Been a few months since the last installment.
This would be a special edition, for a special artist. One so ignorant of the makings of comedy — ticklish metaphors, biting satire, keen irony . . spelling — he deserves an entire post dedicated to him alone. This is an especially autistic political cartoonist.
So, ladies and gentleman, without any ado, I bring you Ken Catalino:
A routine sin for autistics. Simply draw the person you don’t like, and have him say something stupid. This is how 7th graders make fun of people.
Like so. Ken also doesn’t grasp that we treat different countries differently.
Another sin. Conservatives typically deal only with other Conservatives, so they get lazy. Why not skip the pretense and get to the point: embarrass the president, will ya? Did Obama stiff a waiter, somewhere? No. But he’s a jerk.
Pat downs are for security. Taxes are for . . screw it, the President sucks.
Sometimes, these things are so ‘Inside Conservative Baseball,’ you’re not even sure what’s the point. Are the winners knocking down the door? Will the door hold? Are the usual politicians safe? Damned if I know.
Try interpreting this one. Do I assume Conservatives are unhappy with condoms? The rendition here couldn’t get any more vanilla. It’s mysterious.
This is unfortunate. Catalino can’t spell.
You’d think he’d have an editor. Or a friend. Someone who can read English.
Also unfortunate. Catalino doesn’t even understand the issue. He thinks ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ protects gays. Thus, abolishing it is expanding it.
Here, he can’t even draw a scanner. Sad.
Okay, the appetizers are done. Now we get to the meat and potatoes of wretched cartooning: bad metaphors.
Drowning in debt, and hitting the ceiling. Except the ceiling is also ‘debt.’ Damn.
Republicans believe in ghosts. That’s why we’re stupid.
Timing is everything. Why wouldn’t experts give Obama a ‘political’ prognosis before the election? I would think he’d be in a hospital by now, at least. I have no idea what Obama or the newspaper is sitting on, incidentally.
All sorts of messed up. Again — why would Democrats avoid the President after they lose? The very next day, Obama called it a shellacking, so does Catalino follow politics? Obama is also out of gas? Democrats are going to the Olympics?
Take that, weirdo Democrats. If I recall the story, good vanquishes evil, everybody gets exactly what they wanted, and the President arrives back home, safe and sound. Touche, sir.
Mixed metaphor. He’s a ‘vampire’ so he’s an ‘empty suit.’ By Catalino’s trailblazing sense of comedy, he could draw that for any person or issue. Except a vampire, because then that’d be sort of funny.
Classic. Mixed up everything, with useless commentary to boot. Get rid of the thought bubble, the sign, and ‘DEMS,’ and you’ve got a perfectly good cartoon.
Note who’s at the wheel. Note anybody at the wheel.
And finally . . this. The Democrats have chainsawed the Republicans’ ears and tusks. But their tax-cuts still defy gravity (dashes?). So yes, of course. No explanation needed. It’s pretty obvious.