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March 10th, 2009
12:00 PM ET

GOP becoming a cartoon

The Republican Party is becoming a cartoon.

Where to start?

Cafferty: Republicans are missing a golden opportunity to redeem themselves.

Bobby Jindal: "I'm certainly not nearly as good of a speaker as Obama." Good OF a speaker? How about not as good at eighth-grade grammar either. It's embarrassing.

Sarah Palin? Billing the taxpayers for her kids to travel to official events the children weren't even invited to? She finally agreed to pay back the state for that money she took.

Her per diem charges to the state in the amount of $17,000 while she was living at home instead of in the governor's mansion? She has now agreed to pay the taxes owed on that money. Another tawdry grab at a few dollars that didn't belong to her.

Michael Steele, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, down on his knees apologizing to the helium-filled poster boy of the conservative right? Pathetic.

If the Republicans are ever to emerge from the long dark night they have created for themselves it will have to be without pandering to the right wing nuts that comprise Rush Limbaugh's radio audience. Didn't they learn anything in the last election?

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  1. debi~california

    As far as I'm concerned, the GOP always has been a joke!

    March 10, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  2. John Bielecki

    Hey Jack,

    Here's a new on liner joke for you.

    "DID YOU HEAR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY?"

    Need I say more.

    And I used to be a republican before it became a religious sect.

    It is just tragic.

    John

    March 10, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  3. jack chaszar

    I thought that the media was "ordained" to report the news, not fabricate issues and stories that are slanted. ( Jusdt the facts man, just the facts)
    At what point will the media start allowing the people to determine the facts for themselves and not be told how to think, or what to think????
    All you are doing is digesting what you decide is fact and regurgitating to the "sheep" that listen to you. I assume you still have listeners besides George Soros!!!!

    March 10, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  4. charlie

    The only part that truly makes me sad is that Bush is going to get off scot free.
    Not that he was the cause of everything, but he had plenty of time to stop or correct things, before they became a real issue
    But what can you expect out of such an idiot!!

    March 10, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  5. JDaley

    How can you possibly be serious with your GOP cartoon article? I am an independent, but your Democrat leanings are quite evident. It would be easy if one party is right and the other wrong, but your article is smear at its best. Look at your party in the mirror and then see if you still feel the same way. Do I think the GOP did some things wrong. You bet. Do I think the Democrats know what they are doing right now. Not on your life, but they are grabbing for everything they can do and get before the public wakes up. As an Independent I am truly disgusted with our party system and people like you.

    March 10, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  6. Jackie in Dallas

    Isn't a cartoon supposed to be funny? None of these nutcases are.

    It isn't funny that a woman with a special needs child herself, but plenty of money, cut the funding for others not so lucky, AND charged rape victims for their own evidence kits. That she implied a major Presidential candidate was a terrorist, that citizens of this country who didn't support her slate were not "real Americans" when she and her husband both had been involved with a separatist organization whose goals are to withdraw from the US. Her financial dealings just topped the whole steaming pile of trash.

    That a governor of a state still trying to recover from a major natural catastrophe doesn't agree with programs that might help other states avoid natural disasters on an even larger scale. That this same governor Americanized his name and broke with the religion of his youth for a political advantage. As for his inability to speak well, I can forgive that if he were only speaking SENSE.

    As for Steele, there words fail me entirely. He's beyond pathetic.

    And no, it appears that the GOP has learned nothing from the last election because they have selective memories and learning. They only remember and learn what they want to.

    March 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  7. Thomas in MT

    The behavior of the Republican Party brings to mind the assurances from Tariq Azziz when we invaded Bagdad that American troops were nowhere around and that Iraq was dispelling the invaders. Their abject denial of everything wrought upon our nation by their self serving interest is astounding. I am surprised to not see Rush and Ann Coulter on the list of their best picks for 2012.

    March 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  8. Mark Springer

    Dianne Feinstein’s husband’s no-bid contracts, Tom Daschle taxes, Charles Rangel’s multiple rent controlled units, Nancy Pelosi’s plane, half of Obama Cabinet, appointments, Harry Reid’s Nevada real estate dealings, Chris Dodd’s mortgage. I can’t understand why you limit your comment to the Republican Party. The whole government is self centered and only working for themselves.

    March 10, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  9. MYSTERIOUS

    With all do respect to YOU Jack, why are the media trying to solve the GOP's problems? I don't care if they ever emerge. Remember, Karl Rove said that he wants a permanent Republican majority? The way they behave and the "thoughts" they speak of....hurtful, evil, etc., why do we want them to return to power? CUT IT OUT.

    March 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  10. Waldo in Austin

    Jack, I'm not sure if it would be a good cartoon. However we have the makings of a great sitcom! What to call it? 'We Be Govners' or "Who's wanna be Prezident"?
    Frankly it's embarrassing. Why can't we get the best of the best involved in politics.

    March 10, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  11. JT. Illinois

    Thats not a cartoon thats the future of the Republican party.

    Add Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, thats also the future.

    March 10, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  12. Jon, Seattle

    Jack, Jack, Jack.... *sigh*

    Don't you worry, Jack. As long as we continue hating gay people, hoarding our guns, ignoring our nation's problems while blowing up Muslims... Jesus will smile down upon us and make things better. You gotta have the faith!!

