I’m trying a new thing where I throw in a little dash of political cartooning every once in a while. Not a lot; just a peppering. President Obama’s been sporting these past couple of weeks, what with actually listening to the opposition party, but I’m not surprised the Republicans voted down his stimulus package along party lines. While it’s annoying, it’s actually healthy to know that someone on earth opposes him. He’s a good dude, and I think he actually cares about the worker (which is a nice change of pace), but we need to come back down to earth and realize he’s human. So saith Madrugada Jones.
Can we please banish “shock and awe” forever from our lexicon? I heard some pundits today saying that they think President-Elect Obama might keep the pre-emptive strike doctrine on the table during his presidency. Let me give you a suggestion, Mr. President-Elect: take it off the table and never, ever use it. It’s dumb and makes us look paranoid. It’s like beating up the kid on the playground who looks at you funny because you’re paranoid he’s going to poison your cupcake later. Anyway.
Ok, so I meant to post this drawing a long time ago. It depicts the excitement surrounding the Democratic National Convention. And now after having seen the Republican Nat’l Convention, it makes the DNC one look so much better and more vibrant by comparison. The RNC meeting reminded me of the 4th of July parade that snakes through my hometown every 4th. Tons of old people wearing weird star spangled hats and dancing to Cool and the Gang. Of course, I love my parade, but to an outsider I can imagine it looks pretty weird. Kind of like the RNC snoozefest.
If I could have the swing voters’ attention for just a moment? That’s right, sit down. I’ll wait. Do you want anything to drink? There’s a Pepsi in the fridge. All set? Ahem. Don’t be crazy come November, OK? Let’s go ahead and vote for Barack Obama and stop giving all the level-headed, reasonable people heart attacks. I’ve got to hand it to you though, swing voters: you really know how to ramp up the tension. You’ve got me on the edge of my seat over here. If this were a movie I’d be like, “Man, this movie was SO worth the $10 I paid.” But you know what? It’s not a movie. This is actual real life.
I seriously don’t get swing voters in this election. Is the right answer not so clearly obvious? Seriously, anyone who’s undecided, or anyone who knows an undecided voter, please give me some insight into your (or their) thought process on being on the fence in light of two candidates with such unbelievably stark differences.