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  1. Jon1979 Lincoln
    Jon1979
    @Jon1979

    Are they playing in a Trump casino?

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  2. Bob Thompson Member
    Bob Thompson
    @BobThompson

    Gary Robbins: Is that Coolidge between Lincoln and TR?

    Or Gerald Ford?

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  3. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins: Is that Coolidge between Lincoln and TR?

    Or Gerald Ford?

    I would guess that it was Gerald Ford.  He stopped a lot of bad stuff that the Democrats in Congress were trying to force through.

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  4. Bob Thompson Member
    Bob Thompson
    @BobThompson

    Gary Robbins: Is that Coolidge between Lincoln and TR?

    It looks like 2 people. Maybe Coolidge and Ford.

     

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  5. Richard Easton Member
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    @RichardEaston

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  6. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
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    Richard Easton (View Comment):

    NO!!!!!!!

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  7. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    I am not a Roman Catholic, but I understand that there is a lineage of “Anti-Popes.”  Can Trump be called an “Anti-Republican” or “Anti-President”?  Asking for a friend.

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  8. Jon1979 Lincoln
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    @Jon1979

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Richard Easton (View Comment):

    NO!!!!!!!

    He was probably off using the restroom in the first painting.

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  9. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Richard Easton (View Comment):

    NO!!!!!!!

    He was probably off using the restroom in the first painting.

    Or chatting up a waitress.

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  10. SkipSul Inactive
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    @skipsul

    I’m just putting myself on record as saying I find these sorts of paintings actually kinda creepy.  I mean, I’ve seen way creepier political slash fan art (the sundry homages to Obama are horribly nauseating), but that’s just the extreme end of what is an inherently creepy genre just in its own right.  Who has these kinds of fantasies anyway? (Please, for the love of all that’s holy, don’t answer that).

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  11. JoelB Member
    JoelB
    @JoelB

    I find both pictures fascinating and uplifting. I hope that by the grace of God something like this will play out somewhere, someday.

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  12. DrewInWisconsin Doesn't Care Member
    DrewInWisconsin Doesn't Care
    @DrewInWisconsin

    Wrong thread!

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  13. Judge Mental Member
    Judge Mental
    @JudgeMental

    Gary Robbins: This is my Republican Party.

    Almost entirely dead?

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  14. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins: This is my Republican Party.

    Almost entirely dead?

    Ah, but they live in my heart.  And they are coming back!

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  15. Columbo Member
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    DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… (View Comment):

    Wrong thread!

    Gary’s party.

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  16. JoelB Member
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    @JoelB

    Didn’t somebody make a painting like these with dogs instead of people?

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  17. philo Member
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    Richard Easton (View Comment):

    At least the one man responsible for all of them being there makes an appearance on the far left edge of your version.

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  18. danok1 Member
    danok1
    @danok1

    Ah, Teddy Roosevelt. One of the original progressives and a fan of executive power and control. He paved the way for Wilson, the only fascist president of the USA.

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  19. TBA Coolidge
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    @RobtGilsdorf

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  20. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noD
    @DonTillman

    The artist is Jon McNaughton, and he does exceptionally good work.

    [Correction: No it’s not, my bad.]

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  21. Bishop Wash Member
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    @BishopWash

    Is Lincoln holding aces and eights?

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  22. Judge Mental Member
    Judge Mental
    @JudgeMental

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    Is Lincoln holding aces and eights?

    He does have his back turned.

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  23. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noD
    @DonTillman

    Hold on… I’m wrong.   The artist is not Jon McNaughton, these are Andy Thomas paintings.  

    They’re similar, but very different.

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  24. EJHill Podcaster
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    @EJHill

    I know there’s a concept of civic religion, but the idolatry is a bit much. 

    We’d all be better off acknowledging that of the 44 men who have occupied the presidency few were our betters. 