    March 10, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  13. Matt

    "Another tawdry grab at a few dollars that didn’t belong to her." Let's not get started down this road when the Secretary of the Treasury is trying to dodge $34,000 in taxes and numerous others withdrew their names from cabinet positions due to tax issues. Good to know that the Democratic party is blind to their own problems.

    March 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  14. Dave Zoller of Blue Springs, MO

    Amen, brother.

    March 10, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  15. Al, Lawrence KS

    I love cartoons...can we make the GOP a Saturday morning show? Ya gotta hand it to them...they are entertaining. A joke, but a lot of fun.

    March 10, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  16. John von Buren

    Well said!!

    March 10, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  17. TennesseeFrost

    yes.. Jack I am afraid they are.. I tune into the news just to count how many of them have a twist in their underwear. And to get my laugh for the day.

    You have to laugh at them, they are so out of touch.. with what is going on in this world..

    March 10, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  18. LUCY - ILLINOIS

    You have all of the above right, Jack. Jindal gave it his all, but came up with "nuttin'.
    Palin is a "nuttin" too. I wonder how much that she truely owes and if she will ever pay it to the taxpayers?
    Poor Mr. Steel, he will only have memories of being the RNC. Rush walked all over him, "big time". The GOP were only going to use him because he is a black man, just like they picked Palin. She was going to take Hillery's votes.
    The GOP have been the biggest, spoiled, wealthy, whiney, cry babies for the 70 years that I've been alive. I hope Rush, The Christian Right, and all their phoney's keep on drinking the wacky Kool aid. They are pathetic. What pill was Rush on at the cpac meeting?

    March 10, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  19. Tom in Desoto Texas

    If the Republican's have become a cartoon they have only themselves to blame for following George W Bush like the Pied Piper. The party as a whole fell in line like ducks. Here in the 21st century we had a president who was pushing to return to the 19th century. Palin demonstrated she didn't know what the V.P. duties are/are not, her first name could be Paris. McCain knows little about the economy and almost became president. The party has a whole elected Michael Steele as RNC chairman to show the party is diversified. With him and Bobby Jindal that make two people of color in the Republican Party.

    March 10, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  20. Janet

    They should make John McCain's daughter their leader.

    March 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  21. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack
    They have gone from the dream world to their new world from
    bad to much worse and now it seems its almost a madate to
    become the laughing stock.
    Gee-whiz its amazing they still just don't get it.
    David Bebeau

    March 10, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  22. Joe in DE

    The GOP is making an enormous bet against recovery in the next 4 years – could be the end of GOP as we know it.

    March 10, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  23. kaz

    Why do we as republicans have to have a front runner right now?. The media is chomping on the bit waiting to find someone that they can start to destroy. Concentrate on Obama and let the Republicans worry about this in do time.
    Once again trying to distract from the task at hand.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  24. DJones

    Jack,
    You have absolutely no credibility when it comes to criticizing or giving recommendations to Republicans. You point out that two or three current conservative leaders have not done what you, as a liberal, feels that they should. Similar things could be pointed out about current Democratic leaders, but you fail to wade into those guffaws. I can assure you that not all of Rush's listeners are "right wing nut jobs" just as all of your viewers are not "left wing, wild-eyed radicals." Thanks for the advice for the right from the left. But lets consider the source. The future for rthe Repubican Party is not in the remaking of the party into Demorat-Lite. The Democrat Party is fool of cartoons itself: Barney Frank; Mr. Byrd of W.V.; Elliot Spitzer; Mr. Sorros, etc. etc. etc.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  25. kaz

    And you are a left-wing nut and so is MSNBC . Rush has donated 1/4 mill dollars to Leukemia and raised 1.7 mill. along with the money he has raised for the troops. No one dares report about the good this man does with his money. More that Biden ever gave to charity
    in this life.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  26. kishen c.rao

    it is so funny, still GOP would not realise...it is a laughing stalk....Like Bobby Zindal, Sara Palin, Rush Limbaugh etc., list goes on....you can imagine....I think GOP need to come down to earth planet and think as to where they are going wrong...They do not care about the nation anymore...it is pityful....Sorry...

    March 10, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  27. buz

    For the republicans it's all about the "party" and not the country.They seemingly could care less if we are doing the right thing or headed in the right direction. I hope they are over and done with. time to move into an era of "It's all about us" and leave behind the idea that "it's all about me."

    March 10, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  28. damian

    Hello Mr. Jack Cafferty,

    I want to say thank you for the very honest work you are doing at cnn. You are infact the most honest reporter at cnn. I most appreciate it when you expose Wolf blitzer each time he wants to defend the GOP's nonsense actions, words, ignorance, arrogance, deceptive, misleading or their display of lack of knowledge or way forward. its a pity though that during all of his interviews with john Mc cain and the GOP, he let them get away with obvious lies and misinformation..What a pity!
    After i noticed your honesty, i never miss your show. Please keep it up!

