Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau for January 01, 2010
B.D: Palin can be tutored Boopsie- she's got lots of time to prepare! Boopsie: It's not an SAT test B.D. You can't just spend the first 40 years of your life being woefully ignorant of the world and how it works. And then suddenly announce you're prepared to become president because someone crammed you with bullet points! B.D: Why not? Bush did! Boopsie: Take a few seconds with that one. I can wait.
sappha58 about 13 years ago
Nicely done, Boopsie.
rayannina about 13 years ago
The coin will drop in the slot in five … four … three …
notacommie about 13 years ago
umm, on the 4th frame, B.D. could substitute “Bush” with “Obama” just as easily.
billydub about 13 years ago
So is Boopsie supposed to be a liberal Republican now, or has she defected to the Dems?
deuseldorf about 13 years ago
Bill, You don’t have to be a liberal to think that electing Palin would be stupid and irresponsible. But I suspect that letting Palin win the primary would be a great way to turn a great many Republicans into Democrats.
JerryGorton about 13 years ago
deuseldorf is correct!!
TheSkulker about 13 years ago
This is one of the best strips yet and, unfortunately, too close to reality.
deuseldorf We can only hope. But as Scott Adams said: “You can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public.”
florchi about 13 years ago
Putting Palin on the ticket back in 2008–“a heartbeat away from the presidency”–turned a lot of Republicans into democrats, independent voters, or non-voters.
Fred_Basset_fan about 13 years ago
It didn’t matter - Obama ran as a war president anyway and got away with it on election day.
Allison Nunn Premium Member about 13 years ago
Well said , Florchi. I can not imagine Republicans in 2012 being quite that dense… or at least not the majority (and the thinking!) ones…. Or at least I hope that the vocal minority are a true minority and there will be someone out there better than what we see today. Though I do think that Obama is doing an outstanding job given all he got dumped in his lap. Maybe the rest of the USA can go the way Washington State has? the top two vote getters in the primaries run against eachother; be they both of the same party or not…..
florchi about 13 years ago
Avolunteer: That’s interesting (Washington state voting info.). My comment was not intended to pass any judgment on the outcome of the 2008 election - just to point out that the numbers (i.e., votes) might have been different if not for the “heartbeat away” Palin factor. Thinking Republicans figured out that if the ticket won, Palin could well become prez - either due to incapacity of McCain during the 4-yr. term, or the fact that she would have the advantage of being a VP incumbent in 2012 (assuming McCain would not run for a second term due to age or incapacity). There was also the appearance that McCain’s judgment and/or clout may have slipped - due to an unqualified candidate going on his ticket. Hopefully the Republicans won’t make the same mistake in 2012. Of course, Boopsie seems to think that they made the “same mistake” in 2000 & 2004….
florchi about 13 years ago
I think “President Palin” would be an oxymoron.
wjlott about 13 years ago
That was one of Obamas selling point over his lack of execuitive experience. Pundents were telling the American people “he has had 4 years to tink about being president – and he has read and studied on the subject.”
If that logic is good enough for the left – it must be good enough for the right!
Nighthawks Premium Member about 13 years ago
President Paiin, take a few seconds with THAT one….
cdward about 13 years ago
^Sorry, being smart counts for something. Obama taught constitutional law, edited the Harvard Law Review and proved over and over to be not only a quick study but one who grasps the intricacies of both international and national governance. Palin showed over and over that she neither understood the issues nor had any depth in her knowledge base. Worse yet, she showed a remarkable nastiness and willingness to belittle others in public service (now, you could say the same of many here, but we are not public servants desiring to be the leader of all the people).
hizzonner about 13 years ago
“Thinking Republicans” an oxymoron? That, billdog, is just plain bigotry. And labeling. I’d be curious to hear what you have to say about southerners or the working class; two other demographics whom dems have alienated with their elitism.
mjlew01 about 13 years ago
Hizzoner- The Dems ARE the working class, The south on the other hand… They don’t put much of a premium on Thinking, Education, and Hypocrisy.
A republican crying about Bigotry, Unreal, Have you noticed ANY of the things the right have said about President Obama? Or “the dems are soft, unpatriotic, and with the terrorists’? any of that rining a bell?
The Point is W was an Incompetent fool who ran to prove something to daddy, and he did. He became The worst President in OUR NATION’S HISTORY. On the backs and Bodies of the working people and the military. As terrible as W was, Bible spice(spice) would be worse.
Justice22 about 13 years ago
TPMushroom, Amen! Shrub wanted to avenge his father because Hussein had tried to kill HW and to get that mosaic off the floor of the hotel in Baghdad. Here in the hills that is called a feud. Only thing is, W’s lack of military knowledge cost us many a good young life and turned half the world against us. I know you are tired of hearing this but Truth is TRUTH.
