The political cartoons the Gazette chooses to run are often not funny. Today's example
Failed jokes are the sort of dreadful thing that one really doesn't like to talk about, but although one's sense of humor can be seen as a privacy issue (raising Constitutional issues again), when it impacts others, it becomes a matter of valid public concern.
Montana Headlines admits to being a pretty humorless site. One cannot try to be what one is not. But the editorial staff at Montana Headlines does roar at good political humor, regardless of who is being skewered.
Good political humorists are able to get people almost anywhere on the political spectrum to laugh, regardless of who is the butt of the joke. Granted, as any exposure to political cartoons of the 19th century will demonstrate, political cartoons have a venerable history of being more preachy and vicious than hilarious.
Things have evolved for the better since then, however, and skilled humorists of every genre (particularly on television) have proven that political humor can actually be humorous.
The other effect that a political cartoon has on an editorial page is that it is often visually linked with a written editorial. Such is the case in today's Gazette, where the above cartoon is given as an inset for William Rusher's opinion piece about Iraq. William Rusher admittedly was in favor of the Iraq war when it was believed that WMD's were present there, and when they were not found, he supported the idea that in the wake of the war, the best thing America could do was to use our position in Iraq to change the political course of the Middle East. But this is not the place to analyze Rusher's views on Iraq.
The point is that in this particular column, Rusher is not advocating for the President's "surge," and states clearly the obvious, that Bush's plan in Iraq has failed, and that if this last gasp effort fails, that "Bush's legacy in foreign affairs will be one of abject failure." He is most emphatically not singing "Give War a Chance," in the words of the cartoon.
For the record, Montana Headlines has generally disagreed with Rusher's positions on the war from the beginning. But if political cartoons are going to be visually linked with an editorial, there should be a closer correlation between the content of what is written and the content of the cartoon.
And please, for the sake of the children if no-one else, give humor a chance.