    Damian, The Netherlands.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  29. dan in Tucson

    The GOP has become a Saturday Night Live sketch. That's all they have left. We see and hear nothing from them but the same complaints hate and fear. Over and over. You lost, get over it

    March 10, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  30. vern-t anaheim,ca

    the republican party is becoming less revalant every day ,they seem not to have anything from last years election.they have to come up with new ideas not the same old worn out stuff as usual which most americans are tired of.they also need to quit believing right wing nuts like rush limbaugh,sean hannity and ann coulter who have greatly damaged their party,if they don't do this they will never emerge as a believeable party,just a bunch of ultra right wing idiots

    March 10, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  31. Forbes Phoeniz, AZ

    C'mon Jack, give them a break!
    We all loved The Three Stooges and need a source of laughter to get us through this period of hard times. This should keep America entertained as we head towards 2012.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  32. Greg in Cabot Arkansas

    A good leader leads the people whereas cowboys drive the herd. Republicans have been driving the herd through fear and intimidation for the past 8 years and quite frankly, now that we are lost in the desert and dying of economic thirst, their old methods of ruling don’t work. Obama is leading us to life-saving "water" while the Republicans try to scare us from drinking because they say it is too expensive.

    Palin, Jindal and Steele are the best the Republicans have, they are the best of black and white TV in a High-Def world. I just hope the Democrats exercise self restraint rather than some well deserved revenge

    March 10, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  33. Simpliticus

    No big surprise here! Self-destruction might go hand in hand with this Republican Party as the times seem to dictate. We may be witnessing a confused state of action that Republicans do not know what road to take. Given that the Republican Party ably assisted George W. Bush in a most destructive effort toward destabilizing the government, it seems that Republicans have become lost sheep. The disastrous antics of Limbaugh castigating the RNC Chair in Michael Steele only to have Steele supplicate himself to Limbaugh is most alarming for Republicans as the uselessness of Steele's position is evident. Now protestations coming from inside the GOP for Steele's resignation have come forth as expected. Palin and Jindal have flopped. The GOP lost decades after Hoover's administration and the Great Depression. Could we be seeing the same thing again in this pathetic display of disunion? I thinks so!

    March 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  34. Independent Teresa, ex-Republican conservative

    Cartoon? No. The GOP's leaders no longer provide comic relief, much less any relief of any kind. The GOP is led by pathetic characters whose self-interests are stamped on their foreheads for all to see. They don't make missteps; they make misleaps. The world is changing and the GOP refuses to change with it. The GOP wallows in its past glory, rewrites history, then believes its own fiction. Instead of being the party of inclusiveness, it is mired in its on divisiveness. Instead of being the Party with ideas, it's become the Party without a clue. The GOP is now a ship of fools, those who are intellectually lazy and easily led astray. The GOP uses "God" like a campaign slogan and a weapon to keep its far-right sheeple in line, while not practicing what it preaches. The GOP wants everyone to be afraid, to believe that they are the salvation, but history has proven they lied and used 9/11 just to win elections and watched as children drowned in Katrina's rising water because the GOP couldn't be bothered with Americans they consider to be the great unwashed masses, those who aren't among the top 10% wealthiest Americans. In short, the GOP has lost its way, lost its soul, and lost its purpose. It has rendered itself irrelevant.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  35. circy in New Mexico

    The GOP have been clowns for a long time. When your agenda is trying to make as much money as you can, no matter what, then you live in Clown City. Patriotism, religion, taxes, etc. are all tools of the Republican Party to be used to make more money. If you could hynpotize a Republican and then ask him what God looked like, the answer would be a dollar sign.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  36. JJ

    I see you are a Democrat. I used to be a Republican. Soon you may be like I and realize none of them know what they are doing and only care about their own agendas and money in the bank.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  37. LM from Fayetteville, NC

    The GOP is a farce! They got us into this mess and now they are blaming us for the mess! I can't find one person who admits to being a Republican who is happy with anything the elected Republicans are doing. These are a comedy of errors. It really is sad.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  38. Kerry Diehl

    It really doesn't matter because at the rate Obama is going, he'll have us well past socialism and half way into communism by next election. By then he will have ended our two party system of government and instated life long terms of office.

    For the GOP – and the rest of us too – THAT’S ALL FOLKS!!

    March 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  39. Joe G. (Illinois)

    You know something Mr. Cafferty.. For someone with such analytical skills and keen sense of his own surroundings, you sure play a hard bargain.. Just what are you looking for Mr. Cafferty? Don’t be shy.. Would you like to be a Fantasy Hero like Obama? His press secretary maybe? Level with us Mr. Cafferty! What’s the matter Mr. Cafferty? You are concerned about the GOP not having a Fantasy Hero.. Is that it? Is that all? Conservatives do not worship Fantasy Hero’s, nor do they kneel to the devil if the Economy is bad and promises are high.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  40. Tim in Texas

    I'm a Democrat, but one who hopes that the GOP manages to come up with some original thinking and reform the party in a constructive way. This country needs reasonable and rational positions coming from both parties. It seems to me that there are two main problems the Republicans have right now:
    1) they have become too dogma-driven, by which I mean they pay too much attention to their own ideology and not enough attention to how "conditions on the ground" need to shape that ideology ( when Republican congressmen are talking about a "spending freeze" in the middle of a recession it's clear that ideology is prevailing over common sense. You don't have to listen to the economists on this one - it's ECON 101)
    2) the "base' of the party - the hard right conservatives - have been allowed to have too much control over the party's decisions and message - hence the Palin and Limbaugh problem (notice that Republicans have been talking about how the left has its radical spokespeople as well, i.e. Keith Olberman - true, but if Olberman could ever be confused with the head of the Democratic Party, or was apologized to by members of the Democratic Party, or had to be coddled by the Democratic Party, it would be a clear indication that the Democratic Party was in very deep trouble nationally)

    March 10, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  41. Mike, Albuquerque, NM

    The GOP has been over-relying on gimmicks, angles, catch phrases, and clever zingers. They need to focus on a policy. They should focus on the constitution. They should design their fiscal policy on the reconstruction of our nation. That's what conservatism used to be.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  42. David Gerstenfeld

    They certainly are not the party of Lincoln anymore. They should be called the " NO" party, since they do best at saying NO to whatever the Democrats want to do .

