Did you ever wish you were blessed with a particular talent, for at least a few hours or so?
No, I don’t mean something as esoteric as the ability to hit a major league fast ball 400 feet over the fences or to throw a 95 mile an hour fast ball even…although that might be nice to dream about.
I was thinking of more mundane things like the ability to draw.
Once in a while, I come up with a great idea for a political cartoon; I even imagine how it would look on paper, but ultimately I am faced with a small problem...
I can’t draw.
Being a cartoonist would be a hoot; I’ve got plenty of ideas for cartoons which might be acceptable to enough people to make a go of it.
However, I repeat…I can’t draw.
I can write (some would dispute that); I can talk (some would dispute that), but I can neither sing nor draw, not even enough to try.
Actually it was prior to the controversy over Monitor cartoonist Mike Marland's rather tame Bill O’Brien cartoons (the ones with the silly facial hair and even sillier hats) that I that up this idea.
Remember the old saying, “Don't cut your nose off to spite your face”?
I’m sure most of our mothers warned us not to do that, but it’s precisely what O’Brien’s leadership in the House has done this spring. In an attempt to force (bully) through legislation that the Senate clearly will not accept, Team O’Brien has ventured out several on several limbs, attaching its right wing extremist ideas to otherwise sound legislation such as the extension of business tax credits.
The Senate, more often than not--and as could easily have been predicted--simply decided to let the bills die altogether.
That’s what happens when you insist on bullying the other body.
That's what happened last fall when O'Brien cost the state $3 million by attaching a marital masters amendment to an HHS bill trying to force the session back into session. How'd that one work out? Not so well, a fact all must admit, even my fellow low-minded Republicans who now insist on calling me names (RINO indeed, my HRA score is higher than most Republican leaders, you ignorant blobs of humanity). Rather than face the truth, they would destoy the messenger.
Stop cutting your nose off to spite your face!
You lose not only what you hoped to get in your wildest dreams, but you also lose what you could have had had you not been such a bully. Such reckless behavior is a poor way to governor, and I suspect voters will figure that out.
In other words, he who refuses to compromise loses all.
In other words, a severed nose is small consolation.
But notice that I’ve aleready wasted several hundred words explaining the concept when a simple cartoon would have sufficed. One with more graphic skills than I could simply draw a bunch of faces with severed noses. There would of course be a ring through each nose with verbiage denoting the legislation which was lost as the noses were cut off from the faces.
A great political cartoon.
I offer the idea here for anyone out there who might want to “borrow” it. In fact, as I was mentioning it today during the taping of my TV show for next week, my producer quickly googled a cartoon of a severed nose…so the idea is apparently not my alone.
Rest assured, every great idea has been thought of before. It’s merely how one adopts the ideas that sets one apart from the masses.
After the moustache kerfuffle this week, I thought of another face spiting nose cutting idea. Majority Leader D. J. Bettencourt is so righteously indignant at the Monitor that he refuses to speak with any Monitor reporter, and apparently in the lemming mentality typical of House leadership these days, some three dozen Republicans have taken a similar pledge to “punish” the Monitor.
These Republicans, with their inane threat to the Monitor, re only punishing themselves and their constituents. They are evincing yet another example of cutting one’s nose off to spite one’s face. If stories run without the Republican side of the story, these so-called leaders will have no one to blame but themselves.
My first post-college boss in the dreaded private sector, a printer/publisher back in 1974, was certainly not the first to come up with the line but it was the first time I’ve heard it, “Don’t get in a pissing contest with someone who buys ink by the barrel.”
Having got in a pissing contests with a Catholic bishop (“the pedophile pimp” comment), the Republican leaders apparently has a new goal in mind—getting in a pissing contest with those who buy ink by the barrel.
Been there, done that (remember the vile Tom Fahey); hey Deej, it doesn’t work.
All you do is once again supply fodder for another cartoon, this one with your severed nose lopped off your poor face.
If only I could draw!