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Chan Lowe: Bristol Palin's triumph on DWTS


All right, maybe this isn’t as important as abolishing congressional earmarks or extending tax cuts for the rich, but Bristol Palin’s advancement to the DWTS finals seemed to be all anyone was talking about down at the plant this morning.

Mrs. Lowe-Down, who is the household authority on this and American Idolatry issues, allowed as how the relative dancing prowess of the contestants left no doubt that poor old Brandy had gotten screwed. I did witness the live announcement that she had been eliminated, and the news was greeted in the studio with slack jaws and booing. And those were just the judges.

There are ugly rumors going around (which I have done my best to stoke in this cartoon) that it wasn’t Bristol, but in fact her mother for whom many of the viewers were voting. I don’t feel this is inappropriate, because the line between politics and entertainment has grown so fuzzy as to be indistinguishable of late.

Barack Obama has appeared on The View and The Daily Show, Sarah Palin has her own reality travelogue miniseries, and let’s not forget an earlier, albeit short-term contestant on DWTS…the Exterminator himself, Tom DeLay.

Since more Americans vote for these talent shows than even for the national elections, maybe we should just drop the pretense and use pols as contestants. Personally, I would enjoy a tension-packed tango face-off between Nancy Pelosi and Dick Cheney, or maybe Hillary Clinton slithering through a steamy paso doble with Dr. Rand Paul. The winning couple would face a final audience vote as to who gets to be president and vice president, respectively.

You don’t think the American people would take this seriously? While I was doing the final inking on this cartoon, somebody emailed me a story about a rural Wisconsin man who was so furious when he heard Bristol made it to the finals that he blew out his TV set with a shotgun.

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Mr. Lowe only a far left newspaper would attack a 20 year old woman on a dance show. Her mother is fair game but to attack children is very unprofessional. Why not attack the daughter of Hillary Clinton or the Obama girls ? Your cartoons are usually political incorrect but this one is not in very good taste. A professional like yourself, should be above this. Shame on you and your newspaper

if there ever was a fixed program==this is it
who kept the score==not published

was is crooked===absolutely

I do not see this as an attack on Bristol, the child of Sarah Palin, but rather a comment on the dancing capabilities of Ms. Palin and the people who voted for her. Capability, talent and even leadership is no longer a virtue we look for in our society. Nor is truth and honesty! Thank you Mr. Lowe.

I'd like to see the whole Palin Klan do a dance...."The Klondike Shuffle"....and stay there...That's a dance I'd love to see....

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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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