Ramirez: The Morning After

posted at 4:05 pm on November 5, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Plenty of people have weighed in on the lessons of the elections this week, but Michael Ramirez showcases his alacrity with cultural touchstones to get right to the heart of the matter in one expert image.  This is why he’s absolutely indispensable:

Ramirez has a terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives a fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.

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Brilliant!

mizflame98 on November 5, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Beautiful (in a sense…)

angelwing34215 on November 5, 2009 at 4:08 PM

See, they are going for the Taliban vote! – Rick Moran

lorien1973 on November 5, 2009 at 4:09 PM

That is a masterpiece. Pulitzer stuff.

This should become the logo on all correspondence sent to our elected representatives.

BobMbx on November 5, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Heh.

the_nile on November 5, 2009 at 4:10 PM

A picture worth 1,000 words.

Think the GOP leadership understands any of them? Did they get it? Let’s hope so.

Jvette on November 5, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Heh heh heh™

Bob's Kid on November 5, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Pure Gold!

Seven Percent Solution on November 5, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Yo, RNC! This is a nice political party youse got here. It’d be a shame if anything happened to it.

-tea partiers.

Kafir on November 5, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Indeed.

rbj on November 5, 2009 at 4:16 PM

their beliefs and values have stayed the same, but are no longer reflected by the Democratic Party.

J_Crater on November 5, 2009 at 4:18 PM

nice

Conservative Voice on November 5, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Can they hear us NOW?

Jvette on November 5, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Conservatism may not win every time, but it makes powerful inroads. Our ideology might not win today, but the beauty of the future is that it inevitably comes. Time will tell, either way.

The wins in VA are important, for the top people of the State voted in are Conservative.

The NJ is important, for the population of the State and its general Democrat lean.

Governors are powerful people and set a tone for their States. They can be dismissed by a partisan White House but they can never be truly and fully ignored.

The Dem win in NY CD-23 isn’t unexpected. The Dem candidate was more centrist than the Pub candidate who dropped out. Also, both the Dem and Pub candidates ran on two tickets, while the Conservative guy ran on just one. Essentially, there were five candidates for the seat. Talk about hedging bets…

It wasn’t a landslide; in my state of NY, who could expect a Dem candidate to lose?

Liam on November 5, 2009 at 4:24 PM

LMAO. Ramirez is the absolute best.

Jaibones on November 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Would be even better if it were a DNC Donkey in the bed with a Donkey head labeled Healthcare vote under the sheets….

PatriotRider on November 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Works for me.

Jaibones on November 5, 2009 at 4:28 PM

mmm, RINO hunting. People should be faxing this to Cholly Crist.

james23 on November 5, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Still laughing!

I’m assuming Scozzofava ate the other part of the RINO.

TXUS on November 5, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Keeper.

newton on November 5, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Ed Zachary.

BigAlSouth on November 5, 2009 at 4:37 PM

M.R. is the best political cartoonist out there today! Love his stuff. As for the RNC, everything they send me, I send back with a note that I wil contribute again when they embrace conservative principles again.

MochaLite on November 5, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Brilliant…absolutely brilliant…
*
and God bless our soldiers…

right2bright on November 5, 2009 at 4:41 PM

yep!

grapeknutz on November 5, 2009 at 4:43 PM

He should have had a bunch of the K street whores in bed with the RNC. Still, 5 stars!

SouthernGent on November 5, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Bullseye.

OhioCoastie on November 5, 2009 at 4:47 PM

OT:

Liberal logic in action, scene 134,459,221:

Fans hoping to catch a glimpse of U2′s free concert celebrating 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall will have to “scale these city walls” after organizers threw up a massive barrier to block the view for those without tickets.

The move has triggered outrage from Berliners, who see the irony in building walls around a concert dedicated to the wall that has come down.

Hmmm…free concert…but only those with tickets get to see it….sounds like…a perfectly logical thought.

On Planet Bizzaro.

BobMbx on November 5, 2009 at 4:48 PM

An offer they can’t refuse.

NeoKong on November 5, 2009 at 4:49 PM

We made Newt an offer he couldn’t refuse.

csdeven on November 5, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Hmmm…free concert…but only those with tickets get to see it….sounds like…a perfectly logical thought.

On Planet Bizzaro.

BobMbx on November 5, 2009 at 4:48 PM

That says everything about U2. Bono is nothing more than a socialist panhandler in a Bond Street suit. You know–an elitist. That’s why he ran from Ireland when his homeland raised taxes, taking his wealth with him.

He’s the same as Pelosi and Reid.

