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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 10/15/2008

The Morning Line: Why Palin Beats Obama in the Funnies

By Michael Cavna

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.

John McCain stand-in, or the barber from "The Andy Griffith Show"? You make the call. (KFS) Enlarge Comic

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?)

Scott Stantis's recent Joe Biden/hair-plug jokes have been supplanted by McCain/Palin gags. (UPS) Enlarge Comic

Even "Prickly City" conservative Scott Stantis has supplanted his Biden hair-plug jokes with McCain/Palin jokes.

The McCain lobbyist name-game: "Molinari-berry, fo-ferry..." (UPS) Enlarge Comic

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.

By Michael Cavna  | October 15, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Sometimes I think the VP pick is used to deflect political satire. How else do you explain Spiro Agnew, Dan Quayle, Sarah Palin?

Maybe the Dems need to learn this lesson. Al Sharpton for VP! Hillary for VP! She could get on stage and refer to the "Clinton and Obama ticket".... Wait. Palin already called their side the "Palin and McCain ticket".

Ross Perot would be the ideal VP pick. Hmm... Maybe that should be the new Dem ad. Just put up a sign: "the original maverick" and a picture or short clip of Perot. :)

I bet cartoonists miss Perot.

Posted by: f2 | October 15, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that Trudeau has yet to really focus in on Palin at length. A few quips here and there, but not the extended look her caricature would seem to warrant.

As for Judge Parker, I think it's time for an intervention. Someone needs to go over to the artists house and look after him, get him some coffee and a hot meal.

The guy is clearly at wits end trying to find the next story arc, and instead just keeps drawing Dixie Julep and that pooch day after day after day.

Maybe he just needs a "Meanwhile back at the ranch" kind of story interruption.

In the meantime, it's like listening to an old album that is stuck on the same track and won't move on...

Posted by: JkR | October 15, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

i accucillay think obama would be the best president we ever had he would bring so much to us . although i am pretty young to have a care in the world it is really do and if he becomes president it would change my life in a way i wouldnt expet and i bet it would change our earth and people p.s, i am 10 years old

Posted by: michelle rodriguez | October 15, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse


Read the following article posted from the New York Sun.

Posted by: MSchafer | October 15, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

these made no ence

Posted by: jennifer | October 15, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

this was awsomee

Posted by: beeeeeeeeekeeeeek | October 15, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

“I think he can be ready, but right now I don’t believe he is,” Biden said in 2007. “The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.” In debate among Democratic hopefuls, moderator George Stephanopoulos pressed Biden whether he stood by a recent quote. Biden said, “I stand by that statement.”

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

This man does not speak for the Anonymous vote.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

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