Political cartoons

By DAVID MASHBURN  |  July 26, 2007

2.Saturday Night Live’s “TV Funhouse” portrays an animated crop of 2008 presidential candidates making confessions on Oprah. The idea is to confess any character flaws early so that electors will forget them by 2008. Their statements grow more and more outlandish until Hillary Clinton drops, “I once had sex with Bill Clinton.” Even Al Gore using a projector to show the location of his herpes couldn’t top that line.

Besides being one of the funniest cartoon episodes of all time, this Simpsons edition also packs a powerful indictment of the two-party system. Kang and Kodos impersonate Bill Clinton and Bob Dole during the 1996 election as part of a cabal to enslave Earth. Critical, underlying problems intrinsic within our political system are exposed through two multi-tentacled aliens with a penchant for holding hands in public. In an episode of memorable scenes and quotations, selecting a clip was nearly impossible, but I couldn’t pass up a shot of Ross Perot punching a fist through his campaign hat.

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