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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 11/18/2008

The Political Cartoon: These Five Candidates Await Your Vote.

By Michael Cavna

Nothing is quite as tantalizing to many cartoonists as a visual-heavy news story that lacks audio. Such a story just begs for sharp-witted satirists to fill in the blanks.

As President-elect Obama visited the White House last week, viewers got plenty of images -- but most of it played out as if someone had hit the mute button. Thankfully, smart cartoonists -- such as the five below -- have their own creative remote-controls.

Of the hundreds of cartoons we culled through on the transition of power, these were our Fave Five. Now it's your turn: Which cartoonist best nailed it?

Matt Davies (The Journal News)

Steve Benson (The Arizona Republic)

Robert Ariail(The State [S.C.])

Lisa Benson (WPWG)

John Trever (The Albuquerque Journal)

Editor's Note: Our apologies -- we included the wrong Lisa Benson cartoon earlier today. This version has been corrected.

By Michael Cavna  | November 18, 2008; 11:25 AM ET
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  
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No voting thingie?

Ariail, as much for the visual detail as the very good joke.

Posted by: f-squared | November 18, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't really understand what Bush is doing in that Davies cartoon.

Posted by: oceanchild | November 18, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Why is Benson doing a 'planet of the apes' cartoon?

Posted by: MSchafer | November 18, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Ariail FTW. Just a good drawing supporting a better than average comic concept.

Posted by: JkR- | November 18, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

>>to oceanchild:
in the davies cartoon, i "read" it as bush unfurling a most unwelcome red carpet -- spoofing obama's visit to the white house last week.

>>to mschafer:
that is the WRONG Lisa Benson cartoon. The blog's administrators are still working on correcting this. (They are also, we should add, working on getting the reader-voting poll up-and-running.)


Posted by: cavnam | November 18, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

The 2nd is my favorite of these 5 (shoes to fill) but my favorite was Toles on the 5th or 6th showing Virginia with donkey ears.

Posted by: ArlingtonGay | November 18, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I thought W wore crocs. No trouble filling those shoes once you get the horsesh*t out.

Posted by: jimbo1949 | November 18, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

The red carpet didn't work for me due to the perspective. Bush's White House should've been at the bottom.

Posted by: jimbo1949 | November 18, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

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