Reality Eclipses Satire, no. 87,493


I love this. In my cartoon this week, I suggested an absurd way that Michelle Bachmann might explain her quote that voters should be “armed and dangerous” over the cap-and-trade bill. As I learned today via TPM, she actually did walk that quote back a month later, saying the following:

“I want my people in Minnesota to be the most educated people. I want them to be armed with knowledge, so they can be dangerous to the policies of the left.”

Almost like my comic. Clearly I didn’t go far enough.



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  • http://mooretoons.com Kevin Moore

    She could have said, “My arms are dangerous to bystanders as I flail about helplessly trying to recover from my stupidity.”

  • http://www.slowpokecomics.com Jen Sorensen

    But Kevin, she wants Minnesotans to be the most EDUCATED people! Surely that means she is educated herself.

  • Rich

    *Sigh* As a Minnesotan, I would like to apologize to the rest of the country. District 6 is pretty much a Gerrymandered Republican district. Please don’t hold it against us!

  • http://n/a Doug

    The best backpedaling I’ve seen so far was the Palin camp’s attempt to walk back the “Don’t retreat — RELOAD!” tweet by claiming that she meant “reload your browser” — to keep up with the nefarious doings of the Democrats, presumably.

  • http://www.homepage.montana.edu/~iedbf/ Bill Freese

    Rich makes a good point. Gerrymandering is a huge part of this. We divided the country into districts made intentionally politically extreme, and then those districts elected political extremists. Who could have seen that coming?

  • http://twitter.com/ProLick Halliburton Shill

    2 weeks of brilliant, insightful cartoons. I agree with Doug, don’t retreat, reload. Don’t let anybody shout and hate you down. Rather, you probably could make it into a trilogy or monthly Slowpoke episode.

    More lovely Tea Party love:
    Maine’s tea party-backed Gov. Paul LePage (R) has gone from telling President Obama to “go to hell” to telling the NAACP to “kiss my butt,”… http://thinkprogress.org/2011/01/14/lepage-naacp-butt-kis/

    BTW, some people are actually interested in sources regarding your footnote:
    http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/f44id/what_it_might_look_like_if_liberal_commentators/

  • http://www.slowpokecomics.com Jen Sorensen

    @Halliburton Shill – Thanks. A lot of it was taken from the TPM post linked above. Or for your convenience:
    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/01/gun_rhetoric_2010.php?ref=fpblg

  • http://twitter.com/ProLick Halliburton Shill

    While my commend awaited “moderation” ;) I also remembered a new holiday idea I had yesterday that Governor LePage (clearly a French Canadian invader) would support:
    Shoot-One-Person-You-Hate-in-the-Head day http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/2405520

    While I feel the Republican rant strong in me, let’s not forget which side of the partisan prison is calling for the torture/murder of Julian Assange and the “liberation” of Wikileaks:
    http://www.peopleokwithmurderingassange.com/?q=11

  • http://www.slowpokecomics.com Jen Sorensen

    Not sure why your comments are being held for moderation — I have that turned off. [UPDATE: Figured it out. It's because your comments contained multiple links.]

  • http://twitter.com/ProLick Halliburton Shill

    I’m OK with awaiting for moderation. Wouldn’t want your blog to get shot in the server with spam.

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.

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