The story I breathlessly directed you to this morning, that of the marvelously insane reelection comic book, the new shame of Oklahoma, has gone magnificently viral. Republican cartoon character Brent Rinehart has now learned that the pen is truly mightier than the sword when it comes to cutting off his own head. It's unlikely that we'll encounter a campaign story this humorous for several weeks, so here's a roundup of what people are saying about Rinehart's delightful masterpiece:
- The dependably conservative Oklahoman, not exactly known for liberal bias or even content, notes in an unforgiving editorial that "Not only are the drawings crude, the message is simplistic: Rinehart is on the side of angels, his opponents are satanic. Sheriff John Whetsel, one of the distinguished people making Rinehart's enemies list, said the work is "extremely pathetic and very bigoted.” You'd have to see the piece to understand how restrained the sheriff is in describing the comic book that way.
- ABC News has an excellent follow-up filled with reactions from people depicted in his masterful drawings. "I'm proud of it," Rinehart says, "It's a novel way to tell a story about the last three and a half years. It's informative, entertaining and a good read." He's right!
- "Don't look for it in comic stores soon. We rate it a "D," as in desperate," raves the Oklahoma Norman Transcript.
- What do funny Brits make of it? Anorak is a little disappointed: "What, no Jews?"