There is a very good reason why the Obama campaign is crying about the New Yorker cover. They are crying because it is satire, and kewl hipsters cannot be the target of ridicule, because then they won’t be kewl hipsters anymore.
From Molly Ivins:
There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity — like what Garrison Keillor does. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule — that’s what I do. Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel — it’s vulgar.
Fads die to the sound of laughter.