This Week’s Cartoon: “Violent Spin”

What really drives me nuts in the wake of the Giffords shooting is the chorus of voices — mostly on the right — tut-tutting that “we can’t jump to conclusions.” As though they are the source of caution and reason and all things prudent and high-minded. Well, guess what: Your candidates are anything but. I don’t really care whether Loughner is schizo, or what particular bits of tea party propaganda he swallowed or didn’t. If you don’t find the violent language of the right utterly repugnant, then it’s a sign of how far we’ve drifted away from normalcy in this country.

As any anthropologist will tell you, human behavior doesn’t happen in a vacuum; we live in a cultural stew, and by all accounts, that stew is a-bubblin’. Tom Tomorrow linked to a depressing timeline of armed insurrection in America just since 2008. Hint: it’s long.


  • Tom

    I’m hoping somebody in the Washington news media will remember Newt Gingrich’s 1996 memo in which he urged Republicans to describe their political opponents as “bizarre” and “corrupt” and “sick” and “traitors.” I understand, though, that the members of the Washington press corps have incredibly short memory spans.
    Of course, the right-wingers are already manning the keyboards to say liberals are equally to blame. Which, to my mind, is sort of like saying in 1939 “Hey, Poland and Germany, stop invading each other!”

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  • Michael Welle

    Really good comic. Completely nails the hypocrisy of the Republicans and Tea Party.

  • Tony

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry reading this great cartoon. But I do love the sound effect for Palin’s wink. Thank you.

  • annon

    funny thing if you pay attention to az news this is the second person-with-gun kills a bunch of people event this month the other was the chandler mall shooting

  • Sean

    Thanks for the link. It will make sleeping difficult for some time but it is necessary reading.

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.