In April, the cartoonist for Politico won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. The hardware notwithstanding, I think there’s plenty more to like about Wuerker’s contributions.
His cartoons are intricate and artistic; they simply look different than the run-of-the-mill political cartoon. Maybe more important, Wuerker is a nuanced commentator, an even-handed and equal-opportunity critic who will go after folks on both sides of the aisle.
I also like Wuerker’s regional roots: He’s a 1979 graduate of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, and got his start drawing for Willamette Week, a Portland weekly.
Saturday's Opinion page will feature a cross-section of Wuerker’s recent cartoons (including, curiously enough, a cartoon taking Idaho GOP Rep. Mike Simpson to task for his bighorn sheep rider).
The Statesman strives to run a varied, thought-provoking and balanced selection of cartoons, and I think Wuerker fits that bill nicely. Let me know what you think.