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How long do you think the outbreak of brotherly love between the parties is going to last? Well, let’s call it the appearance of an outbreak. As we know, in Washington it’s all about projecting an image for the day’s news cycle.

My guess is that we’ll be treated to some unlikely seating arrangements during the State of the Union Address (i.e. Schumer/Coburn), and then things should rapidly deteriorate to normal.

Republicans are, no doubt, heeding the latest poll numbers, which show President Obama’s approval ratings surging. If their past behavior is any indicator, they’re heeding them and coming to the wrong conclusions.

Obama’s newfound popularity is originating from the public perception that he has begun constructively engaging his political opponents for the betterment of the country. He does this whether the opposition likes it or not, and it has taken them tactically by surprise.


Faced with their nemesis’ improving numbers, they are sure not to learn the lessons of the polls, which is that cooperation floats all boats. No, they’ll revert to the old playbook, which is to continue to attack the President and try to tear down his initiatives, rather than present us with their own reasonable alternatives (The clock is ticking on the Republican version of the Affordable Health Care Act, by the way).

Well, let them. Should the unemployment rate drop in any significant way by November 2012, the man upon whom they have been heaping so much blame for the economy will justifiably claim the credit for its continuing recovery, and they will find themselves on the wrong side of history.

Alternatively, they could try to work with him, which may be asking too much of them on behalf of the country.


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If you are still waiting for the civility between the parties to end you must not have seen the democratic congressman on the floor comparing the republican to the nazis but no of course its a republican symbol you used in your cartoon.


@Mark: I'm guessing perhaps you missed the Republican speech that invoked a comparison of Obama's race as well right?

Do you even know what the speech that "compared" Republicans contained? Tell you what, try looking it up.


Your partisan editorial is really becoming extreme. What does the recent mob arrests have anything to do with the Republican party? I understand you favor the Democratic agenda, but do you have to constantly take indirect jabs at political parties? How about focusing in real issues such as the National Debt.


My favorite part of Chan Lowe cartoons are the angry rants from the right. It's impossible to argue with good art and wit, they lose every time.


Seth....i know you say it's impossible to argue w/ good art & wit...but lemme give it a shot. Since I can't draw and am not very witty, I am stuck with only facts to use. Oh no. Yesterday, Rasmussen: "28% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-six percent (36%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -8"

and this little gem too: Overall, 50% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove. This is the first time in nearly a year that the president’s overall rating has reached 50% on back to back days.

i'm not sure how Webster exactly defines the word "surging"...but I don't believe this really qualifies


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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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