Wednesday, July 18, 2007

More on Republican Presidential Candidates...

This week's 'toon doubles as both a cartoon and a preview for a line of shirts that may be coming out in the future at Not a Number in Seattle. I did a bunch of designs featuring the usual suspects on the Democrat side, so we figured we should do some of the Republicans too.

  • On McCain: check out a couple of articles that I've linked to previously by Jeffrey St. Clair and Max Blumenthal, which paint a picture of McCain as a hot-tempered hypocrite and (as St. Clair says) "the most fraudulent politician in Washington."

    Of course, this may all be moot, because it looks like his campaign is currently circling the drain.

  • On Romney: I probably could've done something a lot more scathing on Mitt Romney, but I just couldn't make any substantive critiques work here (aside from something on his Michael Vick-like treatment of his dog, which alone should get him a year in Guantanamo).

    Mikhaela Reid has done a good job taking Romney to task over the years. And Ana Marie Cox has a list of his top ten dumb comments.
  • On Rudy: his constant invoking of 9-11 is now well known, but in general, this guy's just a gigantic dweeb who is desperate to make conservatives like him. And he will do or say anything to make it happen. Anything.

    It appears now, though, that the "urban legend" of Rudy's heroism on 9-11 is starting to fade a little.

  • On Hunter: if it's not obvious, I hate this guy more than any of 'em. Check out a couple of previous 'toons on his high-profile support for Guantanamo and war profiteering, as well as a great Daily Show clip on Hunter. Looking at his policy positions, though (particularly on the "surge"), there's not a single issue where he isn't just a typical ultra-conservative knuckle-dragger, and a possibly corrupt one at that.

    And yeah, the line was taken from Silence of the Lambs.

  • On Thompson: aside from the flap over all of his ex-girlfriends and Joe Scarborough's comment about Thompson's hot wife, there's not much to say about Thompson yet. Surely, this is because he has intentionally avoided saying anything of substance in preparation for a presidential run. Still, a lot of people insist on lauding Thompson as the divine resurrection of Reagan because... well, he's on th' teevee! And, some may remember he was minority counsel during the Watergate hearings...

    However, here's one on Hillary criticizing Thompson for suggesting that Cuban immigrants are terrorists.

  • On Paul: granted, the guy's not all great. He has some typically short-sighted libertarian positions on issues like health care and college tuition, and he could possibly have some very disturbing ideas about race relations.

    But, whether you'd vote for him or not, you have to admire the guts of a guy who was against the war from the beginning and wants to shut down Guantanamo, and still puts the "R" next to his name.

Of course, there's no way in hell I was going to vote for a Republican anyway, but at this point, it looks like not many Republicans are either...

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