16 October 2010

Cartoon : The Elephant In the Room

Political cartoon by Rich McKee of the The Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Georgia published on 14 October 2010.

"Elephant in the room" is an English idiom for an obvious truth that is being ignored or goes unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.

It is based on the idea that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook; thus, people in the room who pretend the elephant is not there have made a choice. They are choosing to concern themselves with tangential or small and irrelevant issues rather than deal with the looming big one. (Wikipedia)

Read more at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_in_the_room

This political cartoon concerns the upcoming midterm elections in November in which the Dems (short for Democrats) are in trouble. According to all the polls, the GOP (Grand Old Party..aka the Republicans) will retake control of the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate. The Republicans are represented in the cartoon by their official symbol, the elephant, thus the “elephant outside the room.” The Dems are represented by theirs, the donkey.

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