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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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Monday, February 25, 2008

We Are What We Been Waiting For, Meaning Change, Is What I'm Thinking Inside My Head


at 2/25/08, 6:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Jim, you hide behind your cartoons, but you would never say outright who you support.

All of your goons on this blog will tell you that you make a difference, but you really don't.

Do you really believe someone is going to be influenced on who to vote for based on your (often unoriginal) cartoons?!?

at 2/25/08, 6:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How clever we are,Anonymous...calling someone out for "hiding" behind what? His own blog with his name right there for everyone to see? If only we were all as brave as you, Anonymous!

John Riley
Charlotte, NC

at 2/25/08, 8:10 PM Anonymous anonymousincincinnati said...

wow,'s a vital FYI...Bush isn't running...I guess you thrive on negative letters to the Ed so I'm sure any papers in the Lone Star State who carry your 'toons will need an extra page to print the verbage condemning your trashing of Texans.
You'd be better suited working at City Beat next to This Modern World.
You're as off the charts to the LEFT as they are.

at 2/25/08, 8:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

running out of ideas, are we? this is truly one of your less classy cartoons.

at 2/25/08, 8:51 PM Anonymous Drew said...

This seems to me like it's slamming the people of Texas more than Bush. Texans are no less intelligent than people of any other state. I think this is in bad taste.

at 2/25/08, 9:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

forget the adults; they'll never change; focus on the kids

at 2/25/08, 9:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

they can't be any dumber and meaner than the people in Ohio

at 2/25/08, 10:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:07 pm

maybe you're right, but he does influence who wins at the oscars; and he has bad taste in sports

at 2/25/08, 10:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, God, we need a good president!!

at 2/25/08, 10:35 PM Anonymous T.Nowicki said...

Care to explain your technique for shading big black signs with white lettering like the one we see here? Every time I try to do the same thing it just doesn't quite seem to turn out.

I assume you used a Micron?

at 2/25/08, 11:35 PM Anonymous Matt said...

hey jim good cartoon i understand the point. you were not attacking people of texas but more the supporters of bush. however it does seem like texas was the attack and i know you probably did not want that. Forget the cowards who hide and attack you. they will be gone once a republican is not in power

at 2/25/08, 11:56 PM Anonymous Texas Toast said...

>>Drew said...
>>This seems to me like it's slamming the people of >>Texas more than Bush. Texans are no less >>intelligent than people of any other state. I think >>this is in bad taste.

You've obviously never been to Texas.

at 2/26/08, 1:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to pick the least common denominator low hanging fruit. I support Barack Obama and find the class level of this cartoon Clintonesque. Take the stereotype, pander to the fear, then act like "it wasn't my intention to offend anyone" while avoiding a direct apology to the target of the offense.
Why not skew the citizens of Ohio, KY, Indiana, or other states in a stereotypical, Amos 'n Andy or Snuffy Smith way ?

J Law


at 2/26/08, 1:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you ever get the feeling lately that Jim is doing cartoons for the mean people that post on this blog. I am not a political person by nature but I have opinions that I sometimes share. But latley it just seems that Jim is doing this out of being as mean as the A-holes that add nothing to the converstion except try to be mean. I think Jim would even react to people if you would disagree with him but was civil. Dude called him a coward. I lean to the right with my beliefs and disagree with Jim a lot but people need to chill. I for one understood why Jim did not want to do the blog any longer and honestly I watch what is being said maybe I don't agree with you Jim a lot but I will always say that you have the right to say it. Any news on when we will have to post a name or something to post. This is getting out of hand.

at 2/26/08, 3:22 AM Anonymous Zhaf said...

Jim is a talented and admirable satirist/cartoonist of the current political climate in which we live. His insights are incisive, thought provoking, and yes, humorous. I applaud his efforts and look forward to seeing his cartoons in my daily paper.

As for some of the commenters, a man can be respected even if you disagree with his message. To show disrespect, even to someone you vehemently disagree with, goes against the "golden rule," and undermines whatever point you were trying to prove.

If you want to convince others of the rightness of your message, try saying something to inspire independent thought rather than throwing out insults. Insults reflect poorly on one's moral character.

at 2/26/08, 7:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What you have to understand is that it's VERY PC to hate Texas--even pre-Dubya. It's that whole elitist superiority thing they have going. So when you see Lefties do that they're really speaking to each other.

The real joke of the cartoon is Obama doing his ObamaSpeak (which is a joke in itself)as BushSpeak--which IS kinda funny. But then it's only a gag cartoon, so to justify it being an "Editorial" cartoon or an "opinion" throw in insult expressing the PC hatred of Bush and Texas and even Bush's supporters (60 million of whom reelected him)and viola! an "Editorial Cartoon"! Left hands high fiving all around.

at 2/26/08, 8:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama...less qualified than Quayle.

at 2/26/08, 9:55 AM Blogger JPL said...

