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Tilting at Windmills

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July 25, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY CATBLOGGING....I am so glad this week is over. It felt like the Bataan Death March of political campaign imbecility. Schmidt's Sausage Haus! Barack Obama better watch out that he doesn't get too popular! "Surge" means whatever John McCain says it means! Obama would rather lose a war than admit he's wrong! Maliki was just mistranslated!

Ugh. And there's still three months to go. On the bright side, Inkblot and Domino saw Obama being washed by the lovely Berlin sunset during his speech yesterday, and they decided they deserved the same treatment. I'm afraid the visuals team here at Catblogging HQ isn't quite as sophisticated as Obama's team, but we gave it our best shot. Can you tell which one is pretending to be Obama and which one is pretending to be McCain?

Kevin Drum 3:15 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (49)

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Frankly, Inkblot looks more presidential than either two candidates.

Posted by: optical weenie on July 25, 2008 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

Well, Inkblot just hanging there bein' all cool, so he makes me think of Obama. Domino looks like she's ready to pounce, which makes me think she's channeling McCain this week. I'm glad it's over too, the comedy has been beyond belief this week.

Posted by: greynct00 on July 25, 2008 at 3:23 PM | PERMALINK

They're both way too dignified to be McCain. And I'm sure that Domino only pounces for good reason--and with good aim.

Posted by: shortstop on July 25, 2008 at 3:29 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot/Domino looks very pretentious. Shouldnt he wait until he elected before he starts posing like this> This obviously is good news for Mccain

Posted by: Live Free or Die on July 25, 2008 at 3:31 PM | PERMALINK

I think Domino looks intense, focused and raring to go - just like Obama. Inkblot, poor sod, looks lost, confused and.......well, let's just say put a rack of supermarket cheese behind him and he's a dead ringer for McCoot.

Posted by: Walt on July 25, 2008 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin -- Over at the Daily Howler Sommersby has issued the Wake County Challenge to you. Do you accept?

Cats are lookin good.

Bob O'Reilly
Cambridge MA

Posted by: Bob O'Reilly on July 25, 2008 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

Domino looks a bit paranoid. What is she hiding from?
Inkblot looks cool now, but how will he cope with 200,000 shrieking Germans?

Posted by: thersites on July 25, 2008 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

Neither one looks like a hypocritical old man.

Posted by: keith g on July 25, 2008 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

I'm with you all the way on this post, Kevin. I sometimes feel like the media and the GOP are conspiring to make people so pissed off, cynical and disgusted with the political process that no one shows up at the polls except Grover Norquist and Karl Rove - who may be the most cynical and reprehensible human beings who have ever lived.

By the way, the cats look great. Have a nice weekend.

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on July 25, 2008 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

Walk lightly in parks and preserves; that missing SCAT could mean you’re scaring away wildlife.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on July 25, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

Obama being washed by the lovely Berlin sunset

The freepers used to write this way about Bush in 2002. Do they still have "The Daily Dose"?

Personally I much prefer pictures of cats.

Posted by: B on July 25, 2008 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

When scat goes missing, can flies be far behind?

Posted by: scat-o-matic housefly on July 25, 2008 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

I can tell which one is posing as a fat-cat donor--or is it a pose?

Posted by: David in Nashville on July 25, 2008 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

VOTE DIGBY-CLARK-2008---VOTE THE INTERNET lets put some commonsense and truth in the Whitehouse.

Posted by: Mike Meyer on July 25, 2008 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

I am so with you on this...not sure I can go through this all again...if it weren't for JOHN STEWART and STEVEN COLBERT I'd go frigging nuts!!! Our media so SUCKS!!!

Posted by: Dancer on July 25, 2008 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

My friends, there is nothing I like better than chatting up regular folks in the cheese section of the grocery store.

Posted by: Inkblot on July 25, 2008 at 4:53 PM | PERMALINK

Well, at least there were only 11 U.S. casualties this month, and only 142 wounded in June.

Posted by: Swan on July 25, 2008 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

"...there is nothing I like better than chatting up regular folks in the cheese section of the grocery store."

Ha! Regular people do not buy cheese in grocery stores! They drink beer in bars, go to watch NASCAR races, or weep at Memorial Day parades.

Stupid cat!

The cheese was imposed on us from France. It is not regular.

Posted by: Conservative Man on July 25, 2008 at 4:59 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot thinks that just because he spent a week confined in the cat carrier, as punishment for clawing up the furniture, he's qualified to be President.

Posted by: Domino on July 25, 2008 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

And when I get to the Oval Office, I will pee on the carpet that Laura bought Dubya.

Posted by: Inkblot on July 25, 2008 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

Swan,

You've come to the wrong ward. No doubt you're confused, since you're up so early.

This is where the patients come to relax, and forget their illnesses for a time. If you dln't want to talk about cats, just take your medication and calm down.

Posted by: nurse ratched on July 25, 2008 at 5:13 PM | PERMALINK

Tough to say who's who without the lime green background.

Posted by: junebug on July 25, 2008 at 5:22 PM | PERMALINK

Nurse ratched, your mom is looking for you. She wants to lock you up in a closet in her basement and never let you out of the house or near a computer again.

