Stanek Sunday funnies 2-23-14

Here were my top five favorite political cartoons this week. Be sure to vote for your fav in the poll at the bottom of the post!

by Gary Varvel at Townhall.com
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 by Dana Summers at GoComics.com
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 by Michael Ramirez at Townhall.com
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 by Nate Beeler at Townhall.com
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 by Glenn Foden at Townhall.com
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19 thoughts on “Stanek Sunday funnies 2-23-14”

  1. Ironically (I’m commenting regarding the first cartoon), I looked at the generic congressional polls recently, the historic polls, and what it meant in midterms.
     
    After the GOP shot themselves in the foot regarding the government shutdown, the Dems had a double digit lead in the poll.  The fall rollout of Obamacare and the issues the came from that evened things out.  It is essentially a dead heat now, suggesting that if the elections were today, not much would change.
     
    I see three things on the horizon that could change things between now and the fall:
     
    1) I feel like most of Obamacare is built into the polls – what I mean by that is, good news or bad news isn’t going to sway things much at this point because most folks have made up their minds on it.  If something big were to happen later in the summer – some issue with employer plans or something, that could push things right.
     
    2) I think this Arizona gay discrimination law could be huge for the left if Brewer signs it.  The one in Kansas quickly disappeared, and I saw some columns from the right that it was a good thing, because it would have greatly hurt the conservative brand at the national level.  I’m guessing if you polled the country right now on the Arizona law – not many people under 40 would be in favor of what Arizona is doing – and for a party trying to figure out how to get votes from women, young people, and minorities – this law could be a massive talking point for the left.
     
    3) The tea party.  Cruz made a lot of noise after this last vote on the debt ceiling.  Does the party infighting cause issues through the summer that causes lower than normal voter turnout?  For a while, the tea party seems to have been welcomed by the old guard right – then they had an awkward alliance.  Now it seems to be a bit of a war with folks like Rove working to push the tea party out of some races.  If the tea party wins some primaries and then don’t have the financial backing, it could open things up for the left.  

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  2. Interesting choice Mary.
    I don’t think Sebelius will die anytime soon.
    Now who was it who did die from a snake bite just recently? Hm…..
    That must have been nature cleaning up the gene pool.

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  3. Reality,
    As far as I’m concerned it was another example of nature cleaning up the gene pool. In both cases an attempt to eliminate the stupid.

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  4. In both cases? I’m not aware of Sebelius handling poisonous vipers. Seems there was only one stupid. Although since his son says that he intends to handle the same snake it could yet become ‘both’.

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  5. The emotional lift of seeing Sebelius bitten in the face is quite a gift.  Alas…. Ol’ Snakebite is still Secretary of HHS, and (except for a miracle of other act of God) she will be until January 2017.
     
    So I voted for No. 1.  The Democrats are going to have to distance themselves from ObamaCare or apologize for ObamaCare or make ObamaCare work for Americans.  
     
    Embarrassment over ObamaCare will dominate the 2014 elections and the 2016 elections…. and prevent any real leadership from either party for several more years.

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  6. The emotional lift of seeing Sebelius bitten in the face is quite a gift – really? How nice.
     
    Option 3 is already proceeding.

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  7. Reality says:
    February 23, 2014 at 8:32 pm
    The emotional lift of seeing Sebelius bitten in the face is quite a gift –  How nice.
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    I am glad you are starting to agree with me!  I think this will happen more often from now on.

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  8. Of course, sarcasm eludes you. I would hope that it doesn’t happen more often, for your own benefit :-)

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  9. Reality,
    I’m well aware this is a cartoon and Sebelius doesn’t handle vipers. I’m being facetious.  Sarcasm appears to elude you as well.

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  10. If you were being facetious how do you figure I missed some sarcasm? They’re not exactly similar. Quite distinct in fact ;-)

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  11. Reality
    I should have pointed out my comment contained elements of both facetiousness and sarcasm, then you probably would have better comprehended that I am well aware that Sebelius does not handle vipers. 

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  12. Cor, next you’ll be mixing metaphors :-)
     
    Then why say that was your favorite and state “Nature cleaning up the gene pool.”?

    Did it give you an ’emotional lift’ too?

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  13. While you’re there, why not read up on the psychology of those who feel the need to interfere in others lives.

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  14. I’m going #3 too.  That said, it remains to be seen how history will judge Obamacare.   There have been problems and big brouhahas when other programs have been introduced in the past.
     
    Ex-GOP, agreed that most is built into the polls now.  Ideologues aside (who definitely have made up their mind), I think people are settling in, and things are shaking out.  
     
    On balance, I wish things had not changed, but we will see….
     
    The gay discrimination deal is a hand grenade with the pin pulled for Republicans.  They best drop it and get far away, fast.  To me, it has been with breathtaking speed how fast things have changed.  Same for having a black President.  I would have said it’d be more like 2016 or 2020 before it was possible.  Guess I’m getting old – time seems to be moving fast.
     
    The Tea Party and Cruz – now this is interesting.  There’s a good bit of distrust and distaste among Republicans for Cruz – he’s a loose cannon, divisive, and he tends to want to burn at the stake anybody who doesn’t side with him on shutting down the gov’t, etc., in the name of his causes.
     
    I do applaud his dedication to fiscal matters, and to not giving the federal gov’t carte blanch to increase the debt limit.  I don’t think enough shame can be heaped upon Congress over quite a few decades, going back into the past, as far as the way the gov’t’s budgets have been handled.  The latest budget and agreement, which nerfs a lot of the sequestration gains, is just pathetic.

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