First of all, the cover. It is, in essence, a satire of every wingnut email I've seen about Obama out there. The new President in the Oval Orifice, dressed like his hero, whose picture rests above the flag-burning fireplace, alongside his AK-wielding terrorist wife. Oh, and they're even doing that "terrorist fist jab" thing that I'm trying to teach my kids to do. Considering The New Yorker is known for punchy, satirical covers and a generally left-leaning politics, this should be enough for everyone except the moonbats, right?
Here's quotes from Obamaland:
(unnamed) "This is as offensive a caricature as any magazine could publish, and I suspect that other Obama supporters like me are also thinking about not subscribing to or buying a magazine that trafficks in such trash."
Bill Burton, Obama spokesman: “The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama's right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree."Yah, whatever. Are we a little sensitive about the satire, Barry? Does it hit too close to the mark? Is it the association to Islam (father), radicalism (J Wright), and terrorism (Ayres)that gets you all sex nuts and retard strong? Or perhaps you've forgotten how to laugh off the crazies, as the New Yorker has done, rather than make people wonder why you've got sand in your vagina.
(For clarification, Obama is not a terrorist, or Osama's bitch, or an America hater. The truth is scary enough, but the subject of other posts to come.)
Then there's the other Democrat Candidate, DIRC-in-Chief John McCain:
"We completely agree with the Obama campaign, it’s tasteless and offensive.”Great. You're offended. You're running for President and you're defending your opponent. You're also proving to all of us you're as hypersensitive as your opponent.
So here's what you should have done. When asked for comment, your staffers should have said, "Oh yeah. Saw that. Ask John, we're busy." Then, when McCain is asked by a hapless reporter, he should have said, "Oh yeah. Saw that. It was funny. Obama was all offended? Oh. Well, then he can deal with it. Why? Because it occurs to me that a satirical cover of my opponent on a magazine isn't much of a fucking story, especially when there's a whole lot more important things to talk about." Then he could go with whatever talking points, totally unrelated to the non-story, that he wants to push for the day.
In the end, is it worth anyone's time to get their panties in a twist over this? Probably not. That still won't stop them from annoying be by whining. I'll be honest, at this point I miss having Hillary in the race. We could use a real man running right now.