Originally published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal, May 19, 2008
As it happens, John Edwards came to a Barack Obama rally in downtown Grand Rapids to announce his endorsement of Candidate Obama. It was a big, big deal …for maybe a day or two and then on to the next news cycle. That’s the way it is. Nobody really cares anymore. I mean, honestly, right now, two weeks later, do you care what John Edwards thinks? So I had to come up with a comic that could live beyond a 24-hour expiration date.
Fortunately for me, racism and homophobia have a shelf life measured by carbon dating. (Just goes to prove that editorial cartoonists sometimes have a very twisted view of what “fortunate” is.) And while it is true that West Michigan has historically been inhospitable territory for the Democratic Party, the current Republican Party has screwed up conservatism so badly in this century that this might not be recognized as true come the fall elections. So I was compelled to trot out this generally held belief before it gets taken away from me.
Gotta run. Lots of work to do before the Pistons game tonight. I hate the Boston Celtics. At least I’ll always have that….