Friday, January 24, 2020

Mitch McConnell is a political cartoon collector... if they are cartoons of him

Mitch McConnell doesn't care what you think. He just wants to win. [political cartoons; in print as Beware of playing poker with a sphinx].

Ben Terris 

Washington Post Jan. 24, 2020 p. C1, 3

online at

Since the Post is firewalled, and this story isn't about cartoons really, here's a couple of quotes:

It's a subtle look, and one difficult to capture. In the many political cartoons drawn over the years, artists tend to focus on the jowls, the sunken eyes, or the thinness — rather than the trajectory — of his lips. There have been more than 650 of these comics, a fact known to McConnell and his staff because he keeps them all.


Some he hangs gleefully from the walls of his Senate office for gawking visitors. The rest, which have been flowing in at a record pace in recent years, he keeps in an archive in Louisville. McConnell, who declined an interview request for this article, has discussed turning them into a coffee-table book and scoffed when one of his staffers suggested they might have to be censored.

"There were a ton during the Obama administration, and as you can imagine, in the age of Trump there have been a lot of insane ones," McConnell's spokeswoman Stephanie Penn said on a tour of his office, just hours before the Senate's impeachment trial of Trump. "But he has a good sense of humor about it. Better to have people talking about you and making fun of you than not talking about you at all."

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