Bill Bramhall suggests that there may be some logical holes in Trump’s theory of presidential immunity. This cartoon demonstrates how difficult things have become for satirists lately, since Trump has been asked if the president could murder his opponents with impunity. He responded that yes, he could, unless the Senate convicted him for it in an impeachment trial.
Granted, Trump is immune from having to make sense. He’s spoken of British airports during the Revolution, warned that Biden might start World War II, mistaken Biden for Obama and just lately blamed Nikki Haley for failing to call in the troops during his attempted coup.
Now we’re going to have the Supreme Court decide if the president is permitted to commit felonies while in office. We don’t need to learn anything more about Trump but the decision will tell us something important about the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Matt Wuerker (Politico) offers a solid comparison of Joe Biden and Lyndon Johnson, using Gaza as an equivalency to Vietnam. There are substantial differences, starting with the facts that we aren’t sending our boys to Gaza and that LBJ inherited the conflict.
But it’s certainly true that both LBJ and Biden had other major accomplishments, particularly in the domestic sphere. If LBJ is remembered for Vietnam more often than for the Civil Rights Act, it doesn’t bode well for Biden’s legacy, though we’d have to have a substantially greater involvement for the two wars to be congruent.
However, that doesn’t mean Gaza couldn’t drag Biden down, and I don’t see a Bobby Kennedy or Gene McCarthy on the horizon to pick up the pieces, bearing in mind that Hubert Humphrey lost a lot of votes simply for having been Johnson’s VP during the war.
Robert Ariail (AMS) points out that Biden has been trying to restrain Netanyahu, but handing out treats while pulling on the leash doesn’t seem to have been effective. I would suggest that, if Biden wants to avoid LBJ’s fate, he needs to be more open about his attempts to slow things down in Gaza.
Rob Rogers suggests that what regrets and negative feelings Biden has expressed so far simply come across as crocodile tears, or, to take a slightly more positive view, are performative rather than effective. There are complicated reasons the US continues to supply arms to Israel, but they don’t make much difference to the 85% of Gazans who have been displaced or lost family in Israel’s bombings.
The whole world is watching, and while Anthony Blinken is shuttling back and forth between Arab nations seeking at least a release of hostages if not a basis for cease fire, his efforts haven’t impressed David Rowe, who offers this clever and devastating play on the term “secretary,” the In and Out trays being a particularly fine touch.
Australians won’t be voting in November, but the views of our allies certainly contribute to the political damage done by our involvement in Gaza.
As for the loyal opposition …
Nikki Haley offers GOP voters an alternative to Trump, but, as Tim Campbell (Counterpoint) points out, her stances are crumbling, first with her absurd answer to the question of what caused the Civil War and now with her even more ridiculous claim that the United States has never been a racist nation.
It’s hard to tap dance in high heels. Haley’s evasive generalities and lame explanations may play well back in Lost Cause Land, but she’s not running for governor of South Carolina this time around.
Darrin Bell (KFS) points out the difference between turning a blind eye to the obvious racism all around her and totally mangling the history of the nation. Neither is acceptable, but the latter is so completely irrational as to destroy her credibility as a candidate and as a national leader.
And Clay Jones points out that she doesn’t even have to know what happened in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries to know she’s spouting hogwash. She was born after the Civil Rights Act and the initial turmoil of the movement that produced it, but she’d have to be awfully unobservant not to acknowledge that clear reality, particularly since she speaks of being discriminated against herself.
She explained that we’re not racist because the Declaration of Independence says “all men are created equal.” Just sexist, I guess.
It’s too bad she undermines herself, because she’s got a decent chance in next week’s NH primary. Several thousand Democrats have changed parties to offer an alternative to Trump, who calls that a bad thing, but whoever wins in November is going to be the president of both Republicans and Democrats.
We don’t need Jewish Space Lasers to make our preferences felt, but we do need credible candidates, and Nikki is messing up her own chances.
Not that Trump is smart enough to let her bury herself. His latest ploy, launching an absurd birther claim and calling her by her Indian first name — which he can’t even get right — would erase any doubts about his character, if there were any.
Then again, Jimmy Margulies (KFS) points out, if people can’t figure out where Haley stands, perhaps its because she hasn’t bothered to make it clear. Trump may be doing her a favor by forcing her to distance herself from him.
Juxtaposition of Say What?
I’m pretty sure Gary Varvel (Creators) intended to call Congress a bunch of thieves, and he obviously wanted to play upon the swatting that has been launched against various public figures, most prominently Marjorie Taylor Green.
I’m also pretty sure he missed the part about swatting calls being fraudulent, because the effect of his cartoon is to declare that Congress is totally honest and that their critics are lying. Haven’t heard him suggest that before.
Meanwhile, Chip Bok (Creators) accuses Tesla (their logo is on the hood of the car) of lying about the mileage their cars can get on a gallon of gas.
Or perhaps a gallon of electricity, since Tesla only makes fully-electric vehicles and not even hybrids, as Martin Eberhard, one of the company founders, has explained:
Though to be fair to cartoonists, sometimes the fools, as Alex reminds us, are on the receiving end of a cartoon. Or, to be more accurate, of an economy.
In the words of the Ol’ Perfesser: