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Obama and the financial crisis


Let's face it: the Wall Street meltdown has been good for the Democrats and the Obama campaign. His poll numbers suddenly surged as the numbers in our 401K's diminished.

I doubt Obama has any better idea how to fix the problem than McCain, but campaigns have little to do with truth and everything to do with perception. The fact that the Illinois senator cautiously stood back while Sen. Can-do McCain charged into the fray like a runaway rhino now makes him look like a wise elder statesman.

You can't help but think that, way down in their guts, die-hard Dems are praying that we teeter on the edge of the Apocalypse until November 5, when the clouds miraculously part and the future once again beckons under a President-elect Obama.

And not a day sooner--we know that the American electorate has the attention span of a flea. They might get seduced by another come-hither wink from Sarah Palin.

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To suggest, as this cartoon does, and without the accompanying written commentary that appears with the above drawing, that Democrats, or any party: Democratic, Republican, Independent, whatever, actually celebrates the country's economic woes is a study in villy divisive viciousness. Chan Lowe is not a novice; he is a seasoned political observer who, I would think, knows full well how his visual anti-Democratic Party screed will be interpreted. To be even-handed, can we look forward tomorrow in an equally sneering pictoral insinuation that the Republicans share in rejoicing at the nation's sufferings? I doubt it.

Chan says:
Lorraine, thank you for your comment. It's so refreshing to get slammed by someone from the left for a change!

Hey, I look forward to democrats being utterly helpless after the election is over. Perhaps when both "major" parties have demonstrated their utter incompetence and irrelevance we'll finally get a new party less concerned about dogma and more concerned about doing what works.

I just ran across your blog and I will be bookmarking it for the future. Although I don't agree with all of your opinions, it is refreshing to see opinions contrary to the mainstream media. I'll check back for a post-debate cartoon...

Interesting that your cartoon has become a huge hit over at Free Republic, site of the most clueless and delusionary ultra-right-wing wackos on the entire Internet.

In common contemporary usage, the word "prophet" has come to mean someone capable of foretelling events that have not yet happened.
But, as used in the Bible (and also in Islam), it means "a messenger" (from the Greek for "speak for"). Recently, I saw something on PBS
hat fit that more accurate definition. It was one of the series devoted to American presidents. Last night it was about Jimmy Carter.

They showed an incident that, at the time, was considered a major impetus to the decline of his presidency. It was the "malaise" speech.
In it, he said that we had lost our sense of purpose because we had come to, "... judge a person not by what he is, but by what he owns."
The American public did not want to hear that, and turned on him with a vengeance. Did not those words describe the mind-set that
landed us in the mess we are in today? But, Jesus pointed out (Matt 13:57): "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country."

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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