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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 11/25/2010

Mighty huntress

By Tom Toles

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Thanksgiving
I've been writing this blog since around May, and I just want to say thanks to readers for stopping by for a look. Also would like to thank those who have expressed encouraging words here or in personal e-mails to counteract the occasional (unrelenting) onslaught of criticism I get in the comments section.

But I'd also like to thank some of those critics, any of them who genuinely wanted to contribute to an honest debate. (You know who you aren't.) Anybody who wants to honor the pledge of allegiance's dual promise of "liberty and justice for all" and not just one half of that.

Anyway, thanks, and let the wrangling recommence after the pumpkin pie. --Tom Toles
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By Tom Toles  | November 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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Comments

It's sexist for Toles to joke about a female politician's looks. Would he joke that way about Cheney or Bush or any male politicians. Really, Tom. You don't have to join us in this century, but at least move your humor into the 20th century.
Posted by: blasmaic

My Reply...
People pay to get characterization cartoons of themselves.
Maybe people need to be a lot less sensitive and a lot more sensible.
Going to jail for hurting someone's feelings is a bit extreme don't you think?
People need to get some self-confidence and not be upset by every little thing and then ignore important things like torture and slaughtering innocent people (Shock and Awe).
Dave

Posted by: OchamsRazor | November 28, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

To Tom Toles,
The sad but true is that it does not matter who becomes president. This country is run by the Republicorps that is grim determined to turn us all into corpses.
The Devil is in the details.
This country depends on its work force to support all of the costs of a large and complex society. Without jobs and sufficient funds for the working people, this nation will crumble to its knees to the glee of our enemies.
Republicorps is sawing off the branch it is sitting on and the ground is a long way down.
The Republicorps malicious attitude towards the people who make this country great is disgusting and stupid.
How long are people going to put up with this madness?
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | November 27, 2010 2:36 AM | Report abuse

(This was meant for last friday's post but wouldn't submit there)

Those claiming obama needs a teleprompter are simply bush supporters who are painfully aware of his inferior communications skills and so need to bring obama down to that level anyway they can. They forget that the inference to bush and a teleprompter has to do with how badly he was reading it -- and that poor performance suggested everything was being prepared for him by the people actually running the govt, ...like mr cheney's wing of the white house.
Thus, the ideas bush was conveying were something he couldn't represent without reading it. (It would have helped if bush could have read it in advance so the delivery wasn't done so haltingly as he searched for the end of sentences.)

Obama's solo performance to answer questions in the repub's lion den retreat should have been convincing enough to any rational observer that he knew the policy material better than they did. But fox news detected this fact early into the Q&A meeting and quickly switched it off because it didn't fit their narrative. So, while the other networks carried that historical meeting live, fox news filled in with another typically unbalanced panel of obama critics to continue the negative theme they wanted their audience to absorb - the audience that believes obama needs a teleprompter.

Sarah backers jump to parrot some blogger saying "palin didn't need a teleprompter to deliver her speech" (resigning as governor) because thats what they want to believe - that she is better than obama. But the teleprompter is clearly visible in some press coverage - the evidence of it is when she had to back up and resume reading something in the middle, when her sentences ran together.

As far as "messiahs" go, this is clearly another projection from the right's perspective only.
The left doesn't hold up their favorite politicians as messiahs - not like the right does. Professional politicians like bush, are elevated to other-than-politician status after winning election - worthy of and demanding respect that is normally given to ....messiahs. The adoration is far and above a personality cult - it approaches a close association with god (akin to glenn beck's own perception of himself "doing god's work").

Posted by: 26Charlie | November 26, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

On this day of Thanksgiving, we can be thankful that Sarah Palin probably returned home to Alaska today.

Posted by: armyofone | November 25, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the news Billy. Now I really feel like I'm living in North Korea.

Please save us Tom!!!!!!

Posted by: unoiamrite | November 25, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Keep up the great work. There is a lot to be thankful for this year. Republicans picked up 63 seats in the United States House of Representatives giving them 243 seats starting in 2011 which is the largest majority the GOP has held since 1949. Republicans picked up a record 680 state legislative seats across the country besting the 1974 Democrat record by 50 and Republicans will also have 29 Governors running states just in time for redistricting. Democrats have 23 US Senate seats up for election in 2012 and the Republicans only have 10 safe seats to defend. Lots of thanks to come in the years ahead. Keep up the great work.

Posted by: billybeer6 | November 25, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Mr Toles - you epitomize the qualities ideal in a political cartoonist. You are able, with remarkable consistency, to abstract and condense complex issues into a single image. That is an exceptional gift, and I hope you are indeed thankful for it. I am certainly thankful that you have it.

