Primaries

Primarying Democracy


It’s always a mixed bag from my readers anytime I criticize Democrats. Some will agree with me, most won’t, and even more will just stay silent. I don’t get a lot of shares on social media when I hit Democrats. And then Trumpers will claim the next day that I never hit Democrats, or even issue that complaint in a reply to the cartoon hitting Democrats. Seriously.

But I believe in every opinion I express. I don’t pander and I’m not partisan because principles are not partisan. It’s why I’ll never be a member of any political party because it seems somewhere along the way, no matter which party you’re in, you’re gonna have to put ethics, morals, and principles aside for a minute.

Liz Cheney is a Republican and one of the few who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his coup attempt. There are a few other Republicans like Cheney who don’t push Trump’s Big Lie that he won the election, like Michigan Congressman Peter Meijer, who also voted to impeach Donald Trump. Naturally, Democrats will still try to beat Meijer in the general election because he’s still a Republican after all. But, should the Democrats try to beat him in his Republican primary? Should Democrats give money to an election-denying Kool-Aid-swilling fascist Trump cultist in order to have an easier path to victory in the general election this November? It makes sense politically but it doesn’t make sense morally.

There are only ten Republicans in the House who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his coup attempt. Democrats have praised them for standing up for truth and Democracy.

Democrats can’t argue for more Republicans to be like Cheney and Meijer and then pump money into their election-denying opponents’ primary campaigns. It also tells Republicans not to ever vote with them again, not to stand on principles.

Democrats have spent at least $43,885,000 on advertising campaigns in races across six states promoting MAGAt candidates against somewhat rational and reasonable Republicans (they’re still Republicans). In Michigan, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) spent $435,000 on ads promoting Meijer’s primary opponent to Republican voters as a candidate “handpicked by Trump to run for Congress.”

Last Tuesday, Meijer lost to John Gibbs, an election-denying MAGAt. Now, Democrat nominee Hillary Scholten will face off against the Gibbs goon in November. But what if it doesn’t work? If Democrats had lost to Meijer, then that would have been a seat occupied by a non-MAGAt Republican who supports democracy. If they lose to Gibbs, it’ll be another MAGAt in Congress pushing for fascism. Gibbs may be in Congress voting against certifying the next presidential election Donald Trump loses.

I don’t think Democrats are working with a sound strategy.

Carolyn Lukensmeyer, the founding executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, told Newsweek, “This choice by the DCCC to put a huge amount of money into supporting far-right candidates who support the conspiracy theories about a fraudulent election, is another egregious attack on people’s trust in our government.”

It’s unethical. It’s shady. And it’s telling those who pay attention that Democrats are just as shifty as Republicans.

It’s not just the DCCC playing these shifty hands and it’s not just happening in Congressional races. The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) and the House Majority PAC have run TV spots for a bunch of election deniers.

In a report in Newsweek: Last month, the DGA and Democratic incumbent Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker dropped $35 million on ads elevating Republican state Senator Darren Bailey. In Maryland, the DGA booked almost $1.2 million of airwaves to emphasize Republican state Representative Dan Cox. The House Majority PAC also spent thousands on Chris Mathys in California and Lori Saine in Colorado, while the local chapters in Colorado put millions into highlighting Ron Hanks and Greg Lopez. Bailey, Cox, Mathys, Saine, Hanks, and Lopez have all denied the legitimacy of the last presidential election.

If you win at all costs, then you’re going to be bankrupt in victory. In this case, the Democrats will be morally bankrupt.

Music note: I listened to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers while drawing today’s cartoon.

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Bow Chicka Bye-Bye


The good news is that the Moron House Caucus lost one of its members last night. From this point forward, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, and Matt Gaetz will have to spread racist nutjob conspiracy theories from the halls of Congress, or whichever outhouse they’re dwelling in at that moment, without Madison Cawthorn.

The bad news is that there may be more Trumpian lunatics coming as we’re having mixed results from Trump endorsements.

West Virginia lost a congressional district which forced two Republican incumbents, MAGAt Alex Mooney, and establishment guy David McKinley, who voted for the infrastructure package AND a commission to investigate Jan 6, to face off in a primary last week. Guess which one Trump endorsed. The Trump-endorsed lunatic won over the guy who’s been bringing the bacon home to the country roads and mountain mamas of by-God West Virginia for years.

Fun fact: John Denver had never visited West Virginia before he recorded “Country Roads,” and the two guys who wrote it got the idea while driving through the state to Maryland. The song actually describes the western part of Virginia more than West Virginia. West Virginia seceded from Virginia to join the North during the Civil War, but today there are counties in Virginia that want to join West Virginia because it’s more like the yee-haw south.

Sorry for the digression. On the same night a Trumper was winning in West Virginia, another Trump-endorsed MAGAt lost in Nebraska. Jim Pillen, who was endorsed by the governor and the rest of Nebraska’s GOP establishment, defeated Charles Herbster, who was endorsed by Trump who also held a rally for him, despite, or because of, eight women accusing Herbster of groping. Trump won Nebraska easily in 2016 and 2020.

In last night’s Pennsylvania’s GOP U.S. Senate primary, Trump-endorsed lunatic Mehmet Oz is running closely behind Dave McCormick, who criticized Trump over Jan 6, and supports gay marriage, though he did air a commercial with people in the background chanting, “Let’s go, Brandon.” Dr. Oz is a Trumper who promotes homeopathy and pseudoscience. He was a big fan of Hydroxychloroquine curing COVID.

