By Kris Kitto - 01/18/11 11:35 AM EST
Political cartoons won’t be all about House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in 2011, artists say. Many of them will focus on other new faces in Washington and the emerging storyline of a divided government.
“As cartoonists, we go where the action is,” freelance cartoonist Steve Brodner says. “Right now the action is not going to be with the Democrats; it’s not going to be with Obama.”
As for other personalities, Brodner imagines he’ll be drawing House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) quite a bit, too, since Issa plans to lead several investigations into the Obama administration.
Other cartoonists shared their thoughts for 2011 political cartoons with The Hill:
The Times-Picayune’s Steve Kelley: “Political cartoonists are best served by discontent and fighting. … It’s going to be the dichotomy of bipartisanship versus real life; that the government is acutely divided philosophically, as is, in large measure, the electorate.”
The Dayton Daily News’s Mike Peters: “If I could draw [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] every day of my life, I would, because he’s so easy to do. He’s got those glasses, that smarmy smile, a little face, beady eyes, a long upper lip.”
The Washington Post’s Ann Telnaes: “I’ll probably be concentrating more on the (hopefully) narrowing field of GOP presidential candidates.”
The Hill’s Chris Weyant: “The Tea Party freshmen will be a force to be reckoned with. They’re vocal and colorful, and I’m personally grateful to have them around to draw. I look forward to [Sen.] Rand Paul [R-Ky.] — if not for his unblinking political determination but for his poodle-like hair. He’s a cartoonist’s dream. So is Darrell Issa. They’re going to rival other great ones to draw like [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid [D-Nev.], McConnell and President Obama.
Other issues such as the deficit, the GOP attempts to dismantle the healthcare law, unemployment, Iraq [and] Afghanistan will be our big focus. It will be interesting to watch the GOP find a political path that goes beyond just the reversal of Democratic initiatives. And with respect to that, also seeing how the Obama administration moves forward after such a decisive election.”