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Tom Tomorrow is a master of the nutshell who has found an inexhaustible supply of nuts. Every week, he crystallizes deadly accurate criticism of Republican insanity and Democratic insincerity into just a handful or two of pithy cartoon panels, and yet never seems to leave anything out. As anyone who has ever written or blogged can attest, this is a very rare and valuable skill, and I think I can safely say that we all hate him for it.
Too Much Crazy, the first FDL Book Salon entry in six weeks without a colon in its title, covers the time frame from the last several months of the 2008 presidential campaign up through the general vicinity of the present day, thus encompassing the complete rise and fall of Obama and the Democratic Party. Or the fall and rise of the Republican Party, depending on your point of view.
It is both poignant and frustrating to revisit late 2008 and early 2009, when it looked like the perfect storm of Bush’s incompetence and the right’s incoherent rage would discredit the GOP for decades, and wonder how it all went so wrong so fast. Tom offers up the theory that George W. Bush and his inner circle were actually the ringleaders of a secret left-wing conspiracy to make Republicans look bad, but that they’ve been completely outmaneuvered and outclassed by a right-wing conspiracy led by Barack Obama (real name: Barrington Chadsworth IV) and his inner circle, which makes about as much sense as any other explanation.
Too Much Crazy covers a number of themes, from the right’s logical contradictions and irrational conspiracy theories, to the sensible liberals’ ineffectual defense and outright betrayal of progressive principles, to the media’s role in promoting conservatives and marginalizing progressives, to the moral degradation America has suffered from its acceptance of torture, murder and neverending war.
And yet, despite the deadly seriousness of the subject matter, the tone remains light, almost whimsical. There are aliens, superheroes, sensible woodchucks, parallel universes (some sane, some even crazier than ours), the not-so-invisible hand of the free market, bright-eyed boy detectives who sniff out liberal conspiracies, and the ghostly Idea Of Obama. It’s all funny as hell, but in the back of your head you can hear someone screaming.