Can you explain this cartoon?

By NW Spotlight,

I found this editorial cartoon in the Oregonian this morning (reprint from Chattanooga Times Press).

Take a look below and tell me what you think.

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  • Founding Fathers

    It’s because the Democrats have tried to move the country forward,and the Republicans refuse to participate.

    • Rupert in Springfield

      Well, at least your statement is funnier than the cartoon.

      • valley p

        It seems plausible as an interpretation of the cartoon. Do you have a better interpretation?

        • Anonymous

          I think it is fair to say this is a valid interpretation of the INTENT of the cartoonist. But whether or not a cartoon expresses a message is very different from whether or not that message makes sense.

          • valley p

            I agree with what you said. I also agree with the cartoonist, and think his message makes sense. Only its too passive. The crumudgeony guy should be painting over the work of the other guy with graffiti like SOCIALIST or MARXIST instead of just sitting there. in fact I wish these people would just sit there for a while and let the adults run things. But no….

          • Rupert in Springfield

            Um, News flash Dean.

            You guys have the presidency, the House and for a good while had a filibuster proof majority in the Senate.

            In other words you ran things and there wasn’t a thing Republicans could do whether they chose to participate or not.

            Your problem is not that you weren’t in charge, you were, with majorities no president has had in a very long time to boot!

            Your problem is people found out what you were doing and didn’t like it too much.

            Hey, since we are all yukking it up about the cartoon Ive got a funny one:

            Can we all remember back in January when Dean was predicting a 40 year Reich of Democrat control?

            Hard to believe, but hilarious to look back on.

          • valley p

            “You guys have the presidency, the House and for a good while had a filibuster proof majority in the Senate.”

            The “fillibuster proof majority” was for less than 6 months. And it included the likes of Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson.

            Nevertheless, you are basically right. The Democratic party had and has a substantial majority. And with it they passed some significant legislation despite the metaphorical pouting guy. You won’t be able to undo that legislation, and over time people will have more government benefits they will want to keep. That is the way this works. We get to have brief moments where we make progress, and you get to kevetch about it for year afterward. SSI, Medicare, Civil Rights, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water and Air Acts, Gay rights (soon,) Obamacare, and a lot of investment in clean energy. Are you having fun yet? I am.

            “Your problem is people found out what you were doing and didn’t like it too much.”

            Here we disagree. First, most people did not “find out” what we were doing. What they found out was a distortion of what passed. Death panels? Socialized medicine? No jobs from the stimulus? False advertising. People would be happy with all that nevertheless if the economy were recovering faster, and if the unemployment rate were shrinking. They are looking for results, and when they don’t get them they have only the ones in charge to take it out on. Ebb and flow.

            “Can we all remember back in January when Dean was predicting a 40 year Reich of Democrat control?”

            No Rupert, *we* can’t remember that because it wasn’t said. but *you* can remember it because you made it up. I don’t make 40 year predictions. But I will predict this. If your side manages to eke out a majority in the House or Senate or both, you will find actual governing can’t be done from anger and resentment. And you will find yourself stuck to the same deficit you created, and now blame the Democrats for. You will have the exact same agenda you had from 2000-2008, which is to say, a failed one. So you should start thinking about where you go from there.

            I’ll tell you something else. I was down on the Wilamete River today and saw a bunch of Lake Oswego High kids rowing shells on a river that is much cleaner than it once was, using a public dock and facilities. Those kids, our best and brightest from our wealthiest community, are not likely going to support the Tea Party when it is their turn. Call it intuition. Time is not on your side.

          • Founding Fathers

            Right on, VP.

            I wonder how many of these righties called out Dick Cheney when he said “deficits don’t matter.”

            My guess: None.

      • Founding Fathers

        Politics is like driving. If you want to go forward, put it in D. If you want to go backwards, put it in R.

        • Rupert in Springfield

          Not if the kid at the wheel doesn’t have his license yet.

          Moral – If politics is like driving prepare to travel alone if no one likes your choice of destination.

          • Founding Fathers

            “Not if the kid at the wheel doesn’t have his license yet.”

            You’re talking about Chris Dudley, right? Yes, he’ll put it in reverse, and crash into the garage.

  • Pinkie French

    yep… sure.

  • “”

    Fondling Father: Chattanooga FP con artist, of Clayboy Bennett, is about as fair and balanced as Potland’s Oregonian DNC Kool-Aid pitcher, Jack’d Omen. Now go back’n sit in your abyss full corner.

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