I woke up this morning with one of the news shows talking about a cartoon that was pulled and something about Ted Cruz’s kids being off limits. I didn’t get the whole thing so I had to wait until I found an article online about what the dustup was about.
It seems Ted Cruz used his family to make a political commercial, actually a pretty amusing political commercial that zinged all of Cruz’s advisaries, Hillary Clinton in particular using his daughter to deliver the punch.
Cartoonist Ann Telnaes saw this as an inappropriate inclusion of Cruz’s kids into his campaign and drew a cartoon to voice her opinion on that matter.
That cartoon drew the ire of Cruz, who blasted back over the cartoon’s inclusion of his kids — typically, of course, a line that the mainstream media does not cross. (Cruz also tweeted out the cartoon with his reaction.) Telnaes acknowledged that the children of politicians are typically off-limits, but wrote that the ad — in which “his eldest daughter read (with her father’s dramatic flourish) a passage of an edited Christmas classic” — made a depiction of the daughters “fair game.”
I think Cruz is making a mistake by taking exception to this cartoon. It would have passed on into obscurity in a day. Now it plays on and brings into question Cruz inserting his kids into his campaign.
UPDATE: Maybe it wasn’t a mistake. Callum Borchers with the Washington Post seems to think it’s a gift and, now that I think about it, I agree.
The cartoon episode does two things for Cruz: It gives him a piece of evidence to pull out whenever he wants to argue that the loathsome “mainstream media” doesn’t treat him — or conservatives in general — fairly. And it makes his and his supporters’ anti-establishment pushback seem effective, by virtue of the retraction.