    March 10, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  43. Nancy, Grand Ledge,MI

    Amen!

    March 10, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  44. Janet, Yosemite Gateway, California

    The best the Republicans could do was George W. Bush?
    Talk about a cartoon character! Anyone with an ounce of common sense could see George W. Bush was a dangerous idiot. And now they think Sarah Palin is Presidential? Gimme a break. She's just George W. Bush in panty hose.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  45. Mack in Traverse city Michigan

    Jack the party of the angry white men's effort to no longer look like the party of angry white men looks like a saturday night live skit! I can almost hear them in republican headquarters ," Quick! Quick! We need a candidate with boobs! No! No! We need a black guy hurry! Wait! No! Make it an hispanic! What? There ain't any? Call Bobby Jindhal maybe they won't notice!." America has seen thru the unholy alliance between the religious zealots and the greedy and it will be seasonably cold in hades before they get another chokehold on this electorate. As for the helium filled poster boy, there has always been a market for hate filled rhetoric in this country. He and others have created a very lucrative enterprise of wrapping hate in an american flag and selling it. The clan sells religion and patriotism, the arians sell religion and patriotism its an old recipe and someday the bloviating windbag will be as relevent as the cults that preceded him

    March 10, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  46. Keith

    Jack,

    While you're whining about Palin's $17,000 charge to the state, you may also want to mention Democrats $31,000,000 gift of taxpayer dollars to ACORN to register dead people to vote and Democrats $2,000,000,000 payoff to ACORN in the latest stimulus package.

    You have a very selective memory. The biggest cartoon around here is YOU.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  47. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    We need more humor in our lives and they provide all of the material that a good writer needs to provide us with lots of laughs. Palin is the biggest joke of all and I only hope that I'm around to see the way things turn out in 2012, it should be a hoot.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  48. Mary, IA

    It's so obvious that the Republicans haven't learned a thing since the election. They are still whining and griping about cutting taxes for the wealthy and smaller government. This at a time when the American people are looking to their government to help them out...isn't government supposed to be FOR the people, anyway?

    I change the channel whenever I see another Republican on TV complaining. I"m sick of all their negativity. Enough already!

    I'm an Independent, and I've never been so turned off of the Republican Party before.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  49. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Most of the Republicans who survived the last round of election losses were not the right wingnuts. They were the practical anti-ideologue candidates.

    People like Senator Olympia Snowe should be the obvious leader of the Republican Party, she isn't a subject of ridicule. She is respected and loved by Republican, Democrat, and Independent.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  50. Billy G in Las Vegas

    Jack,

    IF the Republicans are a cartoon, think Barack Obama as the Roadrunner and the right wingnuts as Wile E Coyote. they can scheme and scheme and scheme but they will NEVER catch him.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  51. Chris from NC

    Come on, Jack!!! They're a big JOKE!!!!! From picking a beauty queen to be their VP nominee to uplifting a radio talk show host to such a status that he's eclipsing their own party's chairman, it's getting funnier every minute. Plus, they should've figured out by now that most of America doesn't care to hear their senseless whining about the stimulus bill when they themselves know that they've had 8 years running the White House and 12 of the last 16 years running Congress, and during that time they couldn't come up with a better idea to fix the economy.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  52. Katiec Pekin, IL

    They are self destructiing, Jack, and can't seem to realize it.
    Their "representives" are not credible and the finger pointing,
    postering and party first tactics are getting old.
    What is even worse is what they are trying to do to us and our
    country. They want our President to fail, which means they want
    our country to fail. They have no acceptable solutions, ideas so
    try to destroy those who are working for our survival. It is hard to
    believe and accept that a political party would stoop to the level
    they have. Their actions are unAmerican and almost criminal.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  53. Joe In Hartford, CT

    It's so comical it's almost sad.
    However, I don't believe that any of them are truly conveying the real message of the GOP. The only one out there with the clearest message from the Republicans is Bernie Madoff.
    "I know that I committed crimes and earned all my wealth by betraying the people that had entrusted me with their money. Yes, I know they're all mad and hurting really bad right now. Yes, I know I did it on the backs of working Americans and that was wrong, but you don't really expect me to pay it back....do you?? That's capitalism, isn't it?? I mean really, if you think about it, they were dumb enough to trust me and I'm not responsible for that. I'm not paying for my past sins. Ownership is 9/10 the law, umm...right?
    Gosh, I hope they're buying this."

    March 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  54. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    These people have been around throughout history, setting back any progress humans have made toward insight and reason.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  55. Derek, Chicago

    Well Jack, the Simpsons spoofed the Republican party a few years back about promoted the water cooler as their candiate to run for mayor and debated about for a few seconds. Boy! Art does imitate life!

