Who know that Darrell Issa is a big art fan?
An article in Pravda on the Potomac reported with giddy excitement Issa’s coming investigations of anything and everything (hot on the list is the allegation that Michelle Obama fed her family dead chickens and then used the bones for soup!). And while Issa’s efforts to use investigations as a tool of obstruction deserve some discussion, it is Issa’s choice of art that concerns us this evening.
Over his shoulder is a painting of six former Republican Presidents playing poker with GWB looking at Reagan’s cards and Ike laughing at the lot of them. Now in Issa’s Republican Party most of these former Presidents would be drummed out as Rinos–and anybody with the policy views of any of them (with the exception of Bush Jr.) would face a TeaBagger rebellion, but that is not the focus of this post.
Rather, I seek to look to the linkage between Issa’s painting and the long tradition of paintings with dogs playing poker. It seems to me that this tradition is the source of the composition of Issa’s poker playing exPresidents. To help you appreciate the artistic influences I am including two samples of dogs playing poker paintings along with Darrell’s art. Which do you think is the strongest influence, A or B:
Me, I think sample A is the stronger influence, while I admit that some of the classic black velvet dogs playing poker paintings are also strong contenders.
Issa’s painting is a fine example of the way that the dogs playing poker painting tradition is being used in new ways. Who knew he was an art buff?
Perhaps we can look forward to an investigations of the art that Sasha and Malia Obama hang on the refrigerator on the second floor of the White House. I’m pretty sure that somebody colored outside of the lines at some point.