In August, even cartoonists go on vacation. If huge news broke out, like Middle East peace or a development in the JonBenet case, there'd be an alarming shortage of available talent to lampoon, ridicule, belittle, satirize or otherwise distort it. Even those of us who, unlike the president, don't curl up with existentialist French literature take short vacations of the mind, content to go from endlessly summarizing news to the equivalent of an endless-summer snooze. Soon enough, September looms, a school-days reminder to get out our pencil boxes and stop goofing around. There's lots to cover before midterm elections. — Joel Pett
Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.