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October 15, 2007

Give Chad a Chance

Nicole sent this incredibly inevitable ChadWatch entry

Followed by these two, from Canadian newspapers, sent by Christian Schumann-Curtis (one of which is a CIDU as well):


The third one puzzles me, though: why is Gore the one asking for the recount, and who’s the gnome talking to him?


  1. What the heck is going on with the kneehole in the Aislin cartoon? (That would be the middle one.)

    The third one actually makes sense to me: Bush won despite losing the popular vote because he asked for a recount which got the Supreme Court in on it to rig the vote in his favour (or so the common belief is in Canada). Gore won, so he assumes he actually lost the vote and has to ask for a recount in order to get the prize.

    Comment by Charlene — October 15, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

  2. > What the heck is going on with the kneehole in the Aislin cartoon? (That would be the middle one.)

    I think that the particular shade of black in that area was set as the background, which (due to some accident of html code) was reset to white on this website.

    Comment by Madalch — October 15, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

  3. As for the third one, I believe the joke is simply that Gore is SO used to asking for a recount that it’s his reaction to every one of his victories.

    It’s too bad the Supreme Court can’t decide EVERY election. I would love to see who they choose on AMERICAN IDOL.

    Comment by SexyCoolSuperSpy — October 15, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

  4. I’ve seen at least two others with the same punchline, and I wasn’t looking. Maybe some editorial cartoonist somewhere went beyond the obvious? I haven’t seen one yet.

    Comment by Scott — October 15, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

  5. Scott, in almost 7 years, virtually no editorial cartoonists have gone beyond the obvious. That’s what makes ChadWatch so perversely fascinating: the same joke repeated ad infinitum, as if each cartoonist believes he’s coming up with it for the first time.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 15, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

  6. But the gnome! Who is the gnome?

    A member of the Nobel Committee, I would guess. Don’t they all have to be bald and bearded gnomes to be members? I think I read that somewhere.

    Oh, and you have to walk backwards down the steps after receiving the medal, so as not to turn your back on the committe, right? (Litte inside joke for Feynman fans).

    Comment by Ron Obvious — October 15, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

  7. My guess is that the “gnome” is Alfred Nobel.

    Comment by eeyore19 — October 15, 2007 @ 6:51 pm

  8. Charlene–the “he rigged the election” is a common belief in the US, as well. Not so much in my highly republican town, but still . . .

    Comment by laterain — October 16, 2007 @ 7:36 am

  9. Even during Chadwatch they varied the punchline at least a little bit. If it were April 1, I’d think this would be the editorial cartoonists mailing list having a “let’s all use the same line as a joke” gag.

    Comment by Scott — October 16, 2007 @ 1:51 pm

  10. Re: #3:

    Actually, some of the recounts in the 2000 elections were requested by Al Gore (especially at the end). So it’s being portrayed as a knee jerk reaction of his having been in a situation with votes.

    Comment by Pinny — October 16, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

  11. In the first political cartoon, is pthat guy supposed to be Gore? If so, aren’t political cartoonists supposed to be able to draw major political figures well enough that you can recognize them without them wearing a giant button on them with their name?

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — October 17, 2007 @ 9:09 am

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