February 23, 2018
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

If Looks Could Kill

For those who saw my Facebook post about the eyes I drew the other day, here’s the rest of him. Yep, it’s the Uncaped Cruzader himself. For a new cover for The Nation. For a wonderful piece by RICK PERLSTEIN on the Tea Party and how far back the Paranoid Style in American Politics goes. Spoiler alert: it goes WAAAAY Back. Left to right: Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan, Grover Norquist, Newt Gingrich, Barry Goldwater, Tailgunner Joe McCarthy.

Thanks to designer Robert Best who is making this magazine sing as never before, Roane Carey, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editors.

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Here’s my first sketch:

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Final sketch:

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The cover out today:

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And this just in: a FOX meltdown over the piece.

The always delightful Greta Van Susteren going off on it.  Oh, Foxnewsbabe I love you don’t do this to me!  Upset apparently, that we see Ted next to Joe. They’re just enjoying a little Lipton moment!  C’mon.

The fun here is that while she and friends below can’t stand the connection with McCarthy, they, simultaneously say that we need another on like him!!!  So what’s wrong with Ted?  He already looks just like him.  An embarrassment of riches! Below is assistant Lisa tweeting away on this. Both of us having a high old time at the studio today. Thanks to Rick Perlstein.Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 4.58.26 PM

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Brodner Minutes so far

Here are the four up right now on the The Washington Spectator site: washingtonspectartor.org


Odd Couple of the Day


 “On January 31, Newt Gingrich was  told that he was no longer wanted in the state of Florida.  Soon he  found himself looking for a home in the Super Tuesday states along with his similarly-hated friend Mitt Romney. Can two severely messed-up men share a dysfunctional political party without driving each other crazy?!!!!!”

Thanks to Ron Brownstein and Jan Zimmeck for making this happen. And to Ron for the shout-out on this morning’s interesting chatfest with the always interesting Soledad O’Brien. Back atcha.


Despicable Duck of the Day


In Newt’s overheated lingo people are not wrong or objectionable, but pathetic and despicable. Quite often they are “the most pathetic or despicable in the history of the planet”. The carpet-bombing of Newt in Florida by Romney’s super pac shows how the system works. And while Newt’s complaint is really about the post-Citizens United world, he will keep that shady and target Romney alone for criticism. In any case we can see where poor Daffy at last gets it right.

Nazi Hunter of the Day: Newt Gingrich

This image by guest artist Newt Gingrich, revealing Mitt Romney’s anti-Jewish-senior past. Newt Gingrich reaches new lows in the Florida-race-to-the-bottom-primary almost by the minute. In yesterday’s Washington Post


we saw the signs of a right-wing lunatic fringe gone mainstream in which a Gingrich campaign stop had the feeling of a hate group rally. Today there is the robo call to elderly Jews telling them that Romney once voted against a meals bill which would have forced seniors to forgo kosher food (not true).

As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney vetoed a bill paying for kosher food for our seniors in nursing homes. Holocaust survivors, who for the first time, were forced to eat non-kosher, because Romney thought $5 was too much to pay for our grandparents to eat kosher. Where is Mitt Romney’s compassion for our seniors? Tuesday you can end Mitt Romney’s hypocrisy on religious freedom, with a vote for Newt Gingrich. Paid for by Newt 2012.

In a flash, for the votes of some old people Newt has become the tribune of compassion. Forget that, given half the chance, all meals for all needy people would be thrown into the Intracoastal waterway along with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and whatever is left. As a piece of carrot atop this gefilte fish, Newt’s text refers to “our grandmothers”. Newt Ginsberg! Who knew?? . And adding the phrase “holocaust survivor” elevates the cause, casting Mitt Romney as the perfect symbol of all that is evil. As opposed to Newt.