The best part of the election

Since the mid-19 centuray political catroons have been written in an attempt to influnce the electorate. A breif history of political cartoons can be found here.

Looking at political cartoons can be a good way in which to judge the publics feelings towards thecanidates in this past election. Since their exagerations they can can highlight the most decisive parts of an election and show some of the more deplorable, and admiral, traits of the canidates. In many ways political cartoons are the most enjoyable parts of any election.

This is a breif look at some of the political cartoons published this year:

Although not a cartoon i feel obliged to include the most politcal parody of this election

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/palin-hillary-open/656281/

Even though nothing of any substance was actually said during this election its good to know that there are people out there who can make the meaningless dribble amusing. The election is over, but since the state of the world will more then likely prevent Obama from instituting any meaningful change, there will be daily political cartoons to keep us amused.

 

 

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3 responses to “The best part of the election

  1. kelly karpenske

    I wonder if political cartoons are another thing- like SNL and the daily show- that keep the public involved and possibly interest them more than the actual issues and campaign. These cartoons are and maybe forever will be a process of the campaign and do have a very real influence on the voter, otherwise their publications would be null-and-void.

  2. Lance_Thibert

    Well, Tamany Hall and Boss Tweed was brought down by political cartoons, they most definately have an impact on politics at the same level of SNL. You could probably see SNL skits as political cartoons acted out.

  3. Tony Robinson

    Interesing and unique post–thank you for offering up a new take on the election, and I really enjoyed some of these cartoons. Where did you find them? I don’t see a prominent link. Also, who wrote this post? There is no byline.

    I agree with the general sentiment that it is refreshing to see elections and harsh ideological conflict turned into humour–but I do question this comment, made in the post: “Even though nothing of any substance was actually said during this election its good to know that there are people out there who can make the meaningless dribble…” I think such a comment is far too broad and indictment and is a bit careless. It’s indefensible to claim that “nothing of any substance” was said during the entire election… There were, of course, many many moments of high-minded discussion about what the country needs, what the country believes, what the candidates stand for, etc. McCain and Obama both authored serious books about their own character and beliefs that became central to the election early on, for example (The Audacity of Hope and McCain’s Worth the Fighting For). Obama’s speech on race during the reverend Wright situation is rightly seen as a serious rumination on the meaning of racial conflict and transcendance in America. McCain’s challenge to Obama’s tax plan to spread the wealth around and his defense of supply side economics reflects a serious ideological difference between the parties and was a relevant issue to discuss during the campaign. Etc. etc. not to mention all the discussion, in depth and detailed, in the journals ands blogosphere. It’s easy to toss off comments that everything in politics is drivel and meaningless talk, but I think a realistic assessment of our public debates demands a more nuanced assessment.

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