Your blog comments add a lot of depth and insight into the wellsprings of your talent, and they are also much appreciated.

Only a person who regards life very seriously can arrive at such humorous results. Laugh, Clown, Laugh!

Thank you.

Posted by: fbrewer1 | November 25, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mr. Toles, and have a peaceful, satisfying Thanksgiving.

LOTS of us couldn't make it through the Day without Toles and Telnaes.

Posted by: lufrank1 | November 25, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

It's sexist for Toles to joke about a female politician's looks. Would he joke that way about Cheney or Bush or any male politicians. Really, Tom. You don't have to join us in this century, but at least move your humor into the 20th century.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 25, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Tom, thanks. You accurately articulate the true state of the world with just a few stroke of the pen, and include humor to boot.

But, today's cartoon blatantly sympathizes with hunting and killing endangered species. Are you just a gun nut in a three piece green suit?

Anyway, enjoy the ritual overeating, and get a good nights sleep so you'll be ready for Black Friday shopping.

Posted by: sherm1 | November 25, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Keep up the good work, Tom! Humor is often a good way to make a point. I don't always agree with your points/cartoons but they are always worth reading. The WaPo is a good source of both progressive and conservative commentary--that's a good thing, BTW!

And today's cartoon is a doozy. Most recently, Palin has taken on the "blue blood" Barbara Bush. Is there anyone more liked and less threatening than Barbara Bush?

For the media, Palin is like a car wreck that we all slow down to gawk at. You rarely see much, but when you do, it's horrifying. There are many other potential Republican POTUS candidates out there with far more knowledge and substance than Palin. What I'm trying to say is that it's time to move on--Palin should have been a small footnote in history after the 2008 election.

Posted by: ptgrunner | November 25, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm thankful there is you. Your drawings and thoughts are the best. Keep it up.

Posted by: jimanderson1945 | November 25, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Some of the sharpest and funniest political commentary on this blog I've read all year. Who knew cartoonists could string coherent sentences together?

On behalf of your many fans outside the Beltway, we love you, Tom Toles! Thanks, and happy TDay.
ps--Don't turn all this adoration into some new rant. Or at least go easy on us if you do.

Posted by: nc1123 | November 25, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

GASP! WHEN I STARTED READING YOUR COMMENT THIS MORNING I THOUGHT YOU WERE BUILDING UP TO SAYING YOU WERE GOING TO END OR SUSPEND THEM . THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT LOSS TO ME PERSONALLY, AKIN TO THE END OF LIL' ABNER AND POGO, YEARS AGO. I LOVE YOUR CARTOONS WHICH ARE UNIQUE IN THE WAY THEY SKEWER THE TARGET IN SUCH A CLEVER AND IMMEDIATELY UNDERSTANDABLE WAY. AND, YOU ARE SO PROLIFIC. NOT ONLY DO YOU PUBLISH MORE THAN MOST CARTOONISTS, WITH A NEAR-ZERO RATE OF CLINKERS, BUT YOUR OUT-TAKES ARE USUALLY RIGHT ON THE MONEY AS WELL, JUST NOT ON THAT SAME DAY OR ON THAT SUBJECT. THAT BEING SAID ABOUT YOUR CARTOONS, I SOMETIMES ENJOY YOUR COMMENTS AND RANTS, WHICH ARE USUALLY UNRELATED TO THE CARTOON THAT DAY, EVEN MORE. YOU HAVE A UNIQUE WAY OF ADDRESSING, WITH SOMETIMES WHITHERING HUMOR, VERY COMPLEX ISSUES. EVERY DAY IT IS WITH ANTICIPATION THAT I CLICK ON TOM TOLES FIRST AND THEN DOONESBURY. PLEASE KEEP IT UP. WE NEED YOU BOTH IN THIS STRESSFUL TIME - - TOM LOGAN

Posted by: Logantm213 | November 25, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Keep fighting the good fight. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Posted by: wireman65 | November 25, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The thanks is all from us to you. I look forward to your cartoon and comments as my first peek into the world each day. Keep thinking--it's a lot of fun to watch.

Posted by: lostinAZ | November 25, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Tom, I follow you daily here and on FB for enlightenment at the start of each day. I live in Texas where the news is mostly unprogressive (though yesterday we got some DeLayed justice) but take heart in your intelligent message. To be ironic without cynicism is difficult but you manage the balance. Stay hopeful; you are not alone! Happy Thankssgiving/Dia de Gracias as we more and more say here in Tejas.

Posted by: tomberg1 | November 25, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

You are welcome. Thank you for simultaneously amusing me and horrifying me with the truth.

