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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/ 9/2008

The Riff: All Politics Is Loco--and Amusingly So

By Michael Cavna

Cartoonists are still grappling with how to comment on, get into, stir up and get laughs OUT of the incoming Obama administration. So it's an encouraging sign that today's "Candorville" and "Rhymes With Orange" have engaging takes of Operation Transition.

Elsewhere, humorists have tried to satirize Obama's hope and optimism, and over the weekend, "Saturday Night Live" attempted to play off of his jazzy "cool" in the slick style of Chess Records. But "Candorville" has carved out an especially juicy tangent of a storyline. Eager to see how this plays out.
And in a side note: Perhaps it's just coincidence that one of the transition team vetters looks a fair bit like Mark Twain, but the profile grows even more conspicious when one considers the famed Twain line: "There is nothing lower than the human race except the French."

Suddenly, Mr. Bell's "So it's French, then" arouses further suspicion.

Elsewhere, 'Riffs likes "Rhymes With Orange's" whimsical take on the Bush-and-Obama meeting.

The real payoff, though, is the demi-caricatures in the first panel.

Also swell to see "On the Fastrack" go political with a story ripped straight from the bailout headlines.

Plus, that White House looks so "Doonesbury"-esque, I can only hope that Bill Holbrook ratchets up that brand of satire.
Keep the topical toons coming, will you please? In some strips, it can be played to great effect.

By Michael Cavna  | December 9, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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That transition team member resembles Jeremiah Johnson from Rudy Park.

Posted by: jimbo1949 | December 11, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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