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QUICK
Andrea | Rome, ITALY | September 20, 2011

Boy, let Becca eat up Roland quick. Please! Living in Italy I just can't wait to see a mass-media prima donna being handed a righteous spanking.

BEST
Mark Gamon | Cambridge, UK | September 20, 2011

Becca! Best new character in two decades. Love her!

FOX
Paul Gunther | Mosier, OR | September 19, 2011

I hope Fox News has been watching. Roland's spin is a riot, great humor!

YOUR MUSE
Chris Campbell | Overland Park, KS | September 19, 2011

If it costs you every fan in the US and every newspaper client, please oh please remain true to your Muse. Draw what you see fit to draw. Caption what you see fit to caption. Anything less, and the terrorists win. I actually liked Sarah Palin from the minute McCain introduced her at the convention until the minute I realized that the GOP would never have allowed her nomination unless they were up against the first viable black candidate. Since the thunder-theft role is long gone, so is any credibility she may have once been permitted to presume. I just hope the book lives up to your hype. Oh, and B.D. sure has grown.

WHY
Kevin Foley | Atlanta, GA | September 19, 2011

The public editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution offered an op-ed on why the Palin strips were dropped from the AJC. You can read it here.

MY MONEY
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | September 19, 2011

My money's on Becca in any smackdown with that tweet-twit Roland.

24 HOURS
Julia Archer | Adelaide, AUSTRALIA | September 19, 2011

The next twenty-four hours is going to be very long indeed. Hear them bangles jingle.

THE JUNGLE
H. Mason | Boston, MA | September 18, 2011

I read today's Doonesbury cartoon having just finished reading, The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair. While  much has changed since the early 1900s, it still led me to thinking that the American economy runs the risk of regressing toward such a scenario. People need to understand where we have been in order to comprehend the implications of unchecked/unregulated capitalism. America needs an economic model/plan that allows for the benefits of both capitalism and socialism. Such a model/plan needs a name, free of the connotations associated with either capitalism or socialism. Someone needs to release a movie version of The Jungle to help people understand where we have been and just how bad things were (and can be again) without government intervention and social safety nets. 

THANKS
Suzie Null | Durango, CO | September 18, 2011

Thank you for reading The Rogue so that I don't have to. Your comics are all the information that I need on that subject (and more).

HATHOS FESTIVAL
Jim Milstein | New Uraniborg, CO | September 17, 2011

It's a hathos festival! Three-in-one: McGuinness, Fox, Palin, in any combination or all together. GBT, you are to be commended.

HILARIOUS
Kathleen | Brooklyn, NY | September 17, 2011

Despite all the people writing to urge distance from McGinniss's book, I'm actually finding it hilarious, both for the subtle satire embodied by Roland, but also because she just sounds like the throw-down freak I've always suspected her to be.

HATE
James Garner | North Little Rock, AR | September 17, 2011

Re: SARAH PALIN. After reading Doonesbury off and on for 30+ years I never assumed hate towards any individual. Someone once said, "Life is a tragedy for those that feel but a comedy for those that think." Doonesbury is a 3-D living color representation (sometimes in black and white) of that statement.

TOO MUCH
Richard Hanson | Normal, IL | September 17, 2011

TRIBULULATIONS

Satire some editors can't seem to grip
Sends us online for redacted strips.
What a sorry life for mass detailin'.
We're all high, inhalin' too much Palin.

THE POINT
Tom French | Washington, D.C. | September 17, 2011

Anyone who thinks this week's strips are about Sarah Palin and not a satirical look at the way conservative players become apologists and spin doctors are completely missing the point. Personally, I'm far more concerned that Jeff won't get his book published.

SARAH PALIN
Mary A. Cole | Lutherville, MD | September 15, 2011

You really do hate Sarah Palin, don't you. You are calumniating her again in yesterday's strip. Blessed is Sarah when Trudeau reviles her, and persecutes her, and speaks all that is evil against her, untruly, for Jesus sake: Be glad Sarah and rejoice, for great is your reward in Heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets before you. Thank you for elevating Sarah to the company of the prophets. May you one day be so elevated yourself.

THE FINER POINTS
Neil H. | Seattle, WA | September 15, 2011

With regard to certain newspapers not running the Rogue strips: Once again people are missing the finer points of GBT's satire. If you read Roland's attempts to "re-characterize" the book quotes, you can't help but notice how outlandish they are even in their original context. The funniest part of the whole series is his attempt to re-spin the spin. Unfortunately, seeing the subtleties of satire (as well as filtering the hyperbole from both the right and the left) seems to require a level of critical thinking that the editors in question are incapable of, which in turn is preventing their readers from exercising that part of their brains as well. And so the "dumbing down of America" continues.

TWIG OF MISUNDERSTANDING
Pam Bishop | Miami, FL | September 15, 2011

I enjoy Doonesbury tremendously. I think you are a brilliant humorist, and, as well, a humanist and a kind of cultural historian for our several contemporary generations of Americans. I despise Sarah Palin and her like in modern public life, and was happy to see her pilloried in the form of your evil Sarah Palin doll character. The recent strips are wonderful in several respects, not least as an illustration of the misuse of language for propaganda and manipulation of opinion, which permeates all aspects of our culture, and of course is ultimately the work of Mammon. But I wish you hadn't associated yourself, even for the purposes of satire, with Joe McGinniss. Whatever his success in unearthing authentic information, he also uses the reprehensible trick of sourcing innuendo and unverified ‘facts’ to the utterances and gossip of third parties. This kind of indirect tactic is virulent in our modern political system, employed by sleazy operators like Karl Rove to discredit perfectly respectable people. It should not be tolerated, even in service against public enemies like Palin. It is a truism that people love to think ill of other people. They will all too often interpret a fact in the worst possible light and build a house of scandal on a twig of misunderstanding.

THE SYMBOLOGY OF POLITICS
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | September 15, 2011

I'm an American who has lived long enough in Canada that the last time I lived in the U.S.,  red was not used to describe John Birchers, but rather the people they so adamantly opposed. Doonesbury has once again reminded me that even the symbology of politics has changed over the years. Case in point, the SMALL BLUE ISLAND post below. In Canada, blue is tory (conservative, sort of), red is liberal, and the New Democrats are orange (federal) or purple (Alberta -- used to be green, but then the Greens came along!). Every election year in the US -- which is almost certainly also an election year here, if not two or three -- my brain becomes seriously colour-deranged. By the end of your Presidential election, I will almost have the red/blue set sorted out -- then it will end for about a year, year-and-a-half, and I will become completely befuddled again. Can't they just call them elephants and donkeys, and have done with it?

A LOWER ROAD
Marc Adler | Austin, TX | September 15, 2011

I can't stand Palin, but smears like McGinniss's book only serve to make Palin a sympathetic character, if not actually give her some kind of respectability by comparison. Judging from the other comments here, I'm not alone in this opinion, so fer crissakes stop helping Palin's image by taking a lower road than she has.  Apparently newspapers are pulling this week's strip, and that's deplorable, but what can you expect? They're dinosaurs watching that comet growing brighter in the sky.

CRANKY
Peter B. | Cleveland, OH | September 15, 2011

Trudeau isn't vouching for the McGinniss book's accuracy (to be fair, the book is starting to sound like a Kitty-Kelley-esque smear job). He's merely reporting its contents in furtherance of the real target of his satire, the far right's inevitable, far-fetched overreaction to McGinniss's claims. Mocking political spin doesn't merit censorship; it sounds like the Atlanta and Chicago editors are cranky because they know that they're ones being slammed.