Log Cabin

Cidu Bill on Oct 25th 2012


Filed in Bill Bickel, New Yorker, comics, humor | 19 responses so far

19 Responses to “Log Cabin”

  1. James Pollock Oct 25th 2012 at 01:21 am 1

    The “Log Cabin Republicans” are gays who favor the Republicans OTHER positions to be superior to the competitions, enough to overlook the party’s official and unofficial hostility to gays, individually and collectively.
    The fact that there is, in fact, a group called “Log Cabin Republicans”, does not make this cartoon funny.

  2. Inkwell Oct 25th 2012 at 02:08 am 2

    I now know what a log cabin republican is, but I don’t get the meaning behind the “foreclosed” comment. Any further explanations?

  3. Mike Oct 25th 2012 at 02:10 am 3

    It doesn’t make it funny or even coherent. If the “log cabin republicans” were a group of republicans distinguished by the fact that they were too poor to live in anything other than a log cabin, this would be recognizable as a joke (not actually funny, but technically a joke). This is just an obvious case of someone who heard a phrase and tried to make a joke without bothering to learn what the phrase means.

  4. Kilby Oct 25th 2012 at 02:14 am 4

    I think this is a reference to an earlier age of “log cabin” politicians, when having a pedigree that included an impoverished childhood was a valuable hallmark indicating “honest hard work” that led to future success. The punchline implies that a lot of impoverished children grew up to be impoverished adults.

  5. theironjef Oct 25th 2012 at 02:35 am 5

    The joke is that the log cabin republican group is shrinking and faltering as more gays realize that the republican party is actually fairly nasty to the middle class AND to gays. So they lose the few support items they thought important enough to support their politics (their “log cabins” are “foreclosed on”). There’s no ending to this one, but I’m guessing it’s supposed to be implying that these folks are sort of tucking tails between their legs and coming over to the democrats. Whatever, there’s basically nowhere in the country where a gay voting bloc would affect the electorals.

  6. theironjef Oct 25th 2012 at 02:37 am 6

    Which I don’t mean as to suggest that gay votes aren’t important, it’s just that large voting blocs of gay folks are generally in major city centers, and those are already almost invariably blue, log cabins or otherwise.

  7. James Pollock Oct 25th 2012 at 02:42 am 7

    I could be wrong, but I suspect the proportion of gay Republicans to gay Democrats is similar to the proportions of black Republicans to black Democrats, or Hispanic Republicans to Hispanic Democrats. Which is to say, if you are a minority of a minority, your power as a voting bloc is probably too small to count, UNLESS you are the type of minority of a minority that has a majority of the money.

  8. Phelps Oct 25th 2012 at 03:01 am 8

    The joke here revolves around the fact that the Log Cabin Republicans have in fact endorsed Romney. The speaker attempts wit by implying that this is because of bad economic conditions (for which he and they blame Obama).

  9. furrykef Oct 25th 2012 at 05:27 am 9

    Maybe if he put on a pair of sunglasses before saying “foreclosed”…


  10. Jeff S. Oct 25th 2012 at 09:19 am 10

    Every phrase works better when you put on sunglasses to the music of The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again”.

  11. Ian Osmond Oct 25th 2012 at 11:27 am 11

    I’m with theironjef: I think the point is that

    1. Republicans are always Republicans because they’re wealthy (yes, I’m being sarcastic here — I’m aware that there are other reasons people vote Republican; but I believe that this is an idea behind the comic)
    2. Log Cabin Republicans are compromising their personal rights and liberties by prioritizing their economic interests over their civil rights.
    3. The bad economy means that lots of Log Cabin Republicans have lost their fortunes anyway, and thus have ironically worked against their own interests and not gotten anything from it.

    See? It’s funny because bad people have ironically screwed themselves over!

  12. J-L Oct 25th 2012 at 11:44 am 12

    The whole joke here is the implication that Log Cabin Republicans (whatever their political views may be) have supported the Republican party, but recently the Republican party did something that the Log Cabin Republicans didn’t appreciate.

    What it was exactly that the Republican party did isn’t really the focus of the joke; the joke comes from the name “Log Cabin” being like a house/home/residence, which can be foreclosed.

    It’d be like saying that the “Wildfire Democrats” (not a real name) found their homes burned down. Not much more than just a weak pun on the name.

  13. AMC Oct 25th 2012 at 11:46 am 13

    Actually, the Log Cabin Republicans are the older, more conservative group for gay Republicans.

    The more “in your face” group is GOProud.

    Perhaps it is a comment on the growth of GOProud at the expense of the Log Cabin group.

    Which still doesn’t make it a well executed cartoon. . . .

  14. Paperboy Oct 25th 2012 at 01:20 pm 14

    The joke is that dinner isn’t even ready yet, but one guy is so sloshed he’s starting to babble. The guy on the right is reaching out to take away his glass, before he gets worse.

  15. DPWally Oct 25th 2012 at 05:08 pm 15

    Are New Yorker cartoons exempt from the 2-3 week lag? This cartoon was a quick turnaround; the Log Cabin Republicans endorsed Romney within the past week. (Unless Bill queued it 2 weeks ago, then it was speculative, not quick.)

    In 2004 they refused to endorse Bush, apparently that was a departure for them. Critics have wondered why they didn’t do the same this year. If 2004 Bush was so gay-unfriendly that the group was compelled to disregard its otherwise-conservative views and not endorse him, then why did they endorse 2012 Romney who is soooo much more gay-hostile than 2004 Bush?

    The cartoon’s bartender walked into that conversation and has an explanation.

  16. DPWally Oct 25th 2012 at 05:08 pm 16

    Not a good explanation, but not all bartenders are political geniuses.

  17. Cidu Bill Oct 25th 2012 at 05:58 pm 17

    Remember, DPWally, New Yorker is a weekly magazine, so they can probably insert last-minute cartoons right until press time.

  18. Ian Osmond Oct 26th 2012 at 01:24 pm 18

    DPWally — that’s not a bartender. It’s one of the hosts. His husband is behind him at the stove finishing off dinner for the party they’re throwing. The guy he’s giving the glass of wine to is one of his guests.

  19. Mark in Boston Oct 26th 2012 at 10:06 pm 19

    Oh, I get it — they are all gay men. Got it.

    I still don’t get it.

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