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August 5, 2007


Filed under: 2008, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comics, elections, humor, political cartoons, politics, Simpsons, Sluggo — Cidu Bill @ 4:14 am



  1. Well, Homer is often depicted watching fox-news-esque TV broadcasts (all the funnier given that The Simspons is a Fox show) and then promptly railing in anger at whatever ‘liberal outrage’ the news has just discussed. Yet he’s also well liked by the American public.

    A great GOP hope?

    Comment by Brian Leahy — August 5, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

  2. Fred Thompson = Homer Simpson?

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — August 5, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

  3. Well, it looks like Homer more or less represents W, as a likable (in the beginning, to some) doofus who’ll probably doom us all; I suppose they’re saying the Republicans want another easily controllable stooge like him to be president in ’08. Cheney is obviously channeling the evil Mr. Burns (or vice versa), and Homer’s beloved pig (who doomed Springfield in the movie) is Bush’s beloved advisor Karl Rove (who doomed the US in real life). Lisa is the state department, ever vigilant, while Bart wields the slingshot of “Justice.” And to top it all off, despite the show’s arguable liberal bent, it made the Fox News Network possible, and the movie’s huge grosses no doubt helped Rupert Murdoch buy the Wall Street Journal. So, yeah, keep it up, Simpsons fans! You’re the Republicans’ greatest hope!

    Comment by Katheryn Saunders — August 5, 2007 @ 6:50 pm

  4. Or maybe the pig with Karl written on it is a Turdblossom joke?

    Comment by Katheryn Saunders — August 5, 2007 @ 7:00 pm

  5. The left is fueled by hate.

    Comment by Krusher — August 5, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

  6. I think it’s just that the Simpsons are a Fox product.

    Comment by Charlene — August 5, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

  7. I read it as saying that the Republicans’ only hope in 2008 is to have the Simpsons elected president (collectively, apparently). The White House is burning (in scandal, no doubt), thus explaining W and Condi’s rooftop escape by helicopter. Presumably, Lisa as Secretary of State and Bart as Secretary of Justice, along with the others serving who-knows-what roles, would be expected to put out the fire and keep the White House in Republican hands.

    Comment by Powers — August 6, 2007 @ 8:10 am

  8. To Powers: good eyes! I didn’t even SEE Condi on the ladder with George! I can’t believe he let her go first!

    Comment by Jim Moore — August 6, 2007 @ 2:47 pm

  9. Well, to be honest, that might be Laura.

    Comment by Powers — August 7, 2007 @ 7:09 am

  10. Lisa is a liberal do-gooder, so portraying her as Secretary of State in a Republican administration makes no sense. Humor is based in truth. Since liberalism has no grounding in truth, liberal cartoons are rarely funny.

    Comment by Bill Rigdon — August 7, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

  11. I have the opposite view as Bill Rigdon. As a liberal, I very rarely find conservative cartoons funny. Every time I read Mallard Fillmore I find myself scratching my head and saying “Even if I agreed with this duck, would I actually find him humorous?” Does anyone out there manage to find political cartoons of the opposite ideology funny?

    For that matter, I’ve always wondered about the broad popularity of the Simpsons. The show definitely has a liberal bias.

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — August 8, 2007 @ 12:03 am

  12. Maybe it just means the American public is too caught up in pop culture nonsense like the Simpsons Movie to notice or care about what’s going on in its government, allowing the Bush administration to get away with murder, and their hope is that people will be similarly distracted in 2008?

    Comment by Katheryn Saunders — August 8, 2007 @ 3:07 am

  13. I think the entire strip is a comment on how we’re turning politicians into celebrities, and celebrities are now becoming politicians; (now? Where was this strip when Ronald Reagan was elected?!) and the perception that a celebrity is dumber than, say, Homer.

    But I could be reading too deep in this.

    Comment by Steve — August 8, 2007 @ 8:22 am

  14. I have a request — there are plenty of places on the internet that conservatives can bash liberals and liberals can bash conservatives, lets not turn this forum into one of them.

    Can we please try to keep the comments specifically directed at the comic and not at labeled groups such as ‘liberals’ or ‘conservatives’

    My lone opinion

    Comment by Nicole — August 8, 2007 @ 9:01 am

  15. I have to second Nicole here. One of the good things about this blog is that it usually provides a haven from the shrill partisan rhetoric which has replaced thoughtful political discourse in 2007 America.

    That said, I think Powers’ interpretation of the cartoon was correct, i.e. nominating popular dimwit Homer Simpson is the only hope for the currently ailing GOP. It’s a clumsy and hackneyed joke (though nicely rendered visually).

    Comment by Joe Blevins — August 8, 2007 @ 8:29 pm

  16. Sorry Nicole, Joe. I’ll restrict my political comments to the crimeweek comments (as those are often explicitly political). In my defense, I didn’t think I was bashing conservatives so much as making a general statement about the difficulty of finding humor of the opposite ideology funny—that is, I wasn’t attacking Bill Rigdon, but saying that I had the same reactions to political humor, with the liberal/conservative labels reversed.

    Perhaps it is OK to say that I had the same first reaction as Bill Rigdon, that Lisa did not belong in this administration?

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — August 8, 2007 @ 9:06 pm

  17. Thanks Autumn Harvest. I am certainly not one you have to ask for approval to post anything — it is after all Bill’s list. But I will clarify what I am talking about.

    This is clearly a political cartoon — one that we have differing opinions on and I want to read all the opinions about the cartoon, however if someone makes a statement that starts with ‘conservatives are…’ or “liberals are…” then it is more likely you are expressing a general political opinion than one about the cartoon.

    I can get those opinions many places on the internet if I so desire — and sometimes I do — I just don’t come here to read them .. I come here to read about CIDUs

    Of course as I say I have no control over what anyone posts, it was what I hope was a somewhat humble request and remains that way

    Comment by Nicole — August 8, 2007 @ 10:39 pm

  18. Don’t they know that including Homer Simpson in your plans is a sure path to disaster? Anything involving him is destined to backfire spectacularly.

    Comment by David H. — August 8, 2007 @ 10:40 pm

  19. Nicole, yes, I understood it to be a request, not an order, and a pretty reasonable one. The Crimeweek columns are a little different, since they are opinionated and semi-political, but there’s no reason that the comics can’t be fight-free.

    As for the cartoon itself, I suspect that Powers is only half-right. The Simpsons are the only chance the Republicans have to keep the White House, but I think (from the cartoonist’s point of view), not there to put the fire out so much as to keep it going—as in “only Homer Simpson would be dumb enough to keep our current disasterous course unaltered.” I’m not endorsing this view, just saying that this is probably part of the message of the cartoon.

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — August 9, 2007 @ 9:11 am

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