    March 10, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  56. Rae from Indiana

    Most moderates seem to have been pushed out and those remaining are attacked by their own party. Those who speak for the party see no need to compromise as they think they are not standing up for their values. The last 3 Republican Presidents grew the size of the deficit and the government and still they get away with saying they are fiscally conservative and for small government. They say that they want the government off 'our backs' yet they want to legislate their brand of morality. Somehow we are supposed to think that they thought for themselves and just coincidentally vote in lockstep, that their earmarks are good and the other parties is pork. I think they think if they say it loud and long that people will believe it. Unfortunately some do.

    March 10, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  57. Marie Ontario

    There isn't much the GOP can do about their predicament since all their support comes from the religious fanatics and Corporate masters.

    The Republicans have to tow the line with same old failed policies or risk losing the majority of the votes they've managed to maintain. If the GOP changed their policies to benefit the ordinary American they realize they would be starting from scratch something like what the Green Party is doing.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  58. Gigi in Alabama

    Aw Jack, just let them keep shooting themselves in the foot. We've had as much as we can stand of Rush Limbaugh and his ilk to last a couple of lifetimes.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  59. Rory

    Your joking right. The GOP becoming a cartoon LOL. The Dems have BECOME not only a cartoon but a running joke. How many democrats in Washington does it take to pay taxes? Zero! They don't pay them!
    As far as grammar goes, lets talk Joe Bidens 3 letter word JOBS or Baracks geography of the US, 57 states. Yea, sorry Jack, the only joke happening right now is the Democrat party and its farsical leaders and of course you.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  60. BRUCE, ST PAUL, MN

    There is apparently no end in sight. Senator Shelby wanted to shut down GM and Chrysler, while his home state of Alabama provides sweetheart deals to GM's foreign competitors. I saw Tom (the hammer) Delay on TV twice this week tell America that until last year we had a pretty darn good economy. I guess his theory is that a house of cards is fine until it falls down. Boehner and Cantor keep alluding to their "plan", but nobody knows what it is. Surely not tax cuts for the wealthy to make them create jobs. They have even dragged Newt back into the fray, who thinks his 1993 ideas are about to catch fire. Bizzaro world.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  61. Nick in San Diego

    It's really sad because what's happening is that there is no viable minority party to check the majority party.

    As an Obama voter, I am pleased with the fact that the new administration, along with congress, is making good on many of the promises made on the campaign trail. However, as the democrats continue to gain more power and leverage, it would be great if we had a party on the other side of the spectrum that would actually provide alternative SOLUTIONS to many of the problems that we're faced with. I'mean, I'm sure that there's pleanty of room for RATIONAL OPPOSITION to some of the plans and strategies that are being debated, but it's clearly not happening and it's a disgrace to this country. The GOP is totally blowing it.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  62. Jerry Simpson

    Yeah, Jack, the GOP is a cartoon. They really crack me up. My favorites are Jindal's "Mr. Rogers" speech and Rush's rant about wanting Obama to fail followed by Steele's apology for not wanting Obama to fail. I hope they can keep us democrats laughing all the way to the ballot boxes in 2010.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  63. Carolyn in Houston

    Has the GOP become a cartoon? Why Jack, you forgot to ask its leader, Boss Rush.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  64. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    If the republicans didn't exist,there would be no Jon Stewart,Stephen Colbert or Keith Olbermann making us laugh every night. They are God's gift to comedians everywhere.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  65. Lee - Charlotte, NC

    Jack,

    I am just LOL everyday that these clowns come to the circus. They are like a group of comedians. It is a disgrace. Their values are rendering them irrelevant. They do not exist. They need to get a plan or they can keep on entertaining us.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  66. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Jack,
    Absolutely love your article. Is so good to see someone tell it like it is. CNN needed to put it on the ticker as is more popular than the
    politics site, but, hey, they allowed you to do it!

    March 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  67. Amanda

    And the comedy shows around the country are very grateful. Look at it as the GOP's way of apologizing for the mess they got us into.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  68. Shawn from Phoenix,Az

    Jack
    I can sum up their problem in one word-hypocrisy.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  69. John from Alabama

    Jack: There maybe political cartoons about the republicans, but no one is taking it like a joke. The Republicans need a strong leader that can express their ideas and show a path to victory for the republicans.
    But the republicans will not learn and that is fine with me. The sooner they are gone the better.

    John from Alabama

    March 10, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  70. Lori

    Jack,

    The Republicans have become more than a cartoon, they are a side show. From Jindal's speech filled with lies to his stating 'he wants Obama's policies to fail' after Limbaugh said it, to Palin blaming the media for her own lack of intelligence of basic political issues not to forget personal issues (such as what books she reads) to Steele apologizing to the Republican god Rush Limbaugh, they have become a party of jokers to everyone.

    They fail to realize that they are headed for extinction, not only because they would rather see the American people suffer so that they can tell us 'I told you so' about Pres Obama but also because women, African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians are leaving their racist party in droves. They will NEVER have a comeback as they have NO economic solutions, are not genuinely inclusive, and oh yeah... got us into this mess to begin with. The American people see the President working hard and the Republicans trying to stop his success for political gain. R.I.P GOP!

