Below is the latest The Pain -- When Will It End?
"I think this George and Mister
Cheney thing has legs," says Megan Kelso, my friend and colleague. This
is very encouraging because Megan is the person I always feel like I'm disappointing
whenever I depict George Bush as doofy and harmless instead of arrogant and
despicable. I do feel like maybe I hit on something last week with the conception
of the cartoon duo of hapless, earnest George and his "friend,"
the humorless and long-suffering Mister Cheney. (it occurs to me that their
relationship is not unlike that of Dennis the Menace and Mr. Wilson.) It seems
like it may be possible, using them as my Laurel and Hardy or Bugs and Daffy,
to draw serious political cartoons that are still funny, which any reader
of political cartoons will know is rare. Let's let the last two weeks' efforts
be the test of that proposition.
It is beginning to look like the Bush administration will be pretty much on
their own if they decide to avenge G.W.'s daddy in a blood feud in Iraq, without
the support of our Allies, or Congress, or even the Pentagon, and certainly
not that most decisive faction, the political cartoonists of the alterntaive
press. This cartoon is sort of a creative visualization, a dream of what might
be, and a feeble effort at making it come true. It would be a beautiful thing
if George and Mister Cheney really had to go it alone, without even their
entourage of staffers and interns to back them up. But one of the subtler
points this drawing is meant to make is that neither George nor Mister Cheney,
who are so gung-go for this pointless, unprovoked invasion, are going to be
anywhere near Asia Minor when the shooting starts. George's daddy's political
connections got him assigned to the "Champagne Unit" of the Texas
Air National Guard--so-called because it kept the scions of wealthy Houston
society safely on the other side of the planet from Viet Nam. We all know
who'll be on the front lines, and their fathers won't be presidents or senators
or oil company executives.