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Saturday, November 1, 2008


posted by on November 1 at 16:45 PM


It’s not exactly “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN,” but some newspaper editors are pondering how to deal with a “Doonesbury” comic strip to be published the day after the election that assumes Barack Obama will win the presidency.

Comic creator Garry Trudeau delivered a series of strips for next week’s papers showing his characters reacting to an Obama victory. But he offered no such option in the event of a comeback by John McCain, who’s trailing Obama in the polls.

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Well, few of us who want Obama to win are able to think beyond emigration or oblivion as responses to a McCain victory.

Posted by rob | November 1, 2008 4:57 PM

Here's an alternate headline for you:
Math isn't true! McCain 'wins' historic 'election'
Citizens encouraged to 'Stay inside, do not resist.'

Posted by flamingbanjo | November 1, 2008 5:07 PM


actually there are very many of us who intend to fight for the things Obama is fighting for forever no matter what.

Because for many of us we are not in it to worship one man and we have been fighting for this stuff a long time.

And for many of us we don't give up.

Andif you're worried like that here's a suggestion:

And please stay involved post election because anyway we don't change things by winning an election we actually have to get shit passed.

Pls. make anote of it.

Posted by PC | November 1, 2008 5:33 PM

@2 - At this point, it'll take a theft for McCain to win. I don't see how he pulls it off otherwise.

Posted by David | November 1, 2008 5:33 PM

How about newspapers resolve this conundrum by dropping the terminally unfunny, uninteresting Doonesbury, which takes a point off your IQ for every strip you read?

Posted by Fnarf | November 1, 2008 5:49 PM

@4: That's sort of my point.

Posted by flamingbanjo | November 1, 2008 5:53 PM

Fnarf isn't wrong about a lot of things, but when he is wrong, he's very, very wrong.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | November 1, 2008 5:59 PM

fnarf is wrong about a lot - but - it is so cute, he is unaware. the cutest is he knows more about gay than a pack of old queers, so cute

in Seattle we are so polite, people who spout blather get a nice smile and you escape as soon as you can

you do NOT call them big fool to their face

Posted by Larkin | November 1, 2008 6:05 PM


What's with the apparent chickenshittedness of the Stranger pulling a Pravda and eliminating posts, closing comments, redirecting URL's--all to the absolute glee of blogging Right-wingers--over B. Kiley's editorship of the Halloween 'Hell House' post and resultant shitstorm? Baring some legal issue, grow a pair. Even if it's merely cringing embarrassment for playing into wingnut wetdream fantasy culture war nightmares: Come on; bring it on; we Progressives can take it.

Posted by Laurence Ballard | November 1, 2008 6:24 PM

time it took to early vote today in ohio- 4 and a half hours.

number of times obama peeps gave me free water or candy- 4 times.

number of obama peeps present, encouraging the line- at least 20.

number of mccain peeps present- none that i noticed.

i fear for the lines at the polls on tuesday.

Posted by clausti | November 1, 2008 6:36 PM

If McCain wins, laughter will be outlawed.

Posted by kebabs | November 1, 2008 6:49 PM

Name one thing I'm wrong on. One thing!

Doonesbury sucks shit, come on. He hasn't drawn a new panel in twenty years, and his writing is stale and turgid. It's the same thing over and over. He's the flagship "liberal" cartoon, jerking knees but deactivating brain cells. He's not much better than frackin' Mallard Fillmore at this point.

Posted by Fnarf | November 1, 2008 6:49 PM

Dan, you are without a doubt the most superstitious atheist in existence.

Posted by Gitai | November 1, 2008 6:53 PM

You're right Dan. It's over. McCain will win because of this cartoon. After all the AP is such a respected organization and has no bias at all in what and how they report.

What is with all the chicken littles, concern trolls, and on and on and on?! It gets so tiresome. What a waste of energy.

The editor of the Connecticut paper in the article you link to states it well:
"I don't think Snoopy actually flies his doghouse either."

Posted by Mark in Colorado | November 1, 2008 7:03 PM

Fnarf ( and thnk u 4 correcting me oin the prnunceeation at that 1st slog Happy houtr -- fuh-NARF),

Garry Trudeau can't be that, he's openly married to a woman with "deactivated" brain cells. Kudos to JANE, and not that janemagazine. NAMI rocks! perhaps a reason to go with McInsane? He's an Obamantion in sheepwoolf, Virginia swing

Posted by gry mklsk | November 1, 2008 7:11 PM

i just realized It's not the Situationists Nor ee cummings certainly not Akhmatova though i wish Nor fanzine majesty below Richard Hugo i-t w-a-s the variations of All WorK noPl aymakeS Jack A duLL BoY in THE SHINING, maybe

Kubrick rocks! Who is he endorsing? I feel superstitious that 'he' will speak from the grave. Say a prayer tonight at Midnight Holy All Soul Day Mass.

