On the topic of magazine covers, or, Oh Bama Lama Ding Dong

This weeks’ _The New Yorker_ cover, and stop me if you’ve heard this one before, has a cartoon of Barak and Michelle Obama.  

Yep, that’s the one.  There’s been a lot of talk about it on both sides of the punditry, and reactions from both campaigns.  Obama told Larry King, “It’s a cartoon … and that’s why we’ve got the First Amendment.  And I think the American people are probably spending a little more time worrying about what’s happening with the banking system and the housing market and what’s happening in Iraq and Afghanistan, than a cartoon.”   

The New Yorker, which (full disclosure) the Big Ugly Man Doll reads weekly when he can keep up with it, was unrelenting and unrepentant.  Having gone to press with the cover, titled “The Politics of Fear” by Barry Blitt, New Yorker editor David Remnick told CNN that he believes the irony will be clear to most Americans.  “The idea is to attack lies and misconceptions and distortions about the Obamas and their background and their politics. We’ve heard all of this nonsense about how they’re supposedly insufficiently patriotic or soft on terrorism.”  

I have to say this goes to show how far out of touch The New Yorker is with the rest of middle America.  The magazine’s subscribers will get it.  The folks walking past and seeing it on the stand, maybe not so much.

Sen. John McCain said Monday that the cover was “totally inappropriate.”  This is self defense on McCain’s part:  You can just imagine what next week’s cover will look like, right?

Yep:  Cindy, sobbing over a coffin in the Rotunda. 

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