"All of your goons on this blog will tell you that you make a difference, but you really don't."

I hope this inspires you, Jim.

Sometimes I wonder how people turn out in such a way that they can say these things.

at 2/26/08, 10:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"we" ???

at 2/26/08, 10:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

bush goes where the oil is

at 2/26/08, 10:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

too bad specter can't run for president

at 2/26/08, 10:40 AM Blogger Philip Shade said...

Until i read the back comment I wondered why Obama was talking like Al Sharpton

at 2/26/08, 1:22 PM Blogger who2 said...

Hey, Jim, thanks for the image, thoughts. When are we changing to the new system?

Always, thought provoking.


at 2/26/08, 1:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good cartoonist satirizes everything but you satirize everyone in this election that is not Obama, i.e. Clinton and especially McCain. This degrades the credibility of your creative wit.

at 2/26/08, 1:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

uncreative "wit"

US Army: Service must cut soldiers' time in combat
Top Army officials told a Senate panel today that the Army is under serious strain and must reduce the length of combat tours as soon as possible. (AP, 11:45 a.m.)

at 2/26/08, 1:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe obama can clean up the prostitution in atlanta

at 2/26/08, 1:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

and all the murder in new orleans

at 2/26/08, 1:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you a nonpaid 'bama aid?

last I heard, donald trump and other financial magnates want to buy up certain sections of new orleans

at 2/26/08, 1:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohio: we just wait around for somebody to do something so we can slam them so they don't get very far no matter who it is

at 2/26/08, 1:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

can he clean up cincinnati public schools?

at 2/26/08, 1:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

is that english?

at 2/26/08, 2:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mr. Borgman.

I would imagine we would disagree on numerous issues but I have always enjoyed your cartoons. I'm a big fan of your art.

But in all honesty, this particular cartoon gives a bad first impression.
The implication seems to be that all Bush supporters in Texas (or Texans in general, or all Bush supporters in general) are not very intelligent.

That may not have been your intent but I don't believe that interpretation to be huge stretch either. You can't have productive debate with somebody who believes that you have just insulted them.

I still love your drawing style though. Thanks for continuing to post your drawings, including the roughs. It's always fascinating to see the artistic process at work.

Thanks again.

at 2/26/08, 2:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Jim,
There are a lot of Angry people in here.

I see what you are saying in this cartoon. I thought it was funny. I guess alot of people dont understand the idea of satire but that is ok though. I dont think it was a bash at Texas, but then again they voted for bush long before the rest of the country (sorry people that does say something about intelligence)

Does anyone in this city listen to what people have to say anymore or is it a strictly a republican/democrat thing? I voted for bush last time (sorry but he was facing john kerry -i dont care what side your on) and most likely will take a look at Obama and McCain this time. You know be cause i live in the "United" States.
I cant believe the close mindedness of this city. The stupidity runs deep. Conservative is only a polite way of saying, "somebody else did the thinking for me and i am to scared and narrow to listen to others. Mommy please hold my hand and don't let me talk to strangers. I want to live in a white neighboorhood with a picket fence a golden retreiver and a non-stop marathon of I love Lucy and Pat Riley is on 24/7 while i sip on my light beer and my wife does all of the cooking and house work all day (other than cheating on me while i play golf) Sundays are meant for church even though i dont practice what they preach outside of it."
(jeesh, now i am an angry little man.)

Mike from States of America
(to harsh?)

at 2/26/08, 5:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not satire when there is no creativity involved.


I guess since Mr. Borgman has no issues with making gigantic generalizations about entire groups of people, he won't mind if we start calling all Catholics pedophiles since that seems to be an issue in the Catholic Church, right Jim? :)

at 2/26/08, 7:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

give me a break. he's not bashing texas. he's bashing our idiot in chief and all those who don't understand how bad the bush crime family has been for this country.

is there anybody that still wants to have a beer with the bushtard?

at 2/27/08, 8:22 AM Blogger AndrewTroller said...

"at 7:15 Anonymous said...
What you have to understand is that it's VERY PC to hate Texas--even pre-Dubya."

I'd like to argue that it is NEVER politically correct to hate ANYONE. No matter how much you may disagree with a particular culture, no matter how much you resent a leader bred in their state, it is NEVER okay to hate someone. Hate is a purely destructive force and should not be condoned or encouraged. I'm not saying Jim's cartoon does this (even if it is a bit of a low blow to Texans). I just want to make sure 7:15 Anon realizes how ignorant and hateful he sounds.

at 2/27/08, 12:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Millions of dollars' worth of gems stolen in Oscar night heist

at 2/27/08, 12:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


it's jim's job; it's what he gets paid to do

at 2/27/08, 10:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't have vocalizationed it any better. Great job!

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