I refuse to believe Rose just made this cartoon. I refuse to believe in the year 2012 someone would think the joke “Washington is full of blowhards” would be amusing or clever in any way. And I refuse to believe an editor would receive this cartoon, in the year 2012, and say “Yeah, that’s good enough to run.” And I refuse to believe someone would get paid for this cartoon.
Clearly this cartoon came from 1952. Somehow a copy of it drifted out of the archives and found its way online. I don’t know how, but I have to believe it, because the other explanation, the idea that someone did think this tired cliche was clever, and an editor thought it deserved to be published, and that the person who made it deserved compensation, is too aggravating to believe. The universe can’t be that cold.