Political cartoonists are supposed to push the envelope, and Pulitzer Prize winner Pat Oliphant is one of the best, but his cartoon in this morning's Trib was more personal attack than social commentary. (For clarity, that's nationally syndicated cartoonist Pat Oliphant, not Trib cartoonist Pat Bagley, whom we also love.)
We can understand the frustration with President Bush's veto of SCHIP, but this cartoon went too far. In it, Oliphant suggests that "The Bush-Cheney Solution for Child Health Insurance" is for Cheney to use little children for target practice:
As the most anti-Bush person we know said, "Even I think that's too far."
He's the most syndicated cartoonist in the world for a reason, but a cartoon like that doesn't add anything to the dialogue, in our view.