This Week’s Cartoon: “The Swing Voter Memory Hole”

It wasn’t very long ago that Republican candidates were shy about trumpeting their party affiliation. You had to look carefully at the fine print on their mailers to figure it out, if it was there at all. The Bush administration had pretty much flushed America down the cosmic toilet, and most people knew it. But in a nation that treats history as something born anew with every 24-hour cable news cycle, “Republican” is apparently some fresh, untried brand now, an apple pie-scented alternative to the horrors of the present. At least, that’s how swing voters seem to view things.

I’m not saying Obama has been great on the economy. Clearly he needed to be more aggressive about stimulus and job creation. But the people making that politically impracticable are Republicans and conservative Democrats. And administration advisers too timid to start a fight.

(Afterthought: I was just doing my 2009 taxes — filed for an extension, natch! — and got an $800 tax break I wasn’t expecting. Part of the stimulus package, and a big help. So that’s something.)


  • Kevin Moore

    These are not people who pay attention or seem to have convictions beyond the most recently heard soundbite or meme. I hate them more than dogmatic party line Dems and GOPers, who at least have a set of principles that they can violate.

  • Jim Donato

    My conundrum is that my “Democratic” Blue Dog congressman is up for re-election against a nominal Republican who is politically very similar in his beliefs. The Blue Dog is also a member of “The Family” and has a room at the C Street House. Yech! I am torn over who to vote for. My basic thought is that we need to get the Blue Dog out of office before the roots are too strong to sunder. The longer these people stay in office, the harder it is to get them out.

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.