    March 10, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  71. Pugas-AZ

    Thanks for the pictures of the three stooges. The Republican party is in deep do-do and I don't see them getting better anytime soon. They will have to move more to the center and they should rush to flush Rush. If he is supposedly speaking for the Republican party they really are in trouble.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  72. John from California

    Jack, I agree with you that the republican party is a cartoon and has fractured into the minority special interest groups without a common theme. The real GOP base in my opinion is the ultra rich who are now struggling with a message to the others in the republican big tent. The ultra rich have been so successful in concentrating wealth that they have left behind voters in their own party who have lost their jobs and their retirement savings. The hot button issues that the GOP has used successfully in the past now seem hollow with financial security of the non-rich battered across America.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  73. ed from chicago

    The leaders of the GOP are not Marmaduke and Beetle Baily. They are a collection of small minded and greedy class-warriors. They spin false moral platitudes and ideas that they know to be meritless, in an effort to coerce the ignorant into voting against their own self-interest. Fortunately, they have been exposed to all except the dead enders and dittoheads. They are a cartoon which, I hope, will be cancelled soon.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  74. David Gerstenfeld

    No-it-alls don't need to learn "notin'. I'd love to know their net worth before congress & since.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  75. Anne in Seattle Wa.

    It is sad but true.Where are the serious conservatives such as Wm. F . Buckley and Goldwater today- you know, the kind of people with whom one might not agree but could respect?

    March 10, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  76. Mike from Dallas

    It's certainly not a good time to be a Republican and I can't help but think it couldn't have happened to a better cartoon.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  77. Phil from Toronto

    I guess that it shows that there is a vacuum at the top that needs to be filled. The GOP has brought this upon themselves by pandering to a vocal minority of self-serving nutbars. Palin, McCain, Jindal, Steele are all individual failures and collective non-thinkers who spout sound-bite gibberish which fails the test of reason and considered thought. New faces and new ideas are called for. Better yet keep up the good work Rush...let the voters determine the GOP future.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  78. Danny , Sacramento,Ca

    Hey Jack the GOP message is loud and clear. Working people are living too high on the hog and need to take pay cuts. The rich are suffering and impoverished millionaires who need more tax cuts. So we need to eliminate SCHIP's, Food Stamps, Earned Income Tax Credits, Headstart, to pay for the tax cut for the rich and to billion dollar corporations. And union's are bad for AMERICA one of the biggest countries made up of a union of states. Workers under the GOP plan will say good bye to weekends, decent pay, safety regulations, health care, pensions, and every advancement since union's led the way, in abolishing child labor.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  79. Dave in Phoenix

    Keep it coming. These comedians are entertaining.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  80. Eileen Peabody MA

    They learned nothing from the last election; they continue on a daily track of hate which seems to be the basis of their ideology.

    Looking at the cast of characters they are presenting it only amplifies their radical fanaticism of HATE and self importance.

    Listen to any one of them and you hear nothing but criticism, with no solution; hateful ratings from the likes of Rush Limbaugh; and remember the death threats from those attending Sarah Palin's rallies.

    What this nation has to do is to digest all these facts and to do their best to bring this nation out of the Republican's state of religious, fanatical hate to a state of peace and co-existence.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  81. Bob D. Morristown, NJ

    Jack,

    The Republican party has been on a wrong headed track for at least three decades; sacrificificing the well being of the majority of Americans for their narrow special interest groups, like the super greedy rich, the religious despots, short-term big business gluttons, and the unfettered guns-for-all lobby. Up until 2008 only half the electorate understood this, now a clear majority does.

    If the clowns you listed are the best the Republicans can do, I say its a good thing; Obama and the Democratic Congress will need more than four years to clean up the mess he inherited from the Bush years. I think Rush exposed the real Republican agenda best when he said he wanted Obama to fail. Sounds like they would have opted for a really prestigious deck chair on the Titanic, as long as no Democrat was at the helm to steer clear of iceburgs.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  82. Jo Ann/Gulf Shores, AL

    From time to time there are individuals who I find in denial due to drugs, or bad relationships, but I am now a wittness to "Group Denial" by the Republican Party. They cannot accept that the American people finally got wise. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all of the time. They have now invented a new the category , they can fool a few people some of the time.
    But like they say, there is no fool like an old fool!

    March 10, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  83. thomas williams

    jack...are you serious? the democrats of much worse...nancy pelosi-"americans lose 500 million jobs a month" Al gore, harry reid, the list goes on and on...your so biased its not even funny. your a fool

    March 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  84. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Yes, they stand for everything that has kept us from greatness. The reason Limbaugh`s ratings are up is, because everyone love`s a good laugh.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  85. Terence

    Republicans were a joke long before when Bush was president. Who else could ruin everyones lives and think they did a good job doing so. WHAT A JOKE! The jokes on everyone who voted them in office.
    Terence , Piscataway, NJ

    March 10, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  86. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    C'mon Jack. You are starting to sound like Carvel and Begala. How about rising above the petty partisan back-stabbing and let's get back to the big problems which we both know are myriad. I have always considered you to be well above tabloid style sniping.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  87. Christine, Edmeston NY

    This GOP is not just a cartoon, it's a comic strip. Long on laughs, short on dimension.

