Smokeback Saturday takes a break from the 1920 election campaign this week so that I can
dredge up share a few of my cartoons from September, 1990.
|in UW-Milwaukee Post, September 4, 1990|
I have no idea what's the deal with the blue guy in the foreground, or that bunch of people sitting under the traffic light. Whoever did the colorizing of the cartoon did just fine with some of the African-Americans in the crowd, while others could use a little yellow shading.
I guess blue lives matter, too.
|in UW-M Post, Sept. 13, 1990|
|in UW-Parkside Ranger, Sept. 20, 1990|
By coincidence, Republicans had an opportunity to replace one of the Supreme Court's most liberal justices with a conservative thirty years ago this month. Justice William Brennan had resigned from the Court in the summer, and George H.W. Bush nominated David Souter to replace him. Despite Bush's claim not to know where Souter stood on abortion, affirmative action, or other divisive issues of the day, liberals suspected that Souter would prove to be a right-wing ideologue in the mold of William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, and Robert Bork. But Souter made it through his Senate confirmation hearings without saying much of anything controversial, and handily won confirmation.
To Republicans' dismay, within the next decade, Souter tended to vote with the Court's liberals more often than its conservatives on closely decided cases. He voted in the minority in Bush v. Gore, and generally left precedents stand in the cases Republicans hoped to overturn. He left the Court in 2009 and was replaced by Obama nominee Sonya Sotomayor.
Souter now lives in New Hampshire, and celebrated his 81st birthday Thursday of last week.
|in UW-M Post, September 25, 1990|
|in Journal Times, Racine, Wis., October 3, 1990|
I dunno... I thought it was a reasonable caricature of Hizzoner.
The headline for today's post, aside from referencing the blue men in today's color cartoon, pays homage to a Milwaukee radio institution, the late Ron Cuzner. His phrase led every one of his hourly news breaks.
But of course, you don't care.