    The bottom line for November* is that you have a egotistical and somewhat unfocused Donald Trump pitted against the former Vice President who is obviously entering the early stages of dementia and who will be manipulated by those who are enabling this new version of the Maoist Cultural Revolution, where dissent will not be tolerated, not even in one’s own family. If you think there’s chaos in the streets now, behold the words of the late Al Jolson, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

    *And no, there’s no viable alternative. There may be 30 names on the ballot but only the D or the R will have a realistic chance of winning.

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  25. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    EJHill (View Comment):

    I know there’s a concept of civic religion, but the idolatry is a bit much.

    We’d all be better off acknowledging that of the 44 men who have occupied the presidency few were our betters.

    The bottom line for November* is that you have a egotistical and somewhat unfocused Donald Trump pitted against the former Vice President who is obviously entering the early stages of dementia and who will be manipulated by those who are enabling this new version of the Maoist Cultural Revolution, where dissent will not be tolerated, not even in one’s own family. If you think there’s chaos in the streets now, behold the words of the late Al Jolson, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

    *And no, there’s no viable alternative. There may be 30 names on the ballot but only the D or the R will have a realistic chance of winning.

    And with that crowd, being on the wrong side of history will put you on the wrong side of the grass. 

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  26. namlliT noD Member
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    @DonTillman

    Columbo (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin Doesn’t C… (View Comment):

    Wrong thread!

    Gary’s party.

    Or…

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  27. James Lileks Contributor
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    EJHill (View Comment):
    I know there’s a concept of civic religion, but the idolatry is a bit much.

    Yeah, I’m not crazy about the irony-free hagiography either. I prefer some jokey excess, where they’re on a tank with an eagle on each shoulder and a bazooka in one hand.

    The painting with Trump is odd, and different from the rest – he’s not engaging with the others, but seems to be staring at the viewer. Probably a conscious aesthetic choice, either to underscore his disassociation from his predecessors or engage the indulgent viewer, or both. It doesn’t work.

    The Democrat version is fascinating. Wilson is reacting to something LBJ said, and doesn’t seem happy: what do you mean, Civil Rights? FDR and Truman are laughing about something, possibly how fast Hirohito scampered to the bargaining table after that one-two punch in August. Carter is the nerd who wants to be part of the big-dog pack but knows they all view him as a wimp.  Clinton will hit him up for beer money and Jimmy will give him a lecture before he gives him the money, which is what Clinton knew he’d do in the end.  Carter feels like maybe Bill got what he was saying, but Bill shook his head when he was out of Carter’s sight – that guy, you can get anything out of him if you just let him read his sermon. JFK is on the outskirts of the group because he just dropped in to see how the party was going, but he’s got to get back to the room where the girls are waiting.

    The picture  of people nurturing a tender shoot growing from the stony ground is just sententious twaddle, and symbolically incoherent for a bonus – if you’re going to put a snake in a  conservative painting, you do not tread on it.

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  28. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Columbo (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin Doesn’t C… (View Comment):

    Wrong thread!

    Gary’s party.

    When I look at the Democrats, I have varying levels of revulsion.  I am especially negative towards Jackson, Wilson, FDR and Johnson.  I much prefer all of the Republicans shown in the post’s picture.  As for the revised picture that includes Nixon and Trump, my level of revulsion for Trump is on par with Jackson, Wilson, and FDR.

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  29. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin Doesn’t C… (View Comment):

    Wrong thread!

    Gary’s party.

    Or…

    My feeling here is one of “Ugh!” for most of the Democrats, and overt revulsion for AOC and Bernie.

    To include one of the greatest and bravest nominees in history, Mitt Romney, with the Democrats is blasphemy in my mind.  Romney is almost a saint, in that he refused for admire the emperor’s new clothing, and history will be very, very kind to Romney.

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  30. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    The artist is Jon McNaughton, and he does exceptionally good work.

    This picture of Trump Crossing the Potomac is nauseating in its obsequiousness, and is the type of heliography I would expect in North Korea.   

    The picture of the shoot being nurtured is okay, in that it appears that Trump is a manifestation of the snake itself, as if Trump is from the House of Slytherin.

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