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Cartoons: Cynical criticism trumps syrupy civility anytime

January 30, 2011 | 12:01 am

In editorial cartoons, cynical criticism trumps syrupy civility anytime, and the state of the union is always excellent, as long as you're getting paid to skewer it. The demand for deference went in one ear and out the other for Nate Beeler. Matt Bors decried political correctness in calls for correcting political decorum. And Signe Wilkinson slammed a posing pretender, an absent high court triumvirate and the underground uniter in chief. Don't you just love a Hollywood ending?

-- Joel Pett

Sputnik

Editorial cartoon by Nate Beeler / The Washington Examiner

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Editorial cartoon by Matt Bors / United Media

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Editorial cartoon by Signe Wilkinson / Philadelphia Daily News

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Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. His work also appears in USA Today.

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