“…Obvious, Tendentious, Simplistic, Wrong, Unfunny, Self-righteous and Annoyingly Small-minded.”

Thus sayeth James Lileks in today’s Bleat about today’s political cartoonists. And with a few minor exceptions, I wholly concur. James has several links to excellent examples (a couple of which go to the Washington Post, which requires registration – three tries of Bugmenot to no avail.) So here are just a few examples of cartoonists I found that meet that description given above:

David Horsey of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This was one of Lilek’s examples, and a damned good one.

Chris Britt of Illinois’ State Journal-Register.

Can’t have a political cartoon set without some asshole opinion on “gun control.” Apparently Mr. Britt missed the recent report indicating that decades of study of gun control laws has proven that, well gun control hasn’t seemed to accomplish anything.

Mike Lane of the Baltimore Sun.

Apparently $350 million plus a carrier strike force isn’t enough for Mr. Lane. We must also cancel the inauguration! Besides, if it isn’t government spending, it really isn’t charity. Putz.

Rex Babin of the Sacramento Bee.

Apparently there’s absolutely no problem with Social Security! None at all! It’s all smoke & mirrors, just like WMD! Bushitler just hates old people and wants to turn them into Soylent Green. Putz again.

Milt Priggee – independent.

And I can see why. Yes, Bushitler is responsible for all those horrible deaths. And there’s no reason for them! No, if we’d just keep our warmongering to ourselves, the world would be beautiful, with fluffy bunnies and chocolate rivers! But the hundreds of thousands killed by Saddam are, well, not our business. We shouldn’t interfere. It’s not our responsibility.

And here’s the most disgusting one I found:

John Darkow of Columbia, MO’s Daily Tribune.

I see Mr. Darkow and Ted Rall have the same outlook. That’s not to say that there aren’t some good cartoonists out there, but “hate America” seems to be the theme for the vast majority of them. Perhaps if I have some time later, I’ll dredge up a few good ones.

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