    March 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  88. Rose in Az

    You could add a list of Dems to the cartoons also. Pelosi, she is a joke all by herself but she is demanding Military planes be at her disposal, Reid, he is just a plain dummy, Rangels tax issues, Dodds deal on his properties, all of the democratic tax dodgers, they are just as shameful. Are there any honest politicians. Two words TERM LIMITS.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  89. L Woods

    Jack – What would happen if just abolished the republican party?

    March 10, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  90. JD in NC

    Of course they are cartoonish, they're out of ideas. The GOP is peddling nostalgia as policy, claiming we can return to the 1980's, or 50's, or whatever they are yearning for. We can't go back.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  91. Deborah, Waleska Georgia

    I am an independent. But I totally lean Democratic. Why...Republicans in General do not represent my belief in politics. The majority are war mongers, greedy and flat out did I mention BORING!!!
    Religion has no place in politics as that is a personal decision.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  92. Donna/Fredericksburg, va

    Jack,

    I couldnt agree with you more. The GOP is setting up road blocks against Obama at every turn. Then we hear about the "So called" Doom and Gloom by Obama. I dont see it. I see that no matter what he does to try and move our country forward, the GOP is finding fault in everything he does. He has done nothing but instill hope from the very beginning. Even when he inherited the mess caused by the Bush administration, he has still been determined to fix things in any way he can. If you call saying "it won't be easy" as being doomy and gloomy, that is the imagination of the other party. Its not going to be easy, we all know that. We also know very well who created it. If they would just face up and admit its their blunder (called deregulation) and help put our country back on track it would help calm the drama and get our country back on track. Jack, I really enjoy your commentary. You are a breath of reality.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  93. Joy From Texas

    Pathetic is not strong enough to describe the GOP...they claim to be the only party that are truly Christian. Give me a break...they believe in the rich getting richer...guns, the death penalty, wars for any reason and have the rudest pundits and journalists I've ever seen. They made us feel unpatriotic if we weren't for the Iraq war and labeled Obama during the campaign as being a Muslim and also the "Anti-Christ. Does that sound like a party of ideas?

    March 10, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  94. Gregory Gonzales LA

    I don't believe the Republican party gets it. At a time when the Nation is in a crisis, they wont to be right, rather than doing the right thing and helping the American people. People who elected them to represent their districts.

    If they are to come back from the depths they have fallen, maybe these three things might help 1 stop playing games with the American people. 2 Support our President, and 3 take the lead rather than let the Dems go first to see what they propose and then come behind and criticize. Oh I said three, but if I may add a fourth Show the people that you really care.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  95. Carol c.

    As I wrote my senator when he said the stimulus bill was all wrong, etc and all the talking points of a party that got us in this mess-perhaps you need to come home and spend some time at the unemployment office and talking to the people who you should be representing.

    The republicans are party of money and that is who they care about and it won't get any better until they come up with a candidate who cares more about the people than Wall Street.

    Knoxville, TN

    March 10, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  96. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    As a card carrying proud to be Democrat, I've ALWAYS thought the GOP was the biggest cartoon on the planet.! They are the only ones who honestly believe that this country would be better off with them in power again.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  97. Jean

    They have no ideas exce[pt tax cuts for the wealthy. If they had some new ideas that might work, they would be more relavnat.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  98. Brandon J. in Jamestown, VA

    It wasn't that long ago that comedians used to make fun of the Democrats and Republicans alike. Today, they still make fun of the Democrats, but for the Republicans they just run video clips.

    I'm sorry, but Letterman and Leno can't compete with Bobby Jindal. Tina Fey is great, but she pales in comparison to Sarah Palin. And Michael Steele should win a Grammy for his comedic performances.

    But the funniest thing of all, is they don't get it. They don't realize they are being laughed at. They just don't stop and it gets funnier as they go along.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  99. David

    Sad!

    March 10, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  100. D. in NH

    They are going to have to learn moderate speak. Last year when Sara Palin came out and said Barack Obama was "pallin` around with terrorists" it completely turned me off and I would never vote for anyone like that. Blowhards on both sides of the aisle should really learn how to be effective without being obnoxious.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  101. Dennis North Carolina

    all political parties are a joke as well as our elected leaders.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  102. Mickie

    Republicans have given a lot of fodder to late night comics. Their hypocrisy makes them look like a bunch of buffoons!

    March 10, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  103. winnie

    This is a sad,but oh so true,commentary on the state of the republican party.
    Bush,Cheney,and their horde should all be prosecuted for war crimes and more.
    That might take the bad taste out of the mouths of most americans who don't trust the republicans to do anything right but only to be obstructionists.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  104. Tom Eyemdaman

    Jack,

    Can't stand to see your messiah struggle? The fact that the ability to speak got him elected and continues to prop up his numbers doesn't hide the fact that he has done no more than token gestures to bring about the bipartisanship he so vehemently campaigned on. He does nothing to disuade the "children in a candy store" congress that buys everything they can at the expense of the people who elect them and pay them out of their own hard-earned money.

    The fact is that the conservative backlash of the liberal spree will likely end the democratic rule in 2010 or 2012, and you feel you need to get ahead of the game and start bashing them down now instead of being objective and looking at the idiots running your own party, like Pelosi, Ried, and Biden.

