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The Last Word: Week of Feb. 17

16lastwordartAnd the winners are . . .

“Who says my message is watered down?”
DALE STOUT, Sebastopol

“Better a ‘Poland Spring’ than a ‘Greek Summer’ caused by Obama’s massive debt.”

“Sometimes I swallow my water like I do my words — fast and furious”
RON BARZ, Bodega Bay

“Who says Republicans don’t care about clean water?”

“I don’t always drink water, but when I do, I prefer Poland Springs. Stay thirsty my friends.”


Every week, we’ll post a new cartoon on Watch Sonoma County and invite you to write the caption. Enter the contest by posting your caption below. Vote for your favorite by clicking “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” on each entry.

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The cartoons are drawn by Gary Varvel, who has served as political cartoonist for the Indianapolis Star since 1994.

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91 Responses to “The Last Word: Week of Feb. 17”

  1. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I’m so sick of water! Now I understand what water torture is all about.

  2. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I took to the Republican State of the Union Response like a duck to water.

  3. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Like a bridge over troubled water, I’m water under the bridge.

  4. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    My dreams are of water. And my nightmares.

  5. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Whether I float or sink in 2016, I’m definitely feeling kinda soggy.

  6. Michael Sheehan says:

    I may have a dry mouth, but Obama is all wet.

  7. Michael Sheehan says:

    Better a “Poland Spring” than a “Greek Summer” caused by Obama’s massive debt.

  8. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Now that I’m the official Republican water boy, I can’t seem to get my head above the water.

  9. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    It’s the nature of water to run down hill. I hope I don’t get dehydrated before the Big Race in 2016.

  10. Pete Foppiano says:

    You know, even I can’t swallow some o this stuff we’re peddling without help

  11. Bob Charbonnier says:

    I have to hand it to you Mr. Ryan, you got me on that one.

  12. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.

  13. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Water is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.

  14. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    You can’t trust water. Even a straight stick turns crooked in it.

  15. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    When I strap two of these on the bottom of my feet, I can walk on water!

  16. Mark Berube says:

    “People believe I was reaching for this water, actually I was ducking!”

  17. Pete Foppiano says:

    Who says Republicans don’t care about clean water?

  18. Roger Steinhorst says:

    Worked for me, you should try it sometime.

  19. Rick Childs says:

    And, y’see, this here’d only cost you 38¢ instead of 39¢, but for Big Bad Government and all those unnecessary regulators making sure it was safe to drink.

  20. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I’ll never party with Rick Perry ever again! Darn cottonmouth, oops.

  21. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    My speech trickled through my head like water through a sieve.

  22. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir me up.

  23. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Dang, I could’ve had a V8.

  24. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Latinos are Republican. They just don’t know it yet.

  25. Michael Sheehan says:

    Instead of drinking it, I should have used the water to put out the fire on Obama’s pants.

  26. Richard Smith says:

    The face that launched a thousand sips!

  27. Al Cohen says:

    Some critics thought my reaching for this bottle would be my “Waterloo”.Now they are the ones swallowing their words, not me.

  28. Al Cohen says:

    Read my now famous lips, I’ll raise this bottle, but I’ll never raise taxes.

  29. Richard Smith says:

    The sip heard round the world!

  30. Mark Bowman says:

    What, me worry?

  31. Mark Berube says:

    “Bidding starts at one hundred dollars on E bay. God, I love this country.”

  32. Julie Ambrose says:

    Did you have a hard time swallowing all that too?

  33. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Like Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “In politics stupidity is not a handicap.”

  34. Jean Anderson says:

    We’ll ALL need a big drink after 4 more years of Obama’s tsunami of stupidity.

  35. Steven Powles says:

    Good thing I bought 100,000 shares of Poland Springs a week before I gave the Republican response speech.

  36. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Comedians love me!

  37. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Big government won’t help you. And apparently a little water won’t either.

  38. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Dang, now I gotta tinkle!

  39. Dale Stout says:

    You can lead a politician to water, but you can’t make him think.

  40. Dale Stout says:

    Who says my message is watered down?

  41. Julius Orth says:

    Marco Rubio…the republican flavor of the day.

  42. richard smith says:

    Look, we don’t need a big government regulating our air,food, and water. If we pollute our water too much,we can just import it from Poland! What? It’s from Maine? Sorry, my bad!

  43. Dale Stout says:

    Oh what a relief it is.

  44. Dale Stout says:



  45. Dale Stout says:

    I’m an Agua Velva man.

  46. Dale Stout says:

    Hope Springs eternal.