Posted by: Swan on July 25, 2008 at 5:27 PM | PERMALINK

Well mhr, I guess all we can do is hope that Ahmadinejad has non-slip soles on his slippers.

Posted by: optical weenie on July 25, 2008 at 5:31 PM | PERMALINK

Now what?

Adopt an American kitty and raise it like a Persian.

Posted by: Brojo on July 25, 2008 at 5:50 PM | PERMALINK

Is mhr short for Madd Hatt'R?

I haven't met a cat yet that pretends to be other than what it is, the highest and purest form of life on this twitchy besotted planet...

McCoot....had to laugh at that one.

Ya'll have a good weed-end.


Posted by: Zit on July 25, 2008 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

week-end, not weed-end....that was not a Freudian slip.

Posted by: Zit on July 25, 2008 at 6:06 PM | PERMALINK

Of course it wasn't, Zit. Sure.

Posted by: thersites on July 25, 2008 at 6:07 PM | PERMALINK

Okay...maybe wishful thinking.

Posted by: Zit on July 25, 2008 at 6:08 PM | PERMALINK

Obama only spoke the truth-that the U.S. has not been perfect,but we had the best intentions...is that seditious?? Anytime a candidate can go to a European country, (esp. Germany),& get an audience of over 200,000, I say he not only has our nation's attention but the world's as well.

Posted by: Obamagirl on July 25, 2008 at 6:40 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin: "Can you tell which [cat] is pretending to be Obama and which one is pretending to be McCain?"

No. But I can tell you which blogger for The Washington Monthly believes that his cats are pretending to be Obama and McCain.

Everyone knows that cats simply don't have time for that type of nonsense.

Posted by: Out & About in The Castro. on July 25, 2008 at 8:11 PM | PERMALINK

mhr: Well, hate to say it, BUT Saddam had the jihadists killed off, didn't cost 12 billion a month or X number of AMERICAN LIVES, didn't like Iran and what's sad, he loved, DEARLY LOVED, Donald Rumsfeld. He had the lights turned on, the water flowing and the garbage picked up. That's one HELL OF A LOT MORE than George Bush, Dick Cheney and their puppet Maliki can even come close to pulling off. Did I mention he could get the OIL to market whenever the world would let him. BUT Georgie talked hisself into thinking Saddam was gonna shoot his daddy(Poppy) which ended up a lie. (Call Pelosi @1-202-225-0100 DEMAND IMPEACHMENT) He WAS BRUTAL to the Iraqis(the people that YOU, mhr, care most about in this world) but a damn fine hanging cured that problem.

Posted by: Mike Meyer on July 25, 2008 at 8:12 PM | PERMALINK

Catblogging is supposed to be fun, so there is no need to get fancy. But you might want to check out high dynamic range photography (HDR).

HDR would let you bring out the details of the plants in the background of the photo on the right. Or it could give a brighter look to the photo on the left without washing out the colors.

Posted by: tanstaafl on July 25, 2008 at 8:37 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, a friend would tell you not to use the phrase "Bataan Death March" in so facitious a manner.
It wasn't exactly a rough week staring at a monitor.

Posted by: Steve Paradis on July 25, 2008 at 10:57 PM | PERMALINK

'Kevin, a friend would tell you not to use the phrase "Bataan Death March" in so facitious a manner.'

Well, not a "friend", exactly. But an uptight, anal, finger-wagging scold would.

Posted by: Norman Main on July 25, 2008 at 11:33 PM | PERMALINK

'Kevin, a friend would tell you not to use the phrase "Bataan Death March" in so facitious a manner.'

Well, not a "friend", exactly. But an uptight, anal, finger-wagging scold would.

Now this is interesting- I say a bumper-sticker of a breast cancer ribbon on a car the other day that had the slogan "Save the ta-tas" printed on it. Now that is screwed up- you are likely to breast-cancer survivors or the family members of people who have had breast cancer see your car, wherever you go. Making a sexist, juvenile-sounding joke in public about that life-destroying disease that only hurts women is not really a tasteful move.

But you are not likely to have many blog-readers who have survived the Bataan Death March, nor is it an ongoing thing-- it's a passed event that, like all past events, has to be gotten over in some way or to some degree. Breast cancer is a lot different.

Posted by: Swan on July 26, 2008 at 12:23 AM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: Allen on July 26, 2008 at 1:55 AM | PERMALINK

Ich bin ein Berlinkatz!

Posted by: Domino on July 26, 2008 at 11:07 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin -- Over at the Daily Howler Sommersby has issued the Wake County Challenge to you. Do you accept?

Is it just me or does Sommerby just make no sense most of the time?

Posted by: Steve on July 26, 2008 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

It certainly did seem that way, Kevin. And you certainly did you part.

Posted by: Pat on July 26, 2008 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry but, "it felt like the Bataan Death March" is right up there with, "it felt like the Holocaust" or "it felt like a day at Auschwitz." It would be better if you stuck to, "it felt like a big sale at Macy's" or "it felt like trying to buy tickets to the Stones." I'm not a common scold. I'm someone who lived through WWII.

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