NoBrandName about 13 years ago
I think the worst possibility is that there seems to be a pretty large and vocal segment of the republican right wing that see anything that angers the liberal left as being good, regardless of merit (or lack thereof). This seems to be the group that Palin appeals to most.
skybluesally about 13 years ago
President Palin..Kinda spooky! Had a nightmare about that once! McCain won, he died & Sarah speeds into the Oval Office… Whooh-Hooh!! Nah, this way too bad to remember & relate now. New Year would be Unhappy & wrecked!! ; -)
longtimecomicsfan about 13 years ago
I posted this on the 29th, but I think it bears repeating:
Barack Obama was appointed the first black President of the Harvard law Review in 1990. The holder of this post is generally regarded as the top student at Harvard. There are a number of Harvard Law Review Alumni on the Supreme Court - Stephen Breyer served as Articles Editor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg served as Editor, John G. Roberts, Jr. served as Managing Editor, Antonin Scalia served as Notes Editor. But none of these, including the current Chief Justice, served as President, so there is an argument to be made that President Obama is smarter (or at least ranked higher as a Harvard Law student) than any of the Supreme Court Justices.
Sarah Palin, between 1982 and 1987, attended Hawaii Pacific University, North Idaho College, University of Idaho, Matanuska-Susitna College, and University of Idaho a second time before receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism.
I mean, I’m just sayin’…
billrad about 13 years ago
Maybe I’m laboring under a misconception, i.e. the Dems are the party of Jefferson, et al. and the GOP was founded in 1854 and included men like Lincoln. If so, the Dems gave us the gerrymander, the Chicago political machine, and the Senate filibuster. The Dems I remember most vividly are Daley, the Kennedys, and my dad. I know that one of those people was a working man. The Dems have been riding on their reputation as the voice of the working class for far too long. They might have been that at one time, but now they are simply a loose conglomeration of special interest groups.
jpozenel about 13 years ago
What in the world was McCain thinking?
RenoMike about 13 years ago
It’s a COMIC STRIP for chrissakes. That aside, Boopsie’s punchline is inspired writing. Thank you, Garry.
amabobama about 13 years ago
If you feel that Obama’s success at Harvard makes him elite, then you must be proud that Palin had a mediocre college career. And if you further believe that studying our country’s history is a waste of time (after all, doesn’t a real leader learn how the world works by listening to God and Joe the Plumber?), then Palinbush is your candidate two years from now.
RenoMike about 13 years ago
Anyone else notice how the Rightwing Crazies in their futile attempts to sway the rest of us seem to be afflicted with the dreaded Camera-Shy virus? What stuns me is they sctually think Palin’s a fox. Amazing. There isn’t enough soap in the world to make that true.
AKHenderson Premium Member about 13 years ago
While reading panel 2, the first person who came to mind was Boopsie herself. I half-expected an “I should know” punchline.
wherehaveallthetalentedartistsgone about 13 years ago
When did he stop being relevant and turn into a bigoted jackass? Just because the media buried the Obama “57 states” video or the “idiot without a teleprompter” clips but loved showing Palin avoiding the newspaper question doesn’t make your nonesense true, TRUE-doh. It just makes it seem nasty.
RonBerg13 Premium Member about 13 years ago
Uh, can’t we all just get along today, folks - can’t we just get along?
Its January 1st for heaven’s sake! Let’s try to enjoy the start of a new year on a decent note.
All of you extremist lefty \ righty types have 364 more days of 2010 to spew hatred and vile filth at each other. Try to enjoy this one day in peace.
tcambeul about 13 years ago
obummer is a fine example of cramming to be an american.
Seed_drill about 13 years ago
It’s interesting, Trudeau normally just puts in repeats, but he seems to have segued into these with the “new software for the Palin doll” strip a few days back. The last couple, however, are repeats from the election, you betcha!
Jaedabee Premium Member about 13 years ago
“As terrible as W was, Bible spice(spice) would be worse.”LoL, “Bible Spice.” I have to remember that one.
“If you feel that Obama’s success at Harvard makes him elite, then you must be proud that Palin had a mediocre college career”Not to mention it was funded simply by her being prettier than others [being a model]. That’s quite “elite.”
Still interesting how the draft dodger [Bush] was able to make the war veteran look unpatriotic, other than Kerry talks with his foot in his mouth all of the time. And what was the other running platform: “if you don’t elect me, they might give those gays rights?”
Still a second class citizen even now. Gotta love it.
Ronshua about 13 years ago
“Voting is a great scam.” , could that be possible ? 2012 free elections or was “08” the last “great scam”.?
pbarnrob about 13 years ago
While votes are counted in a secret back room by corporate machinery at the county seat, tended by corporate technicians (Trust Us!), elections will be strictly for show.
Once votes are counted in public, by elected or appointed government officials with their opposition counterparts also watching for chicanery, then we may have meaningful elections.
kat827618 about 13 years ago
You GO ! Boopsie !!!
ChuckTrent64 about 13 years ago
Reagan just read the scripts & “survived” as someone who woke up one morning & realized he couldn’t be an actor anymore so he said, “Today I am a gubernatiorial candidate.” The world bought it, or at leasst the American electorate did.
Wildcard24365 about 13 years ago
On the one hand, way to go, Boopsie! Way to be your own woman and think for yourself.
On the other hand, I think it’s deplorable that the S.A.T. is not so much a a gauge of one’s skills developed in preparation for college, but one final, empty, cram session for just one more check box in life…
ChiehHsia about 13 years ago
Hey, going to multiple colleges isn’t a bad thing… I’ve gone to 7 colleges and universities myself… but then I do have four degrees in three different fields to show for it, and none of them is “with a concentration in journalism”.