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Originally posted to Comics on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:50 PM PDT.

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  •  Oooooh... that's gonna leave a mark. (3+ / 0-)

    Not what you drew.  Rather the "How dare you criticize the President" attack which is gearing up as I type...

    /snark

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 03:13:41 PM PDT

  •  You left out the part about the "Big Bang"... (2+ / 0-)
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    raincrow, Portlaw

    or would that be too sophomoric?

    -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

    by JPax on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 03:16:58 PM PDT

  •  I'd like to see hia backwardness on (14+ / 0-)

    Marijuana evolve.

    Is that too much to ask?

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 03:19:02 PM PDT

  •  Considering what I remember (2+ / 0-)
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    Cali Scribe, greengemini

    President Obama saying about marriage equality in 2007 and 2008, I think he's probably telling the truth.

    About the pot, ....  I think there may be some justification for pissiness on that one.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 03:22:00 PM PDT

  •  Thanks. I needed a laugh! (0+ / 0-)
  •  This would have been a lot better if you'd posted (2+ / 0-)
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    Joon, reginahny

    it before he finished evolving.

    They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

    by Ponder Stibbons on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 03:28:19 PM PDT

  •  Leave out the last panel (4+ / 0-)

    and it's a great cartoon. (I think it was motivated by more than just money -- combination of Biden opening his mouth and the Amendment One catastrophe, not that any revelation before the vote would have made a difference with the bigots who voted Yes.)

    Mitt Romney: the Etch-A-Sketch candidate in the era of YouTube

    by Cali Scribe on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 03:28:37 PM PDT

  •  But evolution can't even explain how Flying (3+ / 0-)
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    Mindful Nature, greengemini, roadbear

    Spaghetti Monsters evolved from some kind of flightless manicotti.

  •  Politicians changing their beliefs (0+ / 0-)

    Or, better put:  "supposed beliefs".

    Obama has some 'splainin' to do on some of his "change of hearts".  His change in what he says he believes on the gay marriage issue (when he is on tape on more than one occasion saying "marriage is between one man and one woman") and then his change in what he believes on the "clean coal" issue where he's on tape saying America should work toward more of that and then his change with regard to drilling on the East Coast for oil and then...etc....well, you see the point.  The republicans aren't going to just let those things go.  You have to know that.  I mean, they're recorded for posterity.  They're provable.  They're presentable.  

    So, Obama & Co. needs to go after Romney in another way.  The "flip/flop" thingy?  Not gonna work.

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 03:46:09 PM PDT

    •  It's how you flop not whether you flop (1+ / 0-)
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      A lot of people in the center might not trust Romney because he flip-flops and has seemed to flop to the right when they would prefer someone who's flops tend towards civil liberty.

      -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

      by JPax on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 04:01:07 PM PDT

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      •  That would be great (0+ / 0-)

        Hope that's right.  Haven't thought about it in that way, but, again, that would be great.  

        - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

        by r2did2 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 04:06:36 PM PDT

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      •  Absolutely. (0+ / 0-)

        All flops to the right will be forgiven.  The dumbassery is a ratcheting affair.

        Of course leap-frogging clean over 'right' and smack into fascism (Obama's politicking speciality) simply leaves 'em gasping, confused and focused on teh gays while Obama eats their lunch on all the consensus issues.

        Ain't Happy Center Place great!

        Please don't feed the security state.

    •  Politicians must evolve (0+ / 0-)

      Didn't FDR start out believing in balancing the budget?

      Censorship is rogue government.

      by scott5js on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 08:03:50 PM PDT

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  •  Now if only he'd evolve on the economic front (2+ / 0-)
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    liberaldemdave, gooderservice

    or medicare for all. I'm still waiting for one of those.

    When I cannot sing my heart. I can only speak my mind.

    by Unbozo on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 03:49:48 PM PDT

  •  It's hard to (0+ / 0-)

    see gender politicking as anything but atavistic, in the context of turgid, stultifying Reagan Revolution consensus (you know, the whole fascist thing goin on) in which said politicking is carefully embedded, like a fly in amber.  Or a chicken mcnugget in a cow pie.

