The Anti-Cruz Cartoon

Before launching into my diatribe, here’s [mc_name name=”Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”C001098″ ]’s response to the Washington Post’s execrable cartoon that depicted his kids as monkeys:

The Cruz Campaign Replies
The Cruz Campaign Replies

If you haven’t yet heard about the “cartoon” that briefly appeared on the Washington Post website, you’ve probably been in hibernation. Suffice it to say that the “news”paper’s in-house “cartoonist” (she who must not be named) penned a ‘toon showing [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]’s kids as a pair of monkeys. Sen. Cruz is portrayed as the organ grinder.

This is execrable. But what I find really frightening is the response from leftist progressives. Their arguments seem to boil down to two basic points.

  1. Cruz let his daughters speak in his campaign ad. That makes them fair game.
  2. The cartoon was really aimed at Cruz and the way he used his kids in an ad.

Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) had a spirited exchange with Mike Palmieri (@mpalmieri_) on Twitter. The conversation speaks directly to the second point above. Rather than summarizing, I’ll let the two speak for themselves.


Conversation between Tom Nichols and Mike Palmieri
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The first point is, frankly, unbelievable. But I can offer examples. I listen to KPCC, the NPR station run out of Pasadena Community College. There is a two-hour segment from 11 am until 1 pm called Airtalk hosted by Larry Mantle. The first half-hour this morning was devoted to the Cruz cartoon. Most commenters favored the cartoonist, saying Sen. Cruz had used his kids as props. When I pointed out that every politician who has ever lived has done the same thing, the objection was that having one child speak made them fair game. I’m tempted to copy and paste, but instead I’ll just link directly to the comments. Warning: you will probably not like much of what you read there.

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