The Washington Post had an editorial cartoon depicting Ted Cruz as an organ-grinder and his two daughters as dancing monkeys ... Rightly this has caused a backlash against the newspaper, which quickly took down the cartoon. As someone who has done political cartoons (and once helped get an editor fired) I was struck by this quote ... I'm unclear what policy he's referring to, but there has been an age old policy of editors ACTUALLY LOOKING AT THE CONTENT OF WHAT THEY PUT IN THEIR PUBLICATIONS! It would be stunning to me to believe they simply allow their cartoonist to put in anything they want without the editor's approval. So the lack of oversight in one of the country's leading newspapers amazes me. Additionally, it brings up a number of other issues ... The children of politicians have generally been seen as being "off limits" when it comes to political commentary. I don't know how Cruz uses his children in his campaign, but unless he does something beyond showing them off now and then I can't see how they are any different and deserving of being lampooned in a cartoon. Depicting human beings as monkeys has long been frowned upon. Had Cruz been black, this cartoon would be completely beyond the pale. I'm again amazed and wondering how a cartoonist today could think that this was in any way appropriate. And really ... an organ grinder? Let's reach for the stalest cliché we can find. What's next? Someone stranded on a desert island? Overall a very bad look for the Washington Post.