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

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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 | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments