Alfred Hitchcock Presents… The 2010 Elections in Editorial Cartoons w/Poll Closing Times

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Crossposted at Daily Kos and The Stars Hollow Gazette

Alfred Hitchcock Presents… The 2010 Elections

Psycho by Clay Bennett,, see the large number of reader comments in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

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This weekly diary takes a look at the past week’s important news stories from the perspective of our leading editorial cartoonists (including a few foreign ones) with analysis and commentary added in by me.

When evaluating a cartoon, ask yourself these questions:

1. Does a cartoon add to my existing knowledge base and help crystallize my thinking about the issue depicted?

2. Does the cartoonist have any obvious biases that distort reality?

3. Is the cartoonist reflecting prevailing public opinion or trying to shape it?

The answers will help determine the effectiveness of the cartoonist’s message.

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Ye Tea Party Poem by Mike Thompson,, See reader comments and an animation of this cartoon in the Detroit Free Press

Now an angry group of Americans wants to be freer still — free from government agencies that protect their health, wealth, and well-being; free from problems and policies too difficult to understand; free from parties and coalitions; free from experts who think they know better than they do; free from politicians who don’t talk or look like they do.

Genealogy by Clay Bennett,, see reader comments in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Mark Streeter, Savannah Morning News, Buy this cartoon

Lloyd Dangle, Troubletown, Buy this cartoon

Rand Paul Protester Trod Upon by John Cole, Scranton Times-Tribune, Buy this cartoon

Nick Anderson

The Non-Voter by Nick Anderson,, see reader comments in the Houston Chronicle

Clay Bennett

Left or Right? by Clay Bennett,, see reader comments in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Cheers by David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Star, Buy this cartoon

Jeff Darcy, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Buy this cartoon

Vote by Dave Granlund,, Buy this cartoon

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Lloyd Dangle, Troubletown, Buy this cartoon

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I received this email message from the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) earlier this afternoon.  It urges everyone to vote and help get out the vote, as explained at the top of this diary

Today, the American people finally make their voices heard in this historic election.

The polls are now open in many places and millions of Americans are casting their vote to secure a more prosperous future for the middle class of our country.

There is just one thing left to do — please vote and make sure everyone you know votes as well.

Our organizers and volunteers are working to contact every last voter to ensure a strong Democratic turnout today. So once you vote, please help get every last vote out for Democrats across America today.

(Jeff Darcy, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Buy this cartoon)

With so many races that could be decided by only a handful of votes, your participation could make the difference in our fight to continue moving America forward for the middle class.

Thank you for everything you have done in this campaign.

Onward to a great Democratic victory today!

Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House

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1. Cartoons of the Day

John Sherffius

John Sherffius, (Boulder Daily Camera)

Lalo Alcaraz, LA Weekly, Buy this cartoon

Signe Wilkinson, (Philadelphia Daily News)

Steve Benson

Steve Benson, (Arizona Republic)

Clay Bennett

The Tag Team by Clay Bennett,, see reader comments in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Bill Day

Bill Day, (Memphis Commercial-Appeal)

Mike Luckovich

Mike Luckovich, (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The TEA PARTY by Patrick Chappatte, International Herald Tribune, Buy this cartoon

Rex Babin, Sacramento Bee, Buy this cartoon

Image courtesy of dmhlt 66

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2. Congratulation to the San Francisco Giants

Texas loses World Series by Dave Granlund,, Buy this cartoon

The San Francisco Giants won the Baseball World Series for the first time since moving in 1957 from New York City to the “City by the Bay.”  They beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 games

More than a half-century after moving West, the Giants are taking the trophy to the city by the Bay for the first time.  Tim Lincecum was wicked on the mound, Edgar Renteria broke a scoreless duel with a three-run homer in the seventh inning and San Francisco beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a tense Game 5 Monday night…

Many years ago, one swing of the bat prompted a call that resonates throughout Giants history and beyond.

“The Giants win the pennant!  The Giants win the pennant!  The Giants win the pennant!” announcer Russ Hodges shouted over and over after Bobby Thomson launched “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” in 1951.

Time to redo that cry: The Giants win the Series! The Giants win the Series! The Giants win the Series!

Drew Litton

Drew Litton,

World Series 2010 by Dave Granlund,, Buy this cartoon

Alien Sportscasters by Andy Singer,, Buy this cartoon

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3. RIP Ted Sorensen (1928-2010)

Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Buy this cartoon

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Ted Sorensen was remembered by Jen Sorensen of Slowpoke fame.  I’ve posted dozens of her editorial cartoons in this diary over the past year and a half

Jack Ohman, (Portland Oregonian)

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Farewell, Honorable Namesake

I was saddened yesterday when I learned that JFK’s right-hand man Ted Sorensen had died.  We were not related — although I did have a pleasant email exchange with his grandson (or grandnephew?) once.  I always thought maybe I’d get to meet Ted someday, and we could rap about our shared Sorensen-ness.  Alas, it’s too late.  But I did get a kick out of this quote in his NYT obituary:

Mr. Sorensen once said he suspected that the headline on his obituary would read “Theodore Sorenson, Kennedy Speechwriter,” misspelling his name and misjudging his work…

Apparently not even Ted could escape the dreaded “-son” misspelling.  Speaking for myself, it has caused countless problems with appointments and reservations.  I’m actually surprised when anyone gets it right.  But I digress.  Here’s to Theodore Sorensen, one of history’s better figures to have shared a name with. (Apologies to all you Nixons out there!)

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4. Final Thoughts

Chris Britt

Chris Britt, (State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

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Finally, if there are any compelling reasons to support the Republican Party in today’s elections, I can’t think of any.  Not one!

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A Note About the Diary Poll

VOTE! by Clay Bennett,, see reader comments in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Political Wire has provided a complete list of poll closing times around the country

Poll Closing Times

For your reference, here’s a handy clip-and-save list of the poll closing times around the country for tomorrow’s midterm elections.

6:00 pm ET

   * Indiana

   * Eastern Kentucky

7:00 pm ET

   * Florida (except Western panhandle which close at 8 pm.)

   * Georgia

   * Western Kentucky

   * New Hampshire

   * South Carolina

   * Vermont

   * Virginia

7:30 pm ET

   * North Carolina

   * Ohio

   * West Virginia

8:00 pm ET

   * Alabama

   * Connecticut

   * Delaware

   * Washington, D.C.

   * Illinois

   * Kansas

   * Maine

   * Maryland

   * Massachusetts

   * Michigan

   * Mississippi

   * Missouri

   * New Jersey

   * Oklahoma

   * Pennsylvania

   * Tennessee

   * Texas

8:30 pm ET

   * Arkansas

9:00 pm ET

   * Arizona

   * Colorado

   * Louisiana

   * Minnesota

   * Nebraska

   * New Mexico

   * New York

   * North Dakota

   * Rhode Island

   * South Dakota

   * Wisconsin

   * Wyoming

10:00 pm ET

   * Idaho

   * Iowa

   * Montana

   * Nevada

   * Oregon

   * Utah

11:00 pm ET

   * California

   * Washington

12:00 am ET

   * Alaska

   * Hawaii

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  1. John Sherffius

    John Sherffius, (Boulder Daily Camera)

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    Showing up is eighty percent of life — Woody Allen

    Tips and the like here.  Thanks.  

  2. This is not shaping up to be a particularly good night for the Democratic Party.  For the editorial cartoonists, however, the ascension of some Teabaggers to Congress ought to result in several really creative cartoons over the next few days.  It’s not a trade off I particularly like but it’s reality, given the poor state of the economy.

    Here’s one from earlier today…

    Rob Rogers

    Rob Rogers, (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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