Sec­ond-tier car­toon­ist

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

The July 5 car­toon of the Elena Ka­gan hear­ings is so typ­i­cal of Michael Ramirez’s sec­ond-tier sta­tus as a po­lit­i­cal car­toon­ist. First, he la­bels ev­ery­thing, leav­ing noth­ing to the reader’s judg­ment, imag­i­na­tion or in­ter­pre­ta­tion. Se­condly, as with many right-wing colum­nist/en­ter­tain­ers, he feels com­pelled to hit the reader over the head to make sure his ob­vi­ously ide­o­log­i­cal mes­sages aren’t missed.

This is quite typ­i­cal of the au­thor­i­tar­ian psy­cho­log­i­cal pro­file of many on the right. They ei­ther tell you what to do or wait to be told what to do, both quite hap­pily. Sub­tlety and nu­ance are not part of their ar­se­nals. The ge­nius of a Mike Peters and a Mike Luck­ovich is they por­tray a unique per­spec­tive that is both amus­ing and in­for­ma­tive with­out be­ing ob­vi­ous.

I sup­pose you feel com­pelled to off­set your own tal­ented Ben Sar­gent with car­toons from the right, but surely you can do bet­ter than Ramirez.

Judd Ryan jud­dryan88@aol.com

austin

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