This presidential campaign seems to be all about optics so here’s a good one. Although there is a loose prohibition against involving the kids of presidential aspirants in campaign mudslinging, it sometimes slips when someone in the party you don’t like does something stupid. In this case Ted Cruz put his two daughters (ages 5 and 7) into a video Cruz read Christmas stories to them with titles such as “How Obamacare Stole Christmas” and “Rudolph The Underemployed Reindeer.” This would seem to indicated that the children were well into getting into the political game but then Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Telnaes drew the above cartoon for the Washington Post and Cruz cried foul. Telnaes was unrepentant but the cartoon was quickly pulled form the Post.
Ted Cruz has put his children in a political ad- don't start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well. https://t.co/7hafBacOiK
— Ann Telnaes (@AnnTelnaes) December 22, 2015
Michael Cavna at the Post has a piece discussing more of this and asking you what you would have done. Frankly when I heard that Telnaes drew the daughters as monkeys I thought that was a little low, but they aren’t caricatures, merely symbols. But, let’s keep this campaign civil. It would be terrible if insults and personal attacks were substituted for policy discussions.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.