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DeMint portrayed as assassin in political cartoon

posted at 6:39 pm on July 25, 2009 by

*Scroll down for update.

The Washington Post featured this in today’s paper as one of the better cartoons of the week:

Is it okay to portray Sen. Jim DeMint (or anyone else) as a sniper? And what, or whom, is he aiming at?

Supposedly the target is “healthcare,” but the cartoon obviously refers to DeMint’s remark about breaking Obama. It’s not much of a jump to believe that the cartoonist intends us to imagine that DeMint’s target is Obama.

Maybe I’m being touchy. It’s just a cartoon and it’s supposed to be edgy. But most Americans are quite sensitive to suggestions of presidential (or other) assassination, and particularly so when it involves a sniper taking aim from a tall building.

The Post showed terrible judgment when they chose to run this.

*Here’s a link to a photo of the tenements mentioned by commenters below, courtesy of a commenter at RedState.

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The Post showed terrible their standard brand of judgment when they chose to run this.

katy on July 25, 2009 at 7:28 PM

DeMint/Palin

katy on July 25, 2009 at 7:29 PM

The resemblance to the tenements across from the Lorraine Motel in Memphis are purely coincidental, right?

Of course, Jeff Danziger [the cartoonist - LA Times] intended to make the connection…and the Washington Post knows full well, too.

coldwarrior on July 25, 2009 at 7:44 PM

The resemblance to the tenements across from the Lorraine Motel in Memphis are purely coincidental, right?

That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the cartoon.

Mark1971 on July 25, 2009 at 7:47 PM

Opponents to Obama’s policies are equated with assassins. Pretty deranged thinking.

Pundette on July 25, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Can anyone say “Projection” ?

After 8 years of BDS and now well over a year of PDS, next we’re going to get DMDS …

How do we go about getting these people some therapy?

Mew

acat on July 25, 2009 at 8:16 PM

The resemblance to the tenements across from the Lorraine Motel in Memphis are purely coincidental, right?

That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the cartoon.

Wow, I live in Memphis, and it is almost to scale. Guess I won’t be going downtown tonight, eh?

sybilll on July 25, 2009 at 8:41 PM

Ah yes the NYT’s doing what it does best which is covering for Obama even if it means completely mischaracterizing what Senator Demint said.

A deplorable cartoon yes but shouldn’t those elephants be depicted as rhinocerotes or rather RINO’s in this case.

A better cartoon would have been Obama dressed in Napoleon’s French Uniform complete French Shakos and headdress posing with his hand stuck down in the front of his pants cupping the withdrawn nads while feeling for his ever shrinking winkie in front of a distant winter landscape of russia with Moscow clearly depicted back and to the right of the frame of the cartoon.

Americannodash on July 25, 2009 at 9:01 PM

The Washington Post may have re-published it, but Danziger is syndicated by the New York Times.

rockmycar on July 25, 2009 at 9:04 PM

ah, the washington compost…how expected

clement on July 25, 2009 at 9:16 PM

Can anyone say “Projection” ?

After 8 years of BDS and now well over a year of PDS, next we’re going to get DMDS …

How do we go about getting these people some therapy?

Mew

acat on July 25, 2009 at 8:16 PM

The left was already dabbling in Barack Obama assassination fantasies last year, where they could use his murder to destroy their Republican/conservative enemies.

If his poll numbers keep slipping and his pet causes fail to pass due to opposition from both Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats, look for those thoughts to resurface — as seen in cartoons like this — and possibly even to the point that the left fantasizes Obama as being of more value to their cause as a martyr than as president (though it’s really, really hard to imagine Joesph Biden being competent enough to take on the Lyndon Baines Johnson role of steamrolling something like New Deal II/Great Society II through Congress).

jon1979 on July 25, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Is there something wrong on the front page?

guntotinglibertarian on July 25, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Is there something wrong on the front page?

guntotinglibertarian on July 25, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Yep. Seems all the comments have disappeared…

[Rahm Emanuel, Axelrod and Begala must be up to their usual tricks?]

coldwarrior on July 25, 2009 at 10:04 PM

guntotinglibertarian on July 25, 2009 at 9:59 PM

If you click on the Vault, then click on July 2009…and then click on “comments” under each individual post, seems to get you in. But the front page is indeed broken…

coldwarrior on July 25, 2009 at 10:06 PM

I just update the post to include a link to the photo of the tenements mentioned by several commenters above. Link was provided by a commenter at RedState. Judge for yourselves.

Pundette on July 25, 2009 at 10:09 PM

The Post showed terrible judgment when they chose to run this.

