This Week’s Cartoon: “Romney Straps Worker to Roof of Campaign Bus”

I assume most people have heard about Mitt Romney’s dog-on-car incident, especially now that even Newt Gingrich is attacking him over it, but to recap briefly: back in the ’80s, Mitt stowed the family pooch in a carrier on the roof of the family station wagon for the duration of a 12-hour drive to Ontario. After several hours, the dog, an Irish Setter named Seamus, developed gastric distress that made itself evident on the windows of the station wagon. Mitt stopped at a gas station to hose down the dog and the car, and continued on his merry way, Seamus still riding aloft.

As I drew Mitt’s bus, I got to thinking about the Romney campaign logo. I find the symbolism of these things fascinating. The Romney logo divides the “R” into red, white and blue stripes. It sort of looks like three people standing in a row, or an abstractly-shaped waving flag. But what I see most is an R within an R within an R: the rich protecting the rich protecting the rich.


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  • Elmore

    Apparently, Mike Peters reads Slowpoke Comics:

    (Go to January 17 if this link doesn’t take you directly there.)

  • Jen Sorensen

    Aw shoot, looks like he actually published that on Friday, so he beat me to it. I hadn’t seen that one till now.

    I’ve met Mike a couple times. Fun guy.

  • Elmore

    Oh, I didn’t notice it was the 13th. It ran in the Memphis paper yesterday. Well, it’s no better than yours.

  • Kevin Moore

    Yeah, yours is better. Also, I had somehow missed this story. Mittens really is a sociopath.

  • Elmore

    At best, Romney is one tone-deaf billionaire. He seems incapable of talking about wealth or class without rubbing in his own obscene degree of privilege.

    Meanwhile, his supporters have complained that the “liberal” media have taken his “I like being able to fire people” remark out of context. I agree, but I also think the comment is even more offensive IN context. The point that even the “liberal” media seem to have missed is that most people are NOT capable of “firing” their health insurance carriers, at least not in favor of anything significantly better. My wife and I (both self-employed) dread the day that one of us gets a tumor or some other serious ailment, at which time we’ll be stuck with whatever company we’re using at that time… until it decides to “fire” us.

  • WP

    One instance of being mean to a dog may well cost him more votes than any number of instances of him being mean to people.

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.