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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/15/2008

Which Cartoonist KO'd Obama or McCain?

By Michael Cavna


By Nate BeelerEnlarge Comic


It's a cliched campaign battle-cry that politicians, pundits and newscasters inevitably resort to when Election Day looms near:

"Now, the gloves are off!"


By Mike LuckovichEnlarge Comic


But as the nation's editorial cartoonists ramp up to tonight's final presidential debate, the phrase can now be freshly applied to the sharp-penned artists themselves. Thankfully, in the campaign's last weeks, the gloves are off. (Besides, who can draw deftly with gloves
on, anyway?)


By Michael RamirezEnlarge Comic

As artists mine everything from the debates to ACORN to Ayers to Alaskan Troopergate, a handful of campaign cartoons have particularly caught our attention of late.

After culling through hundreds of such toons, these are our Fave Five that made us laugh, wince
or -- preferably -- both.


By Kevin SiersEnlarge Comic

Rising to the occasion in recent days: Nate Beeler, Mike Luckovich, Michael Ramirez, Kevin Siers and Matt Davies.


By Matt DaviesEnlarge Comic

My friends, it's your turn. Vote on which cartoonist best nailed it --which bare-knuckled artist really connected with his satiric haymaker.

By Michael Cavna  | October 15, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

I really think Lukovich nailed the zeitgeist, and did it with a bit of snark.

Ramirez' effort reminds me of "An American Carol"; it tries really hard, but is neither funny nor clever, and makes the author and its audience look pathetic in the attempt.

Beeler's is funny and will stand in should the winner not be able to fulfill his duties, etc.

Posted by: JkR | October 15, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

i think comic strips -- oddly -- have been doing a better job of spoofing sarah palin than many political cartoons have......too many editorial cartoons are giving us the obvious palin gags instead of deeper criticism.....

Posted by: Guns and Nutter | October 15, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Siers has the comic I'll be forwarding to all my friends.

Posted by: f2 | October 15, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow, didn't know W was a cartoonist. Apparently he drew McC while looking in a mirror. It must be so, everybody says they look exactly the same...

Posted by: MSchafer | October 15, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to have to go with Mike Luckovich on this one - humorous and honest. At the same time, though, I disagree with JkR - Ramirez might not have the most clever cartoon, but I think it speaks to something that, despite some Republican efforts (good and bad), has been largely overlooked in the mainstream media.

Posted by: Alex | October 15, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

...has been largely overlooked in the mainstream media.

Posted by: Alex | October 15, 2008 4:24 PM

What exactly has been overlooked? Everything in the cartoon has been splayed open for public consumption time and again.

Don't confuse the public's ennui on these issues with media malfeasance.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh, drat, sorry, above comment is mine...

Posted by: JkR | October 15, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Not only is Mike Lukovich's cartoon right on the money, it is very well executed in terms of artwork. Excellent job, Mr. Lukovich!

Posted by: Seismic-2 | October 15, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

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