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.

Throwing Uncle Joe under the bus

Throwing Uncle Joe under the bus

“Politics ain’t beanbag,” the fictional Mr. Dooley once observed. So it should have come as little surprise to former vice-president and Scranton native Joe Biden that elements of his long political career could and would be used against him, fairly or not. Case in point: California Sen. Kamala Harris’ attack during the recent round of Democratic presidential debates, wherein she painted Biden into a corner over his record regarding federally mandated busing as a way to alleviate segregation four decades ago. Whether or not it’s accurate — or, like I said, “fair” — to view a complicated issue from a different era through a modern lens is one matter. What’s clear is that Harris managed to score a hit, dinging Biden’s commanding lead in the polls.

Bombshells bursting in air

Bombshells bursting in air

There’s still much to learn regarding former Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright’s misdeeds while in office. One thing’s kind clear, though: He hit the ground running, engaging in corrupt activities almost as soon as he was sworn in, and conducted himself in a manner that made it fairly easy for federal investigators to do their jobs.

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