The WaPo showed terrible judgment by not going out of business so the cartoon is nothing. Come on, its the Washington Post, surely you didn’t expect anything more civil from them.

johnsteele on July 25, 2009 at 10:09 PM

Jeff Danziger is the same orifice who in October 2004 drew that cartoon depicting Condoleezza Rice as Scarlett O’Hara’s slave “Prissy” from Gone With The Wind. After Danziger was so embarrassed by criticism of that panel (even from a New York Times Syndicate senior editor who called it “obviously racist and deeply offensive”) that he removed it from his own website, he had the gall to point the j’accuse! finger at Sean Delonas and the New York Post over that February 2009 cartoon suggesting that the rampaging pet chimp shot by police wrote the bloated, pork-filled stimulus bill.

(If you’ve forgotten, the false charge was made by the Sharpton crowd that the chimp really was meant to represent Obama despite the fact Obama didn’t write the maddog bill.)

In response to sybill, who wrote that the building Danziger’s “DeMint” is firing a shotgun from resembles the tenements across from the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, here’s a photo from a Time magazine essay showing that it probably wasn’t a coincidence.

L.N. Smithee on July 25, 2009 at 10:38 PM

Here’s my comment written minutes ago on Jeff Danziger’s YouTube channel, where he has posted a four-minute film about himself produced by the New York Times Syndicate:

As a black conservative who wants Obama to fail in his attempt to “fundamentally transform” America, I can’t imagine the hate and ignorance that would lead one to believe Jim DeMint deserved to be equated with Dr. King’s assassin.

Do you even KNOW any conservatives, Jeff?

I noticed that whoever shot this video chickened out of showing your depiction of Condi Rice as a slave from Gone With The Wind, choosing to show the “Kool-Aid, anyone” panel instead. As Dan Rather used to say, “Courage.”

I submitted this comment, and saw “Comment Pending Approval”, which in reality means “I’m deleting all comments critical of me.” So I posted it here. Still, Danziger will have to read it to delete it, so I’m satisfied.

L.N. Smithee on July 25, 2009 at 11:26 PM

Danziger is a pathologically bigoted leftist twit, so the rest of the MSM will wonder what the big deal is – they won’t see anything out of place.

Incapable of self-reflection, they really do think that any opposition to their takeover and sundering of the healthcare industry is an attack of the care of health itself.

Yes, they really are that stupid. A lot of people talk of middle ways, reconciliation, or cooperation. It’s not possible, it never will be, and all attempts in that direction will fail.

You can’t reason with a Danziger, a Pelosi, a Barney Frank or an Obama. It’s not possible, because they don’t actually consider arguments, they just react to them.

The only chance we have is exposure, and that is a longshot until we can actually produce journalists that understand the difference between objectivity and neutrality in large enough numbers to actually affect coverage.

Merovign on July 26, 2009 at 4:54 AM

Hes so full of vile hatred he can’t even spell the headline correct:

“July 24, 2009 – Sen DeMint, Helath Care”

broker1 on July 26, 2009 at 7:32 AM

Not surprising, The Washington Post, after all, is the mouth piece of the Democratic Party.

GarandFan on July 26, 2009 at 9:59 AM

The resemblance to the tenements across from the Lorraine Motel in Memphis are purely coincidental, right?

That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the cartoon.
Mark1971 on July 25, 2009 at 7:47 PM

ditto that.

thirtypundit on July 26, 2009 at 10:35 AM

ditto that.

thirtypundit on July 26, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Me three. “UHC is a civil rights movement.” “Gay marriage is a civil rights movement.” Yet Lynn Sweet and Perez Hilton did much to brand Obama as hyper-partisan and even bigoted. This was a trial balloon, and Gatesgate shot it down.

chunderroad on July 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Obviously, he is aiming at that target that some lib cartoonest painted on Evil Boosh/Hitler’s chest.

TimothyJ on July 26, 2009 at 7:26 PM

I’m mystified as to why my post regarding Danziger’s slam on Condi Rice was spiked.

L.N. Smithee on July 27, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Whoa! Like magic, it appeared. I swear, it wasn’t there three minutes ago.

Sorry. And thanks!

L.N. Smithee on July 27, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Whoops. It’s gone again. Oh well, it’s not like anybody else is clicking on this thread.

L.N. Smithee on July 28, 2009 at 10:26 AM

DeMint/Palin

katy on July 25, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Maybe one day we can make it through a thread without the name Palin being invoked.

“All of ‘em, any of ‘em that have been in front of me over all these years.” –Sarah Palin, unable to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, Oct. 1, 2008

Vice President material? /facepalm

Levinite on August 3, 2009 at 5:24 PM