THE BALLOONS. The star-spangled banners. The posters touting the man of the hour with his fashionable young family.

Then again, all that could simply be Melania Trump recalling the 2008 Democratic convention.

Yes, this week’s parade of RNC political figures in Cleveland has included a spouse speech’s plagiarism, as well as Ted Cruz perhaps upstaging the veep pick, Mike Pence — all leading up to Donald Trump’s return to the “huge” stage Thursday evening.

As the pomposity and circumstance of a presidential convention unfold — and expect more fill-a-blustering next week — here is how America’s cartoonists are sizing up, and satirizing, the scene:

LALO ALCARAZ (Universal Uclick):


by Lalo Alcaraz / Universal Uclick 2016

BOB ENGLEHART (Cagle Cartoons):


by Bob Englehart / courtesy of CagleCartoons.com 2016

ADAM ZYGLIS (Buffalo News):


by Adam Zyglis / Buffalo News / courtesy of CagleCartoons.com 2016

STUART CARLSON (Universal Uclick):


by Stuart Carlson / Universal Uclick 2016

ROBERT ARIAIL (The State):


by Robert Ariail / The State & Universal Uclick 2016

CLAY BENNETT (Chattanooga Times Free Press):


by Clay Bennett / Chattanooga Times Free Press 2016

ROB ROGERS (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette):


by Rob Rogers / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2016

JACK OHMAN (Sacramento Bee):


by Jack Ohman / The Sacramento Bee 2016

MIKE LESTER (WPWG):


by Mike Lester / Washington Post Writers Group 2016

MIKE LUCKOVICH (Atlanta Journal Constitution):


by Mike Luckovich / Atlanta Journal Constitution 2016

STEVE BREEN (San Diego Union-Tribune):


by Steve Breen / San Diego Union-Tribune 2016

STEVE BENSON (Arizona Republic):


by Steve Benson / Arizona Republic 2016

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