Warm up here for 'Win, Lose or Draw' battle of the cartoonists

2012-10-21T00:00:00Z 2012-10-23T10:22:40Z Warm up here for 'Win, Lose or Draw' battle of the cartoonistsSteve Kelley David Fitzsimmons Special To The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Is all this election talk starting to wear you down?

Well, then join David Fitzsimmons, the liberal cartoonist with the Arizona Daily Star, and Steve Kelley, a nationally syndicated conservative cartoonist, as they battle it out using only their well-sharpened pencils and wit at the "Win, Lose or Draw: Cartoon Humor in Campaigns" event Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road.

University of Arizona communications professor and political research guru Kate Kenski will moderate the "debate," which will be filled with cartoons, laughter and audience participation.

It's free and part of the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' "Voices and Choices of the 2012 Election" series.

BY STEVE KELLEY

People of Tucson, pity David Fitzsimmons. The poor man is scheduled to speak - in public - on behalf of President Obama's first four years in office. Let's face it, the Captain and Tennille produced records that are easier to defend.

Fortunately, David mentioned bin Laden's dead because otherwise, who would know, right?

You'd think President Obama would say something about it - maybe mention it a time or two on the campaign trail. But not a word …

It's great to see the president attacking Republicans for waging a war on women. I mean, thank God he's not misplacing the money going after those amateurs in the Taliban.

We all know times are tough, but at least the Libyan Embassy disaster has provided Obama with a way to take Americans' minds off the economy. Now all he needs is a way to distract them from the Libyan Embassy disaster …

Finally, let the record show that I have no problem with how much golf the president plays - it's just his timing. As he told Dmitry Medvedev, he'll have more flexibility after the election.

BY DAVID FITZSIMMONS

The only thing that pains a cartoonist more than saying something positive about a politician is debating a cartoonist who is a snappy dresser.

Hydrated on Obama Kool-Aid, I am going to be all over Mitt's boy, conservative ink slinger Steve Kelly, like a caffeinated Chris Matthews on Sarah Palin. (Kelley, the Dartmouth doodler, prefers penny loafers to snowshoes.)

The Great O saved GM, nailed bin Laden, healed the sick, raised the dead, found work for a middle class schlub named Joey "The Smile" Biden and still found time to pass a historic health-care bill. What's Mitt's suggestion? Take two aspirin and call an emergency room. And save one of those aspirin for birth control. And the One did all of this in spite of a crew of tea-party Popeyes in the boiler room who were perfectly happy to sink America in order to drown Admiral Audacity.

Everyone around the globe knows Obama has taken on holier-than-thou extremists who hate women, science and infidels who long for the good old 12th century. Known as the House of Representatives, Mitt is their King and Steve their jester.

Unsheath thy pen, Steve "smarty pants" Kelley.

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