Cartoon for August 21

Barack Obama’s text message announcement of his vice presidential running mate made an irresistible target for this cartoon.

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  1. Yamara Says:

    “Willing to give up their telephone numbers.” Um, most people aren’t unlisted, Ted. That’s how the tech has worked since the 19th Century.

    The veep notification is about illusions of access– but those of the press, not the public. Georgia10 at DailyKos has it right; this a pundit-killer:

    “For today, the talking heads are absolutely powerless and impotent, staring stupidly at the screen, searching for words to make themselves relevant. For once, they finally feel what we have known all along –that they have absolutely nothing to offer outside of what is selectively hand fed to them.” Link

    Btw, I’ve received no spam from Obama because you can opt out of that when you sign up. It’s called modern courtesy. I highly appreciate your ability to set that aside to do your job, it’s just that some of the battles you choose… don’t exist. It’s moments like these when people get frustrated with you– you’re not making a brilliant point and getting people to think, you’re just grousing by yourself. This then obscures times when you do make brilliant points, because readers can’t trust if you’re speaking from say, your Central Asian expertise, or whether you’re just acting uniquely offended that technology now does things that it didn’t before.

  2. The Reverend Mr. Smith Says:

    Um, funny cartoon except for why’d you have to throw in the tired racial stereotype? Were you trying to show how the Hillary voters would eventually come around to Him?

    P.S. I don’t really care about tired racial stereotypes if they’re done well. Maybe spread it around some and use others every once in awhile. I like the chicken.

  3. J. A. Ludtke Says:

    If John McCain thinks I’m hot, will he let me live in one of his dozen houses?

  4. Ted Rall Says:

    Um, Yamara, all cellphone numbers are unlisted. The cartoon is about Obama’s text messages about his veep pick. You can’t get text messages on your land line (which might be listed).

    As for common courtesy, well, the Obama campaign openly admits it plans to mine those cellphone numbers for volunteers and contributions. That’s why they came up with this idea in the first place.

    I’m not always right. Just usually.

  5. Pimpin Says:

    Rall ’08

  6. Anonymous Says:

    apparently yamara got a phone call at 3 am with the other end punching numbers he had to decipher.

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