published Sunday, August 1st, 2010

The Supporters

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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AndrewLohr said...

I see Mr Bennett practices recycling; this is Thursday's cartoon again. The exact same insult, this time with no effort to point out any particular problems anyone toward the right may have.

Is it insane to treat a serious deficit problem by multiplying the deficit? Is it insane to treat an unemployment problem by increasing unemployment while promising to hold it under 8%? Is it insane for lawyers to "reform" health care or health insurance by multiplying bureaucracies, promising to cut costs while making treatment more available? Are these gaps from reality cartoonable?

The problem isn't with liberal brains, but with liberal ideas. The idea of liberalism, the idea of the master class of bureaucrats running the lives of ordinary productive people, is a crazy idea; so liberals do things that end up being stupid.

The idea that works is the idea of freedom. "Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto the inhabitants thereof"--even Moses was told by Jehovah, 3500 years ago, that liberty works. "Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free." Is any mostly Muslim or atheistic country famous for its freedom? Freedom is neither liberal nor atheistic nor Muslim, though each wants this or that particular freedom; it's Christian, though many Christians have failed to see this, and many still fail, including our Presidents since Reagan.

Galatians 5:13 tells us what to do with freedom; (and many of the rich feed the left by not doing it.)

August 1, 2010 at 1:54 a.m.
SCOTTYM said...

"The problem isn't with liberal brains, but with liberal ideas. The idea of liberalism, the idea of the master class of bureaucrats running the lives of ordinary productive people, is a crazy idea; so liberals do things that end up being stupid."


August 1, 2010 at 2:51 a.m.
dougmusn said...

I'm with you. Liberalism is crazy and pushed by crazy people. Let's end Medicare today! And, while we are at it, women's suffrage, child labor laws, the 40 hour work week, the FDIC, all unions, the FAA, speed limits on highways, those pesky rules for drug safety or bridge construction, the Environmental Protection Agency. Should we add anything else on the pyre, AndrewLohr or SCOTTYM?

August 1, 2010 at 6:28 a.m.
moonpie said...

I don't think this is a simple repackaging.

Last cartoon said the candidates were crazy.

This cartoon makes distinction between normal people and Zach's, Ron's, Robin's and Van's supporters.

This cartoon says shows which candidates are supported by "crazy" people (in the Asylum.)

The regular houses nearby have more the signs of people who have been less devisive and haven't made such outlandish comments.

So sensible, "normal" people won't vote for Van, Ron, Zach, or Robin.

That's the play by play, as I see it.

August 1, 2010 at 7:41 a.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Basil Marceaux 2010!! Richard Floyd! Their signs must have been stolen from the looney bin.

August 1, 2010 at 8:02 a.m.
OllieH said...

If you want to see this cartoon as an indictment of conservative principles in general, I suppose you can. But it's not.

As you can see in the drawing, Clay clearly cuts a distinction here. In the background, you can see the campaign signs for Bill Haslam, Tim Gobble and Art Rhodes staked out in the yards of normal, wholesome houses. It's only the signs for Robin Smith, Ron Ramsey, Zach Wamp and Van Irion that are displayed in the yard of the insane asylum. If this election campaign has shown us anything, it's that Clay's analysis is dead on.

First we have our own Zach 'rebel yell' Wamp, who boldly suggested that states should consider secession unless the federal government changes hands in 2010, only to recant the statement the following day. Recently, he's aired a commercial that sounds like more like a television evangelist than a politician, but smells more like the desperation of a candidate that has finally reached the end of his political career.

Then we have Lieutenant Governor Ron 'Muslim-schmuslim' Ramsey, who's as dirty as the coal industry that's bought and paid for him, and whose campaign has only served to highlight the intellect of a simple, shallow man with little understanding of a world beyond Blountville. Ramsey has no real appeal beyond to the folks who don't believe in the theory of human evolution, and therefore have refused to evolve themselves.

Of course, there's the former head of the state GOP, Robin 'leave 'em in the red' Smith, whose election campaign has followed her tried-and-true strategy to stop at nothing to get what she wants. We need Robin Smith in Washington D.C. about as much as we needed the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico. If the voters of Tennessee's 3rd District have any sense at all, they'll realize that Robin Smith's emissions are best left capped at the wellhead.