Posted by gry mklsk | November 1, 2008 7:29 PM

he didn't see the point of doing the extra work, and i don't either. also what gitai said @(lucky)13. sheesh!!

Posted by ellarosa | November 1, 2008 7:34 PM

Obama up 17 in Iowa Register Poll
November 1, 2008,

The Des Moines Register, whose pollster was the only one to accurately predict the caucus results, has just issued its final poll. Obama 54, McCain 37. Hope Palin enjoyed her day here today.

Posted by Mike in Iowa | November 1, 2008 7:44 PM

Think of it --- IOWA --- might give Obama bigger margins that the left coast states

What a ride --- the HEARTLAND ---- really, speaks

Posted by GOD BLESS IOWA | November 1, 2008 8:03 PM

The Svenson family will not move to England if McSame somehow steals the election. We will only move to England *if*:

* Palin assumes the Presidency, or
* I can no longer find a public school that doesn't teach creationism, or
* It looks like they're going to wind up drafting Sven, Jr.

But yeah, Dan, I too am resting on pins and needles. If I could just drink myself into a stupor until Tuesday night I would...

fnarf, it's not Trudeau, it's you and me. I've been looking back on his old stuff, and he wasn't as funny or witty back then as I thought he was at the time. But when we were young, he was all that we had. In an era of Tom Tomorrow and the Internets, artists can go a lot further than when you have to appease 500 mainstream newspaper editors. Cut Trudeau a little slack.

Posted by Big Sven | November 1, 2008 8:09 PM

I'm a-going to have to paraphase here, but I seem to recall you saying something a while back, about how the whole Seattle Grunge scene sucked hard. That's one thing you were wrong about.

Feel free to correct me.


Posted by Fark | November 1, 2008 8:41 PM

Oh, yeah, I did say that. I was right, too. Grunge was (mostly) terrible, terrible music. Nirvana was the only one of the lot who would recognize a tune if they stumbled over it in the dark, and even they were mostly lumpenprole guitar wanking. I really, really hate rock guitar wanking. I rate it at about the "infected anal boil" level of annoyance. Several of the efforts of Pearlgarden Pimple Pilots or whatever they were called are considerably lower than that.

There, see? My perfect record of correct thinking is intact. Next?

Posted by Fnarf | November 1, 2008 9:14 PM

Nice non-pology in the post above. It's still all over the Internet; you can download it here and the link is all over the rightwing internets.

You know what they say, a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips. Just cuz you took it down, it won't go away.

Thanks for making progressives and all of Seattle look like complete and utter douchebags.

Posted by Lame | November 1, 2008 9:29 PM

XKCD has created a series of strips that details what would happen if the Electoral College graduated early and partied so hard the did not show up to vote.

Posted by John Bailo | November 1, 2008 9:53 PM

that the dream you're pinning yer hopes on bailo?

Posted by ellarosa | November 1, 2008 10:59 PM

Sorry, i don't buy it, @23. They're right - Christmas displays always have their addresses published. The homeowners had no issues resulting from the article, but Stranger staffers got death threats? Somehow, I don't think this is making _Seattle_ look bad.

Posted by wench | November 2, 2008 12:15 AM

FYI McCain was great on SNL last night - It's up at Huffington Post - He did a skit with Tina Fey - priceless!

Posted by DavidC | November 2, 2008 6:51 AM

"We regret that peaople..."

UCLA Bruins - No Regrets

Their girl's gymnastics team rocks!

Posted by gry mklsk | November 2, 2008 7:04 AM

The trailing moss in mystic glow, the purple blossom soft as snow
My tears keep flowing to the sea
Doctor, lawyer, indian chief, it takes a thief to catch a thief
For whom does the bell toll for, love?
It tolls for you and me - Robert Allen Zimmerman, "Moonlight"

fnarf, the godfather of grunge is pretty good too, preferable to underwear salesmen

Posted by gry mklsk | November 2, 2008 7:19 AM

Morning News

ok, i'm done. Happy Sunday!

Posted by gry mklsk | November 2, 2008 7:26 AM

I always liked Bloom County back in the 80s. It was criticized as a Doonesbury wannabe, a charge with probably some truth to it, but it still had some of the funniest political cartoons I've ever seen. Where is Opus the Penguin when we need him?

Posted by RainMan | November 2, 2008 7:53 AM

If McCain wins, Doonesbury will provide us with the wish-fulfilling alternate universe we will need to stay sane. It will be our new West Wing. (And the baton was already passed.)

Posted by BABH | November 2, 2008 11:59 AM

Cookie W. Monster
Your Mom's Bedroom
Any Time, Any Place, Anytown, USA

Come and get me, right-wing knuckledraggers!

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | November 2, 2008 1:59 PM

Look, either Doonesbury will be right ...

Or there will be largescale riots and many dead people.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 2, 2008 5:29 PM

Will is right. He's gonna get killed by someone.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | November 2, 2008 10:50 PM

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