Liam on November 5, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Some conservatives are boarding on treason. I wonder if they are a bunch of democrats still in the closet.

Falz on November 5, 2009 at 5:01 PM

HA! That is awesomely awesomatious.

ronsfi on November 5, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Some conservatives are boarding on treason. I wonder if they are a bunch of democrats still in the closet.

Falz on November 5, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Could you please clarify that statement?

Liam on November 5, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Ramirez is brilliant.By far the best political cartoonist around.

theTarCzar on November 5, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Oh, snap!

I R A Darth Aggie on November 5, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Shouldn’t the Elephant be a Donkey…?

Marconi on November 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Could you please clarify that statement?

Liam on November 5, 2009 at 5:05 PM

The ability is likely lacking. Certainly there is no willingness, which is why it’s muddy in the first place.

If he said exactly what he meant in a manner which could be understood, rejection would be universal. Ergo, he talks mushy which guarantees at least a response of “huh?”

platypus on November 5, 2009 at 5:27 PM

I don’t suppose Ramirez will be tapped for Obama’s special NEA force, eh?

PrincipledPilgrim on November 5, 2009 at 5:27 PM

OK…Took me a couple minutes but now I get get it…

Marconi on November 5, 2009 at 5:27 PM

I can’t agree. This cartoon is disturbing on several levels.
First, the whole set up is supposed to parallel Jack Woltz (the studio head from the Godfather) who won’t be bullied by the MAFIA into changing his mind about how he runs the studio. Because he won’t play ball, the MAFIA destroys that which is most dear to him, his prize stallion. Are we supposed to be laughing at the idea that true republicans are the mafia!? ‘Cause unless I misread the movie entirely, the mafia are the bad guys!! Second, Jack Woltz didn’t do anything wrong except refuse to submit to extortion and threats. I would think refusing to submit to threats is to be admired. So, the RNC is the good guy here? Not really. Third, as I mentioned, the stallion is the thing that the studio head prizes above all. Is the cartoonist suggesting that the RNC prizes RINO’s above all else? That doesn’t even make sense. Fourth, Hoffman didn’t win. So, not only are the conservatives murderous criminals, but they are ineffective and inept murderous criminals? Fifth, Jack Woltz actually had direct control over the fate of Johnny Fontaine; the RNC does not have direct control over anything. Sixth, are those who are happy with this cartoon condoning violence if their threats aren’t obeyed?
This cartoon is sad and misguided.
Listen, I wish Hoffman had won. He’s a geek, but seems like a good guy. But, let’s face it, he didn’t know anything of the local issues, which apparently were important to a few folks. Clearly the RNC screwed up. But, what could they do in this instance? They exist to get Republicans elected – Scozzafava was a Republican (clearly, in name only). If the local folks screwed up, and they did, it puts the RNC in a bind. The RNC should get the locals to promote better candidates. But, in this case, their hands were tied.

Pablo Snooze on November 5, 2009 at 5:29 PM

I’m appalled at you people! Political humor is all well and good, but this goes over the line.

Why did he have to put a photograph of Dede Scozzafava’s head in his drawing? That’s downright macabre.

logis on November 5, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Shouldn’t the Elephant be a Donkey…?
Marconi on November 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Better yet, an elephant and a donkey in the same bed.

But then you’d be getting away from the Godfather scene.

logis on November 5, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Somebody needs to make sure Michael Steele et al. sees this.

ncborn on November 5, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Shouldn’t the Elephant be a Donkey…?
Marconi on November 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM

The donk was handed the RINO’s other end….

bandarlog on November 5, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Pablo Snooze on November 5, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Jeez, dude. Get a sense of humor. You’re overanalyzing it.
Dios mio!

Shambhala on November 5, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Ramirez nails it.

Gruesome, but the message is pretty clear.

ted c on November 5, 2009 at 6:59 PM

The only thing missing is the Rino’s name: Dede S.?

Dede though was actually a Donkey in RINO clothing. Yes, she is that far left.

I’m on my way to Milwaukee to personally thank the Cuda for backing Hoffman and keeping to her promise. Hopefully, she’ll sign my copy of “Rules for Radicals” and we’ll get a chuckle out of it.

And thanks to Doug for standing up to the madness of the GOP leaders.

