Great thanks to Katrina vanden Heuvel, Richard Kim. Frank Reynolds, Emily Douglas, Annie Shields at The Nation.
And special thanks to Lisa Reist my right hand and guru guide to the dharma of awesome.
The pieces are in reverse order as they appear on the original site: http://www.thenation.com/blogs/steve-brodner
These are all made using 2B, 4B pencil in 8 1/2 X 11 75lb bright white paper in Allied Artists sketchbooks augmented in Photoshop, in the spirit of enthusiastic political engagement, participation, voting, and . . . democracy.
Debating the truly empty chair.
“We also believe in something called citizenship.”
“Never forget their sacrifice.”
—Vice President Joe Biden
“I’ve got news for Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan: Gentlemen, it never makes sense, it is never a good bet to bet against America.… And we have no intention of downsizing the American dream.”
—Vice President Joe Biden
“Folks, the Bain way may bring your firm the highest profits, but it is not the way to lead from the highest office.”
—Vice President Joe Biden
“God bless ’im”
—Jill Biden, on Joe
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer puts on the dog.
Charlie Crist, stranger in paradise.
“In Romney world the cars get the elevators and the workers get the shaft.”
—Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan
Osama shows up once again at the Convention.
“Republicans want to write discrimination into our Constitution.”
“It turns out our governor was Mitt Romney, and what we should have had as governor was ‘Myth Romney.’ ”
Tonight we’ll probably see the good Biden. But I even love the bad Biden. Here are a few of his greatest hits.
A little left-over business from last night. On CNN, Castellanos’s perhaps prophetic response to Clinton.
Bill Clinton, you take me to the fair.
Bill Clinton, guest artist.
Obama not getting lost in translation.
“We built our business with a little help from our neighbors and our country.” —Jim Sinegal, co-founder and former CEO of Costco. Elizabeth Warren’s original idea.
Sandra Fluke, bull’s-eye.
New convention clock. Fox coverage of Jerusalem and God going on two hours plus.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper pays tribute to shooting and fire victims, but stays mum on guns and climate change.
Delegate listening to Cecile Richards.
Steny Hoyer: “They [the Congressional Republicans] want to drown the captain, and are prepared to sink the ship to do so.”
Cecile Richards, idea person.
Fox is moving its convention coverage to Jerusalem.
Richard Trumpka: “We love our country. We build it. We wake it up each morning. We fix it when it’s broke. We put it to bed at night.”
The secret life of Barbara Mikulski.
Nancy Pelosi, always effective.
“When she said, ‘There’s no such thing as us and them,’ I think Republicans are going to have something to say about that given the last few years,” snorted Bret Baier. Fox News.
Michelle killing them softly.
Michelle warms up Mr. Cool.
Michelle Obama, an original but familiar.
Castro on Mitt.
Julian Castro. The nearing future of Texas.
Sean “Avenging Angel” Hannity on Fox: “In 2004 God was mentioned in the platform seven times. This year, God was removed.”
O’Malley: 2012, 2016—He’s got them both covered.
Deval Patrick: “We know Mitt Romney.”
Lilly Ledbetter, American Hero. “Maybe 23 cents doesn’t sound like a lot to someone with a Swiss bank account.”
Shep drills down on the issues.
Tammy Duckworth. True hero, survivor of Iraq chopper crash and Tea Party slander. Senate candidate, Illinois.
Representative Jared Polis: “My great grandparents were immigrants to this country. I’m Jewish, I’m gay, I’m a father, I’m a son, I’m an entrepreneur, and I’m a congressman from the great state of Colorado.”
Osama Hologram will be on call.
Tonight’s crowning moment so far: just run Mr. Multiple Choice’s greatest hits and Ted Kennedy commentary. Play this all fall.
Joe Kennedy III. Tonight played by Prince Harry.
Obama considers an appearance of Jimmy Carter.
Majority leader Harry Reid.
Cory Booker. Defender of Wall Street.
Steny Hoyer. My favorite corporate Democrat. Friend of the telecoms, voted for the Iraq War. Huge corporate fundraiser. Collects, bundles, distributes money to Democratic candidates.
And the grand finale paid by Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy.
Welcome to DNC 2012! Hard to avoid the signs of the times.
Coda. For a man who almost nobody likes, whose dad may have unliked him tonight. From a letter by George Romney, words to contemplate.
The presidential and vice presidential nominees… and Romney and Ryan.
Romney Olympics 2012: Pentagon Cuts/Pentagon Spending Spree
Romney Olympics 2012: The Abortion Flip
Romney Olympics 2012: The Healthcare Flip
The Romney Olympics 2012
Rubio’s speech gives Romney a new perspective on his VP pick.
Sarah Palin, Fox News: “If the Republican Party is racist, why have we elected so many minorities? Why did we elect Susana Martinez?… Why do we have so much respect for Herman Cain, and so many of these minorities?”
Happy to be here, and happy to contemplate 2016!
Marco Rubio claims his family escaped Castro in 1956. Castro must have looked like this.
So if this Clint Eastwood blends with Mitt Romney in viewer’s brains, is that the image Republicans want?
Ann Coulter, Fox News, on the Youth Vote: “Why are we all letting infants vote? Their brains aren’t fully formed!”
Tom Stemberg, founder of Staples, says Romney worked on saving Staples and its jobs—not Bain and its investors. That was easy!
The Oparowskis—who lost their son—Mitt was nice to them. The Humanize Romney Project.
Bobby Jindal, my favorite Republican (as a caricaturist), gets to be seen again as a man of action… and escapes this convention!