The above statement from Newt Gingrich's presidential spokesman, Rick Tyler, caught a few eyes when it was released -- and, apparently, it caught the artistic eye of D.C.-based designer Jon White, who decided to illustrate it as a cartoon.
Some background on the statement: After Gingrigh took criticism for apparently calling Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) Medicare plan "right-wing social engineering" on NBC's "Meet the Press" last Sunday, Tyler released the statement to The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone on Wednesday:
"The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding," Tyler wrote. "Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment's cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles. But surely they had killed him off. This is the way it always worked. A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught. But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead those who won't be intimated by the political elite and are ready to take on the challenges America faces."
Image credit: Jon White