published Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010


about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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acerigger said...


November 2, 2010 at 12:21 a.m.
alprova said...

Aqua Buddha...

It would be hilarious if not for the probability that Kentucky may actually propel the man into office. Of all the Tea-Party candidates out there, this is their shining star. But...that's Kentucky's problem.

Will he pull it off? Stay tuned. The polls have him up by 11 points.

No matter how the Alaskan Senatorial race turns out, that one is going to wind up in the courts.

I'm convinced that Nancy Pelosi is now going to take a temporary seat in the galley, and that's a good thing. She has become the poster child of political arrogance.

On the flip side, I'm cringing at the thought that John Boehner will now be promoted to the forefront of the political arena. I detest that man probably more than any politician, bar none.

He is the antithesis to Nancy Pelosi, and will be seen as such very shortly after he is installed as Speaker, unless he changes suits real quick.

And last, but most certainly not least, is Sarah Palin poking her head into the picture, who will likely be screeching at the top of her lungs over the coming weeks, celebrating the perceived win that she will no doubt take plenty of credit for.

It may well be a bittersweet night for Mrs. Palin. She and her fellow Republicans may have lots to celebrate, but daughter Bristol may lose the popular vote on Dancing With The Stars.

November 2, 2010 at 2:05 a.m.
Reardon said...

H.L. Mencken

“There’s really no point to voting. If it made any difference, it would probably be illegal.”

“Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.” (My favorite)

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.”

“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule — and both commonly succeed, and are right.”

Democracy has an “ineradicable tendency to abandon its whole philosophy at the first sign of strain. . .When the national safety is menace. . .all the great tribunes of democracy. . .convert themselves, by a process as simple as taking a deep breath, into despots of an almost fabulous ferocity.”

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace in a continual state of alarm (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing them with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. . . On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

November 2, 2010 at 5:10 a.m.
woody said...

If there is a more important job in America than that of a voter, I am not aware of it.

Shakespeare wrote, "...some are born to greatness, while others have greatness thrust upon them...", (a loose translation).

I feel as though "The Bard" was referring to those of us who were lucky enough to have been born here and those who have gone through the legal process to become citizens of this great nation.

And "The Vote" is our only job, our bi-annual payment for the privilege of being called an American.

I feel pity for those who would like to participate and can't..and nothing but disdain for those who can and don't.

Go team!!! Woody

November 2, 2010 at 6:20 a.m.
EaTn said...

Clay really didn't need to put name tags on these characters- they are recognizable by most.

Voting? Voting and playing the lottery are comparable-- you may feel that your chances of being a winner are slim so why bother, but you could always kick yourself when it's over if you didn't participate.

November 2, 2010 at 7:30 a.m.
alprova said...

Is Sharon Angle wearing a diaper? Perhaps it is a straight jacket fashioned from a diaper. Those sure look like safety pins to me. to City Hall I go, to vote for none of the above.

November 2, 2010 at 8:40 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

A witch, handcuffs, Boerser? straight jacket, Aqua Budda a wink and 3 Democrats looking all prim and proper?

I could have thought of a few twists to add to the Democrat caricatures but clay is so trapped in his narrow outlook that he really sees those three as responsible politicians! Clearly a tiny, rigid mind!

November 2, 2010 at 9:17 a.m.
mmlj said...


Name tags aren't necessary on most of the mugs. But an indicator on his Sarah Palin is necessary since the drawn Palin looks something like my third grade math teacher who used to be a man.

I realize Clay's antipathy toward Palin, but I didn't think his hate would compromise his artistic skill.

November 2, 2010 at 9:39 a.m.
OllieH said...

Although he did have some fun with the Tea Party crowd, Clay drew Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and even Srah Palin just as flatteringly as he did Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. And even though he did depict Boehner with his unnatural orange tan, I do believe he spelled his name correctly.

Perhaps Clay is showing some grudging respect for the mainstream Republicans relative to the upstart teabaggers like Christine 'I am not a witch' O'Donnell, Joe 'cuff the press' Miller, Sharon 'hide and seek' Angle and Rand ''Aqua Buddha' Paul.

I assure you, the Republican Party views these wingnuts with just as much contempt and trepidation as Clay does.

November 2, 2010 at 9:57 a.m.
OllieH said...

mmlj- Other than a button reading 2012, Clay put no label on Sarah Palin. So, if you (or anybody else) recognized her, it must mean that Clay captured something about the woman's physical or mental characteristics.

November 2, 2010 at 10:02 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Dang, they took out the cartoon that featured clay!