    Can you evolve at all when your head is so far up your ass that gay marriage and gay military service (total love letters to rightwing ideology and values) constitute the bulk and breadth of your political thrust, with everything else essentially off the table?

    Isn't it great when even your evolution is regressive/reactionary?

    Yay libruls!

    Please don't feed the security state.

  •  Oh, for God's sake!!! (0+ / 0-)

    All the President was saying is that he now supoprts LGBT dynasours being able to get married.  

    Jeesh!

    Kick apart the structures - Seth

    by ceebee7 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 04:18:29 PM PDT

  •  Priceless! (2+ / 0-)
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    slatsg, Larsstephens

    Wonderfully clever mocking of creationism and opposition to gay marriage in one strip.

    Kudos.

    "Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions." - Thomas Jefferson

    by rfall on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 04:20:00 PM PDT

  •  Insight (0+ / 0-)

    A few years ago someone was bragging in my presence that he had a great insight in 1977. I have to feel sorry for anyone who hasn't had a great insight for more than twenty years. Insights are available in great abundance if you look for them.

    "Free market" simplified - if you buy a product and it kills you, you won't buy it again - no government needed.

    by tomwfox on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 04:22:00 PM PDT

  •  I'm sure President Romney will set everthing to (2+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, Larsstephens

    rights (pun intended). And he'll get lots of help from his republican colleagues in the house, senate, governors mansions, etc.

  •  So the president makes history (7+ / 0-)

    by saying he thinks that same sex marriage should be legal, the first president to do so, and now you take potshots at him for "evolving" and "flip-flopping"?  Some thanks he gets.
    A Gallup poll finds that Obama's stance is likely to cost him more votes than he gains.
    http://www.gallup.com/...

    But you know what?  So what if his statement was politically motivated?  This is politics.  Seems like a win-win to me, for gays and Democrats.  I want Barack Obama to win, don't you?

    Don't you?

    And now, for posting this comment, some here will wail at me (actually they already have, in premature anticipation), "You can't tolerate any criticism of your messiah!"  The Obama-bashers here have the thinnest skin imaginable.

    Well, you know, I hear enough of criticism of Obama just about everywhere else.  This is supposed to be a site devoted to helping elect Democrats.  And Barack Obama is the Democratic candidate for president.  He's running against a Republican.  He's a Mormon.  Mormons spent $50 million dollars to stop gay marriage in California.

     I'm in accord with the founder of this site:

    I won't say you can't bitch about the Democrats or the president, but if you don't like Obama, you're going to like Mitt Romney even less. So what do you think you are accomplishing besides satiating some apparent need for absolute purity? Feel free to unload on Obama the day after he is reelected. But for now, seriously, what do you think you're accomplishing? If Obama offends you so much that you consider him irredeemable, then become a Green and go somewhere else, because you're pretty much hopeless and a waste of everyone else's time here.   ---Markos Moulitsas

    Unfortunately, President Obama doesn't have time to read DK, so contact him here: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 (Postcards, not letters! Please give your email address.) -- 202-456-1111 -- FAX: 202-456-2461

    by My Left Behind on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 04:26:33 PM PDT

    •  That's right. Who cares if a politician's (1+ / 0-)
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      liberaldemdave

      statements are politically motivated.  It's all about the win.

      So what if his statement was politically motivated?
      •  fierce. (1+ / 0-)
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        gooderservice

        makes me all warm and fuzzy about "evolution".

      •  When it's our guy, absolutely goddam right (1+ / 0-)
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        Larsstephens

        And besides, the Gallup poll showed that Obama is likely to lose more votes than he gains from making that statement.

        But to have the attitude, "Oh gee, I don't want my candidate to do anything politically strategic!" is a loser's position.

        We have way too many progressives here who apparently don't want to win, they'd rather Romney win so they can have more to bitch about.

        Seriously.

