First off, understand this. Ann Telnaes is a cartoonist that’s employed by the Washington Post. It’s her job to lampoon the political happenings of the day. She’s not all that funny normally, and usually, she’s not all that controversial. As a cartoonist, let’s just say she’s no Thomas Nast or even Gary Trudeau. She’s mediocre. So, when she crossed the unspoken rule of cartoonists, my hunch is she did it to get attention and get her 15 minutes of fame because she realized it was the only way to get famous.
What she did was lampoon a political ad that Ted Cruz did with his daughters. Now, I’m a believer that you don’t include your kids in your ads when you run for office. I’m not even a fan of having a candidate’s spouse stand beside them when they enter or bow out of a race. I think it’s cheesy. That said Cruz has the right to make whatever type of political ad he deems appropriate. And his daughter reading from a Dr. Seuss book, he thought, was appropriate.
Well, Ann Telnaes didn’t. And she decided to lampoon the whole affair. It crossed a line. I’m sorry. You don’t go after how stupid Amy Carter is, or how ugly Chelsea Clinton is. You don’t talk about how the Obama girls dress like they’re ready for an evening on a Washington DC street corner. And you don’t talk about the Bush twins as a couple of drunks. You leave the kids out of it. It’s tough enough to be the child of a president or a presidential candidate. There isn’t an excuse that’s valid for crossing that line. Not that you were drawing a blank, not that you thought it was funny, and not that you were interested in getting your 15 minutes of fame. It doesn’t wash. Ann Telnaes is lucky she didn’t get fired. Had I been her boss instead of Fred Hiatt (the Post’s Editorial editor), she’d have security ushering her out of the door in time for Christmas.
There isn’t any place in politics for this crap. It’s garbage of the worst kind. Yes, it’s even worse than Donald Trump going after another candidate. And while I agree that it’s totally un-presidential for Trump to do that, it certainly isn’t the worst thing that’s been said in US Presidential Politics History. Far worse was uttered if you go back about 200 years to the election of 1800!
No, Ann Telnaes was 100% wrong, and the Post, while being right for pulling the cartoon, was wrong for not making her apologize. I would have at the very least made that a condition of her continued employment. So now, Telnaes has the 15 minutes of fame that she sought, and she even got a blog about it…so she can now crawl back under her rock and go back to being some obscure, untalented hack of a cartoonist that should be lucky she’s got a job at a major newspaper instead of doing those stupid cartoon drawings at Cedar Point or Disney World.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!