Ramirez: Every cowboy sings a sad, sad song

posted at 10:12 am on March 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The ever-brilliant Michael Ramirez, two-time Pulitzer winner for editorial cartooning at Investors Business Daily, offers his version of a lonesome cowpoke on the trail in today’s entry.  Harry Reid called budget cuts proposed by Republicans “mean-spirited” in part because they would hurt an annual cowboy poetry festival in Nevada.  Ramirez tries to imagine the kind of poetry that would have meaning for Reid:

Well, that doesn’t quite rhyme, but then again, there’s nothing too lyrical about Reid anyway.  Too bad it will be another six years before that ol’ cowpoke rides his ass out of Washington.  Oh, come on, I’m talking about the donkey.

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives 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.

Update: Suitably Flip has decided to write some cowboy poetry of his own.


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Everrrrry roooose has its thooo..o.o.ooorrn

I’m slightly embarrassed to say I know that song.

Bishop on March 10, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Hey Nevada! YOU elected him. Hope you get your money’s worth.

GarandFan on March 10, 2011 at 10:18 AM

“Roses are red, and so is Harry”.

*Regular folk poetry

VegasRick on March 10, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Too bad it will be another six years before that ol’ cowpoke rides his ass out of Washington.

Unless, of course, the True Conservatives insist we renominate Angle. Then he’ll die in his Senate seat.

KingGold on March 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM

…and this guy is better than Sharron Angle?

Really?

REALLY?

dforston on March 10, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Socialists are red
Patriots are blue
Democrats don’t want to cut the budget
They just want to screw you

Chip on March 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Did anybody ever figure out why all government-sponsored poems end up being about gay cowboys eating pudding?

logis on March 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM

While I plan to enjoy the drama of the Dems name calling in conjunction with every cut, I still don’t understand why they don’t just do a percentage across the board and let the individual entities decided where the ax will fall. Pretty soon there will have to be another award show but from D.C., complete with red carpet, for the best in political demagoguery. I think we know which side will rake in the most statuettes.

Cindy Munford on March 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM

…and this guy is better than Sharron Angle?

Really?

REALLY?

dforston on March 10, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Thread winner. Nevada should be embarrassed to call itself a state.

fossten on March 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM

…and this guy is better than Sharron Angle?

Really?

REALLY?

dforston on March 10, 2011 at 10:21 AM

According to the voters of Nevada, sadly, yes. And it wasn’t even all that close. So I’m with GarandFan — Nevada, you own this jackass. He’s all yours.

jwolf on March 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Too bad it will be another six years before that ol’ cowpoke rides his ass out of Washington.

Unless, of course, the True Conservatives insist we renominate Angle. Then he’ll die in his Senate seat.

KingGold on March 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Yeah, we’ll just let squishes like you keep electing people like Mike Castle. That’ll fix things.

UltimateBob on March 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Too bad it will be another six years before that ol’ cowpoke rides his ass out of Washington. Oh, come on, I’m talking about the donkey.

Yeah…..reminds me about something like “you and the donkey you rode in on”….

Patrick S on March 10, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Hey, Ramirez recycled Obama’s ears for the donkey. Cool.

Electrongod on March 10, 2011 at 10:31 AM

I feel sorry for the donkey.

Beaglemom on March 10, 2011 at 10:31 AM

I feel sorry for the donkey.

Beaglemom on March 10, 2011 at 10:31 AM

It’s an insult to donkeys everywhere to be chosen as the symbol for the Democratic Party.