I guess that hit too close to home, hey little man?

November 2, 2010 at 10:11 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

For those willing to put the dot in it is worth the effort!

The cartoon featuring clay can be found at: townhall"dot"com/cartoons/2010/11/01/9


Let’s see if clay is a big enough man to be the subject of humor himself and let his audience see this…

November 2, 2010 at 10:32 a.m.
Francis said...

another clunker.

in reid's closing argument he saidangle is mentally disturbed and like a good bootlicker bennett jumps on it.

the witch is on the wrong head, it belongs on pelosi's.

to believe reid, obama and pelosi are more respected at this point than o'donnell, palin, angle or miller is to be completely out of touch.

why do you detest john boehner, alprova?

i just voted. in my district the dem. is running unchallenged. i added my name as a write in.

November 2, 2010 at 11:01 a.m.
mmlj said...


A woman with a 2012 button on. Using assumption--and I know I was cautioned against using assumption when assessing political cartoons--that limits the field to about 2. Plus, this is how he draws Palin. Identifying her goes beyond today's cartoon but to past depictions as well. A nice try to make her ugly.

November 2, 2010 at 11:03 a.m.
Francis said...

guess bennett thinks pelosi is better looking than palin.....better get those eyes checked.

November 2, 2010 at 11:21 a.m.
anniebelle said...

pretty is as pretty does, mmlj

November 2, 2010 at 11:51 a.m.
Francis said...

you libs are going to have to let go of palin...the hatred and disgust for her is only your's just not out there. she's popular and getting more popular. bennett can try and make her look awful and ugly..but that's not what the majority of people see. give it up.

palin is more popular than obama right now. deal with it. whether she's earned it or not...that's the reality.

November 2, 2010 at 11:54 a.m.
Francis said...

"pretty is as pretty does"..another gem of liberal insight.

guess that aplies to all, huh..

guess that must be why pelosi has morphed into a mandrill,

i find liberal women, especially feminists, to be extremely jealous and envious of sarah palin.

why am i not surprised.

November 2, 2010 at 12:26 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

I don't envy Palin. I'd pity her except she is laughing all the way to the bank.

November 2, 2010 at 12:45 p.m.
wallyworld said...

francis you are so wrong, as usual. I'm a healthy male in my early 50's and I find her to be one of the ugliest people I have ever encountered. But you republicans have the lowest standards in the world on most counts, so there you go. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is only skin deep . . . need I go on.

November 2, 2010 at 1:19 p.m.
rolando said...

2010/11/1/9 BigRidge? I found /10 to apply much better -- unless they added a cartoon...which they often do.

Seriously -- much more seriously -- did the TFP censor one of your posts because you linked to another newspaper? If so, THAT is a first for them, even as LIB-PROG as they are.

It would classify as a violation of their own Terms and Conditions or their Ethics policy...[laughable as it may be].

November 2, 2010 at 1:55 p.m.
rolando said...

"I assure you, the Republican Party views these wingnuts with just as much contempt and trepidation as Clay does."

Not bloody likely, OllieH.

Even if it did [which it doesn't], it view would be as significant as a gnat on a elephant's backside compared to the disgust and the upper-lip-curling contempt it holds for the egotistical buffoon sitting in today's WH along with his socialistic agenda to destroy this country. It also includes those Democrats who voted in support of the [donkey's] anti-American antics...the very ones we are voting out today.

November 2, 2010 at 2:05 p.m.
rolando said...

Do you find either Reid or Pelosi attractive, wallyworld?

And which would you prefer, Angelina Jolie or Leonardo Dicaprio?

Just curious...

November 2, 2010 at 2:10 p.m.
rolando said...

Then there is this one, BigRidge. A real favorite.

Mallard Filmore at

It presents a realist's view of politics...

November 2, 2010 at 2:29 p.m.
junepop55 said...

Francis, it's not just the libs who have a problem with Palin. Here's an extract from the Free Press editorial from October 20, 2010 about her:

"Is Sarah just having fun, or is she testing the reaction to her “joke” with 2012 presidential aspirations?

Is it comedy or potential tragedy that our presidential race in 2012 could be Obama vs. Palin?

After all, we unfortunately have had several presidential contests in our history in which no candidate was really qualified."

To refresh everyone's memories, the Free Press editorials are the conservative ones on the right side of the paper every day on the op-ed pages.

November 2, 2010 at 2:35 p.m.
woody said...

Well, I must say I had expected a little civility around here today..and not too surprisingly..a very little civility is all I have noticed thus far.

