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Cartoonists Love Groundhogs Too - No Matter What Shape Their Shadows Might Take

Cartoonists Love Groundhogs Too No Matter What Shape Their Shadows Might Take

By Susie Cagle

Cartoonists love easily exploited metaphors, and Groundhog Day is one of the best. After months of wild weather across the country and government shake-ups, who better to represent America's unpredictable nature than that venerable little forecasting rodent? Over the years, Punxsutawney Phil has served cartoonists well, standing in as an easy symbol for any harbinger of news.

Cam Cardow portrays a Punxsutawney George W. popping out of his burrow, tail waggling as he looks forward to four more years in office. R.J. Matson makes Bush into Bill Murray in the "Groundhog Day" movie, reliving his State of the Union over and over again until he breaks down into the truth -- but only for so long. Bob Englehart laments a future where every groundhog has a Brokeback Mountain-esque groundhog friend. M.e. Cohen's George W. Bush receives personal pessimistic Punxsutawney Phil forecasts on the Iraq war and burrows into private homes to listen in on conversations. One thing's for sure: whether Phil sees his shadow or not this year, we're certainly in for more than six more weeks of wiretapping.

Susie Cagle is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a freelance writer. Reach her at

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