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.

Song for a former bishop

Song for a former bishop

Former Scranton Bishop James Timlin’s appearance at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has made life even tougher for the embattled Scranton Diocese. Despite damning allegations made by a Pennsylvania investigative grand jury regarding decades of coverups of pedophile priests — as well as being asked specifically by Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera to stay away from the conference — Timlin’s presence suggests the church and diocese aren’t entirely serious about addressing the scandal.

Pulling the rug out

Pulling the rug out

Of the 75 Republican candidates that Trump endorsed in the 2018 midterm elections, only 21 — or 28 percent — have so far gone on to win. His percentage locally (8th Congressional District) and statewide (governor and senate) was exactly zero. Trump’s long treated Pennsylvania as a political prize, having won the state in his unlikely 2016 presidential victory. Tuesday’s results strongly suggest that’s not the case anymore.

“W”

“W”

Election night cartooning can be a tricky matter. The situation typically is fluid as returns filter in and leads grow and then shrink.

But not in all cases. The re-elections of Sen. Bob Casey and Gov. Tom Wolf were as close to a sure thing as one finds in politics.

Not on the ballot?

Not on the ballot?

The GOP’s reliance on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as a fear-inducing boogeywoman of the “radical left” became actually comic as the election year wore on. Her name was sneeringly invoked in endless ads by Republican House candidates both here in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, as if the mere mention of the former first female Speaker of the House’s name would be enough to carry the day.

Welp, that day has come. It’s time to vote. And despite what the GOP would have you believe, Nancy Pelosi’s name won’t be on your ballot.

About John

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