This Week’s Cartoon: “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in the Senate”

In an unsurprising burst of ineffectiveness, the Senate failed to break a conservative filibuster against ending the ban on gays in the military. The Senator in the last panel is loosely modeled on Republican Susan Collins of Maine, who provided the death blow. Collins said she supported a repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” but didn’t like the way the Dems were going about it. As in, they were actually trying to pass something. We all know that is forbidden, of course.


  • RR Anderson

    Brilliant! Like Al Franken’s pupil-less glasses.

  • malachi the wretched

    Oh man, that’s Russ Feingold in panel 1, isn’t it? Poor Russ!

  • Tom Schmidt

    Hats off to Obama though for working soooooo hard to try to get the Senate to repeal DADT.

    Wait a minute ….

  • James

    Personally I love how Democrat voters are all for Senate belligerency and intransigence on Republican issues but heaven forbid one of their sacred cows gets slaughtered.

    Look folks, it’s simple–Collins realizes that quicker than you can say, “It’s the Tea Party, RUN!” this would pretty much screw her in the primary come 2012. Given that she’s often mentioned in the “Most likely to get scalped by a bunch of angry primary voters”-list, I think she got a case of the yips. Something about not wanting to have to go the Lieberman route…you know, that guy you like to demonize for ignoring his constituents? Like it or lump it, that’s how that funny democracy thing is supposed to work.

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.