Aug 122011

Here is this week’s collection of the best and brightest editorial and political cartoons published during the week just ending. Click on an image to enlarge. Note that when you do, a slide show will begin. Images will change every seven seconds. You may stop and start the slide show at will, or stop it completely and browse through the images manually. You are in complete control. Enjoy.

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.

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Aug 122011

I understand the current candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nod got together for a “debate” last night. I was not even aware they were planning one, but then I don’t watch Fox News Channel. However, I have read a bit about their mutterings this morning and I think I have to agree with young Ezra Klein. This was perhaps the most amazing, and yet probably the most predictable, moment of the evening…

The most telling moment of Thursday’s GOP debate wasn’t when Michele Bachmann cooly stuck a knife between Tim Pawlenty’s ribs, or when Rick Santorum plaintively begged for more airtime, or when Mitt Romney easily slipped past questions about his record on health-care reform. It was when every single GOP candidate on the stage agreed that they would reject a budget deal that was $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases. Even Fox News’s Bret Baier couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing. He asked again just to make sure the assembled candidates had understood the question.

Really? They would not accept a budget that consisted of $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases, which would really not be tax increases after all but most likely elimination of tax breaks and loopholes for the filthy rich? That is amazing.

That, my friends, is what you call undying devotion to the Tea Party.

We now know who these folks are most afraid of and who their masters would be if, by some miracle, any of them ever made their way into higher office.