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An Al Goodwyn Political Cartoon: Mitt Romney as Pierre Delecto, his Twitter alter-ego and de facto spine

Written By | Oct 23, 2019
Political Cartoon, Al Goodwyn, Pierre Delecto, Mitt Romney

Political Cartoon, Al Goodwyn

WASHINGTON: Mitt Romney, being in a perpetual search for a spine, has finally discovered Twitter, and gee, you don’t even have to use your real name.  Armed with newfound, Twitter-inspired boldness, Romney is feeling like his courageous old self… from way back in high school … when he gave someone an unwelcomed haircut. (Mitt Romney, Bully – The New Yorker May 2012)

Since he needs a nom de plume for tweeting why not something French?  And Pierre Delecto is born.   “C’est moi” exclaimed Romney, because that’s another French term Pierre would use.

Romney realizes the chutzpah he can command with an alter-ego.

If only that spine-inducing social media personage were in play during the 2012 election.  Romney replayed in his mind key moments during his battle with the Democrats when they used every dirty trick in the book to secure Obama’s re-election.

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This well documented, footnoted and thoroughly annotated book includes such dastardly historical feats as convincing the country to change clocks by an hour twice a year, securing an actual swamp for the nation’s capital and slipping the phrase “pull my finger” into the Gettysburg address.

[As a side note, the dirty tricks book was rewritten during the next four years to include using the IRS to target political foes, banning the word “terrorism” to solve terrorism, spying on political opponents, and short sheeting beds in Trump hotels.]
Enter Pierre Delecto, the avenger of the politically downtrodden

As Pierre Delecto, Romney would have had the perfect response to Harry Reid’s claim that the 2012 Republican nominee was a tax cheat.  Instead of just saying “am not” under his breath, Pierre would have provided an angry rebuttal with fists pounding on the table, fingers pointing, and demons storming from hell to fling exercise bands at Reid’s face.

“That would show ‘em”, exclaimed Romney… to himself… in a soft dignified whisper.

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Al Goodwyn

Al Goodwyn

Al Goodwyn's cartoons have appeared in numerous newspapers including the Washington Post, the Washington Times, and the Washington Examiner. Other outlets carrying his cartoons and illustrations include magazines, books, and websites. His editorial cartooning career spans more than 20 years, over which time he's won numerous editorial cartooning awards including the most recent in 2018 and 2019 from the South Carolina Press Association, in 2019 from the DC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in 2020 he won 2nd place in the 2020 Green Eyeshade Awards for editorial cartooning in the Southeast. You can contact Al at and see more of his work at