And then we have Van 'wild west' Irion, the gun totin' candidate who proudly claims that 'an armed society is a polite society'. But with views reminiscent of the McCarthy Era, he seems less concerned with politeness that isn't inspired by the fear of flying lead. He doesn't physically live in District 3, but who cares, he doesn't philosophically live in the 21st century, either.

So, I think Clay appraised the candidates pretty accurately in the above cartoon. Haslam was running a clean campaign until he was attacked from the candidates with less funding and less shame. Gobble and Rhodes have run positive, issue-oriented campaigns, too. In their cases, however, it has only resulted in next to no coverage in the press. That's unfortunate, because either of those men would be much preferred to the likes of Smith, Irion or Fleischmann.

August 1, 2010 at 8:10 a.m.
MountainJoe said...

Republicans who are RINOs (Democrats in Republican clothing) like Haslam and Gobble are, of course, safe from Clay's criticism.

It pains me to see a Constitutionalist like Van Irion lumped in with neo-con party hacks like Wamp and Smith, though....

August 1, 2010 at 9:34 a.m.
moonpie said...

Mountain Joe, it pains me to see anyone give Van Irion true consideration when he talks of the Holocaust facing the United States.

Ollie, your post was very funny.

I would love to vote for Tim Gobble, but I'm afraid that would really just be a vote for Robin Smith, because, I think Chuck is the only one who can beat her, barring a major uprising.

August 1, 2010 at 9:58 a.m.
librul said...

OllieH - your post was straight-to-the-point analysis of the pigsty that is Tennessee Republican politics. It's time the respectable elephant was replaced by the dirty, smelly mascot they emulate. I wish the delegation of porcines that traveled to Arizona to heap praise on its wildcat immigration law would just stay there. Sadly, they have expressed a desire to bring the idiocy of mandated racial profiling to our state.

Thanks Clay - another brilliant one.

August 1, 2010 at 10:15 a.m.
eeeeeek said...

MountainJoe August 1, 2010 at 9:34 a.m. said "RINOs (Democrats in Republican clothing)"

um... no It's an acronym for Republican In Name Only ie: R I N O...

Acronyms are abbreviations that are formed using the initial components in a phrase or name. These components may be individual letters or partial words.

August 1, 2010 at 12:28 p.m.
MuddyCreek said...


Just when I think that I am far to simple to weigh in on the scholarly analysis of what I thought was a great cartoon, you pipe in with your comment and inspire me! I am sure this Irion guy is decent enough, but he just flat out scares me. Everything sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen with him--not sure he will get around to representing the good folks whom he looks to give him the "bully pulpit" he so desperately wants. Sort of hate to mention that thing about him not even living in the 3rd District lest I provoke another geography lesson from Greg Juster. All this just to say you are right on with your analysis.

However, I must take issue with your appraisal of Tim Gobble. His campaign, while not throwing the same amount of money into your living room through tv ads and ridiculous polling that is clearing being interpreted by the sponsoring candidate to speak of their "frontrunner" status, has waged a positive, issue-driven effort. Don't you dare be one of the hundreds of folks who are afraid to cast an honest vote for the most qualified person in the race just because the hype doesn't make him look viable. I am not a prophet or the son of one, but Tim Gobble is your next Congressman! He will have done it without major contributors, the support of local newspapers, party bosses, irrelevant endorsements, and destroying what little is left of his opponents' character. Make your vote count--vote Gobble and get ready for your "uprising!"

August 1, 2010 at 3:07 p.m.
tennstar said...

Moonpie, in case you haven’t noticed, there is a major uprising. People are through with politics as usual. MuddyCreek is correct! While I agree any vote against Robin is a fine one, your best choice by far is Tim Gobble. A vote for Tim Gobble is a vote for The People. Sheriff Gobble is by far the most qualified candidate and the voters of the Third District have become aware of this. Tim can and will defeat her on August 5th. Voters should take seriously which candidate they choose. Tim Gobble has character and integrity, along with his impeccable record of service to the public. He is the only candidate that has held an elected office, is an expert on national security, i.e., terror threats and illegal immigration, helped the Cleveland city council form a tax package to create jobs, and has balanced a government budget. We’re looking forward to Congressman Gobble being a true conservative representative of the Third District.

August 1, 2010 at 3:27 p.m.
gm1220 said...

I love this cartoon! I think that Clay is endorsing Gobble and Haslam. He is showing you who is insane and who the real candidates are!

