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Posted at 1:50 PM ET, 08/28/2009

Ted Kennedy: A Life Remembered Through Political Cartoons

By Michael Cavna

Over decades in Congress, Ted Kennedy was a friend to the afflicted, the downtrodden, the huddled masses yearning for a good idea. In other words, in this case: America's political cartoonists.

From triumphs to tragedies, Kennedy -- who cartoonists have memorialized this week -- has been a cartoon stalwart, a caricature that political artists had to master.
Some cartoonists were often laudatory; others delighted in depicting him as a bloated chipmunk double-clutching drink and lingerie (no one said political cartooning wasn't cruel).

To reflect on how Kennedy was drawn over the decades: At Boston.com, there's a slide show of 33 Kennedy political cartoons through a life lived in the headlines..

The cartoons drawn since his death also range from "liberal lion" memoriams to works that depict him as an angel who sports only a "left wing."

Here are several of the cartoons that caught my eye in recent days; if you've got one you like, feel free to share a link.




By Michael Cavna  | August 28, 2009; 1:50 PM ET
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