We have a winner.
Out of 15 cartoons selected by me from the past 5 years of A.F. Branco cartoons, Legal Insurrection readers voted for the best cartoon.
It was a close vote, possibly influenced by Russian bot accounts and meddling, and the winner was "That Was Then":
Shakespeare in the Park's horrific and offensive rendition of Julius Caesar with Caesar as President Trump being killed has created a lot of controversy, and some advertisers have pulled their sponsorship as a result.
Last night, Laura Loomer of The Rebel media, opted not to stand outside and protest but instead entered the venue and rushed the stage to decry the "normalization" of violence against the right. Jack Posobiec, also of Rebel Media, was in the audience screaming about Goebbels and the "blood of Steve Scalise" being on their hands.
Donald Trump has laid down the gauntlet, or maybe taken the bait, on key portions of James Comey's Senate testimony.
We'll have a transcript and video when available. Here are the key Trump points: Never told Comey to close Flynn investigation, never asked for loyalty pledge, willing to testify under oath.
On the issue of whether he has tapes of his conversations with Comey, Trump said he'll let people know in the near future, and the media won't like it - "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry."
Yesterday, Trump turned the beltway on end when he abruptly fired FBI Director Comey. In Comey's absence, Andrew McCabe is acting as the interim director.
But we want to hear from you.
Who do you think should replace Comey as FBI Director?
Earlier today, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly announced she'd be parting ways with the cable news network and heading over to NBC News. Kelly's departure will leave a gaping hole in Fox's prime-time lineup.
We’re just speculating here but we’ve picked potential replacements from the Fox News stable of the well-known faces, including news types and ideologues, and one total outsider, Jake Tapper.
So, dear reader, we want to hear from you. Who do you think should replace Megyn Kelly?
The FBI letter to Congress stating that it is reopening the investigation into her handling of classified information set off the expected reaction, documented in our prior post, Mother of all October Surprises – FBI reopening Hillary email case.
Ed Morrissey suggested on Twitter that this might be another case Lucy (James Comey) pulling the football away from Charlie Brown (Hillary opponents) once again at the last minute.
Hillary and Team Hillary are on the attack, demanding that Comey release everything he has on Hillary:
We've been watching this story grow legs -- the speculation that a Democratic Party cabal met behind closed doors to discuss replacing Hillary on the presidential ticket after her unfortunately public health episode Sunday.
I imagine this was nothing more than a whisper campaign that morphed into an actual story. And you know, it couldn't have happened to a nicer gal.
But now that replacing Hillary is actually being discussed seriously, we're only doing what's proper -- voting on who we think would (not should) replace Hillary, if it were to come to that.
It's election year which means progressive celebrities are making promises they have zero intention of keeping. Namely promises to leave the country if the Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, wins the November election.
We've compiled a list of celebrities and public officials who've declared plans to peace out of the U.S. of A. if Trump beats Hillary.
What a long, strange trip this year's presidential election has become.
The media (mainstream, liberal and conservative #NeverTrump) have swarmed all over Trump in the past two weeks. Some Republicans who did not previously oppose Trump also are breaking ranks and coming out against him.
The media, by and large, has moved on from scrutiny of Hillary.
For Trump supporters, it's confirmation of bias against him and the need to tear down the establishment in its broadest sense. For Trump opponents, it's confirmation of the reasons for their opposition.
Certainly, "anything can happen." But as of now, the polls mostly look beyond horrible for Trump and have taken a nose dive.
In a normal election year, it would not be worth the pixels to run a general election poll, because close to 100% of the readers would be voting for the Republican. But this is not a normal year. So, this will be our first 2016 General Election Reader Poll.
So much speculation lately.
From Loretta Lynch's impromptu, it-just-happened, guess-who-I-bumped-into private sit down with Bill Clinton, her saying she's staying out of it but maybe not, to Hillary's interview with the FBI, to supposed leaks by "sources" in both directions.
The QUESTION IS NOT whether you want the FBI to recommend Hillary be prosecuted.
The QUESTION IS whether you think the FBI will recommend Hillary be prosecuted.
Get it? The Reader Poll question is not what you want to happen, but what you think will happen.
It's Yes or No. A time for choosing. No "undecided" allowed. Make a choice, the FBI has to.
The dispute between Donald Trump and Fox News has escalated rapidly today.
It went from Trump was thinking about refusing to appear, to Trump likely not appearing, to the campaign saying Trump "definitely" would not appear.
Megyn Kelly, the focus of Trump's ire, just announced on her show that Trump is out based on conversations Carl Cameron had with the Trump campaign. The Trump campaign apparently has released a statement to that effect.
(added) Fox News issued the following statement:
This has never happened before. A tie vote in a reader poll.
The vote was to pick the Best A.F. Branco Cartoon of 2015 based on ten I selected. After 693 votes were cast, two cartoons came in at 120 votes each.
So we are going to have a runoff election.
Here are the two finalists: