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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Vice Presidents Day

I figure the day after Presidents Day must be Vice Presidents Day.

Here's a sampling of my Dan Quayle cartoons. From the moment he stepped onto the national scene as Bush 1's running mate, Quayle seemed not-ready-for-primetime, so I drew him as a stickman with a crayon in my left hand.

It really ticked people off, so I kept doing it.


at 2/19/08, 2:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It really ticked people off, so I kept doing it."

Thanks for adding this line. I actually liked Quayle, but it's important for some of your readers to understand, based on the statement above, that this is what you do. Even though your cartoons sometimes ruffle my feathers, I have to laugh and often say, "good one" when I don't agree.

at 2/19/08, 3:56 PM Anonymous Borg Fan said...

That is how Obama should be drawn.
He gives and plagarizes good speeches, but he's just not ready for prime time.

Given some time, he will be. But not just yet.
Would love to see him as Hillary's VP.

at 2/19/08, 4:39 PM Anonymous Schottzie03 said...

I remember the Quayle stick figure well, and also how it would annoy people. Whenever the Quayle apologists would try to reinvent him as he got a few grey hairs, he'd do something else stupid.

In 88, when GHWB picked him as his running mate, people wondered, "WHY???"'s a guy (GHWB) who had been vice president, he had been involved in government at all levels, and knew everyone...but he picked a low level Senator from a state that he was guaranteed to win anyway.

Years later we found out that he did it because Quayle reminded him of his draft-dodging, mentally challenged light weight kid.

at 2/19/08, 7:52 PM Anonymous T.Nowicki said...

The Dan Quayle Stickman cartoons are the quintessential Borgman cartoons, IMO, the running gag which is more uniquely yours, compared to other cartoonists, than any other which I can think of (although the "we're all gonna die" snow guy is up there too). Even funnier than Oliphant's approach of drawing him without a face.

I love these. Thanks so much for pulling them out of your archives and sharing them.

at 2/20/08, 7:06 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'll be interesting to see who Obama picks for VP to add "gravitas" to the ticket.

at 2/20/08, 10:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

And why did not Mr. Borgman portray Al Gore in the same manner when he was selected as Bill Clinton's running mate in 1992?

Dan Quayle was a Ronald Reagan conservative and was as qualified for the presidency as was Al Gore.

President George H.W. Bush once refered to Al Gore as "O-zone Man" and this was an accurate chacterization.

JOHNNY CARSON poked fun at presidents, politicians, and candidates in good clean tasteful fun, he treated Repbulicans and Democrats equally. However, once in 1968 he said that it would be a sad day for this country if we elect a man like GEORGE WALLACE as our president.

I think Johnny Carson would have had the same observation of Al Gore. Al Gore was definitely a kook on the same level as George Wallace.

Does Mr. Borgman have any cartoons that depict Al Gore as being a enviro waco, goofball and wierdo? I don't recall any.

at 2/20/08, 10:22 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great day trip from Cincinnati is a visit to the Dan Quayle Museum in Huntington, In.

Suggeted time to spend in museum is 1 1/2 to 2 hours. This would be a great field trip for school students as well as seniors.

GOOGLE: Dan Quayle Museum

at 2/20/08, 12:01 PM Blogger Philip Shade said...

I would think that Conservatives would love Al Gore. He was the first senator to call identify bring up that Saddam Hussein was gassing the Kurds and call for the USA to intervene.

Of course this was back when Rummy was shaking hands with the man and the Republican administration were propping Hussein up, oh and providing satellite recon so that Hussein could more effectively gas the Kurds.

P.S. My "favorite" addendum to the story is reporter Terry Lloyd who uncovered the gassing of the Kurds was killed by coalition forces in 2003

at 2/21/08, 1:03 AM Anonymous Reality Check said...

For those unaware, "10:13 Anonymous" made that same ridiculous Al Gore/George Wallace comparison a while back; still out of his/her mind, still a coward who won't say his/her real name.

Al Gore was right about the environment all along, deal with it!

Antonio E. Gonzalez
Los Angeles
So much for "anonymous"
Still working on my Blogger account . . .

at 2/21/08, 6:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reality Check said...
For those unaware, "10:13 Anonymous" made that same ridiculous Al Gore/George Wallace comparison a while back; still out of his/her mind, still a coward who won't say his/her real name.

