For My Fellow Journalists


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I was watching the news when that flock of reporters went running across a field after Hillary Clinton’s “Scooby” van. I felt embarrassed. We’re going to have over a year of Hillary Clinton running for president, but everyone in the press has to run after her vehicle to maybe get quick footage of her going from a van to a building.

It’s not as ridiculous as CNN’s 9-hour coverage of the van full of Florida ballots during the Bush/Gore recount, but ridiculous just the same.

Maybe only journalists will truly appreciate this cartoon. A lot of of us don’t have jobs or 401Ks anymore. Other than reporting and their own survival, a journalist true passion is food, especially if it’s free food. When I worked for The Free Lance-Star they always placed food on potluck night right around my desk which meant I had to fill my plate first then clear out to avoid the stampede. If I had a cartoon in progress then I had to move that too so it wouldn’t get honey mustard sauce on it. We always looked forward to election nights because that meant free food. Over the years the amount of food paid for by the company diminished, but when the food arrived the entire newsroom was empty. The Chick-Fil-A nuggets were always the first to go. After the nuggets it was mediocre pizza, potato chips, sandwiches with questionable content and baked goods by a fellow reporter with even more questionable personal hygiene.

I really miss being employed.

What Difference Does It Make?


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Last year Republicans kept repeating Hillary Clinton’s line “what difference does it make” and they did it ad nauseam. Of course people who are not creative keep repeating the same troll-baiting line out of desperation from lack of context.

Speaking of creative: There’s been much discussion about Hillary’s new logo. A lot has been made that it’s pointing to the right. I’m not sure it’s a very creative logo but I like it because it’s very simple for a cartoonist to draw. A great logo should be simple and identifiable like the logo for the New York Yankees, Nike, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Apple or the Swastika. Obama’s logo might be the best greatest in political history while the greatest political slogan has got to be “I Like Ike.”

I’m a history geek for stuff like this.

Marco “I’m Thirsty” Rubio is only 43. Damn he’s younger than I am. He’s going to point out his youth (which may not be very smart) and Hillary’s age (which is a valid point but one to be tactful with).

Like the other two declared GOP candidates I expect him to be out of the race by the Florida primary so he’s not going to have to worry about winning that state from Jeb Bush. Like any Democratic candidate who is not named Clinton, the GOP candidates are going to have a hard time wrestling funding away from Bush. But they might be able to beat him in the idea department and convince their party that the general population will not elect another Bush.

Rubio has a great political future ahead of him if he plays it smart. He says he won’t run for reelection to the U.S. Senate if he runs for president. He has to build up a lot steam to win his party’s nomination or actually hope he has to drop out in time to run for reelection. He’ll be a presidential candidate down the line when he’ll have a better chance.

It may not matter who the Republicans nominate. It’s not so much that Hillary is an amazing candidate as much as the demographics in this country has changed against Republicans. To win the White House the GOP needs to nominate a rational moderate. I don’t think anyone in the GOP clown car fits that description.

Billary Nightmares


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I wanted to draw a cartoon on Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she’s running for president (surprise!!! Not) before she actually did it.

Republicans’ worst nightmare is a Clinton campaign. Republicans can’t beat Clintons. They spent eight years doing it to Bill and then several more afterward to beat Hillary in the Senate and they couldn’t do it. They can level charge after scandal after drama at them and they still get beaten. Hell, the Clinton’s can’t beat themselves no matter what crisis they create.

Now we may get to see a Clinton beat Bush all over again. If Republicans can’t beat them on the issues then they better find something with more teeth than Benghazi or lost emails.

I would like to see an actual Democratic primary but the Clinton money machine may scare away the competition. Despite the flocking of GOP candidates I expect the majority of them to drop out early when Jeb Bush starts serious fund raising.

I predict Hillary will have a better week as an official candidate than Rand Paul. Not because the media will throw softballs at her (if you think the media isn’t hard on the Clintons then you’re dreaming), but because Hillary has already been in prime time, something Rand Paul and most other Republicans are not ready for.