Back in the 40s or 50s, Esquire Magazine, when it was still a magazine for gentleman, published some quite funny, if very risque cartoons.* One of them showed a gorgeous, voluptuous, obviously purely decorative woman talking on the phone in her apartment. Behind her is a kitchen piled to the ceiling with dirty dishes. It is quite obvious that she is on the phone with her milquetoast husband: “All is forgiven, Dear. Come home. I miss you terribly.”
That cartoon, which I haven’t thought about in decades, popped fully formed into my head when I read that the Obama Administration is doing what it can to hasten a Supreme Court hearing about ObamaCare. Alana Goodman posits that this rush has a purpose: “Maybe they reasoned that Obama would have more time to recover from a SCOTUS decision the June before his election, rather than risking a potential September or October surprise?”
Goodman shares the same assumption I do, which is that the currently constituted Supreme Court will reverse ObamaCare, probably in its entirety. If that happens in June, Obama has the perfect campaign strategy: We tried, our first effort was flawed, we now have a clean slate, so let us try again. You know we’ll get it right the second time. And all I can think about is that old Esquire cartoon.
*I hasten to add here that I was not around when Esquire first published these cartoon. My Dad loved books that gathered together magazine cartoons, and one of the gems he found at Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul’s was a collection of Esquire cartoons. I also inherited from him a lovely book that put together the best cartoons from the old British magazine, Punch.