To those who haven't even tried (and you know who you are) I can only's quite apparent how the next two years are going to play out.

I'd feel sorry for you, but you don't deserve it.


November 2, 2010 at 3:09 p.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...

Days like today make me proud to be an American.

November 2, 2010 at 3:33 p.m.
alprova said...

BigRidgePatriot wrote: "For those willing to put the dot in it is worth the effort!

The cartoon featuring clay can be found at: townhall"dot"com/cartoons/2010/11/01/9"

Either you don't know how to link to a cartoon or you don't know the difference between Clay and Former President Bill Clinton.

"Let’s see if clay is a big enough man to be the subject of humor himself and let his audience see this…"

Clay is not removing posts. It's being done by TFP management.

So how about knocking off the childish taunts.

November 2, 2010 at 4:20 p.m.
BobMKE said...

Boy did Clay ever draw Nancy "Stretch" Pelosi perfectly. I heard that she has had so many face lifts that when she now cries her tears roll down the back of her neck. Clay, I need your opinion, is Nancy a homely woman or a pretty monster?

November 2, 2010 at 5:12 p.m.
alprova said...

Francis wrote: "in reid's closing argument he saidangle is mentally disturbed and like a good bootlicker bennett jumps on it."

Well, in his defense, the woman did claim to be ASIAN in front of a group of Hispanic children. She apparently is not aware that Caucasians are not a variation of Asians.

"why do you detest john boehner, alprova?"

As I explained earlier, the man is the polar opposite of Nancy Pelosi. His total disregard for the middle and lower income classes is only exceeded by his utter arrogance.

He specifically has gone on record for wanting to implement the raising of the eligibility for Social Security to age 70, he wants to privatize Social Security, and he has deep cuts in Medicare spending on the brain.

In 1995, mere minutes before a vote was to be taken on whether or not to continue tobacco farming subsidies, the man was actually handing out checks to lawmakers cut from tobacco lobbyists -- bribes under any definition, to vote for continuing those subsidies.

As a man who has consistently claimed to be one who desires to "reform Congress," take a gander at his top ten corporate donation list.

AT&T Inc. - $240,105

Why AT&T? Because Boehner supports warrantless wiretapping.

CME Group - $225,850 (Chicago Mercantile Exchange)

Bank of America - $207,000

Altria Group Inc. - $181,959 (Tobacco Lobbying Group)

United Parcel Service Inc. - $165,750

Why UPS? Because Boehner adamantly opposes OSHA ergonomic standards.

Reynolds American Inc. - $158,500 (Tobacco company)

JPMorgan Chase & Co. - $154,925

American Maritime Officers - $150,500 (Military Contractor)

FedEx Corp. - $143,350

Why Fed-Ex? They lobbied to be exempted from the National Labor Relations Act -- the provision would have made it harder for FedEx employees to unionize.

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association - $142,390

Why SIFMA? To lobby against Wall Street reform, following the misdeeds that led to the bailouts.

November 2, 2010 at 5:14 p.m.
alprova said...

mmlj wrote: "A nice try to make her ugly."

You know what? Clay doesn't have to make her look ugly. All that woman has to do is to open her mouth and the inner ugliness comes pouring out by the gallon.

Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. And nothing about that woman dazzles me into finding her remotely attractive.

You can place a turd in a box and wrap it with some very pretty paper and even a nice little bow, but when you open the box, you're still left looking at a turd.

November 2, 2010 at 5:25 p.m.
alprova said...

Ikeithlu wrote: "I don't envy Palin. I'd pity her except she is laughing all the way to the bank."

If that's so, she sure isn't spending any of that loot on clothes.

The woman has only one suit jacket and maybe a couple of skirts.

November 2, 2010 at 5:28 p.m.
LibDem said...

If the predictions are correct, Speaker Pelosi will lose her position. She did her job as she saw it which was to promote the President's agenda. She's been rewarded with personal hatred and vitriol. We make very certain that no decent person will subject himself and his family to the abuse of serving us; then we complain that there are no decent choices. I think we get exactly what we want.

November 2, 2010 at 5:51 p.m.
Francis said...

and who dazzles you, alprova?

funny how you libs can make all the sexist remarks you want about palin and other conservative leaning women...double standard.

what a load....if you think boehner is much different than most other politicians steeped in washington than you're delusional. they all take money from all kinds of corporations....

sorry, alprova..your attempt to demonize him with that list...doesn't fly..who cares.....nobody t hinks unions are sacred...their notorious for their corruption and bully tactics...

"total disregard for the middle class"...sounds like obama and his regime..

yeah..big bad corporations employing millions of people......guess the only alternative is to have the government take them over, maxine water's admitted?.......look..boehner is going to be speaker of the house.. get used to it......given who he's replacing...he'll do just fine.

"utter arrogance"....sorry, after obama, pelosi and reid...arrogance has been redefined......and their photos have been added next to the definition in the dictionary.

November 2, 2010 at 6:05 p.m.
Francis said...

oh, libdem..we bleed for "we need to pass it in order to see what's in it" pelosi.

poor baby....

the "most powerful woman in america" can now retire to her estate and her vinyards.

obama's agenda sucks, libdem...nobody wants it.....he lied about who he was and what he wants to do in order to get elected...he's a liar and pelosi is nothing more than his sidekick. good riddence.

November 2, 2010 at 6:18 p.m.
rolando said...

You didn't exactly add to the civility here, woody.

You seldom do, preferring the stealthy dig over the overt one.

Either that or you fool yourself.

November 2, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
sd said...

I'm about to head to the polls to, "vote for the winners," as they say.

I think someone around here once commented that a dull election is a blessing (Woody, perhaps?). It seems like elections always run in extremes: either they're deathly boring, like our own Gubernatorial and District 3 snooze fest, or they're a whirlwind, ulcer-inducing ride of insanity and gaffs and every citizen's mailbox is stuffed with enough leaflets to paper the countryside.

I suppose I'll settle for ho-hum at home and live vicariously through turmoil of our neighbors.

November 2, 2010 at 7:01 p.m.
woody said...

Rolando, when you're're right. (Pun intended) I lowered myself down to your most recent level, and for that I am truly sorry.

I am glad it was you who 'called me out'. I still have at least a modicum of respect for you.

Some of your comrades, however, leave a lot to be desired.

I'll be better tomorrow, Woody

November 2, 2010 at 7:29 p.m.
alprova said...

Francis wrote: "and who dazzles you, alprova?"

My wife.

"funny how you libs can make all the sexist remarks you want about palin and other conservative leaning women...double standard."

Nothing I have ever written about Sarah Palin has ever been "sexist."

"what a load....if you think boehner is much different than most other politicians steeped in washington than you're delusional. they all take money from all kinds of corporations...."

Taking donations from corporations is one thing. Actually working 100% on their behalf and crafting legislation that gives them a return on their "investment" is quite another.

For instance, take his donations from UPS. The man has vehemently opposed OSHA standards that would not only prevent injuries to workers who do repetitive movements eight hours a day, it allowed companies such as UPS to deny any and all liability when workers are injured, and to deny such claims under Worker's Compensation.

Thus, when a worker becomes injured, they can immediately fire them and hire someone else to use, abuse, and then throw away like garbage when they are injured.

John Boehner at the time he received those donations, was the CHAIRMAN of the House Education and Workforce Committee -- the committee that, among other functions, is responsible for oversight of fair labor practices in this nation.

He chose to FIGHT OSHA in their attempt to set forth standards related to those kind of injuries, to give official recognition that repetitive motion injuries are workplace hazards, and that they deserve to be included as justifiable Worker's Compensation claims.

This is the America you dream of and defend?

"sorry, alprova..your attempt to demonize him with that list...doesn't fly..who cares.....nobody t hinks unions are sacred...their notorious for their corruption and bully tactics..."

Unions? You took the wrong off-ramp. Get back out on the road.

Whenever I post relevant facts, I am well aware that you and a couple of other people are not interested in them. That's a given and I accept it.

Just be aware that I don't always post to ever convince you of a thing. Your mind is set. I post for those who are interested in facts.

"look..boehner is going to be speaker of the house.. get used to it......given who he's replacing...he'll do just fine."

I'm actually looking forward to it, for one reason. He's now going to be in that hot seat, and there will be plenty of people ready to stoke the fire under his seat with plenty of long burning logs.

He's got a hot temper too. And how that will play out will be rather interesting to watch.

November 2, 2010 at 8:47 p.m.
alprova said...

Francis wrote: "the "most powerful woman in america" can now retire to her estate and her vinyards."

Try to concentrate Francis.

Nancy Pelosi was not up for re-election this election cycle. She runs again in 2012.

She'll still be a Senator tomorrow and Speaker of the House for another two and a half months.

November 2, 2010 at 9:19 p.m.
alprova said...

Well, so far there are no earth shattering surprises.

Rand Paul won Kentucky. He seemed to forget that he only represents Kentucky. You'd have thought he was replacing President Obama. I think the big boys and girls in the sandbox will set him straight early next year.

