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Obama New Yorker Cover—Didn’t Archie Bunker Get The Last Laugh?

This illustration provided by The New Yorker magazine, the cover ... 

The smart folks at The New Yorker don’t feel people will take seriously the cover art on the magazine this week. They say people will know it is satire. 

Well–That may be true with a bunch of annoying know-it-alls. But what they’ve done is hand the McCain folks a new campaign poster. The McCain team will say all the right things about how it’s offensive and all that. Still, you can bet somebody is already figuring out how make the best use of this against Senator Obama.

I have a few seasons of All In The Family on DVD.  All In The Family was intended as satire as well. Archie Bunker was supposed to be part of a dying breed and Meathead was going to be the future. Yet when you watch the show today, you see that what Archie was saying is not so far from what Republicans have been saying for the past 35 years.

Archie Bunker would be plenty at home in the Newt Gingrich/Rush Limbaugh Republican Party of 1990’s and the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney Republican party of this decade. Watched in 2008, the Archie Bunker of 1971 seems more prophet than fool. At least he does in terms of the political arguments that have carried the day over the last three decades.    

If we’re going to see Senator Obama in this way, why not have a cover of the violence-loving Senator McCain in a “mock” war trial for all the civilians he bombed in one unjust war 40 years ago, as he supports yet another unjust war in 2008. 

Or better yet, let’s have Senator McCain on the phone with Osama bin Laden in the cave, figuring out what day Osama could attack America that would help Mr. McCain most at the polls. Maybe they could text message each other with cute little bomb and airplane icons.

The folks at The New Yorker live in some sort of insular fantasy land. They think it’s all a big joke. If I were them, I’d not be so certain about who gets the last laugh.

July 14, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics | , , , , , , ,


  1. Neil-
    Keep up the good work. I will continue reading and telling people about your blog. I did a little more digging on this New Yorker cover and found the L.A times blogger, Elizabeth Snead, came up with her own alternative cover. Have you seen it? I was reminiscing of my highschool journalism days and trying to picture how our journalism teacher may have responded to our staff artist if he had come up with this one. I don’t think she would have recommended we print it. Keep on bloggin’. Check out my friend’s band, ‘Telling on Trixie.’

    Comment by Lyuba Halkyn | July 15, 2008

  2. Lyuba—Thanks for the comment. I’ll look up the other cover you mention. Maybe the teacher would have allowed it and the whole matter could have gone to the school board and become a big deal.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 15, 2008

  3. I’m with you on this one, Neil. And the kindest thing I can say about Clarence Page at this point is that he’s being incredibly naive.

    Comment by Newton | July 15, 2008

  4. Newton–Thnak you for your wise comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 16, 2008

  5. i am glad meathead nor archie has turned out to be the future, Aa far as the whohaw over the cover there is a alot of comments and outrage but at least to my knowledge no death threats as would be seen in the loving peaceful loving arab countries, I am pro america,pro arab, pro human, I am not pro bitching pro whining. Its no different than any other cartoon making fun of a politician. Its the reaction that is different. People need to not over react as much as they do. this cartoon will not hurt obama or help mccain.

    Comment by bill brady | July 17, 2008

  6. Bill—You are likely right it make little or no difference. Though if the election is very close just a small difference can matter.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 18, 2008

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