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Monster mash-up spills into politics

Brace Yourself

President George W. Bush, reimagined. View the gallery.

No one, it seems, is safe from a monster mash-up. This publishing sensation took off with “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” in which ultra-violent zombie mayhem was grafted onto the Jane Austen classic. The blood has flowed into many knock-offs: “Wuthering Bites,” "Little Women and Werewolves," "Emma and the Vampires.” Historical political figures are not immune. Witness the recent publication of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter.”

Now the gore has spilled into the monstrous swamp of American politics with “Repuglicans: They Came to Feed on the Body Politic,” a gallery of ghoulish portraits of conservative political figures, including Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Mike Huckabee and others.

The art work is the product of Pete Von Sholly who storyboards feature films and draws graphic novels. “I don’t have anything against conservatives or Republicans or “tea partyers” … per se,” he writes in the introduction. “But … some people will say ANYTHING in their frothing frenzy of freak out, no matter how insane.”

Steve Tatham, a comedian who describes himself as a recovering Republican, provides commentary on the public personages. He defines the term “Repuglican” thusly: “First of all, it is not synonymous with ‘Republican.’ There are 55 million Republicans in the United States. Most of them are decent, honorable people.” Tatham thinks that the Republican beliefs of limited government, state’s rights, traditional American values and a pro-business philosophy are all reasonable and worthwhile. Real Republicans and real Democrats, in his view, all want the United States to be a better place for everyone. A Repuglican, he says, “is someone who espouses conservative ideology to serve his or her own personal agenda without concern for the greater public good. A Repuglican knowingly manipulates the public, whipping them into a frenzy through not entirely true statements, in order to further his or her own career.”

The book features portraits of 61 Repuglicans. “While not all of them are vampires as far as we know,” Tatham writes, “all of them are deeply unpleasant in some manner or fashion.”

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 24, 2010; 8:34 AM ET
Categories:  Brace Yourself  | Tags: monster mash-up of republicans, vampire book trend in politics  
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This book is certain to go to the top of the New York Times' best seller list.

Whether it sells any copies or not.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 21, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I'll have to get this book. priceless!

Posted by: vwcat | May 21, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

As a "limited government, state’s rights, traditional American values and a pro-business philosophy" conservative I share Von Sholly's repugnance with what the Republican Party's neofascist wing has done to the country over the last ten years. The mountains of human bodies, lies and debt they've piled up over the last ten years are testaments to their evil. Obama isn't much better though as he doesn't seem to have the will power to resist the momentum of the course his predecessors set the country on.

Posted by: politbureau | May 21, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Battleground51's comment is divorced from logic but steeped in paranoia. Glad I don't live in his delusion.

Posted by: Gruntled2 | May 22, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Don't need fake pictures just post harry Reid and henry waxman. I think waxman hangs from his nose though. this guy is a vampire.

Posted by: joeortega4 | May 22, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Hear, hear, hear. I long for Republicans like I remember in my youth ... Eisenhower, Dirksen, Halleck. Things seem to have gone off the rails with Mr. Nixon. I want decent, honorable, thoughtful alternatives when it comes election time, not the PR-driven hacks we are offered. Give me a choice, for god's sake! The sheer idiocy, meanness, lack of thoughtfulness and workable policies coming out of the Republicans, in particular, and sometimes the Democrats turns off all the voters except the crazies. Do we really want them deciding our policies and our governing officials?

Posted by: littleoldlady | May 22, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

This is sure to be a best seller ---
where else in the world can socialists and communists write such farcical books and have them featured in the Washington Post ???

thank goodness all of the left are so amiable and friendly

barack hussein obama chavez mugabe castro

Posted by: sc4321 | May 22, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

It's true though, the extremes on the left are more likely to have bizarre notions of protecting vegetables from cruelty, and shake hands with limp wrists. The extremes on the other side, however, have taken the capitalist value of personal success to extremes not excluding the nastiest of policies - where a multitude of bystanders, or the general public, gets it in the neck for a percentage, or, a cut of the action!

I don't know who's worse out the two camps, the fanatic and vengeful far right or the ineffectual and apathetic far left. Anyone near the centre of any debate is cut out by the nutjobs. It was nicer when the ideologies were closer back in the old olden days, unfortunately the differences are so great now reasonable debate has gone out the window, probably for good, highjacked by selfish minorities for selfish purposes! Patriotism? Pull the other leg!

Posted by: icurhuman2 | May 22, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

When you have nothing to offer the people: resort to calling your opposition unpleasant names.

Posted by: eldergent | May 22, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Interesting comments! I actually did a bipartisan take on horror politics (Capitol Hell) wherein I skewered Bill Maher, Al Sharpton, Obama, Michael Moore, the Clintons and others along with several republicans. This new book has a point of view and sticks with it instead of trying to please (or displease) everybody. My point here is that REPUGLICANS is not just a picture book. The text is equally important and everybody so far is reacting to the images alone, which is not really the ideal situation but after June 1 the book will be out and if you really want to see what's in it you can. You can still hate it but at least the hate will be fair!