Posted by: mwalimu | November 25, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

A cartoon is worth a thousand words. All I need to know I learn by looking at your and Wasserman's(Boston Globe) cartoons.

Thanks for shoring up the progressive view at WaPo. It must be getting harder and harder to do.

Keep up the rants. Rants are good.

Thanks be to you, Eugene, Anne, and E.J..

Leanderthal
Surviving specimen of a species long considered extinct.

Posted by: leanderthal | November 25, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

To echos BillH39's sentiment....

I am a great admirer of the work of Herbert Block and own all his books. Never in my life could I have imagined someone would come along to ably fill his shoes as you have.

A happy Thanksgiving to all!

Posted by: jayrayinnv | November 25, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

A cartoon is worth a thousand words. All I need to know I learn by looking at your and Wasserman's(Boston Globe) cartoons.

Thanks for shoring up the progressive view at WaPo. It must be getting harder and harder to do.

Keep up the rants. Rants are good.

Thanks be to you, Eugene, Anne, and E.J..

Leanderthal, surviving specimen of a species long considered extinct.

Posted by: leanderthal | November 25, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Remember Tom, as far as your critics are concerned, The Truth Hurts. Of course, there is much good news today. One of the many political criminals was brought to justice, finally. And we had to put up with such a DeLay to get him.

Posted by: DaBrugg | November 25, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: jhnnywalkr | November 25, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Love your cartoons and comments. Keep up the VERY good work.

Posted by: caseyb1 | November 25, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

A very nice successor to Conrad.
Bravo!

Posted by: GeneTouchet | November 25, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

"liberty and justice for all"

Oh my. The saying is that young people ask for justice, while us older ones ask only for mercy.

I ask for mercy in this season of "take no prisoners" and "zero tolerance."

Posted by: GaryEMasters | November 25, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Despite the decimation of my 401K at the hands of the Wall Street Gamblers on the cusp of my retirement, I can still give thanks today for my continued ability to work and make things up. I can give thanks for the continued existence of beacons of sanity such as your contributions, Mr. Toles. And, if Anne Frank can say it--"Despite everything, I think people are really good at heart."--I have to believe we can come out of this selfish partisan nightmare of politics "red in tooth and claw" and return to the America I loved. Justice lives. I expect Mr. Delay would read the frontspiece of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic short story, The Avalanche, with new insight today: "The mill of God grinds slow, but it grinds exceeding fine."

May all have a blessed Thanksgiving today whether you and your family gathers over a fat turkey, a small hen or a remote sweet memory of a better time.

Posted by: DougMUSN | November 25, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Your work is greatly appreciated here. With politics descending to its lowest level I have ever seen, it's good to have your humor and wit to keep us from despair.
Don't you feel sorry for "Bagman" John and "Mighty" Mitch having to rein in that Northern Wildcat from completely destroying their party. Oh Well, it deserves to be destroyed from the inside out after what they did to the American people during the past 8 long years.

Posted by: vilochka | November 25, 2010 6:51 AM | Report abuse

This arrogant quitter,purporting to beat our President????She just defend our enemy!urging people to defend our allies!NORTH KOREA!What a dumb quitter!She wants to bomb and attack our true ally South Korea!!!
She have no knowledge at all,oh yes she can beat Obama with her ZERO KNOWLEDGE,attacking South Korea and defending NOrth Korea!Thw whole world just banned quitter palin from further defending,any more so called ALLIES!!!she's a loon and dangerous!

Posted by: caroldijk1 | November 25, 2010 3:23 AM | Report abuse

Herblock must be smiling.

Keep up the good-- no, the great--work.

Posted by: billh39 | November 24, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Tom, I LOVE your cartoons & commentary!! Now that we're (unfortunately) in a VERY conservative state, I look to you for a fix of sanity.

Posted by: Dee6 | November 24, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Tom, I was so happy when you arrived at the Post, having admired your work before from afar. Now that we're away from DC in a VERY conservative state (Florida), I still always check in-- you are the best! Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: Dee6 | November 24, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm very thankful to for your art and your blog. It's been interesting to see your relationship with your trolls evolve. I like that you're letting your inner voice out more. Keep it up!!!

Posted by: EarlyBird1 | November 24, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Tom, well said and please serve the elephant medium rare. Truly appreciate your talent for bringing out the thinking in people. Proud to have one of your signed pieces on the wall. Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: bignoisylawnmower | November 24, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

A toast to you, Tom...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: quiensabe | November 24, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Tom, speaking personally, it's always a pleasure to look at your clever, pointed and relevant cartoons. And it's good to read your blogs, which are consistently liberal yet factual. Keep it up!

Posted by: carlfer | November 24, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

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