Originally published in the Ann Arbor News, Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, Saginaw News
October 28, 2012
Yeah, I don’t know. I had higher hopes for this cartoon. There were two thoughts that amused me. The first was about the proposals. Here I am a Michigan editorial cartoonist who is supposed to know stuff about this stuff, and I have a hard time remembering which one is which. (This is, by the way, exactly the reason why ballot proposals amending the state constitution are a bad idea. Who can fully grasp the full intentions of these things, let alone the potential consequences?)
The other thing that struck me funny was the idea of voters with this vague notion of Pete Hoekstra — sort of like, “it must be time to vote because there’s that Pete Hoekstra guy again and he seems to be running for something.” I could try to explain to you why I think that’s funny, but then it wouldn’t be funny.
After that, I was just casting about for additional thoughts. The obvious one last Thursday when I was drawing this was that Michiganders would be totally pre-occupied with the Tigers and the World Series. But by the time the cartoon hit the newspapers Sunday, the Tigers were swept. *Sigh* Maybe that’s why I don’t have any particular enthusiasm for the cartoon anymore. Summer is now totally over and we only have elections to look forward to….