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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/29/2008

The E-Mailbag: Obama, Clinton and the Caption Contest!

By Michael Cavna

As the Democratic Party streamers and donkey-emblazoned banners get swept up today at Invesco Field, it's time to announce this week's Caption Contest winner for the Obama/Clinton illustration.

Conventional wisdom. (Newark Star-Ledger)
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Judging the surrogate captions for the Drew Sheneman cartoon is our far-smarter colleague WARREN BASS, deputy editor of The Post's Outlook section (when he's not writing books about the Middle East or serving on a 9/11 commission).

So, our Esteemed Guest Judge's pick for the winning caption is...
"Barry, we've talked about this. Not till you're a little bit older." -- Congratulations, "EricS." (Judge's comment: It's the expression of bland condescension on Hillary's face that makes it work--and bonus points for tapping into the PUMA revenge fantasy of the week. If only the pantsuit were orange...)

Warren also awards an honorable mention to "seismic-2," for:
"Sorry, Barack, but if there are two things that you definitely don't deserve, it's the Democratic nomination and this bowling trophy."

Your caption here. Literally. (Creators) | Enlarge

(Judge's comment: "Largely because it's always fun to remember the image of Obama's disastrous bowling -- you can almost hear Robert Putnam advising him to bowl alone next time.")

So on to our next Caption Contest. Dave Coverly is one of the better single-panelists working today, but we think this "Speed Bump" is also prime for alternate funny captions.

Dog? Cat? Doctor's office and cold medical instruments? As we like to say: What's not to like? We welcome your offerings...

By Michael Cavna  | August 29, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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I understand. We'll warm the thermometer first.

Posted by: Jan C | August 29, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

It's nothing serious. They took mine off too.

Posted by: mdem | August 29, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

bad news, Rex. unlike me, i'm afraid you've only got one life to live.

Posted by: dr. cat | August 29, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Given the known discomfort between cats and dogs, this is perfect as is by the cartoonist.

Posted by: janietiptoe | August 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry -- I've been de-clawed. Now turn your head and cough.

Posted by: Danny | August 29, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Good news! It's sextuplets!

Posted by: Mike Rhode | August 29, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

No, I don't use my claws. It's just a quick snip and after you'll get a treat and a belly rub.

Posted by: Arlington Gay | August 29, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Those anal sacks aren't going to squeeze themselves.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 29, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

So you want to be the kitty, eh?

Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 29, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"why yes, i do have your balls here. however, i'm going to need you to fetch them for me."

Posted by: catscratchfever | August 29, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

The litterbox is down the hall. Oh, that's can go outside once the exam is over.

Posted by: allenwoodhaven | August 29, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

You need to get in touch with your inner felines.

Posted by: TPaine | August 30, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

The test shows you're having kittens.

Posted by: Andrew | August 30, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

read Little Dog Lost at another site and got bored with it....
so sorry to hear it is the replacement for Lynn.

So many other good ones..

Posted by: pearlandpeach | August 30, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"sorry to report, Little Dog -- in the operation, something of yours was Lost."

Posted by: Little Dog Lost-It | August 30, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

i've got to leave to practice, but good news -- your new doctor will be Garfield!"

Posted by: dr garfield | August 30, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

let's just say, Red, we have to remove your "doggy bag."

Posted by: appleboy | August 30, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Good news, Snowba..., excuse ne, "Fang!!!", I think with just one more round of surgery and continued hormone treatment we can fix that problem of your spitting up hairballs when you start to bark!

Posted by: Seismic-2 | August 31, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Whoa, I won? Sweet! Do I get a coffee mug or something?

"It's ok. Everbody has accidents sometimes."

Posted by: EricS | September 2, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

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