Editorial Cartoons July 17, 2022: Election Outlook, Economic Pain, Webb Telescope


The 2022 midterm elections are four months away and the 2024 presidential election two years away, but this week’s gallery of editorial cartoons offers several commentaries on the two parties’ prospects.

In our main image, Walt Handelsman of the New Orleans Times-Picayune/The Advocate sees Democrats and Republicans being dragged down, respectively, by the weight of President Joe Biden’s unpopularity and the role of former President Donald Trump in the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol. “Ha, you’re going to fall! says the GOP elephant to the Democratic donkey as they both sink beneath the waves.

A New York Times/Siena College Poll showed that 64% of Democrats do not want Biden to run for a second term and three-quarters of registered voters see the country heading in the wrong direction. Steve Breen of the San Diego Union-Tribune draws a campaign sign with the silhouette of the president leaning on a walker. In Joey Weatherford’s view, the sour economy makes its protagonist yearn for “mean tweets” times.

There are a lot of commentaries on inflation and the economy. Michael Ramirez drives Biden’s US bailout helicopter up in flames and comes in for a crash landing.

Other hot topics covered in this week’s editorial cartoons include the release of the first deep-space images from the James Webb Space Telescope; public protests targeting Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade; the January 6 House Committee revelations about the right-wing groups Trump summoned to Washington for January 6 Electoral College certification; and Biden’s controversial visit to Saudi Arabia.

The cartoons were drawn by Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett, and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and Steve Breen, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.

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