This Week’s Cartoon: “Trojan MILFs”

In retrospect, I probably should have drawn the MILFs more attractively in this cartoon, with a bit more emphasis on the “F” than the “M.” But really, the whole thing isn’t about their attractiveness per se — I have no problem with attractive women entering politics. What I’m talking about here is the normalizing veneer these wingnut ladies lend to radical ideas. They pose as nurturing everymoms, but advocate the same old anti-worker,  anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-environment, anti-education agenda the far right has spewed for years.

If you had any lingering doubts that the right is pursuing a strategy of putting a pretty face on ugly ideas, check out the trailer below for a new propaganda film called “Fire From the Heartland: The Awakening of the Conservative Woman.”  Never mind that many of the women featured aren’t exactly from the Midwest. Filled with empty platitudes, it’s put out by Citizens United, the same people who brought you the Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited campaign contributions by corporations. Be sure to wait for the grizzly bear! (Via TPM.)


  • Daniel

    Roaar!! Hey, that was an incredible soundtrack. I’m almost positive they got it from one of those royalty free mp3 sites, and it was originally intended for a gritty, violent thriller in the Michael Bay style.

    Paired with the subject matter, though, and the hilariously earnest Ann Coulter, the result was simply hysterical. (Also: kinda scary.)

  • SusanB

    I really like this cartoon, but it has a flaw… Christine O’Donnell, as far as I know, isn’t a mom, so isn’t technically a MILF. *shrug*

  • Jen Sorensen

    @SusanB: Wow, good catch. With all her talk about premarital sex and masturbation, I just ASSUMED. I’d still say she’s part of a broader MILFy phenomenon, though, even if she isn’t literally a mother.

  • malachi the wretched

    So much to dissect:

    1) “We do not want our kids and our grand-kids’ futures taken away from us” – interesting quote at 2:20, as they show a line of troops literally trudging. I know that Afghanistan has morphed into Obama’s War, but the implication is almost that Dems are warmongers, just generally.

    2) Love the Michelle Bachmann opening. How did they find a clip of her with no froth coming from her mouth? She looks downright professorial in that clip.

    3) I always cringe when the RNC shows clips of the two black dudes in the arena as proof of big-tent-dom, but this seems to be a step further. Women and minorities are both underrepresented in the party and party leadership, and it seems like they go out of their way to present a rainbow coalition of mama grizzlies.

  • mike futcher

    As I get more old and twisted I find it more and more bizarre that being a parent of a species that overpopulates the planet is in some way automatically a moral achievement.

  • Tom

    What I’d like to know is: How does Christine O’Donnell know that condoms don’t work? Oh, I know, I know, Republicans believe anything somebody on Tee-Vee said. But it does conjure up an interesting mental image, one of her boyfriend and her in a panic because he just found out that baby oil is NOT the lube to use on latex (most of us in high school heard this warning). Was this part of her witches picnic in the woods with a boyfriend? I could understand Sarah Palin knowing condoms don’t work, because of her 8-months-after-marriage delivery of a healthy full-term boy.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.