Posted by: vonrex7 | May 23, 2010 3:01 AM | Report abuse

Or, eldergent, when you have nothing to offer the people, you violate the Constitution, strip liberties, lie, cheat, misrepresent, create divisiveness, insult, demean, disrespect, willfully disobey, and generally, play the role of despot. That would be your president, his regime, and that disgusting group of slimey LibTards, Democrats.

I can only speak for myself, but I will not be polite and "politically correct" and be body-slammed by nasty, disgusting, liberal, Democrat, Progressives. NEVER.

Posted by: joesmithdefend | May 23, 2010 3:37 AM | Report abuse

Nice candid photos, but where can I find the "mashups"?

Posted by: Rivery | May 23, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats trample our Bill of Rights and want to impose a "nanny state" upon us.

The Republicans enact laws which far overpunish those breaking them (i.e., Three Strikes, Registries, etc...) in order to appear "tough on crime."

Verdict: Vote 'em all out. ALL of them. NO INCUMBENTS in 2010/2012.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | May 23, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I think we need to get the cozy bribery and corporate payoffs out of government almost as much as getting rid of encumbents. If a new batch in Washington succumbs to the same pressures and temptations as the old batch there will be no improvement at all. The corruption is everywhere and it's all about money.

Posted by: vonrex7 | May 23, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

joesmithdefend: Your use of the word lib**** shows exactly the level of intelligence that you're working with. Very low. Why do you bother making comments when it's obvious that you have absolutely nothing useful, interesting or constructive to say? Just sit at your keyboard and mumble to yourself and spare us your offensive behavior. And that's not political correctness, you cliche-spewing non-entity, it's common decency. You may have heard of that. Or maybe not.

Posted by: curtb | May 24, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Should be great and the only peopleneeded to be added should be the idiots re-writing history from uh another perspective LOL from my own backwards home stae of TX

Posted by: lildg54 | May 24, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Well, I agree that there are a great many unpleasant people in the republican party these days but, what is troubling to me is that so many Americans out there are willing to suspend their rationality and buy into to the most outrageous hogwash one can possibly imagine. Rush Limbaugh makes this totally asinine statement that the ocean itself will clean up the BP spill. Nothing to worry about, so drill baby drill! Glenn Beck makes silly childish assertions that thirty years ago would have been hooted out of the mainstream dialogue but now he gets glistening media reviews and high ratings.

To me, this is an indicator not so much of the decline in the intellect and character of the republican party but of the general American electorate as a whole and the republicans are merely reflecting that decline.

Posted by: jaxas70 | May 24, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

When you have nothing to offer the people: resort to calling your opposition unpleasant names.

Posted by: eldergent

You are certainly right, Mr. eldergent! Just listen to Rush Limgaugh spewing his bile everywhere!

Posted by: alamo2 | May 24, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

You suppose there will be a sequel, with notorious Democrats? Nahhhh. MSM will make sure that doesn't happen. Folks, you are being brainwashed and don't even know it.

Posted by: sportsfan2 | May 24, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

You suppose there will be a sequel, with notorious Democrats? Nahhhh. MSM will make sure that doesn't happen. Folks, you are being brainwashed and don't even know it.

Posted by: sportsfan2


Absolutely! Why, look at how they've suppressed books Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity and... oh, wait. Nevermind.

Posted by: MarylandBear | May 24, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I am with a few others who have commented on this article.

We need to throw them all out from both sides of the aisle.

neither party has the interest on the average citizen anymore. They sell themselves out to the highest bidder with no thought towards the people who elected them.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | May 24, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Place your bets, folks: How long will it take for us to see the companion book on "DemoRATS," who are "someone who espouses liberal ideology to serve his or her own personal agenda without concern for the greater public good. A Demorat knowingly manipulates the public, whipping them into a frenzy through not entirely true statements, in order to further his or her own career.”

How about it, "Repuglicans" author?

[crickets chirping]

Posted by: LNER4472 | May 24, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of any of the politicians portrayed, but I found the pictures pretty unimaginative. More along the lines of drawing devil's horns on someone, like a grade schol student would be. As for "throw them all out," that's the lazy person's way to vote: don't research, just vote against all incumbents. Of course, you can end up with even worse folks in office. Virtually all current incumbents were challengers at one time. Just because someone is not in the same office they're running for now (and a challenger may have already been in office), they aren't necessarily going to be an improvement. Look at Hitler.

Posted by: Sutter | May 24, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I am one of 'Repuglicans' authors, (the one who made the pictures) and would like to repeat something that nobody seems to have noticed- mainly I already DID a "bipartisan" book of this kind, skewering
Bill Maher, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Michael Moore, Obama, the Clintons etc along with the usual suspects. So YES there is plenty of blame to go around and some of it has GONE around. The book is called Capitol Hell and should address the concerns of those who say there would never be a book that treats democrats this way. There is. And the internet is FILLED with caricatures of Obama etc in all sorts of demeaning and insulting guises which range from funny to sick. So relax, it's political satire. The book just has a point of view- and if it's not yours you can make your own book if you really want to.

Posted by: vonrex7 | May 24, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

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