Hotly Debated Question of Absolutely No Greater Significance in our circles soon became: What cartoon character does each of the two major-party presidential candidates remind you of? (And a caveat: We're trafficking in their public images here -- having met neither one in person, we can only go on what is viewable, audible and clickable.)

Names were tossed out and rejected with great abandon, but out of that scrum of silliness, we deliver 10 possibilities, offered up for you to embrace or reject with even greater abandon:

JOHN McCAIN
1. Gen. Halftrack: white-haired, decorated military veteran who harks back to an earlier era ("Beetle Bailey").
2. Crankshaft: gruff, wise-cracking oldster fond of riding on a bus ("Crankshaft").
3. Earl: warm, wry absent-minded grandpa; prone to verbal gaffes ("Pickles").
4. Mr. Wilson: lovable curmudgeon addled by the younger generation ("Dennis the Menace").
5. Prince Valiant: warrior with heaps of foreign-policy experience ("Prince Valiant").

BARACK OBAMA
1. Charlie Brown: relentlessly optimistic soul who tries to defy the odds; beloved by much of the media. ("Peanuts").
2. Lemont: young, smart African American man with protruding ears who questions the ills he witnesses in urban life ("Candorville").
3. Linus Van Pelt: though relatively inexperienced, an eloquent speaker who rises to the occasion when centerstage ("Peanuts").
4. Fro-Zone: lanky man-of-action who oozes cool ("The Incredibles").
5. Prince Valiant: provides striking visuals when he travels to foreign lands ("Prince Valiant").

That's our motley field of "cartoon candidates" -- what are yours?

By Michael Cavna  | July 28, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

Obama's clearly Frazz. Young guy, likes sports (although I've never seen him bowl), seems to have all the answers and is overqualified for his current job.

Posted by: f2 | July 28, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I see McCain as Bucky Cat. He acts all blustery and self-assured but falls apart when you dig a little deeper. But he never realizes he's falling apart. He just... falls.

Posted by: H Clinton | July 28, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I like the Frozone comparison. That probably makes McCain one of the two cartoonists near the end (Old School).

BB

Posted by: Fairlington Blade | July 28, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Does it have to be a cartoon character from the daily comics, or can it be one from television (and books)? Because, if so, McCain is Grandpa Simpson- crotchety, easily angered, frequently forgetful, even more frequently annoying, and totally living in the past. (And I like f2's suggestion of Frazz for Obama.)

Posted by: Zorba the Geek | July 28, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain: He's often Crankshaft in attitude but I like the comparison with General Halftrack, being somewhat out of it and being from the previous generation.

Obama: Frazz was an excellent suggestion but I like Linus for his eloquence but have to ask, what is Obama's security blanket?

Posted by: allenwoodhaven | July 28, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Bucky Katt is more Cheney than McCain. McCain is kind of a combination of General Halftrack, Crankshaft, and Mr. Wilson. Earl is too mild-mannered to be a good McCain, just as Lamont is too mild to be Obama.

For Obama, I'm torn between Linus and Frazz. Linus has the eloquence, as allenwoodhaven points out; but Frazz does have that overall air of knowing he's just a little bit smarter than everyone else. So I'd have to say Frazz has the edge here.

Posted by: Josh McDonald | July 29, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

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