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Posted at 5:55 AM ET, 03/22/2010

OBAMACARE: The 10 must-see cartoons that vent their spleen

By Michael Cavna


With the House having passed the historic/controversial/bitter-feudin' health-care reform bill mere hours ago, we pause this morning to cull Ten Cartoons That Especially Stood Out in the run-up to the vote.

From Obama to Boehner, Pelosi to McConnell, the ripe cartoon targets were plentiful. Many political cartoons simply reflected the heightened sense of the standoff, but gratefully, most of these cartoonists -- on either side of the issue -- seemed to choose their bull's-eye carefully before letting go the bow. (In very recent days, curiously, somewhat more cartoons were trained on Democratic bull's-eyes compared with at GOP backs -- we'll see if that balance changes in the days ahead.)

So here they are: Ten Cartoons That Especially Caught Our (Bull's) Eye. If you've got others -- on either side of the issue -- then fire away and lend us your links.


PAT BAGLEY:

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STEVE BENSON:

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STEVE BREEN:

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BRIAN FAIRRINGTON:

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JIMMY MARGULIES:

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BOB GORRELL:

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JEFF PARKER:

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MICHAEL RAMIREZ:

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GARY McCOY:

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GARY VARVEL:

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By Michael Cavna  | March 22, 2010; 5:55 AM ET
Categories:  The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Bob Gorrell, Brian Fairrington, Gary McCoy, Gary Varvel, Jeff Parker, Jimmy Margulies, Michael Ramirez, Pat Bagley, Steve Benson, Steve Breen  
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Comments

Thanks for giving us yet more evidence of the powerful reach of the "Left Wing Media!"

The sweetest sound on Earth is the yelp of a beaten cur, and that's what most of these cartoons represent. And the louder they howl about "socialism" the better the rest of us can sleep.

Posted by: andym108 | March 22, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

These comics just take a shallow, surface, sound bite and put it to cartoon pictures. Where is the fresh insight that the best editorial comics ought to provide?

Posted by: egc52556 | March 22, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Will spleen-venting be covered under Obamacare?

Posted by: rhompson | March 23, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

egc52556, has ANY modern political cartoon EVER been about anything besides the shallow, surface sound bite? I mean, look at Doonesbury--right now he's apparently getting a week of lame schtick out of one little news blip (Starbucks in some places allowing legally-carried guns). I trust that if all ten of the cartoons above attacked Republican opposition to the health care bill, you'd be giggling with glee.

The really poignant cartoon that I passed around yesterday, by Ramirez: http://www.investors.com/image/RAMclr031210_FULL.jpg.cms

Posted by: LNER4472 | March 23, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

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