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Once Again, A Cartoon Sparks Anger From the Party Of Perpetual Outrage

Democrats are in a froth over one page of a 72-page RNC power-point presentation conveniently left at a Florida hotel where an RNC fundraiser was being held.

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(Boy.. That's some mean-spirited stuff, huh? Let's see.. Being compared to Scooby Doo or Hitler.. How to cope?!)

From The Washington Post:

Democrats on Wednesday sharply criticized a Republican National Committee fundraising document that caricatured President Obama as the Joker, while Chairman Michael S. Steele sought to distance himself from it.

Also depicted were House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.), presented as Cruella de Vil and Scooby-Doo, respectively. The three Democratic leaders were gathered under the heading "The Evil Empire."

The cartoon images were part of a 72-page PowerPoint presentation assembled for potential campaign donors and fundraisers.

Said Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse: "If you had any doubt, any doubt whatsoever, that the Republican Party has been taken over by the fear-mongering lunatic fringe, those doubts were erased today." He added, "Republicans across the country have cheered on crowds where these very images appeared."



I take it Mr. Woodhouse believes back in the 2004 Presidential campaign, the use of Nazi imagery, comparisons of Bush to Hitler, scaring seniors that Republicans would take away their Social Security checks, and Republicans wanting to eliminate school lunch programs for kids just doesn't rise to the level of "fear-mongering" that this fiendish cartoon depicts.

While the DNC may have not had a visibly direct hand in these portrayals, their silence of not denouncing such tactics suggests unspoken complicity.

As much as they'd like to portray themselves as squeaky clean in their campaign methods, they have a track record far worse than drawing a couple of sarcastic doodles. Their tactics crossed the line of civility.

  • From formal Presidential candidate John Kerry to former head of the DNC Howard Dean, they knowingly lied and used the disgusting scare tactic of frightening both young voters and anxious mothers with the following threat: "I think that George Bush is certainly going to have a draft if he goes into a second term, and any young person that doesn't want to go to Iraq might think twice about voting for him."
  • Former DNC head Terry McAuliffe, in an effort to pave the way for a Kerry victory, tried to bribe Green party candidate Ralph Nader: McAuliffe "had offered Nader's campaign an unspecified amount of money, believed to be party funds, to spend in 31 states in exchange for an agreement to withdraw from 19 battleground states where he could potentially hurt Democrat John Kerry." Prompting Nader to claim "Terry McAuliffe is slipperier than an eel in olive oil."
  • And such outrage from a group who welcomed renowned liar and race baiting huckster Rev. Al Sharpton as one of the Democratic National Convention speakers during the Kerry/Edwards presidential run, for no other reason but to curry favor with the angry faction of the African-American voting block.

These shysters stood by and tacitly encouraged the degradation of George Bush for the sole purpose of political gain. For EIGHT YEARS we were subjected to name calling of the most perverse level. Nazi references, Hitler comparisons, Bush Chimpy-McHitler. You name it, it was said. It was borderline surreal.

These same people, who feign outrage over a goofy cartoon meant to inject levity into a serious situation, never once denounced their leftist allies for disrespecting the office of the President.

Sounds like another example of ridiculous outrage directed at the drawing of a simple cartoon.

(I suspect this cartoon will become many a desktop background soon.)


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Comments (23)

1. Posted by br... (Below threshold)
1. Posted by bryanD | March 4, 2010 5:09 PM
TL;DR
I think you're missing the ... (Below threshold)
James H:

I think you're missing the really juicy bit here. The most damaging part of this, IMO, is not that the RNC used inflammatory imagery, but rather verbiage in the presentation that describes big donors as "ego-driven" individuals who can be lured to donate by giving them "tchochkes." (Yes, I know, not unlike NPR donors who give hundreds of dollars for the NPR totebag).

Steele's hit the airwaves to try to repair damage to the party and reassure donors that they're valued partners of the party and not just bags of cash.

Politico sourced this to a Democrat who picked it up at a hotel where some GOP operative left it on a table or similar ... but my guess is that the ultimate source is a GOP muckety-muck who has an axe to grind with Mr. Steele.

Don't forget Darth Vader.</... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

Don't forget Darth Vader.

The deal is the MSM\Democrats will use any excuse to bash Republicans. Usually resulting in spineless Republicans tucking their tails between their legs while whimpering.

... but my guess is that... (Below threshold)

... but my guess is that the ultimate source is a GOP muckety-muck who has an axe to grind with Mr. Steele.

Well, that certainly narrows the field of suspects down to... about 90% of them.

Big help you are, James...

J.

