The Key to Punditland

August 9th, 2010 | Posted in MAD Magazine

I’ve gotten so many e-mails from people asking for help identifying the one or two pundits they can’t figure out in the above panel that I thought I’d just put together a “key” to all of them… so here ya go:

Click for a closer look…

  1. Lawrence O’Donnell
  2. Monica Crowley
  3. Bernie Goldberg
  4. Jonathan Alter
  5. Joe Scarborough
  6. Ann Coulter
  7. Rudy Juliani
  8. Frank Luntz
  9. Fred Barnes
  10. Frank Rich
  11. Rich Lowry
  12. Steve McMahon
  13. Fareed Zakaria
  14. Joan Walsh
  15. Thomas Friedman
  16. Dana Perino
  17. Margaret Carlson
  18. Howard Dean
  19. Maureen Dowd
  20. Eugene Robinson
  21. Richard Wolffe
  22. Oliver North
  23. Newt Gingrich
  24. James Carville
  25. Pat Buchanan
  26. Sanjay Gupta
  27. Robert Reich
  28. Karl Rove
  29. Donna Brazile
  30. Paul Krugman
  31. Charles Krauthammer
  32. Arianna Huffington
  33. Liz Cheney

The lower panel has closeups of Huffington, Rove and Robinson.


  1. Harringtoon says:

    What no Rush Limbaugh??

  2. Hi Tom, your work is terrific. Doing a mob scene about the pundits is a great idea.
    Check out my website. My work in style is not far from yours. Tell me what you
    think. Thanks Bruce

  3. Jerry Moore says:


    This was the best article in Mad in many years. However, my favorite, Stephanie Miller was missing.


    Jerry Moore

  4. Harold says:

    Thank you so much for this! I just put out a call to my Facebook friends to identify faces here. It didn’t occur to me that you might have a blog! Great work in this piece. Is there some sort of record for “most individually identifiable caricatures in a single MAD magazine panel”?

    Harringtoon, Rush shows up on page 49, along with a bunch of other faces not seen in this shot.

    • Dick Spotter says:

      That isn’t Limbaugh on pg. 49, it’s Dick Morris. Limbaugh’s not a Fox/CNBC/CNN talking head. All of the Punditland people are.

  5. Harold says:

    By the way, is there a code to the hats? Who gets a flower pot, who gets a baby bonnet? Why does Paul Krugman get the biggest, nicest one (or two, since the design on the hat on the next page looks different?)

    • Tom says:

      No code. The munchkins in the original film had various hats and flowerpots on their heads, and I just threw in some different looks as well as some curly hair here and there.


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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