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April 6, 2007

Since November (#6): Suspended Animation

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One of the cleverest images documenting the mid-term election was this November 20th cover of The New Yorker.

Looking back, its clear the combination of Iraq and scandal led to the toppling of the Republican Congress. That’s the White House in the background, however, not the Congress.  So, did the White House actually experience any mourning for the Congressional hit?  (Note the flag at half-mast.)  Or, is Bush/Cheney more like the Black Night in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, just lusting to fight, no matter how many limbs get lopped off?

Taking the image in the most literal terms, one might also consider the
Iraq elephant is still up there, the rope loose and one foot still
planted.

This eight day series, titled "Since November," looks at images that have caught The BAG’s
attention over the past four months. Many are inspired by the change in
political landscape following the Democratic Congressional victory
in November. In this stretch, I am taking some time off, leaving the
site — and the conversation — in your hands.

(illustration: Mark Ulriksen. November 20, 2006.  The New Yorker)

  • charlie tuna

    …one might also consider the Iraq elephant is still up there, the rope loose and one foot still planted.
    No, the better analogy would be that the Iraq elephant is still up there, the rope loose and one foot IS RAISED WHILE THE ELEPHANT PEES ON THE CONSTITUTION, THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND INTERNATIONAL LAW.
    In fact, it would probably be more accurate to describe this elephant as taking a dump.

  • Gasho

    New Yorker covers can really be amazing tell-tales, in my humble opinion. This one is good, but the actual, current one is amazing.
    Our tax forms made into paper airplanes (jet fighters) tanks and ships. This strikes at the heart of the issue. As much as I hate the administration, and have been against this war, I am funding it every single minute I’m earning a wage here in the US (like right now).
    How can we, as Americans, get the gumption up to stop paying federal taxes when the funds are being used for crimes? Can’t we start putting that money in a fund and turn it over once we’re being ruled by a more sane government? Gandi wouldn’t be paying his taxes, that’s for sure.
    If you haven’t seen the cover I’m talking about – it’s here (at least right now): http://www.newyorker.com/magazine

  • a–

    A reminder of the bogus toppling of the Saddam statue perhaps? Bush brought down the Iraqi government and the US gov. too, with scandals, abuse of power, and war crimes. This is the underlying theme to me.
    “When written in Chinese, the word ”crisis” is composed of two characters — one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.” JFK
    Bush gets the first part but is to naive, insecure, psychopathic to move on to the second. All he does is exploit the danger without ever seeing the opportunity.

  • margaret

    What troubles me the most is that this image only provides comfort to those who already see, and have seen the danger this Admnistration has placed this country in. There are still too many people in the general public who do not see this in a wholistic way: the danger to our democracy, our Constitution, our rule of Law, our military weakness, our economic vulnerability, the basic checks and balances which were eliminated by the behavior of the 109th Congress, and the underlying malaise which has created cynicism and helplessness to stop the President’s abuse of power.
    The new Congress is bravely trying to right the listing Ship of State with its investigations of abuses in the Justice Department, the GSA, the Defense Department, et al. But there must be an expression of will on the part of the majority (77%) who abhor this war to make it clear to the President that his time is up as far as his failed foreign policy is concerned. He still has several hundred days in office, but that says nothing about his standing with the American public. He is finished, and he needs to show some grace for a change, and accept the will of the majority: Congress and the People.

  • http://www.aol.com NoContest

    Yes, well, I get the symbolism. But I have really not seen much of anything by the democrats to prove that there has been any real shift in the balance of power. Dem leaders bluster, bush jr. slaps them down with a crisp shut-up! If you pass any bill I will veto it, and so they pass nothing. But they give passive-aggressive sound bites and photo ops.
    show me the money,

  • http://www.aol.com NoContest

    Yes, well, I get the symbolism. But I have really not seen much of anything by the democrats to prove that there has been any real shift in the balance of power. Dem leaders bluster, bush jr. slaps them down with a crisp shut-up! If you pass any bill I will veto it, and so they pass nothing. But they give passive-aggressive sound bites and photo ops.
    show me the money,

  • http://www.aol.com NoContest

    sorry for the double clutch.

  • jtfromBC

    In this, a defying gravity posture, indicating it may be capable of flight, this creature is very ominously threatening, and capable of inflicting extreme mayhem, but to WHOM and WHERE is the question.

  • jtfromBC

    That somnambulant eye is scary, this creature is truly sleepwalking:
    “The act or an instance of walking or performing another activity associated with wakefulness while asleep or in a sleeplike state.”
    Which gets us to Sleepwalking and murder.
    ‘How sleepwalking can lead to killing’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4362081.stm
    The flag is at half staff for all those sleepwalkers who have passed through the White Hours, starting will Paul Dundes Wolfowitz, Lewis Paul Bremer III alias Gerry and Donald Henry Rumsfeld to name but a few. Not for a moment could they get off pleading insanity.
    Surely only sane persons like these three are capable of acting in concert to perpetuate massive deception, humongous ignorance and colossal arrogrance.
    Now I’ll stop before I get carried away.

  • jtfromBC

    (following colossal arrogrance read) which have led to mass murder in Iraq.

  • http://home.comcast.net/~sfs73/index.html MonsieurGonzo

    It’s Shabbat. You shouldn’t make your own martinis.

  • Cactus

    That elephant looks to be very young. Shouldn’t the republican symbol be old and craggy? And there is something definitely sinister about the white house. The columns on the portico are at odd angles, indicating something about to fall in on itself. Also the windows in the ‘west wing’ are askew. Like a cartoon fairy-tale house. All is not well inside.

  • Mad_nVT

    Looks like a balloon that is just breaking free of its moorings, ready to float away. Into the brewing storm clouds.
    GOP Party full of hot air, got no substance, just about to lose all touch with reality.
    Somebody has a rope around the beastly balloon, trying to bring it back down. But about to lose control.
    The eyes look mean, but they’re just painted on, they don’t see a thing. Fake. Whole GOP Party is just kind of a fraud now.

  • ummabdulla

    The people on the lawn remind me of those cheap little plastic toy soldiers that come like 50 to a bag. Certainly some soldiers are cheering the defeat of the Republicans.
    The orange rope is just hanging there, doing nothing. Is that like the one that the Iraqis used to try to bring down the Saddam statue, but the people couldn’t do it, so the U.S. military stepped in? If the people aren’t bringing down this elephant, who is?

  • Jay

    “As one senior military official puts it, ‘the hunt isn’t over until the head is on the wall.’” This quotation appeared April 9, 2003, almost four years ago today. It was the last line in a story about the destruction of the Saddam statue and the start of the search for the actual man.
    I like the implications and associations which this picture evokes: Thanks for showcasing it.

  • tina

    I remember thinking when I got that in the mail, “Oh my God, they were allowed to print that? Wasn’t somebody prosecuted?”
    And then I relaized that even thinking such a thing was a good indicator of how far we’ve fallen.
    The current cover is also bold. But we still have much work to do.

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