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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)

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