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Whatever can be said of the consequences for the United States and the world as a result of the last five years of the Bush administration, one thing is clear: These have been good times for political cartoonists—and Tom Toles in particular. Whether it’s President Bush’s attempt to privatize Social Security without using the word “privatize,” his plan to strike back at Osama bin Laden by toppling Saddam Hussein, or his idea that the best way to prevent forest fires is to clear-cut forests, this administration has been ripe for lampooning, as Toles’ latest collection, Now Who Do We Blame?, makes clear. For those who feared that the exit of Bill Clinton and the blue dress from the White House stage would lead to a lull in political humor, this collection will alleviate some anxiety. But for those who prefer their laughs at the expense of illicit White House blowjobs rather than a disastrous war based on deliberate deceptions, Toles’ cartoons are more heartbreaking than hilarious. Toles speaks at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Ryan Grim)