Al Gore was right about the environment all along, deal with it!


Sorry, Reality Check, most people who post here do not post their names for obvious reasons. By posting your name you can become the victim of wacos who may want to harass or cause harm.

BTW: We had a discussion on 3/7/07 on the Borg Blog and it made Google. Google the Clinton Pension Grab - scroll down to BorgBlog-Implant and there is our discussion.
Do you recall that you thought it was "generous" of the government to ALLOW you to keep 85% of your 401k while it takes 15% in a confisctory tax that President Bill Clinton wanted (after he already raised taxes).

Your views are right up there with Al Gore and George Wallace.

If you decide to seek the office of the Presidency, maybe Johnny Carson would include you in the mix of Al Gore and George Wallace.

at 2/21/08, 10:35 AM Anonymous Reality Check said...

Oooh, looks like somebody missed his/her civics class in high school! Like it or not, taxes are one of those facts of life for a civilized society. Sorry, that google archive only makes permanent (as far as the internet goes) the point that you're STILL WRONG!

Also, since you must go on with that lunatic Gore Derangement Syndrome-inspired George Wallace comparison please tell me when . . .:

George Wallace:
- Won a Nobel Peace Price.
- Wrote a comprehensive environmental book.
- Made an Oscar-winning movie that clarified Global Climate Change.

Al Gore:
- Supported racial segregation.

I won't be holding my breath . . .

Antonio E. Gonzalez
Los Angeles
Still not a "victim of wackos who want to harass or cause harm" . . .

at 2/21/08, 4:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reality Check, it's ok if you accept the environmental nonsense from Al Gore. His views on the environment is the reason he is placed on the same level as Gov. Wallace.

Where did I say that taxes are not a part of a civilized society?

In the Borg-Blog that was posted on Google under the Clinton Pension Grab last March, I did not argue with taxes. I questioned the fact that President Clinton explored the possiblity to tap into something that has been and fear that a Democrat in '08 could do it. I provided several links of which there are many on that subject.

I have yet to sit face to face with any single liberal friend who would agree with that idea Clinton had in his first term, and they would not welcome it from Hillary or Obama.

The answer is to tax consumption - not productivity.

Let me ask you this, Reality Check - Prior to that discussion in 2007 were you aware of the fact that the Clintons in the 90s explored ways to tap into the private pension system (and your 401k) for tax revenue? Had you ever read about it in the past? Do you recall Secty of Labor Robert Reich traveling around the country promoting the concept of Economically Targeted Investments (ETIs)? Or could it be that when you saw this posted, it was the first time you heard about and because you are liberal, you will embrace ANY liberal idea, no matter how outrageous?

at 2/22/08, 10:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the Realty Check "taxes are one of those facts of a civilized society."

And Reality Check is correct.

Deducing from prior posts of Reality Check, he seems to embrace each and every tax idea that comes down the pike. He pays no attention as to how reckless the idea is.

First please Google HILLARY & EXXON.

Hillary proudly announces in a speech that she wants to TAKE the profits of BIG OIL.

It would not suprise me one bit if Reality Check jumps on this bandwagon without knowing that Exxon paid something like $30 billion in corporate taxes last year.

Then Reality Check fails to understand that thousands of pension funds are invested in Exxon, Chevron Cporp as well as other "big oil".

Here is one example:

The State of Ohio School Employees Retirement Fund has the following holdings:


These figures are based on 7/30/07 and probably much higher today.

REALITY CHECK FAILS TO UNDERSTAND that if President Hillary Clinton CONFISCATED the profits of these corporations, the stock price would plumet, thus the value of hundreds to thousands of pension funds would plumet, thus harming the nest egg of millions of employees.

This one pension fund example is a small fund as the State of Ohio Public Employees Fund (PERS) is much much larger. Then the City of Cincinnati maintains its own pension fund for city employees with about 2.5 billion and probably has substantial holdings in Exxon & Chevron.

There is so very much that Mr. Reality Check does not understand about taxes and society.

at 2/24/08, 9:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reality Check states........
Also, since you must go on with that lunatic Gore Derangement Syndrome-inspired George Wallace comparison please tell me when . . .:
Al Gore:
- Supported racial segregation.


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