The Morning Line: Why Palin Beats Obama in the Funnies
The complaint comes in strong and frequent. "How can you media elitists live with yourselves," goes the common kvetch to The Post, "when you run so many BIG pictures of Obama yet so many teensy pictures of McCain -- when you run pictures of McCain at all?!?"
Mind you, we comics bloggers are media "Main Street" at best -- "Bazooka Joe" Six-Pack on the Scale o' Elitism -- but it is a superior perch from which to address one aspect of these visual politics:
On the funnypages, Obama has NOTHING on McCain. Or Palin. Seriously, my fellow Americans: It's not even close. Nearly daily, McCain or Palin draws comical fire from comic-strippers, perhaps because of their easy-to-appropriate narratives.
Obama and Biden? Most days: Not a peep from the anti-Dem peeps.
Still a skeptic? Direct your gaze toward today's "Zippy the Pinhead," where the Huge Head of Looming Authority floats ominously. (As opposed to the Huge Head of Looming Authority in today's "Candorville," which turns out just to be anchor Anderson Cooper.)
The mondo "Zippy" cranium -- billed as "Stern Father Figure" -- is of course meant to be the Metaphoric McCain. Bill Griffith's clincher is the allusion to his wife's "beer money" in the final balloon. (Speaking of: McCain and his wife's beer wealth? John Kerry and his wife's ketchup wealth?Is it mere coincidence that our Vietnam-veteran prez candidates of late marry rich women who peddle picnic product. And more to the point: How can we best invest in Tailgate Nation?)
Even "Prickly City" conservative Scott Stantis has supplanted his Biden hair-plug jokes with McCain/Palin jokes.
And "Doonesbury," true to form, devoted most of last week listing lobbyists with connections to the McCain camp.
Most comic strips, however, do not convey overt partisanship. Rather, they simply want to pick the low-lying fruit of popular culture. Right now, Palin in particular is the freshest candidate to pluck.
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