UltimateBob on March 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

No one noticed that Ed managed ton insert a Poison lyric into the title?

commodore on March 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Thread winner. Nevada should be embarrassed to call itself a state.

fossten on March 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM
.
How about we re-declare it Indian Territory ,voluntarily FORCE the mob to give the casinos back to the Indians,oops NA’s.
Good plan,when we win we get real silver or we could trade for pelts and a repo house.
We loose and we work it off in the silver mines, kind of takes the fun outa wagering,bout like the income tax.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

I,ve Struck Gold in them there Union Hills .. title of poem By Harry “CowBoy” Reid …

wheels on March 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

i’ve got davy crockett theme song playing in my head and am trying to put some harry reid into it….either that or the beverly hillbillies, similar tune….

ted c on March 10, 2011 at 10:46 AM

No one noticed that Ed managed ton insert a Poison lyric into the title?

commodore on March 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

yer right!

ted c on March 10, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Sorry, off-topic I know. But, Dick Morris was just on Peter Schiff’s radio to talk about his book, and hangs up on Schiff within the first minute. Now, I am no fan of Ron Paul and like Morris, but the way he acted and some of the things he said was just abhorrent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebzaQTAyXaI&feature=feedu

Omega_Rage on March 10, 2011 at 10:47 AM

There once was a Senator from Nevada
Who said he’d support the intifada
After a call from his boss,
He said the war was lost
And now he’s Senator Non Gratis

BobMbx on March 10, 2011 at 10:48 AM

So the Dems are banking on people still not knowing about the debt and deficit and interest payments. But what happens if they ever DO get educated on that? Aren’t the Dems afraid they’ll come across as liars, through and through? Not to mention they’ve been spending out kids’ money hand over fist, putting us in a situation where we’re totally screwed.

Paul-Cincy on March 10, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Elephants are red
Donkeys are blue,
but Nevada – Reid made an A** out of you!

katablog.com on March 10, 2011 at 10:50 AM

BP oil well ruptures, crude oil gushes into the Gulf, Obama stops all drilling.

US deficit spending ruptures, new debt gushes into the economy, Obama….doesn’t seem to notice.

“Daddy, have you plugged the hole yet?

BobMbx on March 10, 2011 at 10:51 AM

The Duke never recited no poetry, Pilgrim!

Herb on March 10, 2011 at 10:54 AM

The Duke never recited no poetry, Pilgrim!

Herb on March 10, 2011 at 10:54 AM

I disagree.

While short, his poem “Saddle up”, says it all.

BobMbx on March 10, 2011 at 10:56 AM

The Duke never recited no poetry, Pilgrim!

Herb on March 10, 2011 at 10:54 AM

“Take heart little lady, I’ll fix your wagon”

Electrongod on March 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I love Ed’s lyrical quotations

Everrry rose has it’s thorn…..

ginaswo on March 10, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Ried in this cartoon sort of resembles Festus Haggen from Gunsmoke.
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abcurtis on March 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Every rose has a thorn
Hairy is a little ick
Give him him Poison Ivy quick
Watch him scratch n moooan.
He’d wish he hadn’t been born.
.
Git along little jackass git along.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 10, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Hey Nevada! YOU elected him. Hope you get your money’s worth.

GarandFan on March 10, 2011 at 10:18 AM

I was mad about that on election night until I started to look at it like NV is taking one for the team. By keeping that fool as the face of the Democratic senate, we are almost guaranteed to win the Presidency and Senate in 2012.

jeffn21 on March 10, 2011 at 11:19 AM

I was mad about that on election night until I started to look at it like NV is taking one for the team. By keeping that fool as the face of the Democratic senate, we are almost guaranteed to win the Presidency and Senate in 2012.

jeffn21 on March 10, 2011 at 11:19 AM

I’m leaning towards keeping him in office, but as a member of the minority, just like Pelosi.

There is no greater punishment for a liberal than to have their power reduced. It also keeps them front and center, and also allows their activity as the majority leader to be used against them. You can’t run away from your policies as long as you are in office.

BobMbx on March 10, 2011 at 11:23 AM

i’ve got davy crockett theme song playing in my head and am trying to put some harry reid into it….either that or the beverly hillbillies, similar tune….

ted c on March 10, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Come and listen while I tell ya ’bout a man named Reid,
He had no soul and his heart was full of greed…

Anybody got the next couplet?

Mary in LA on March 10, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Anybody got the next couplet?

