I’ve taken a couple of respectful lumps for siding with the newspapers that opted to drop Doonesbury for the week. Now that I’ve seen the entirety of the storyline, I can see how a reasonable editor would say, “this is out of bounds.”
John Kass wrote an article for The Chicago Tribune about the whole episode. I can’t endorse everything he wrote (he comes to the issue from a very politically conservative position), but his last paragraphs sum up nicely how I’m feeling about this whole week with Doonesbury:
What really annoys me about all of this is that I’ve had to defend Sarah Palin. I don’t much like her. I don’t like her attempts to become the den mother of the tea party. She had a chance to cast herself as a serious person, but instead, she opted for celebrity and that mama grizzly survival show. She’s flaunted her lack of depth, proving she’s not ready for the presidency.
But Trudeau has overplayed his hand. This cheesy attack on her only makes the ineffectual Palin seem more powerful, influential and threatening, at least to the political left.