        Unfortunately, President Obama doesn't have time to read DK, so contact him here: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 (Postcards, not letters! Please give your email address.) -- 202-456-1111 -- FAX: 202-456-2461

        by My Left Behind on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 06:49:12 PM PDT

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        •  Seriously. I agree that a pol should say whatever (1+ / 0-)
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          Nada Lemming

          they need to in order to win.

          •  Doesn't even apply (2+ / 0-)
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            sethtriggs, Larsstephens

            Again: Gallup showed that Obama stands to lose more votes than he will gain.  He took a courageous stand, and this cartoonist, and some on this site, slammed him for it.  I find that beyond reprehensible and disgusting.
            But should our candidate sometimes make statements to appeal to a broader base in order to win?
            Absolutely goddam right.
            It's Obama or Romney, and future of our nation is at stake.

            Unfortunately, President Obama doesn't have time to read DK, so contact him here: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 (Postcards, not letters! Please give your email address.) -- 202-456-1111 -- FAX: 202-456-2461

            by My Left Behind on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 10:29:57 PM PDT

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            •  This is a little over the top (0+ / 0-)

              It is just a cartoon after all. Not even one of Tom's most trenchant. People who oppose tactical and strategic shifts by politicians aren't really interested in politics so much as they are interested in self righteous moralizing. Nevertheless, if they are voters, you want their vote.

              •  Yeah, it's only a cartoon, but to show Obama (0+ / 0-)

                saying "my position on gay marriage was preventing big donations" is pretty damned fickle at best, imho.
                Obama took a chance by taking a stance like that, right on the heels of the decisive N.Carolina vote to amend their constitution to ban gay marriage.  My guess is that he lost more money and votes than he gained.
                This may be humor, but it seems like spitting in the face of someone who just saved you from drowning.

                But then all progressive purists seem like ingrates to me, considering that Obama has been going toe to toe with Boehner and McConnell, et al., on a a daily fecking basis while the petulant purists stop sitting on their hands in their ivory towers only long enough to type out their disappointment.

                That's why this cartoon touched a nerve with me.  And also that I've taken issue with Tom's work before probably has something to do with it.

                But we're five months away from a very important election, one that literally means life or death to a lot of people, so why do we need this sort of "humor"?

                Do they poke fun at Romney on Fox?

                Sorry to go on, I'm rushing to get back to the baseball fields now; take care.

                Unfortunately, President Obama doesn't have time to read DK, so contact him here: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 (Postcards, not letters! Please give your email address.) -- 202-456-1111 -- FAX: 202-456-2461

                by My Left Behind on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 05:11:29 PM PDT

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      •  Its more than a little bizarre (0+ / 0-)

        to elect a moderate politician and then complain because he behaves like a moderate politician.

  •  i think Obama changed his mind years ago (1+ / 0-)
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    wide eyed lib

    i think when he said that he's evolving that he was trying to signal that he'd changed his mind, but he wanted to find the right time to fully come out of the closet about it

    i changed my mind about gay marriage over the course of the last few years.  i was raised conservative.  in my early twenties i quit being a minister in part because i couldn't see what was wrong with being gay.  but i still thought that marriage was between a man and a woman and that civil unions was all gay people needed.  to be honest, i didn't think gay people wanted to get married, because marriage is kind of an archaic tradition in the first place and i thought being gay was kind of too hip and cool for stuffy old marriage.

    i know, i was stupid, but i didn't mean harm.

    but then i listened to what gay people said that they wanted and i changed my mind.  

    the president has said that it happened for him the same way and i believe him.  but i think his 'evolving' signal was kind of clumsy and ultimately causing pain to gay people who were left wondering how long this 'evolution' was going to take (or if it would ever result in anything at all).

    i once heard someone describe the president as suffering at times from being 'too clever by half' and i think i have to agree.  i think the president means well, but sometimes he's a little too willing to take vague and confusing paths.  but, that's part of the package and on the whole it's worth putting up with in my estimation.

    i think my cat is possessed by dick cheney

    by Anton Bursch on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 01:13:06 AM PDT

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