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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/ 9/2009

Rush to Judgment: Why Cartoonists Love Limbaugh

By Michael Cavna

To many cartoonists, the return of Rush Limbaugh to the headlines, and center stage, is a welcome sight indeed. The ever-polarizing Rush comes bundled with his own backstory, his own symbolism and his own gravitational pull. Plus, for many, he's just plain fun to caricature.

Rush struts up at an opportune time. Obama, by contrast, hasn't been terribly easy to get a satiric handle on, numerous cartoonists tell Comic Riffs. Steve Breen and Mike Luckovich have cited his handsomeness and his political coolness as less than ideal traits for lampooning. And the economy isn't exactly a barrel of satiric laughs.

Like manna from media heaven strolls old friend Rush the GOP's Quasi-Leader, if you believe some of his fellow "punditainers." And even better, he's kind enough to bring a Michael Steele kerfuffle to the grand ol' party. For some liberal cartoonists especially, this is cause for cartoon rejoicing and much pointed merriment.

Says the Seattle P-I's left-leaning David Horsey, during a longer interview (see previous post): "For me, his ideology...his physical space and body and his bombastic personality make him utterly perfect for caricature. He says outrageous things -- and he's got the snarling face."

Today, we showcase a handful of recent Rush cartoons:


By Michael Cavna  | March 9, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
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I just found your blog today. I'll be checking in regularly.

Rush is more than manna from heaven, he is an old standby that never fails to offer something/anything to satirize. And it's easy, the heft, the vitriol, the hi-profile. Rush is in the news and in cartoonists's sights because the media as a whole is lazy. Rush talks and broadcast and cable shows devote hours of coverage including video and audio pilfered off the web. Newspapers, magazines and opinion columns pontificate on the manufactured controversy. That makes for easy pickings for cartoonists, and offers opportunities to riff on the current news cycle. Then Rush says something else and the whole cycle starts up again.

Posted by: Drawmark | March 9, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Love him or hate him, the countdown for Rush Limbaugh as President has begun!

Posted by: limlover | March 9, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I liked Tom Toles Limbaugh as Buddha comic a few days ago. Treaded on the line of making fun of fat people, but nice satire.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 9, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

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