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GOP Diversity


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If I Leave Here Tomorrow Will You Still Remember Me?


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As a lot of you know, in addition to being a cartoonist I’m also a musician. I’ve played in several bands and have performed solo acoustic shows. The bane for any musician are requests from the audience for Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird. You usually assume they’re joking but sometimes they’re not. According to one reviewer at Amazon, Free Bird is the most requested song in the world. Useless trivia time: The Beatles Yesterday is the most covered song.

I’m a major guitar geek. In this cartoon I gave Rand Paul a Gibson Explorer, the one guitar I’ve always wanted. I gave Ted Cruz a bass similar to the ax bass used by Gene Simmons of Kiss. I told you I’m a geek.

Last week I dedicated a cartoon to all my journalism colleagues. I dedicate this one to all my friends who are musicians. You might be surprised to know a lot of cartoonists are musicians with most being guitar players.

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.