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Rob Tornoe’s roundup of Nobel cartoons

In Friday’s Governor’s Debate (live-blogged by jrb) at William Paterson U., Corzine, Daggett & Christie were hit with a lightning round for their one-word answers to a quickfire list of mostly silly (but fun!) questions. One of the most vexing, because it forced them to choose between constituencies, was Farms? Or Shore? Ruh-oh.

Early this morning, my charming significant other Joey Novick shot down the GSP to run racewalk walk the 32nd Annual Seaside Half Marathon and, man, that puppy is all shore. Has to be the prettiest run in the state – all flat, boardwalk (nice to knees), then into Island Beach State Park. Suck it, Iowa.

Joey’s getting ready to run racewalk walk the New York City Marathon to raise money for the Hole in the Wall Gang, the camp lifelong progressive Paul Newman started 21 years ago to create a wonderful, supportive adventure for kids with cancer, AIDS and other life-threatening illness. (Wanna donate?)

So, Joey shows up in Seaside Heights for his race number, and who’s volunteering? Rob Tornoe, who toons for Press of Atlantic City, and is a scholar of political cartooning. Rob’s a favorite, and I went looking for some of his recent work. That’s how I found his collection of worldwide cartoonist reaction to Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. Sifting through it’s interesting. International cartoonists (not Thailand and Bulgaria) more impressed; Americans less.

The Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo (at which NJ’s Wyclef Jean will perform) isn’t for a few weeks, but before then Obama’s back Wednesday stumping for Corzine at Fairleigh Dickenson U..

Cartoony kinda Sunday. Enjoy Rob Tornoe’s Nobel cartoon roundup.  

Tornoe’s take: A Rovian Eclipse

Rob Tornoe is out with his latest cartoon, this time on the Christie/Rove connections that are now coming to light:

And questions are also being asked today about whether the Christie/Rove conversations actually started back in 2003:

But might Christie discussed running for Governor with Rove even earlier? From a 2003 NYT profile of Christie:

Unlike some United States attorneys who prefer to cultivate an apolitical image, Mr. Christie remains a die-hard Bush supporter, with photographs of the president prominently placed in his office. One shot from the Texas governor’s mansion shows Mr. Christie with Mr. Bush in front of a painting of the last stand at the Alamo. Mr. Christie noted that the photo was taken by Mr. Bush’s omnipresent political adviser, Karl Rove.

The whole Christie-Bush-Rove photo session sounds so adorable, but the question of whether or not they discussed a bid for Governor or his duties as U.S. attorney is more important, because, as the the New Jersey Star Ledger writes, “Christie had been attracting buzz as a promising GOP candidate since 2003.”

Meanwhile, I wrote separately that CREW wants a closer look taken at the situation as well.

Obsessed Much?

I know what I’m about to say probably isn’t a very popular sentiment, but I don’t want that to be mistaken for justifying the unjustifiable.

I don’t have a dog in the 31st district Senate race between Sandra Bolden Cunningham and Lou Manzo, but the so-called “sex offender scandal” has gotten way out of control. Sandra Cunningham has a convicted sex offender volunteering on her campaign and PoliticsNJ.com apparently finds this incredibly newsworthy.

PoliticsNJ first wrote about it on May 18, the same day as a Jersey Journal article. Three days later, a piece by Max Pizarro included a captioned photo of Cunningham with the campaign volunteer in an otherwise unrelated post. That same day, Pizarro wrote a short piece about someone having no comment on the situation. Today, their editorial cartoonist Rob Tornoe made this the topic of this week’s cartoon.

It doesn’t need to be said that these crimes are horrific, but our society has judged – rightly or wrongly – that this man has done his time and paid his due to society. He served four years in jail, is now on parole and “as required by the law, has reported to the office every year.” The prosecutor’s office found that he was not a “compulsive sexual offender” and he’s also gone through Jersey City’s “Second Chance Program.”

Other than the one Jersey Journal article, which itself was not newsworthy, the dead tree media has been surprisingly quiet on this. The overreaction has come largely from PoliticsNJ, which is disappointing. They get deep in the weeds of politics, which is great, but I’ve never seen them be this gratuitous about what I think should be a non-issue. But it paid off – today they got their scalp. The volunteer quit.

I really am not justifying this man’s crimes, but doesn’t this set a bad standard about who can and can’t participate in civics and politics? Do we expect everyone with a crime in their past to become hermits or do we accept them back into society once they have paid for their crimes? This is purely a hypothetical, but based on the blurry line that’s been drawn to separate the acceptable from unacceptable, is it reasonable now to expect that someone will investigate Lou Manzo’s campaign to see if any of his volunteers have ever been convicted of a DUI?