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Posted at 8:45 AM ET, 06/18/2009

Reader Poll: Cast Your (Rigged) Vote for Best 'Iran Election' Cartoon

By The Reliable Source

Yesterday, one 'Riffs reader asked why so relatively few Palin/Letterman political cartoons were populating the landscape. Well, perhaps it's partly because the election-aftermath in Iran is just so politically hot -- and so important -- that it merits days of opinion-page space.

Just look at the headlines from the past 24-hour news cycle: The government of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is accusing the West of "intolerable" interference. Opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi is urging more mass rallies today. And the nation's Supreme Leader, cleric Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reportedly may publicly address the crisis tomorrow.

With all this brewing, many political cartoonists have been offering commentary with powerful precision. Here are five cartoons that particularly caught my aesthetic eye in recent days. Comic Riffs invites you to vote for your favorite.

MATT BORS ("Idiot Box" / courtesy of

DAVID FITZSIMMONS (Arizona Daily Star /


MIKE LUCKOVICH (Atlanta Journal Constitution / )


By The Reliable Source  | June 18, 2009; 8:45 AM ET
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They're excellent, especially the top one by Matt Bors.

The Times (here in the United Kingdom) has been having a lot of fun also with cartoons. Here's yesterday's, which I think is brilliant (it takes a second or two to get it):

The day before was a little more contrived but no less funny:

Posted by: TristanWhite | June 19, 2009 6:14 AM | Report abuse

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