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Can the GOP make up its mind?

By Tom Toles

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Nyah, nyah!
August. The oil may be flowing into the Gulf until August. Let's look one, hopefully last time at that "drill, baby, drill" slogan. Not the DRILL DRILL part. The BABY part. I mentioned taunting in yesterday's post, and here is a world class example. "Drill, baby, drill" says "we have listened to your concerns about offshore accidents, and we have concluded that not only do the benefits outweigh the risks, but we will run those risks with ENTHUSIASM, because it annoys you!"

And so the oil pours. And drilling opponents are annoyed. Happy now? That's ONE way to make a point! Here's another example. Several times I have heard variants of this: after listening to climate change warnings, someone asserts that he is going out and buying an even BIGGER SUV. That will annoy somebody! And when the elderly are dying in an unprecedented heat wave or farmers watch their fields blow away in a dust storm or refugees pack what they can carry and head for a camp somewhere, consider that someone will be successfully annoyed. What fun!

But isn't that the same as when I say that Sarah Palin is a preposterous fraud? No. Because unlike oil spills and climate change, she IS a fraud, not least for her downplaying both of those risks for cheap applause and expensive speaking gigs.
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By Tom Toles  | June 2, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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Mr. Toles has a difficult time employing irony in his drawings. And yes political cartoons can be very funny. As they should be. Three dimensional thinking is needed for funny cartoons. People of the left have to check first in their minds whether or not something is politically correct before they laugh. That time delay must be frustrating and it destroys spontaneity.

Posted by: bobbo2


Now THAT is FUNNY : )

Posted by: bertzel | June 4, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Tom Toles,
and you think that particular sink hole is a hole to hell.
We are making huge empty cavities in the earth drilling and removing oil. If those cavities fill with magma, we will have mega volcanoes exploding that will devistate the earth.
We need to rethink our actions before we self-destruct. Nature has devastating ways of dealing with threats and that is what we have become.
David Eddy

Posted by: OchamsRazor | June 3, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

To chrisd3, there are many cartoonists that can make my sides hurt from the humor in their cartoons. I have yet to laugh out loud from any Toles cartoon. Oliphant can be absolutely devastating and at the same time hilarious. I find that Mr. Toles has a difficult time employing irony in his drawings. And yes political cartoons can be very funny. As they should be. Three dimensional thinking is needed for funny cartoons. People of the left have to check first in their minds whether or not something is politically correct before they laugh. That time delay must be frustrating and it destroys spontaneity.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 3, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

@bobbo2

"There is nothing funny at all about the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico."

Huh? Political cartoons aren't intended to be funny.

Posted by: chrisd3 | June 3, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

@leatherman1

"Did I miss the news? Did the leak get stopped, and/or did Obama have anything to do with fixing it?"

You didn't miss the news, but you did miss the point. The point of the cartoon is that it doesn't matter WHAT Obama does, the right will find some way to pillory him for it.

He could save a toddler from being run over by a bus on Pennsylvania Ave. and the right would howl that nothing in the Constitution allows the President to save toddlers from buses.

Posted by: chrisd3 | June 3, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

jahjah, simply stating something as "fact" doesn't sufficiently substantiate it as such.

Posted by: AlexJ1 | June 2, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

The right condemns every action, every word, every movement the president makes. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. They even call a weekend off "a vacation" after they gold plated Bush who took more vacation days than any president ever...490 days either in Camp David or cutting brush in his Crawford ranch. Nobody blames BP for minimizing (hiding) the real extent of the leak for weeks though.

Posted by: clairevb | June 2, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

your toyota prius is fagging up the ozone. Fact.

does anyone really believe BP is hard at work right now? This happened in 1979, all the same attempts to clean/plug it up. 10 months later they finally redrilled. Too bad that was in 200 feet of water and this is in 34,000 feet.

BP is an oil producing dinosaur. They had to take this deep water drilling risk in order to stay afloat as a business (Pun!). No wonder there is now talk of natinoalization.

Anyone else catch the shorting of Tranocean stock by Goldman Sachs the day before the leak? Anyone? Bueller?

Posted by: jahjah | June 2, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Did I miss the news? Did the leak get stopped, and/or did Obama have anything to do with fixing it?

Posted by: leatherman1 | June 2, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Tom! Nyah, nyah indeed...

The latest oil spill fiasco and the feeble botched attempts to control a situation that is clearly out of control and, in 20-20 hindsight, should never have been allowed in the first place reminds me of a song I used to sing as a child that goes something like this, "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly..." then a spider to catch the fly and on and on... finally a horse which finally did her in. When will we ever learn?

Posted by: BornInDC1950 | June 2, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Right on, Tom Toles. But the right wing has found that disregarding the truth makes their comments even more annoying, and hence desirable from their point of view.

Posted by: JoelPB8 | June 2, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Now and then, the universe taps us on the shoulder and says, "Hey...maybe what you're doing here is not such a good idea." This Gulf disaster is such a moment. But...like every such moment for those with their head in the sand (sand coated with a sickening goo of crude oil), this means nothing. We will continue to buy SUVs, we will continue to live 30 miles from where we work and plan our infrastructure around that, we will continue to drive two blocks to the grocery store, we will continue to make and buy more electronic gadgets that make our lives "easier" while depleting resources and sucking down more energy, and we will continue to cook ourselves in our own carbon-dioxide-fueled Easy Bake Oven. And even when current coastlines and age-old glaciers are a distant memory, after snowpack-fed rivers dry up and refugees desperately scramble to move to where they can find water; after all this we'll still hear, muffled from beneath the sand, the deniers saying, "This is all natural. The Earth is just on a warming cycle." Generally, we are a stupid, stupid species, manufacturing our own extinction, all in the name of convenience.

