Punxsutawney Gaetz


I told you I wasn’t going to draw a Groundhogs Day cartoon, but I’m breaking my rule.

I didn’t want to use Groundhog Day to comment on the current debacle of Republicans being unable to elect a Speaker of the House. I felt it was too much of a cliché since everyone on all the news shows has been using it which means there will soon be a dozen political cartoons using it. I’ve already seen one by a cartoonist with a rep for phoning it in. But I decided I could use it in a different way like how I used Pinocchio last week, which I also knew beforehand that there’d be other cartoons on George Santos with that trope.

In case you haven’t watched a movie since before 1993, Groundhog Day is an excellent film, that’s become a cult classic, by Harold Ramis about a TV weatherman, played by Bill Murray, who is forced to go to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and cover Groundhog Day which he believes is beneath him. He’s a local newscaster and he expects the networks are going to come calling any day now. He refers to himself as “the talent.” A blizzard arrives, which he assured on TV was not going to happen and strands him, his producer, and his cameraman in Punxsutawney. He’s a real sarcastic condescending miserable jerk to everybody, even before he has to start re-living the same day over and over again. What seems to make it even worse for him is that every person he encounters is really chipper, who all point out that his name, Phil, is like the Groundhogs.

He doesn’t take to re-living the same bitterly-cold day over and over again surrounded by happy-faced people well. He actually becomes more miserable and a larger jerk to everyone around him as he relives each day. It seems the intention of the Groundhog Day gods is for him to become a better person, which he eventually becomes.

But the thing is, Groundhog Day is only repeating for Bill Murray. For everyone else, each repeat of the day is the first time for them as no one except Phil (the human, not the groundhog) remembers they’ve already done this before. He’s living the Groundhog Day hell all by himself, alone. So this is where our current situation is NOT like Groundhog Day.

We’re all reliving this hell. You would think Kevin McCarthy would be reliving these daily rebukes and humiliations all by himself, but nope. We’re all along for the ride…and I’m OK with that. Personally, I like seeing McCarthy humiliated on a daily basis. Much like the newscaster in Groundhog Day, I can also be a condescending miserable sarcastic jerk and chipper people really piss me off. Is it just me, or do people who are cheerful all the goddamn time come off as morons?

Right-wing fuckos on TV keep saying this is bad because it gives the impression that Republicans are the party of chaos and will not be able to govern. But that’s not true. It’s not just an impression. They truly are the party of chaos and they can not govern. As of this writing, there have been 11 failed ballots to elect a speaker. ELEVEN!!! If nothing else, Kevin McCarthy, who is the choice for the majority of Republicans, can’t count votes. And idiot Matt Gaetz keeps nominating Donald Trump, which means Trump keeps losing more elections. If Matt Prom King Gaetz nominates Trump again today, on January 6, that’ll be like nominating Osama bin Laden on September 11.

And there is something truly uniquely horrifying about Matt Gaetz’s head and face, like his mother licked car batteries while she was pregnant with him.

Get the popcorn (hit, that’s another cliché), because I love watching this repeat over and over and over (except for the nominating speeches. Ugh). But, I’m loving it for now. If this prolongs indefinitely, it will drive us all mad.

According to WhatCulture.com, Bill Murray’s character in Groundhogs Day was stuck in that loop for 33 years and 350 days. Man, that’s specific. That means he relived the same Groundhogs Day stuck in Pennsylvania 12,395 times. I don’t even like having to stop at Pennsylvania rest areas when driving through the state (it could be worse. He could have been stuck in Indiana) If we have to relive these failed speaker vote days, that means there will be at least three ballots a day, which means there will be around 37,185 nominating speeches singing the praises of Kevin McCarthy.

That also means a lot more nominations for Hair Fuhrer. Matt Gaetz might enjoy licking Donald Trump’s sweaty orange ass 37,185 times, but I don’t want to have to watch it.

Facebook Suspension Update: There are 7 days left (I forgot to update this part over the past few days), so it says, in my Facebook suspension for typing the word “Taliban.” Quannah had a countdown clock for it, but it broke.

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2 comments

  1. LOL on it could be worse if Indiana.
    Spot on. Spent my first 12 years of life in Indiana. Never fully appreciated how regressive and passive aggressive with the white church crowd. Gaslighting the uninformed to stay that way….

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    GROUNDHOG DAY!! … “We’re all reliving this hell. You would think Kevin McCarthy would be reliving these daily rebukes and humiliations all by himself, but nope. We’re all along for the ride…and I’m OK with that. Personally, I like seeing McCarthy humiliated on a daily basis. Much like the newscaster in Groundhog Day, I can also be a condescending miserable sarcastic jerk and chipper people really piss me off.”

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