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Friday, February 06, 2009

That damned Battle Cry

What's Mallard raving about today?

Republicans.

No, that was the battle cry of the Bush Administration.

But, by all means, make the Republican Party even more extremist than it already is.

18 comments:

NLC said...

Yes, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, PLEASE keep telling yourselves that the only thing wrong with the party of Bush and Cheney and the only reason that they got whupped bad by the American electorate is that they're just too darn mainstream.


Pretty please?

Itz Da Troof! said...

Garsh darned it why Ima hatin' them thar Replublitrerns fir bein' so ga-danged centrist in der hatred!

Mr. FourDotEllipse said...

Writing the same stuff over and over again and expecting it to be funny....

12xuser said...

The list of Republican failed ideas is long - deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, abstinence-only education, tax cuts for business, war, tax cuts - none of which have been criticized by Mallard or McCain.

McCain was chosen by Republican VOTERS during the primary, to the extreme annoyance of the hierarchy of the party, who wanted to maintain the fundamentalist ideological stance of the Bush administration.

Of course we know that their religion states that conservatism can never fail, we can only fail conservatism.

wavydavy said...

Truly a shame this strip just came out today, because it would have been a leading candidate for The Golden Flash (Most Mystifying Panel).

Seriously -- McCain was the most "moderate" candidate the Rethugs could come up with, and this means their problem is they're too mainstream? Just WOW!

I guess it's now a leading contender for the 2010 awards.

exanonymous said...

Tinsley no longer identifies with Republicans.

Ironically, he doesn't have what it takes to be a Libertarian either.

I do think it's the fate of a political system to evolve. Adhering to the party line for hundreds doesn't work.

exanonymous said...

*of years

word: plogs

How dogs blog.

Raynfala said...

Yes, please please please nominate Sarah Palin for the GOP ticket in 2012.

Anonymous said...

Palin/Plumber 2012!

rewinn said...

Today's "comic" is delusional, but not hateful.

Kumbaya, Tinkley.

Palin/Plumber in 2012 yes yes please please please Bwa-ha-ha!!!

Anonymous said...

8 years of Bush/Cheney lawbreaking and 2 endless, illegal wars and a depression might possibly have had something to do with the loss in November.

Factinista said...

The only problem with running McCain was that, while he is a moderate Republican, he also had to turn his back on his ideals (and his conscience) in order to appeal himself to his own party. Even McCain himself realized this in the end, hence the surprisingly gracious concession speech on election night.

Also, I'd agree with Mallard on the GOP's battle cry, but only because they're just as stubborn and out of touch with reality as ever. Case in point: every single House Republican voting down the stimulus bill. They're still insisting that tax cuts are the best solution.

Kyle said...

The demand for tax cuts in the stimulus bill is so mind-blowingly idiotic. It's truly akin to digging yourself into a deep hole and saying, "Welp, I guess the only way to get out is to DIG MORE!"

The tax cuts are major reason we're stuck in this mess. Granted it has a much smaller hand than the lending of fraudulent mortgages and the subsequent gambling on those bad loans, but the wads of cash being given didn't trickle down. They were hoarded. And that's what *always* happens in a Trickle Down Economic climate, without fail.

Mallard wants to harp on learning from past failure, maybe his brethren should examine the repeated failure of long-term trickling down (Great Depression after 1920's laissez-faire economics, 1991 recession after a decade of Reaganomics, the current recession).

rewinn said...

On tax cuts, Thom Hartmann has a cogent analysis:

Tax cuts for businesses lead to a boom-and-bust cycle. The boom comes when businesses take money out of their business to invest elsewhere (...when business taxes are high, you plow your profits into your business since if you take them out, it's taxable income) and that "elsewhere" is usually in things like paper transaction that lead to a boom, then collapse. See 1928 and 2008.

Tax cuts for wage-earners lead to a temporary stimulus, as workers have a little more money. However, in the long run the "more" goes away since workers bargain with employers on the basis of after-tax take-home. Example: Employer know you'll work for $1,000 week take-home. So if a tax cut improves your take-home to $1,100, Employer knows you're "overpaid" and gradually puts the squeeze on. It used to be rare that employers would actually CUT wages (the preferred method is to reduce wages and COLA) but we now see a LOT in the form of give-backs.

Of course, none of this is talked about in the corporate media. Huge airtime devoted to "Business", nothing to "wage-earners". Perhaps Mallard will notice some day?

Jazzbumpa said...

The GOP now has a significant plurality in five states, totalling 20 electoral votes. WooHoo.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/114016/State-States-Political-Party-Affiliation.aspx

So yes, Blallard, please drag them farther to the right.

WV: chiessen. for some reason, this makes me think of playing chess naked.

I'm reading too much Blallard

Bill the Splut said...

Sherffius' cartoon today on doing the same thing and expecting different results.

If tax cuts and "trickle down" helped the economy, after the last 8 years it would now be THE BESTEST EVERRZ.

I apologize to Mallard fans for linking to a guy who can actually draw.

GeoX said...

The thing is, McCain is NOT a moderate in any sense. He's a social conservative very much in the Bushian mode. The only reason people think he's 'moderate' is because he's an opportunist who knew he had to do SOMETHING to distinguish himself from Bush in the 2000 primary. Just look how he furiously backpedaled about Jerry Falwell and about torture in the 2008 election, look how he chose Mooselini as his running mate, and look at how he recently defended FFF (Fat Fascist Fuck) Limbaugh. He may be marginally less bad than some of his cohort, but that is the very definition of damning with faint praise.

That said, he was still the best they had to offer. I look forward to watching the party rear violently to the right next time, and watching Obama win reelection in an FDR-like landslide.

Anonymous said...

So being exactly like Bush and demanding total obedience to Bush's insane failed policies is the "most moderate" Republican now? Sweet.

And Tinsley says being more like Democrats is a losing strategy? uhh... Obama's a Democrat and he's the President now. Being a democrat is the most democrat-like you can be. But, sure, McCain lost because Americans love torturing people and starting wars and McCain was only 90% into that. Now if he had literally feasted on the blood of his enemies from a bowl made from a human skull... That's a winning strategy right there.

Strange that this is the funniest Tinsley comic I've ever read (This being the only comic of his I can remember making me laugh).