Posted by: PrairieDog60 | June 2, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Just another example of neocon bait and switch tactics.

Oh and do you hear the silence? It's Bush and Cheney, former executives of the oil industry and Big Goverment.

Posted by: whocares666 | June 2, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

"And in typical Democrat fashion, worse at covering it up. Republicans just hide and deny. Democrats try to "reason" their way out of things."

So you would rather have a government that tries to cover things up than use logic and reason? I do not think either party is perfect, in fact I'm sure that Utopia does not exist, but I would rather have leaders attempt to use reason and explain things than use fear mongering techniques and cover up their mistakes.

Posted by: x296 | June 2, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Could someone PLEASE explain to me how this “big business” “oil fiasco” is Obama’s FAULT??
This type of “BS” has been going on for decades! Unfortunately it takes a “major” disaster before people stop and say whoa….what is happening? How could “they” do something so careless? I can’t believe they actually “cut corners” to make a profit….”P- A –H- L E-A S E”!!!

Obama is exactly where he is suppose to be, doing exactly what he is TRYING to do. He is genuine, intelligent and a truly caring human being. He is TRYING to do what is right for ALL…not just himself or his “party”…..But don’t just take my word for it, open your eyes and SEE for yourself…stop looking at the “party” aspect. Look at the MAN.

One more comment on Palin, which I failed to mention previously, yet, is the most annoying thing about her. She compares herself to pitbulls and grizzly bears…that tells me she favors fighting(to the death?) and separation more than a common ground for the benefit of ALL.
…I think pity would best describe my reaction to her…after all, fame, money ,as well as a false sense of self worth, isn’t everything is it?
‘nough on Palin already.

And Bo….I wouldn’t waste my time focusing on the “warming” aspect of the global issue as much as I would focus on the fact that WE are INDEED CONTRIBUTING to the death of…let me see here…(drum roll please…tasteless, I know)…………

....LIFE itself!

Posted by: bertzel | June 2, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse


Don't understand, Tom...If it's an expensive speaking gig, how can the applause be cheap?


Posted by: quiensabe | June 2, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand. How is this oil leak and technologies inability to repair it all Obamas fault? Did he run on the fact he is an expert on oil well tech? I don't remember.

Posted by: texasjon | June 2, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Very clever Mr. Toles, how you manage to take Mr. Obama's incompetence and turn it around and blame the Republicans. Oh, and by the way, do I sense some jealousy towards Sarah Palin? I must say, she does a good job, especially for someone who the left makes out to be an "idiot", of annoying you liberals. I'm sure that at the end of the day, Ms Palin is laughing all the way to the bank.

Posted by: barrysal | June 2, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

This cartoon is ridiculous. It implies that Obama can or is even being effective with this situation, or even heroically so! I'll be the first to point big picture fingers at Bush/Cheney and their incestuous relationship with "big oil." But has anyone bothered to examine the decisions made in the last 1 and 1/2 years by the Obama regime regarding this specific oil site? How they would expidite decisions that directly involved the Deepwater Horizon project? The incestuous relationship of our Energy Sec with BP? The Omama apologists are as bad or worse than the Bush apologists ever were. And in typical Democrat fashion, worse at covering it up. Republicans just hide and deny. Democrats try to "reason" their way out of things.

Posted by: dreamlaw | June 2, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

There is nothing funny at all about the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The loss of wildlife, the destruction of wetlands, the loss of jobs for our citizens. The fact that the blowout system failed is unacceptable. All companies must show that they have a true fail-system in place for offshore drilling to continue, quickly. We need to exploit our oil reserves, wherever they are. We need to stop using foreign oil. As far as Sarah Palin you have not proven your position Mr. Toles. I detect a real note of jealousy. When you can't use facts, call names. Give us a name of someone from the left that you consider a fraud. As far as global warming, look at how our wonderful earth dealt with the volcano in Iceland. All of that poison in to the atmosphere and everything will be fine. The left has done the worst job possible to promote the idea of global warming. The earth has changed it's climate many times before we were ever here. It will continue to do so at glacial speed. Get over the global warming bit. The people are not buying it.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 2, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

This is funny and shows the Republican policy or darning the President if he does something or does not do it.

Either way, they oppose.

The USA, to be sure.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | June 2, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Now Dowd, Milbank and Mathews are Republican's all of a sudden because they have criticized our President for not plugging the hole?

Toles got to hand to you looks like you are willing to go down with the manmade global warming scam sinking ship. Here is a logic test for you just complete the pattern to get a perfect score:
1895 NY Times writes of earth heading towards a 2nd glacial period
1923 NY Times reports on warming Arctic with lack of ice coverage
1973 Wash Po Newsweek front page cover warns of 2nd ice age
1998 Climate Scientists hide the decline and use the nature trick to fudge climate data proving their false theory of manmade global warming
20?? Wash Po front page article on manmade global coming ice age based on the reverse hockey stick graph

Posted by: carbonhog | June 1, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

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