Vote Gobble and lets keep Robin on her meds!

August 1, 2010 at 3:35 p.m.
rightwingnutjob said...

Let's remember that Art Rhodes was actually endorsed by the paper along with Haslam. Gobble has done his fair share of finger pointing. I think I he would be doing a lot more if he didn't have his shaky record with the SS to keep in the dark. By the way, his views have no substance, only a list of talking points. Let's sit Art & Tim down for a debate as the 2 candidates from Bradley. That would be a great time!

August 1, 2010 at 5:16 p.m.
commonsense2010 said...

@rightwingnttjob. In earlier converses with you you insulted me by calling me delusional and I replied I wouldn't lower myself to your level. But when I read your above comment I could help but say,"Sir, you are an idiot!" What in the #*!# are you talking about that Tim Gobble has a shaky Secret Service record? Sheriff Gobble has an impeccable record with the Secret Service, in which Mr. Gobble protected three presidents. Sir, very few people will ever get that opportunity. Only those with the highest level of trustworthiness and character and integrity can earn the highest level of security clearance in the free world. Tim Gobble did that. Did Art Rhodes or any of the other candidates? I don't think so. You're no different than the Smith people who just make up lies on their opponents to help their candidate.

August 2, 2010 at 12:19 a.m.
MountainJoe said...

eeeeeek, I know what RINO is an acronym for. I was "explaining" its underlying meaning for those who don't.

And I don't see why everyone is so freaked out over Van Irion. What's so scary about actually wanting to follow the Constitution, as written, for a change?

August 2, 2010 at 8:19 a.m.
MountainJoe said...

It actually makes me feel good that Clay is attacking Van, though. It means the muckety-mucks downtown actually think he has a chance to win. (And they are afraid of that outcome since they can't control him.) They never attack you unless they think you have a chance to win; if you have no chance, they just ignore you.

Go Van!

August 2, 2010 at 8:21 a.m.
gm1220 said...

Right wing -- You are nuts to think that Art would be the better congressman. As I told you before Art has done nothing for the people of Bradley County to prove himself. While you are busy bashing Sheriff Gobble he is busy keeping you safe at night. You live in one of the lowest crime cities in the state and this is how grateful you are!! You work for Robin Pelosi Smith and there is no doubt she has trained you to be just like her DIVISIVE! All you people in Bradley County need to get behind the Sheriff and send him to Washington and quit this garbage! If Art was the true statesman that you say he is, he would get out of the race and endorse the Sheriff. If you had read the so-called endorsement fromt he Times it also said that the 3rd district would be better off with either Tim Gobble or Art Rhodes. Left handed compliment! They are saying anybody but Robin! They are not really endorsing Art! So c'mon man and really get in this race and encourage Art to swing Gobble's way. A real man would!

August 2, 2010 at 8:51 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Liberalism is not so much crazy, it is just lazy thinking, at least on the part of people who vote for it. They think they are getting social justice and compassion for nothing. They do not recognize the role freedom has played in making our country great and have this naive notion that Socialist countries really do have it great or that somehow we can finally be the country that will be able to get Socialism right and achieve nirvana.

In the case of those leading the liberal push, well, they are either a part of the above, or egomaniacs that think they can plan us into global equality, holding us down to a certain level of lifestyle and achievement in order for the rest of the world to catch up. Not only would they hold us down, but they would take from us to give to the developing world. Again, lazy thinking. Hand-outs never result in a decent standard of living. If they had there way, they would only spread misery, not wealth.

August 2, 2010 at 9:43 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

@dougmusn, yours is a typical liberal strategy, hyperbole. "If you are against outrageous behaviour by government you are completely antigovernment." Another example of lazy, liberal thinking!

August 2, 2010 at 10:11 a.m.
MountainJoe said...

Good point, BigRidgePatriot. And gm1220, I could never support Gobble because he is in favor of the horribly misnamed "USA PATRIOT" Act, which violates more of the Bill of Rights than I can count. I am with Ben Franklin, who warned us that if we chose safety over liberty we would lose both, and deserve neither.

August 2, 2010 at 10:11 a.m.
eeeeeek said...

MountainJoe - RINO can also mean someone in the Tea Bagger Party playing the R, as well as Libertarian, Democratic, Independent, Green, Prohibition parties and etc. Even Republicans that another disagrees with.