Well I for one am outraged.... (Below threshold)
Eric:

Well I for one am outraged. As a longtime fan of Scooby Doo, likening him to Harry Reid is just wrong.

If I were Glenn Close I'd b... (Below threshold)
jim m:

If I were Glenn Close I'd be PISSED!

I also object to the Harry ... (Below threshold)
James H:

I also object to the Harry Reid/Scooby Doo comparisons. If they're going to do the villainous metaphor, the least they can do is stay in the same canon.

If Obama is the Joker, for example, then you'd have to cast Reid as ... I dunno, maybe the Riddler? Pelosi as Harley Quinn?

Seems someone has a low thr... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Seems someone has a low threshold for OUTRAGE!
Hey Woodhouse......GET A LIFE!

The cartoon dog that is clo... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

The cartoon dog that is closest to Reid is Droopy. No way is he like Scooby Doo. However, not being evil, Droopy wouldn't fit on that slide any better than Scooby Doo.

"fear mongering"? Uhhh...y... (Below threshold)

"fear mongering"? Uhhh...yeah...I know a lot of people that are pants-wetting afraid of Scooby-Doo...uh-huh.

James H -"Pelosi a... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

James H -

"Pelosi as Harley Quinn?"

Nah. Harley Quinn was much more attractive. (Voice talent by Arleen Sorkin in the Batman animated series, and Mia Sara in the "Birds of Prey" live action series based on the Batman canon.

The only way Pelosi could hold a candle to either of them... would be by holding a candle to them. (Which, I suppose, Harley Quinn would do...)

You know, the internet makes it SO much easier to find all these geeky little details.

I love the American Gothic ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I love the American Gothic spoof.

I, for one, am outraged. Ha... (Below threshold)
SpideyTerry:

I, for one, am outraged. Have they no shame?! How dare they compare Scooby-Doo to Harry Reid?! What did the lovable cartoon dog ever do to deserve being compared to that pile of thrown up Scooby Snacks?

Meh, if that outraged them ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Meh, if that outraged them its going to be terminal head exploding fun come the Nov. 2010 campaign season.

I think they're a bunch of thin skinned light weights that can't take what they dished, wimps.

This collage of communists ... (Below threshold)
914:

This collage of communists is way too flattering!

"I, for one, am outraged. H... (Below threshold)
914:

"I, for one, am outraged. Have they no shame?! How dare they compare Scooby-Doo to Harry Reid?!"

They got the Doo part right. Just had to add one more to make it Harry doggie doo doo Reid, the stinkiest politician this side of Obama..

Considering what they did t... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Considering what they did to Bush, Palin, Bachmann, Steele, Brown, and really, any political opponent, my sympathy meter is at zero.

What this really is, though, is another diversion. Their party sucks, their policies suck, their approval ratings suck as the country goes down the tubes. So what does the ever-tolerant intellectual party do? They throw a tantrum over some cartoon pictures.

Democrats, the MSNBC of politics.

I am outraged, all right.<b... (Below threshold)
mathman Author Profile Page:

I am outraged, all right.
Scooby Doo does not deserve this. Cruella DeVille does not deserve this. Even the Joker does not deserve this.
The scurrilous comparisons of fictional entertainment figures to real-life villains has got to stop. Why should Hollywood have to be punished for the criminal conduct of the Triumvirate?
What has Grant Wood done to deserve this?
Alas for Michael Steele, who has not learned much about conservatives.
We are ticked off enough to get our butts into the street to knock on doors! And that takes a lot.

I think the GOP can live wi... (Below threshold)
Rance:

I think the GOP can live with the "outrage" from the Democrats. But can they live with the fact that they are pissing off a whole lot of the Tea Party people who don't like being refered to as "reactionary" and "motivated by fear".

Judson Phillips, is quoted as saying, "They don't get it. They freaking don't get it."

Scooby Doo is all wrong....... (Below threshold)
cstmbuild:

Scooby Doo is all wrong.....Now his cousin Scooby-Dum. That I could agree with.

Dum Dum Dum Dummmmmmmm

Personally, I think the car... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Personally, I think the cartoon is childish. And the Republican Party wants us to start taking them more seriously?

Sigh. Then they do stupid stuff like this.

TO: Oyster's #23<b... (Below threshold)
cstmbuild:

TO: Oyster's #23

I know you are, but what am I?

Boy, did you change this st... (Below threshold)
Change Indeed:

Boy, did you change this story to suit your own agenda. The cartoon did not spark a reaction, what it did do was point out the scare tactics the Republicans plan to use on their donors to raise funds.




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