Conservative Cartoonist Watch – Chuck Asay

It’s time for our second look at conservative editorial cartoonists. (For the first installment, see here.) Today we turn the old ‘Toonoscope on one of my personal favorites, Chuck Asay. Asay’s work is a delightfully incoherent melange of conservative views, pitting dumb liberal zealots against earnest-faced conservatives who are just too gosh-darn polite to point out their leftist stupidity. Unfortunately, maintaining this unreal worldview requires him to invent absurdities to support his argument. Example (click to enlarge):

You see, in Chuck Asay’s America, you get carded for buying ice cream. I mean sure. Doesn’t everybody? What’s the big deal? I don’t know what all those noisy Latinos are complaining about!

Here’s his take on British Petroleum (click to enlarge):

I hardly know where to begin. Let’s leave aside the “Lara Liberal” moniker and the always-surreal joy of being condescended to by someone who has no idea what he’s talking about. Let’s get to the heart of it – If BP shouldn’t clean up the mess they made, who should? Asay never says. Not government surely. He already thinks it’s too big and spends too much. Usually Asay believes in personal responsibility, but I guess that doesn’t apply to polluters who create ecological disasters.

At this point you’d be forgiven for concluding that the rules of logic will never penetrate his skull without using a printout, a sharp funnel and a mallet. And you’d be right. I had the personal pleasure of corresponding with Asay back in 2004 when I got fed up enough at his inane reasoning to write him a huffy and insulting email. To his credit, he wrote back and we had a semi-substantive dialogue. I came away from that exchange thinking that he was a decent man who is incapable of seeing sense. For example, when I took issue with the swift-boating of Kerry and denigration of his service by Karl Rove, he replied that “politics is a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.” Like Rove and the swift-boaters had no choice but to lie.

Now I think of Asay as a national treasure. He really is a crystal-clear window into the mind of cultural conservatives, and serves as a valuable reminder why such people should never wield power. I’m convinced that the Onion’s parody cartoons are merely imitating him, and I encourage you to go through his archives. He really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Published in: on May 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm  Comments (1)  
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