In Idaho, Governor Brad Little defeated the Lieutenant Governor, Janice McGeachin, who issued a ban on face masks while the governor briefly left the state. McGeachin has appealed to the growing racist militia movement taking hold in northern Idaho and has spoken at events organized by white nationalists. Hey, guess which one of these two Trump endorsed. She lost last night.

But the biggest loser of the Republican primaries so far this year has to be Madison Cawthorn, the yee-haw fucknut who has tried to sneak a gun onto a domestic flight more than once, wears women’s underwear, and has spoken out loud about being invited to Republican cocaine orgies in the nation’s capital. Since those orgies are supposed to be a secret, the establishment put a lot of money into defeating Cawthorn, who got an extra endorsement from Donald Trump this week. Trump’s endorsement may have given Cawthorn a fighting chance, but it didn’t win him the primary.

What I wonder is why the GOP establishment put so much effort into defeating Cawthorn while ignoring all their other lunatics currently holding office? How many more of these lunatics will Trump endorse? How many of them will win? How many will join the Republican orgies? Is this why Mitch McConnell is often called “Cocaine Mitch?” Do Republicans have enough awareness to make their cocaine orgies handicapped accessible? Does Washington, DC have city a code requiring wheelchair ramps to be at every Republican cocaine orgy?

The only reason the GOP establishment went after Cawthorn was because of his statement about cocaine orgies. All the racism, lies, conspiracy theories, trolling, and bringing guns onto airplanes didn’t concern them, but that orgy thing did. I mean, they got upset over it like it’s an actual thing. Hmmm.

It’s fun to watch Republicans beat Republicans, but these are primaries. In some cases, Democrats would prefer the Trump-endorsed candidate to win, as they can often be easier to defeat on a state-wide basis (in swing states) than a more reasonable Republican who’s only slightly OK with insurrections and racist conspiracy theories.

Maybe next time, Madison, leave out the cocaine when mentioning Republican orgies…or is it leave out the orgies when mentioning the cocaine?

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Jilted Democrats


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I’m going to be accused, again, of being in Hillary Clinton’s camp. I’m not. In fact, there was a time I couldn’t stand her. That was back in the 1990s and to be honest, she wasn’t the only one who changed.

I like Hillary Clinton. I like Bernie Sanders too. I love there is a dialogue. Liking one does not mean you have to hate the other. Promising not to vote for the nominee because they beat your candidate is immature, childish, and extremely stupid.

Oh, you don’t trust Hillary? You question her judgement over her vote for war with Iraq? So do I. I also question Bernie’s judgement in believing the gun industry is the only American industry that shouldn’t be held liable in a court of law. So there.

Al Gore beat George W. Bush in the 2000 election. If all those Ralph Nader voters had voted for Gore then the election never would have been handed to the Supreme Court to then hand it over to the son of the guy who appointed a lot of them. We would probably still have had a recession, but we wouldn’t have doubled then tripled down on it with a war financed by tax cuts for the rich.

Keep supporting Bernie all the way to the convention. After Hillary gets the nomination, grow up. Stop being a baby. Stop whining. Get serious. Because despite the stupid and goofiness of the Republican party, they are serious. And what they have in store for this country is a hell of a lot worse than what Hillary or Bernie could ever inflict upon it.

Be smart. It’s kinda important.

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Iowa. The Morning After


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Iowa, you cheap slut.

Every presidential candidate goes to the First In The Nation contest  and talks about how much they love Iowa and how important the Hawkeye state is to them. After the caucuses they pretty much ignore it and probably confuse it for Idaho…except for Ben Carson who will confuse it for a Baltic state.

Here in Virginia, they don’t leave. Most senators and congressmen live here or in Maryland. Hell, Newt Gingrich still hasn’t left. Cooter, from Dukes Of Hazzard, is still here and waving a Confederate flag. And though she hasn’t been elected to anything and despite running for the U.S. Senate in California, Carly Fiorina lives here. If there is a God and he’s blessing me he’ll have her run for office in Virginia.

On Tuesday Iowa goes back to being a flyover state. Sorry, Iowa. Look up. They’ll be waving.

Every four years I see cartoons depicting Iowans becoming tired and frustrated with campaigns, candidates, robocalls, yard signs, etc. I call B.S. on that. Bring up the idea that Iowa should not be first in the nation and they scream bloody murder. You would think the Iowa caucus was in the Constitution, yet it’s not even regulated by the state. After the caucuses Iowa won’t be in national news unless they suffer a terrorist attack or field a decent football team. Neither is likely to happen. Neither John Wayne or John Wayne Gacy wanted to go back.

Iowa works as the first stop for candidates. It’s a smaller state and it’s easier for them to canvas. How it doesn’t work is that its not very representative of the nation. Its population is barely over three million and 91% of the citizens are white.  California and Florida are two examples of states that would better represent the nation’s demographic, except both states don’t suffer from lack of media exposure, California would be too much of  a canvasing headache and Florida is too crazy.

I haven’t drawn a sexual reference cartoon in a while. Disgusting, right?

I needed a little break. For me that was most of the weekend. Before last Sunday there were only two days in January without a new cartoon from me. I felt a little burnt out creatively near the end of last week. A day or two without drawing, and spending time eating popcorn and changing my TV channels to non-news stations would be refreshing, especially before the campaigns really get heated. I actually left my studio for a few hours on Saturday. I never go anywhere. I’ve been a beard-growing hermit lately.

Think this election has been crazy so far? Now it’s really going to pick up. I’m stoked.

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