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Cartoons: Gingrich, Trump, Pawlenty -- they coulda been contenders?

March 11, 2011 |  4:47 pm

Political wannabes and has-beens constantly test the winds and dip their toes in the water. Then they weather the inevitable storm of criticism from home-state cartoonists who knew them when. To Atlanta's Mike Luckovich, Newt Gingrich is no peach -- a candidate with legs, maybe, but twice-divorced from reality. Jersey boy Jimmy Margulies fired off a dismissal of The Donald's presidential casting call, panning the Palin reality show in the process. And Steve Sack saw only the lighter side of Minnesota's favorite son, refusing to toot the horn of (groan) Pawlenty.

-- Joel Pett

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Editorial cartoon by Mike Luckovich / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Editorial cartoon by Jimmy Margulies / Kings Feature Syndicate

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Editorial cartoon by Steve Sack / Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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

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