CARTOONISTS NATURALLY pursue political animals with political animus, especially when it's election season and two-legged, two-faced candidates are the big game. Though we largely ignore some elephants in the room, like the new Cold War, the global food crisis and whether you can see Russian lipstick from Alaskan bridgework (OK, so we got that one), we always find time to look in the media mirror and reflect on the overage of coverage. Nick Anderson calls 'em as he sees 'em in a coliseum, Dan Wasserman practices pachyderm journalism in a mainstream maelstrom, and John Trever walks (and draws) a more centrist line midway down the affairs of state. Moderation? What a freak!

— Joel Pett

Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.