Joe Biden


Afghanistan’s Wake

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Biden finally did what the three previous guys wouldn’t. I’m not saying it was a graceful exit …

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… we have a responsibility to everyone whose lives we ended, brutalized with 20 years of a pointless war started out of the mass-insanity that blanketed this country after 9/11. (An insanity that drove me to counter it by starting this dumb career.) But the war had to be ended. It was obvious to millions of us before it even started.

And I know I’m guilty of the same thing I’m mocking Trump and cable news for doing. I think the last time I did a cartoon on our longest quagmire was several years ago.

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Justice Breyer, the Scrivener

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I’m not usually an optimist, but the balance of the Supreme Court is just a Clarence coronary and a Kavanaugh DUI fatality away from being restored. Those odds are diminished if Breyer pulls an Anthony Kennedy and sticks around to let a Republican president pay off his kids’ debts for the opportunity to appoint his successor.

Maybe it’s ageist, but the last time hoping an ancient justice clung to life didn’t work out so well. Breyer can do whatever it is Sandra Day O’Connor’s been up to. (Just Googled, she’s still alive at 91.)

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Both Sides Blindness

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The only time I faced multiple rounds editorial notes while drawing “The Strip” for the NYTimes was during the siege of Gaza in 2014. If this comic had to go through the same process, I’m pretty sure only the final panel could’ve gotten through unchanged.

(panel 1 – Title that’s spelled out on an eye chart.)
Both Sides Blindness
(panel 2 – A sommelier examining a map of Israel’s expanding territory.)
sommelier, “It’s only apartheid if it’s from South Africa. This is a sparkling authoritarian ethnostate.”
(panel 3 – President Joe Bien at a lectern.)
Biden, “Israel has a right to defend itself. By saying nothing else, I’m merely IMPLYING Palestinians have NO RIGHTS.”
(panel 4 – A reporter writing and having an “A-HA!” moment.)
reporter, “The IDF’s actions sound indefensible … until I describe them with a passive voice!”
(panel 5 – A proudly ignorant person.)
person, “An open-air prison and a nuclear state with an arsenal funded by the United States are equal to me … a willful idiot.”
(panel 6 – An evangelical doomsday prepper clutching a Bible and a gas can in a bunker.)
prepper, “Who cares?! BOTH SIDES exist only to fulfill my Armageddon fantasies!”

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Coronaversary Cards

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The first anniversary gift is paper, and hopefully we’ll all be vaccinated by the second.

A whole year and over half a million dead because we couldn’t pay people to stay home and businesses to close last March. Senseless. Even with the end potentially in sight, governors are opening up their states for more surges, while the new Congress and President kiss centrists’ butts to water down a relief bill that was already too little, too late.

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White House Exit Interviews

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Until the seditious congressmembers are expelled or hobbled by eliminating the senate filibuster, they’ll continue to stall everything in order to steal power back in 2022 and beyond.

I’m 41 and the memories of Obama’s failures in 2009-2010 that led to the Tea Party, which led to Trump, are still fresh in my mind. Hopefully President Biden’s “unity” talk was just for those of us who are united against fascism.

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Mike Pence’s Lame Duck Vacation Itinerary

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My wife and I were sitting on our back porch when the election was called. Lots of hootin’, hollerin’, and horn blowin’ ensued in the neighborhood. Saturday’s celebrations were a collective relief of getting rid of Trump, and also every craven barnacle that attached themselves to him. Starting with Pence all the way down to all the freaks of the week I’ve drawn over the last four years.

There’s still over two months for them to do a lot of damage, and the pandemic’s soared to uncharted horrors, but we’ll always have last Saturday and Four Seasons Total Landscaping.

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Democratic Debate Tweaks

Democratic Debate TweaksLast week’s Democratic debate was a welcome relief from the GOP train wrecks. While light on foreign policy, it was a substantial discussion of what’s at stake in the upcoming election. 15 million tuned in, the most for any Democratic debate, which is great free advertising for a party that’s been struggling for air time against the Trump Show.

The next three debates won’t get that number of eyeballs combined. In a bid to pave the way for Hillary, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz scheduled them all on weekends and possibly in the middle of the night between infomercials. I’ll never know because I spend my weekends doing fun things and staying as far away from the news-cycle grind of the workweek.

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