  47. Dale Stout says:

    Try Poland Spring, when you’re words are too unbelievable to swallow.

  48. Roger Steinhorst says:

    Next time I want a podium, a glass of water and a couple of fans.

  49. Roger Steinhorst says:

    I know what your thinking, No, I was not paid to drink this brand on TV. I just got thirsty and it was the nearest thing on hand.

  50. Roger Steinhorst says:

    Some people use a glass, I just take mine straight from the bottle.

  51. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Cha-cha-chug it down. Only $25 a bottle!

  52. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    Close — but no cigar.

  53. richard smith says:

    My new nickname is Seven Eleven…because of my big gulp!

  54. Mark Bowman says:

    I’m so excited! Dubya himself just called and said, “Heck of a job, Marco!”

  55. Jeff Allee says:

    Any publicity’s good publicity in politics. And it helps divert attention away from the crappy job we’re doing.

  56. Dale Stout says:

    Buy American, buy Poland.

  57. Dale Stout says:

    I’m on tap to be the next President.

  58. Dale Stout says:

    Drinking water was a pour choice.

  59. Dale Stout says:

    I’m afraid my message got a little gargled.

  60. Dale Stout says:

    My numbers just went up in the Poles.

  61. Al Cohen says:

    I’d like to propose a toast to Governor Christy.” Keep eating Governor, keep eating.”

  62. Al Cohen says:

    You all know I don’t believe in global warming, but just in case I’m wrong, you’ll need plenty of this.

  63. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    No sweat, no thirst, no problem. Nailed it!

  64. Bob Charbonnier says:

    I had to give main stream media something to write about since they have been avoiding the real news-worthy stories.

  65. Bob Charbonnier says:

    Someone moved my water bottle and I think it was an inside job.

  66. John Gianfermi says:

    “And live from New York its Saturday Night!”

  67. Julie Ambrose says:

    Now on ebay, you too can bid on the bottle from “the gulp heard around the world.”

  68. Millie Bills says:

    My fundraising plan for 2016? We sell this: meteor repellant

  69. Leeann Lidz says:

    Minimum wage? Early childhood education? Gun control? My proposal – liberty and bottled water for all!

  70. Leeann Lidz says:

    The great Republican hope – bottled water.

  71. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    “Let me begin by congratulating President Obama on the start of his second term.”

  72. This Republican State of the Union is brought to you by Poland Spring water the top-selling spring water brand in America, from the great state of Maine.

  73. Lawrence Schork says:

    Drink this tax and spend water. It will make you feel better about how much money the goverment is pouring down the drain.

  74. Mark Bowman says:

    Whenever I get dry mouth from making hypocritical political attacks, I reach for Poland Spring water!

  75. John Gianfermi says:

    This is the preferred drink of honest politicians.

  76. John Gianfermi says:

    I got this water from Dick Clark and I’m really 97 years old.

  77. Bill Krumbein says:

    Believe me, I meant to use AMERICAN water…someone switched it on me.

  78. Kellie Ambrose says:

    I don’t always drink water, but when I do. I prefer Poland Springs. Stay thirsty my friends.(The most uninteresting man in the world).

  79. Al Cohen says:

    It’s not true that I’m trying to steal away the Hispanic voters, but really this is, “aqua muy buena”.

  80. Jeff Mayo says:

    I do a great Dennis Hopper impression.
    “Blue Velvet” is my favorite.

  81. Dan Drummond Sr says:

    If you donate $25 or more to my Reclaim America political action committee, I’ll send you a genuine Marco Rubio water bottle.

  82. Al Cohen says:

    “water, water, everywhere, just don’t gulp it on the air.”

  83. Mike Cramer says:

    Let’s get rich, Poland Springs right from the tap!

  84. richard smith says:

    I filled this with the best vodka money can buy! Thanks tax payers!

  85. Michael Sheehan says:

    Better a dry mouth than a forked tongue, like our Fearless Leader.

  86. James Bennett says:

    It’ll fix all that ails ‘ya…
    fluoridated water.

    It’s not industrial waste anymore!

  87. Bob C. says:

    …and when I grow up I hope to be the pitchman for Viagra just like Bob Dole!

  88. Bob C. says:

    Well, my speech may have been a dud, but at least I got an endorsement deal with Poland Spring!

  89. Ron Barz says:

    Some tmes I swallow my water like I do my words….fast and furious!

  90. STEVE HUMPHREY says:

    Gotta love the left wing media. With them I was able to turn this water into whine.

  91. Jean Anderson says:

    It’s called truth serum…Obama should try some!