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Posted at 9:45 AM ET, 07/ 9/2009

Best Political Cartoons This Minute: We Pick 'Em

By Michael Cavna

This Riffster's favorite political cartoons this minute...

'DAVID FITZSIMMONS' (courtesy of

1. DEATH KINDLY STOPS FOR THEE: When memorializing Robert McNamara, many a cartoonist was quick to invoke the Grim Reaper. In its effective understatment, Fitzsimmon's was arguably the best of this bunch.

2. THE STALK OF THE TOWN: NATE BEELER on Marion Barry: Can't recall the last time I saw such an apropos Marion Barry cartoon. Steer to-ward the light, Mayor Barry...

3. THE LAST STRAW? DAUGHTER-GATE: JOHN SHERFFIUS on Sarah Palin: In terms of artistic execution, simply like the, well, simplicity. An iconic image, neatly appropriated.

4. STAND-UP CANDIDATES: MIKE LUCKOVICH on Al Franken: Maybe I'm just a sucker for seeing ANYone caricature Carrot Top.

5. AND LASTLY, SPEAKING OF McNAMARA: Portland's Jack Ohman has begun a Caption Contest that asks: What words will Robert McNamara hear at the pearly gates (aka The Ultimate Parallel). Not a bad choice among five sly captions -- you can vote for your fave.

By Michael Cavna  | July 9, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
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Cartoons about McNamara like this one by Fitzsimmons owe much to, yet pale in impact to, the March 1953 Pulitzer-prize winning one by the Washington Post's own "Herblock" about the death of Joseph Stalin:

Posted by: seismic-2 | July 9, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The Caption Contest:Ah yes, good intentions are indeed the path to Perdition.

Posted by: jimbo1949 | July 9, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Given the degree to which McNamara regretted and publicly apologized for his involvement in and guidance of the Vietnam War, it seems somewhat of a cheap shot to persecute him post mortem. At the very least, a responsible cartoonist would have depicted the temporal dichotomy.

Posted by: kilby | July 9, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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