John Cole Cartoons

John Cole has been The Times-Tribune’s editorial cartoonist since April 2005. He draws five to seven full-color cartoons weekly.

Red meat in, red meat out

Red meat in, red meat out

Presidential budget proposals typically are nothing more than political statements. They stand no chance of being enacted; rather, they lay out an administration’s spending and program priorities. That said, Trump’s newly unveiled proposal is little more than a cynical kiss-off to middle- and lower-income Americans, many of whom have supported him.

Inside their heads

Inside their heads

I’m not completely comfortable with many of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s positions, but have to give her props for her preternatural political and social-media skills and preparedness when it counts. It’s been fun watching the GOP and right-wing pundits frantically grasp at straws to tar her, only to be dispatched by a quick tweet or fact-check. None of this is to say that she’s squeaky-clean in all matters; she is, after all, a political fish who has to swim in some seriously money-polluted waters. But it’s abundantly clear that “AOC” (as she’s frequently referred) has burrowed deep inside the right’s collective head — she represents the country’s demographic future, and that has them scared silly.

His true love

His true love

Trump’s rambling two-hour speech — although “exercise in performance art” probably fits better — in front of an adoring throng at this year’s CPAC gathering was beyond vintage fare from the guy. Disjointed and inarticulate. Angry. Jocular. At times utterly incomprehensible — it was Trump-on-steroids. He literally hugged the flag (the first sign of a fraud), patted backs (namely, his own), settled scores (against Comey, Sessions, Clinton, etc.), name-called (“Shifty Schiff?”), tossed around a vulgarity (the DoJ investigations are based on “b*llshit!”), exaggerated and fabricated (attendance at his rallies, gave Gen. Jim Mattis his nickname), tossed in some partisan extremism (“We have people in Congress that hate our country”), and finally, extolled the “love” he felt in the room.

And, oh yeah — there was love. The crowd lapped it all up and might have been able to sit through another 120 minutes. The greatest love, of course, was Trump’s for himself, and the sounds made from air being squeezed through his vocal chords.

It’s only money

It’s only money

Bryce Harper’s fat $330 million 13-year contract with the Phillies got me thinking about money, priorities and our fascination with watching grown men playing kids’ games.

Red-facebook

Red-facebook

Old Forge School Board President (and perennial also-ran in elections everywhere else) Frank Scavo was contrite when called out on the religiously bigoted anti-Muslim posts to his Facebook page. Claiming that he was caught up in a wave of antipathy toward Islam following terrorist acts in France and in California, he apologized and later took down his entire Facebook page. That’s all well and good, but you have to question the judgement of anyone aspiring to higher political office (Scavo’s currently running as the Republican for the state house’s 114th District seat) who would post such material in the first place.

We hardly knew ye

We hardly knew ye

Recently (and quite secretively) installed Scranton School Board Director Gopal Patel’s tenure was notable mainly for its brevity.

About John

John Cole has been The Times-Tribune's editorial cartoonist since April 2005. He draws five to seven full-color cartoons weekly.