    And it's no wonder that Democrats don't mind the rich paying more taxes – after all, most of the democrats appear to not pay their fair share regardless of how much they make.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  105. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    The GOP has been a cartoon since the 1930's. Doesn't anyone remember "Daddy Warbucks"? It's just that the party of "Screw thy Neighbor" and "Money talks" in recent times has run out of new ideas for campaign lies to get more voters, but hasn't changed it's core beliefs and purpose.......to make your money their money, no matter how it affects the nation.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  106. Geri

    I don't know Jack, if Obama continues to knuckle under to the California delegation (and I was born and raised in California so I know what the Democrats did/do to California), and if he continues to kneel down before illegal aliens and earmarks, and if he continuously invites people to be in his cabinet that don't believe they have to pay taxes like the rest of us, regardless of how ill prepared Palin or Jindal are, the Republican's won't have to do much to get elected to the Presidency or the Congress in 2004 because the Americans and excuse my French, will be really and truly pissed. the Republicans will be a shoo-in.

    Geri – Mead, OK

    March 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  107. James In Kamiah, Idaho

    Well, Jon Stewart seems to think it's filled with a bunch of Foghorn Leghorn copy cats... does that count? 😉

    March 10, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  108. Andrew Adede

    Not only are they finished but image of a bouncer Rushy Rush really was too much for an average american family . He looked and appear ed like a drug monster , i would not want my child to see such image on screen . Not one gop people such as Rev, Pastor etc said a thing . I mean it was as if he was going for a kill , a sort god himself it was too much

    March 10, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  109. Sue

    The GOP is a joke. And I am sick of their talking heads. They are the ones that have put us where we are.Now they act they are going to save us all from the bad democrats. Give me a break. History will tell that the GOP was the down fall of this country . They had 8 yrs. and more to the right thing but decided that Big Business and the rich we more important that this country.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  110. Ralph Nelson

    The Republican Party is old and dead. It needs to be buried and replaced by something descent and caring. Let's go Bull Moose. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  111. I voted for change!!!!!

    Jack, correction needed. The GOP is ALREADY a cartoon.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  112. jeh15

    I'd actually have to say, Jack, that the GOP are not learning anything. They are a pack of children who lost a ball game and now engaging in name calling. After that, they line up behind the class bully who got his butt beat and hard. True accountability comes only when you can look in the mirror, recognize who you are, what you are not and finally, what you can learn to be. And by the way, there is nothing "right wing" when it comes to being a hypocrite.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  113. michael armstrong

    jack dont those three remind you of the three stooges the only thing is none of them are funny the is the most unfunny cartoon ever made the editor needs to be fired.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  114. Jamara Ross - Los Angeles, CA

    The GOP is a cartoon!

    March 10, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  115. Doug

    Jack,

    I think your the cartoon!

    March 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  116. Bob in Indiana

    Both parties seem to have learning disabilities. In fact anyone in Washington still seems to have problems learning from sins of the past. I just don't understand why we still elect these buffoons.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  117. Dolores, Modesto Ca.

    Very,Very,Very, well put. Bravo!!!!!!

    March 10, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  118. Robert in Galveston

    The GOP has been a cartoon for the past 8 years with little george as the main player. Now, thankfully, that he has left the stage we get Rash Limbaugh, a toon who thinks it is patriotic to hope that our ELECTED president fails. Bozo has nothing on the GOP.

    March 10, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  119. JONIQUe

    Oh please continue acting in a stupid manner. Please, please, please embrace and support dear ol' Rush. Please keep incompetent
    Steele. WE need him.

    Norfolk VA.

    March 10, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  120. Terry

    No, the GOP is not becoming a cartoon. A cartoon is supposed to be funny. This is pathetic. The GOP is more like a very bad movie that wasn't good the first time. The pitiful thing about them today is that they don't know how ridiculous and out of touch they are. They may actually be living on an imaginary planet.

    March 10, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  121. Matt from Kansas City

    Ninety percent of America will directly benefit from Republican infighting and incompetence. As long as all the soundbites escaping the tumult are properly portrayed as the circus sideshow they are rather than ideas we should be genuinely concerned about, times should improve for Americans overall, whether we like it or not.

    -Matt from Kansas City

    March 10, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  122. Nancy Van Dyke

    Let me just say, as someone who screams at my television ad nauseum......Thank you so much for putting a national voice to what I, and others like me, have been shouting these last weeks. Let me also say, that I have 2 kids in the seventh grade who are far more articulate than Governor Jindal. Bobby the Man-Boy couldn't find a coherent sentence with both hands and a flashlight.
    Again, thank you so much, Mr. Cafferty!!!

    March 10, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  123. James Conn

    What's the beef ! For years the Republicans have been striving for a New World Order and there on track to get it. The Democrates want to spread our countrie's wealth to all, but unfortunately our Country is broke. My odds are on the Republicans at cost of our Nations sovereignty and the wealthy reaping control of the world. All the rest of the world will have their indigenous past to remember. "And to the victors goes the wealth." Jim Logansport, In.

    March 10, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  124. Rockville Dave

    It is time for Republicans to take back the Republican Party. I can not believe that we would consider anyone from the old guard (e.g. Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin). These people were the ones who took us off track. We need to have fresh ideas; ideas that represent the people and not the Special Interest of the louder party members. Radical Conservatives are not the answers.

    Let’s find someone that will bring pride back to the GOP.

    March 10, 2009 at 5:13 pm |