Saturday, July 19, 2008

I hope this is not a trend - bad comic books promoting politicians

Tulsa Oklahoma Commissioner Brent Rinehart's re-election campaign mailed out a badly drawn comic that lampoons gays and criticizes Rinehart's political opponents. This was the work of two months of writing by the commissioner with a friend badly drawing the illustrations of people, devils and angels. It has several misspellings and grammar problems that even I caught.

Tulsa World:
Keith Gaddie, a University of Oklahoma political science professor, called the book "one of the strangest things" he'd ever seen.

"I've never seen a comic book with the phrase 'anal sodomy' in it before. That was a new one for me."

Gaddie said comics were common political campaign tools decades ago, but not today. "He's pretty much grinding every ax he's got from his days in the county commission," Gaddie said. "In a way, it's a sophisticated piece."

The strip, which Rinehart said took him two months to write, opens with a proclamation that Rinehart is a Republican and Christian who stands up to "liberal good ol' boys" at the county courthouse.

"I do not know who the good ol' boys at the courthouse are," said County Assessor Leonard Sullivan, a Republican who has had public disagreements with Rinehart.

"I've really encouraged him on more than one occasion to get professional help. He really needs it," said Sullivan, who is not depicted in the comic.
Yassir, that coalition of gays, liberals, good ol' boys, and Republicans will get God fearing conservatives every time. No doubt about it.

You can see the 16-pages in all their infamy in this PDF.

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