Sapwolf on November 5, 2009 at 7:20 PM

The phony right is worse than the left. And the reason the phony right is worse than the left is because it’s much harder for the left to carry out the policies they wanna carry out. Yes, they’re evil and they wanna do evil things, but they have a harder time carrying out those policies because most of the country is against the left when the left says they wanna do radical socialist things. Most of the country when they hear the left saying that think, “Oh, that’s crazy. That’s too much!” Whereas when the so-called right says we should do the exact same thing they say, “Well, he’s a right winger and he’s saying that, so it must be OK.” That’s why the phony right is worse than the left. And that’s why true conservatives must purge the Republican Party of all these rubber-stamping left wing phonies. We need in their place leaders who will courageously (in a politically incorrect way) take us in a completely new direction!

apacalyps on November 5, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Michael Ramirez is wicked smaht.

gopmom on November 5, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Great cartoon.

You would think, tho, that that the hugh downturn in RNC donations, particularly at the (actual) individual level, would be enough to get through to these idiots. They keep calling me twice a day for hand-outs, and I just keep telling them that I will kick in when THEY start listening to us (the Base — the Bread ‘n Butter, as it were).

It’s not only the Obamians that have as serious ARROGANCE problem.

argos on November 5, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Whoa!

painfulTruthDisciple on November 5, 2009 at 8:24 PM

alert! Nancy Pelosi is going to push the healthcare vote this weekend. keep up the phone calls. call your congressidjits satellite offices. call repeatedly.

they can vote it in, but they’ll hear from us as they do it.

and then (hee hee) we’ll vote them out

kelley in virginia on November 5, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Pablo Snooze on November 5, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Pablo, I think you might be working the analogy a bit too literally.

hawkdriver on November 5, 2009 at 8:57 PM

Best Picture of 1982 says the NYT

Jeff from WI on November 5, 2009 at 8:59 PM

“One you must see” says Variety

Jeff from WI on November 5, 2009 at 8:59 PM

“You’ll see it again and again” says Field & Stream magazine

Jeff from WI on November 5, 2009 at 9:00 PM

The only thing I enjoyed more than this cartoon is watching people twist themselves in knots trying to understand it. It’s one of the clearest and best cartoons from Ramirez and yet I have read a number of comments on this thread from people who are clearly out of their depth.

A word for those who don’t like or don’t understand what Ramirez is trying to say. The cartoon isn’t for you. It is a celebration for those of who won on Tuesday. We won even in the NY election. If you can’t understand how that works then maybe nuance really isn’t your thing.

Mormon Doc on November 5, 2009 at 9:13 PM

No one doing it better than Ramirez.

shades_of_gasden on November 5, 2009 at 9:21 PM

Is that Miss Lindsay Graham or her mentor John McCain draped across the bottom of the bed?

dhunter on November 5, 2009 at 10:05 PM

LOVE IT!

abobo on November 5, 2009 at 10:08 PM

The RNC should get it’s moeny back. They should be wanting iron-clad contracts to prevent RINO recipients from accepting money, and then endorsing the other side, or even worse, changing parties DURING an incumbency. She’s an embezzler, pure and simple.

docjohn52 on November 5, 2009 at 10:14 PM

I like it!

Driefromseattle on November 5, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Cute but like all analogies this one has a stinker of an alter analysis: conservatives are equivelant with the mob.

shick on November 5, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Dirty Dede done dirt cheap :)

c4 on November 6, 2009 at 12:35 AM

we made ‘em an offer they couldn’t refuse….

Fighton03 on November 6, 2009 at 2:34 AM

Dirty Dede done dirt cheap :)

c4 on November 6, 2009 at 12:35 AM

Bon Scott will rise from the grave and kick your arse for that.

Fighton03 on November 6, 2009 at 2:36 AM

Hmmmm..maybe I should send this cartoon to my senator Mark Kirk. He just loves cap and trade tax.

Nalea on November 6, 2009 at 3:05 AM

RE: Fighton03 – Bon Scott will kick my arse

Scozzfava is “Beany”. :)

In the cartoon Beany and Cecil (from back when Bon Scott was a boy)

“Dirty deeds done dirt cheap” is the motto printed on Dishonest John’s business card. He is Beany’s arch nemisis.

c4 on November 6, 2009 at 7:58 AM

Great cartoon. May it depict the fate of Grahamnesty, McCain, Snowe, Collins, etc. (Politically speaking of course.) RINO’s are the ones who have gotten us into this mess.

Christian Conservative on November 6, 2009 at 9:18 AM

The Senate Committee didn’t get the message.

They endorsed F…..a……..Demint endorsed Devore.

nondhimmie on November 6, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Pablo Snooze

Dude, it’s about sending a message. That is all…

JAM on November 6, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Spot On, Fantastic, Brilliant, Bravo!

kirkill on November 6, 2009 at 11:36 AM