Mary in LA on March 10, 2011 at 11:27 AM

“The union thugs made it so that he did’nt have to leave”
“Leaving the rest of us to just want to heave”

VegasRick on March 10, 2011 at 11:35 AM

No one noticed that Ed managed to insert a Poison lyric into the title?

commodore on March 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

The first post.

James on March 10, 2011 at 11:45 AM

VegasRick on March 10, 2011 at 11:35 AM

I like it! Let me give it a little rewrite:

[Tune: Beverly Hillbillies theme]

Come and listen while I tell ya ’bout a man named Reid,
He had no soul and his heart was full of greed,
The union thugs made it so he didn’t have to leave,
And the rest of us, well, we all just wanna heave.
Hurl, that is.
Puke.
Toss our cookies.

Who’s up next

Mary in LA on March 10, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Anybody got the next couplet?

Mary in LA on March 10, 2011 at 11:27 AM

♫A fork-tongued liar and a double-crossin scum,♫
♪He fit right with the rest at Washington!♪

Dark-Star on March 10, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Dark-Star on March 10, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Excellent! We need one more couplet for a second verse. Anybody?

Mary in LA on March 10, 2011 at 11:53 AM

How he even got those words outta his mouth without breaking out in absolute fall off the couch laughter is simply amazing. Guess he is an undertaker after all, no offense to real mortuary workers.

Kissmygrits on March 10, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Who’s up next

Mary in LA on March 10, 2011 at 11:51 AM

There’s plenty over here.

My two from those comments:

My horse rode into town Sunday
With no one in the saddle
Behind the wheel of my pickup truck
and my entire herd of cattle

I don’t care, he cleaned me out
in the poker game last week
He looked to won it fair and square
’til an ace fell out of his cheek

How can that cheatin’ horse be so unkind
as to take my stuff and leave
and not take that which hurts me most
my Senator Harry Reid.

unclesmrgol on March 8, 2011 at 3:40 PM

And this one, with suitable additions by another commenter:

Some poetry from Harry’s website:

I tried one time to milk my horse
and found he had one teat
and every time I pulled on it
he stepped upon my feet.

unclesmrgol on March 8, 2011 at 7:45 PM

He pulled and pulled
and tried and tried
and nothing ever come
And then a farmer happened by
and told him, “Harry, you’re dumb!”

Roy Rogers on March 9, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Personally, I think the third stanza in Roy’s addition is just wrong — something must have come of it.

unclesmrgol on March 10, 2011 at 12:01 PM

There is no rhyme nor reason behind Harry Reid, just the quest for the ever-full trough.

ajacksonian on March 10, 2011 at 1:04 PM

You HONESTLY think that the dumba$$es that RE-ELECTED him THIS time AFTER everything he’s done over the past 4 years alone won’t re-elect him again? He’d have to retire to not get this seat again. I have lost all faith in Nevada DESPITE Angle running a crappy campaign. He was a clown before the election and is showing his painted face more and more every day. He just goes home and counts his money earned on the backs of his apparently moronic constituency.

Sorry, but his re-election made me really mad.

Sponge on March 10, 2011 at 1:30 PM

He was hit in the a$$ by a Colt 44

Shot by his mother, a Silver City whore

Said she was tired of him takin’ it for free
So now he’s a screwin’ the entire Country
USA
America…that is
All of us….

b4lucy on March 10, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Politically tone-deaf! Taxpayer dollars for cowboy poetry with a $1.6 trillion deficit!

PatMac on March 10, 2011 at 1:56 PM

I’ve always wanted to go to that gathering. I like cowboy poetry, but I don’t expect everybody else to pay for what I like. I like nature and science too, but I don’t think taxpayers should be subsidizing the Discovery Networks.

It seems like all of these schemes to subsidize the arts end up funding a lot of mediocre or lousy artists. They had an ad of a cowboy out on the range stopping to listen to a symphony or opera on his radio, and I thought, “Why is it a national obligation to pay for this?”

flataffect on March 10, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Hey, that cactus is giving Harry the finger.

Shambhala on March 10, 2011 at 10:36 PM