Our readers started their engines and roared off to a fast start in this week's Observer Cartoon Caption Contest, but the winner's circle only has room for one.
The winning caption:
"George, the secret to success is wrapping yourself up in a flag that some Democrats are actually fond of. "
-- submitted by John Sheppard of Charlotte.
In lieu of a loving cup and wreath, Mr. Sheppard will win our grand prize, the original cartoon art with his caption hand-lettered on it.
We again received over 200 entries, and while the captions stayed bunched in a pack for the most part, rarely touching a subject outside of NASCAR or Iraq, some did finally surge ahead for special recognition.
"Maybe your colors don't run, but mine sure do!"
--submitted by Rick Romanoff of Charlotte.
"You couldn't get France to support your plan -- but we're betting the Frances will support ours!"
submitted by Steve LaDue of Fort Mill, (referring to NASCAR's France family).
"Yes, Mr. President, I think we can get 'em to start turning right."
-- submitted by Don Killian of Mount Holly.
"Thanks, Mr. President, but I prefer the race card."
--submitted by E. Lonnie Hooks of Charlotte.
Thank you all for your ideas! Here's a sampling of the some of the other better lines that came in this week:
"Even so, your reign is more checkered than mine."
"I'm covering up a Seahawks jersey. How about you?"
"All draped up and no race to go."
"I don't know why they turn left."
"Maybe if we hadn't bought an arena, we would've had money for heat."
George, welcome to the tri-oval office."
"My tailor?...why it's House Of Humpy, of course."
"Check your coat, sir?"
"'Dress for success' means more than 1 suit!"
"I'll show you my hidden agenda if you show me yours."
If you'd like to add any of your own late captions, or join a discussion on our judges' selections, please feel free to click here or on the little blue "Comments" link found just below this post. Please visit us Monday for the next cartoon challenge.
--posted by Kevin Siers