Thursday, April 26, 2007


The headline is a joke. The image above comes not from a left-wing blog, but rather from a comic strip that appears on many right-wing blogs, Chris Muir's "Day by Day." The full strip is here.

Righty blogger Rick Moran has questioned the appropriateness of the image (here and here). Captain Ed (who runs the strip daily) makes note of Moran's observations.

And there the matter rests, apparently.

(At this big right-wing blog and this small one, the strip is seen as just plain terrific.)

Last year, Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake included a picture of Joe Lieberman in blackface in a post at the Huffington Post. The image has since been cited repeatedly in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other very, very mainstream media outlets. It's a favorite example when anyone wants to talk about the uncivilized nature of the left.

Will there be a similar reaction to this? Short answer: No. Long answer: Hell no.

"The uncivilized right" doesn't fit anyone's script -- certainly not the "liberal media's" -- so this will be ignored.


(If you want my take on Hillary's accent, see this post and the latter part of this one.)


(Oh, and let's not forget that this aroused no outraged harrumphing in the mainstream press. Yeah, it wasn't at a big-name blog, but the standard for the left seems to be anyone posting on the Internet gets to stand in for the entire left.)


UPDATE: Jon Swift has much more on this strip -- and on Chris Muir's oeuvre as a whole. A sample:

As [Muir] admits in an interview, "I have templates of bodies, heads, expressions, etc. If you look at the cartoons closely, you may notice that, at this time, each character has about 5-6 head positions only." Coincidentally, these 5 to 6 head positions correspond to the 5 or 6 political positions Muir takes, which he relentlessly drums into his readers' heads.

If Chris Muir drew Charles Schulz's Peanuts, for example, he wouldn't have bothered drawing a panel showing Lucy pulling the football away at the last minute when Charlie Brown tries to kick it. That would be too Old School for him. Instead, Muir would just have Lucy say, "Democrats always pull the football away at the last minute when you are trying to kick it, Charlie Brown." Lucy and Charlie Brown would also probably be in their underwear.

Which is true.

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