Nate Beeler's editorial cartoon that appeared in Wednesday's newspaper was insulting and totally lacking in integrity.

In the first pane, the newscaster says, "Romney's Veep selection of Rep. Paul Ryan means this will now be a campaign of substance ...". In the second pane, President Obama tells the Democrat donkey, cooking a toxic stew while reading "The Joy of Demagoguery" to "Make it a double batch!"

Really! Have the Democrats never offered substance? Even more so, have the Republicans never engaged in demagoguery?

Is that not exactly what Beeler is doing? Is that not the pot calling the kettle black? For shame!

- Irene Wren, Madison

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KAC
KAC

I see it differently, Dad. Obama is interacting with a donkey and thus implying all Democrats, not just the president, are demagogues. And I think the opinion Wren's main point is that both parties have engaged in demagoguery--the cartoon lays this accusation only on the Democrats. The larger point--both parties should stick to substance.

Dad
Dad

I guess a picture is worth a thousand words, but not necessarily the same words. I interpret the donkey (or the elephant when the imagery is reversed) as the party machine. I suppose if you have a different interpretation, you might have a different reaction to the cartoon as a whole.

Dad
Dad

So let me get this straight. The cartoon refers to two specific people; Ryan and Obama, and points out the tactics of each, in the opinion of the cartoonist, and since some in the Democratic party have had similar traits to Ryan and some in the Republican part have had similar traits to Obama, that invalidates the entire cartoon into a cheap shot?

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