August 2, 2010 at 10:19 a.m.
eeeeeek said...

Trueness at 10:11 MJ

August 2, 2010 at 10:20 a.m.
David said...

I believe Bennett is being pretty darn deceptive calling Wamp, Irion and Smith nutjob wackos. Notice that Haslam and Gobble are portrayed as sensible, good people. Haslam is a Bloomberg Democrat, just as deceitful as Bennett, who needs Bloomberg to tell him what to do and think about the evil guns protected by the 2nd Amendment. My God, what on Earth persuaded Haslam to drop out? Why, he wants to help Bloomberg bring his version of governance to Tennessee along with Naifah and the ACLU. Gobble I heard on the radio , calmly presiding over a discussion of why the nut case Republicans have hacked over the fine word earmarks, and Gobble agrees with these Democrats, just like any good liberal would. Get Real. If you dont like Republicans, dont run as Republicans. We sure don`t need the likes of those two men in this party, much less our State Government. Bennett is a real good Democrat, a better Democrat than an honest journalist-cartoonist or whatever he is!

August 2, 2010 at 1 p.m.
gm1220 said...

C'mon Mountain Joe . . do you think that a person that was with the secret service might know just a little bit more about protecting your sorry hide better than you. The reason why Van is so scary is because he is going to carry a pitchfork with him to the floor! And an armed society is a polite society! Don't read too much into all this garbage your are hearing and repeating. Unless you belong to the KKK or some anti government group you shoud have nothing to fear from the patriot act! I had a next door neighbor once that was a murderer and I was thankful the police was watching him! Hope this never happens to you even if you do pick on me!

C'mon man, don't be afraid. . Vote Gobble!

August 2, 2010 at 2:52 p.m.
FM_33 said...

The cartoon says it all.

August 2, 2010 at 3:07 p.m.
whoknows said...

My only question is why didn't clay put a sign for Basil Marceaux on the lawn...

Can anyone tell me if this guy is for real about running for governor? I really hope that it is a joke...

August 2, 2010 at 3:23 p.m.
queeni said...

once again, evidence of an unoriginal no talent hack..

August 2, 2010 at 3:24 p.m.
notlittletommy said...

Well said, queeni. One could easily mistake this building for the entrance to the Times Free Press. Lots of crazies running the place in there!

August 2, 2010 at 3:37 p.m.
alprova said...

The commentary coming from some of those whom we have never seen in this forum before and from a couple of others in the peanut gallery prove a couple of things.

1.) Clay's take is absolutely on target -- no surprise to many, and;

2.) Tennessee needs to devote more of it's resources to mental health care -- to assure that candidates who run for office and their supporters are just a wee bit more balanced.

August 2, 2010 at 5:54 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

queeni-August 2, 2010 at 3:24 p.m.

"once again, evidence of an unoriginal no talent hack".

Amazing statement from a person who believes Obama is not an American citizen. Convinced yet?

August 2, 2010 at 6:20 p.m.
MountainJoe said...

I don't need anyone from the Secret Service to protect my hide as long as I have the Second Amendment.

If pilots (and passengers!) could carry weapons on board, there never would have been a 9/11 or a Patriot Act!

The Second Amendment = the original Homeland Security Act.

August 2, 2010 at 11:10 p.m.
MuddyCreek said...

Hey, MountainJoe,

With that philosophy, sounds like perhaps Basil better represents your views than Van. I am sure I want to be on a plane with everyone packin'. What happens when the booze in first class runs out or the pretzels are stale? Hate to see what Bubba would do then! Yeah, right, a polite society. I'm as pro 2nd as anyone else--shot my fair share of doves-- but give me a break!

August 4, 2010 at 3:15 p.m.
MountainJoe said...

I am sure the passengers and crew who were murdered by terrorists on 9/11/01 (and those in the buildings they flew into) would have been happy to take the risk of stale pretzels leading to gunplay (yeah right) considering the alternative, disarmament, that led to their deaths.

Box cutters, as we found out, can kill a lot of people in the wrong hands. But a .45 trumps a box cutter every time.

If you do not defend the right of your fellow Americans to defend themselves, wherever they go, then you can crow all day about how "pro 2nd" you are but you are full of it.

August 18, 2010 at 3:50 p.m.
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