Everyone admits that political cartooning is essentially a negative art form. Satire must have its targets; humor is always at someone's expense. It's very rare for cartoonists to say something nice about a politician. I believe it was Pat Oliphant who once grumbled, "What are you going to do? Draw a halo around a guy's head?" So the only time most politicians get positive reviews from cartoonists is in their obituary cartoon.
Investor's Business Daily cartoonist Michael Ramirez has spent his career illustrating the conservative political zeitgeist, and he captures it again with his latest, jumping on the quick-growing Herman Cain bandwagon. He doesn't draw a halo, just a halo of word balloons in this unironic piece. The cartoon does target the GOP establishment, but it seems maybe less a cartoon than a foray into cartoon journalism.