People of color are still going to be served in restaurants. I guess he will be eating in a lot.

November 2, 2010 at 9:44 p.m.
Francis said...

no..alprova...she won't be speaker of the house...

that's what i'm referring to...she';s be just one of many in the minority..

and she'll quit rather than no be in charge..

and pelosi's not a senator ..she's in the house..remember?

you concentrate

November 2, 2010 at 10:28 p.m.
alprova said...

Francis wrote: "no..alprova...she won't be speaker of the house..."

Yes she will, until January.

"that's what i'm referring to...she';s be just one of many in the minority.."

Again, not until January. The seats do not change hands until the first day of the next session of Congress, which will be in January.

"and she'll quit rather than no be in charge.."

Her last name is Pelosi, not Palin.

"and pelosi's not a senator ..she's in the house..remember?"

Of course you are right. I goofed. Political overload tonight.

Thank you for the correction.

November 2, 2010 at 10:52 p.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...

One hour and seven minutes and it will not be the Dems fault anymore!

November 2, 2010 at 10:54 p.m.
rolando said...

Yeah, we voted alright...

But no doubt the Dems won't see it...they will just scratch their heads and ask why we did that to them.

As for the remaining RINOs, their turn is coming.

November 2, 2010 at 11:09 p.m.
alprova said...

Rolando, you are not part of any "we."

In our area, there are not any electoral upsets. Republicans replaced Republicans. Democrats replaced Democrats.

Had you read my earlier post offered in yesterday's thread, you would understand that this scenario is EXACTLY the same as has happened several times throughout the last 110 years.

Republican wins following voter dissatisfaction and impatience has never resulted in a sustained dominance by the Republicans. The GOP has lost big wins two years later in 1898, 1948 and in 1954. And after 1954, it was 40 years before they dominated either House again.

I've done some deep thinking about all of this and am quite comfortable with what is happening tonight. The Republicans will have the House come January. That's a good thing.

The Republicans want this mess? It's now theirs. They caused it. It's high time they clean up behind themselves.

When they fail to do it, and they will, in two years those on the fence will realize that they overreacted, and the Democrats will have little trouble taking it all back. Obama will win a second term in another landslide victory.

The Republicans have no answers, they are deeply divided at the moment, the few elected and emboldened Tea-Partiers are going to attempt to flex their muscles, and if all they do is to sweep in and attempt to upset the apple cart, as will likely be the case, they will be hand-slapped, but good.

The Senate will remain in the hands of the Democrats, who will be the check to the House's balance.

Oh yeah, and let's not forget that Barack Obama is still the President.

All of this tonight may well completely backfire on them in two years. And if history counts for anything, I'm betting on exactly that.

And OMG...John Boehner is having a Glenn Beck moment and is CRYING on national television as I type this.

November 2, 2010 at 11:48 p.m.
MountainJoe said...

Senator Rand Paul.

Deal with that, Clay!

November 2, 2010 at 11:54 p.m.
Reardon said...

Don't worry, Al.

None of the Republican candidates or current Congressional members, when asked, can name departments, programs, etc., that they would cut once in power.

Well, except Ron Paul, of course.

Paraphrasing, Ayn Rand once said that you cannot have a political movement based on a negative; the only ones that last are those deep-seated in a robust ideology/philosophy.

Although I don't agree entirely with you that Republicans "got us where we are today," I'm certainly not holding my breath, either.

November 3, 2010 at 5:18 a.m.
rolando said...

You expect much from those who haven't even assumed power yet, Reardon.

The Democrats have controlled both Houses of Congress since 2006. BOTH Houses. That's almost FIVE years.

The Senate has held an unstoppable Democrat super-majority for the last two of those years. Well...since they couldn't control themselves, WE stopped them.

THEY controlled the governmental moneybags...and look at the Depression they heralded in. To say nothing of the outrageous power-grab they allowed this Executive to make. We were well on the road to self-destruction.

And WE stopped THAT, too.

Perhaps WE can pull ourselves out of it yet. Let us hope so.

Wait 'til 2012 and WE will finish the job.

November 3, 2010 at 7:10 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Well, now we'll see if the GOP has real ideas or if they are all hat and no cattle. AND they'll have to deal seriously with the Tea Party. Should be interesting.

November 3, 2010 at 7:29 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

See blackwater? lkeithlu is wondering about relevant things. IF clay was on his game he would have addressed what lkeithlu is writing about with his 11/3 cartoon.


November 3, 2010 at 10:38 a.m.
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