Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau for December 13, 2020

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    BE THIS GUY  almost 2 years ago

    Sounds like grounds for a Supreme Court case.

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    eromlig  almost 2 years ago

    It makes me feel blue AND see red…

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    Georgette Washington Bunny  almost 2 years ago

    I like the none too subtle color change.

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    kaffekup   almost 2 years ago

    I’m surprised that he didn’t make the leap at the end as to which is the party that keeps its members sh###g their pants so they’ll vote in lockstep for them. (Hint: it’s not the blues.)

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    socalvillaguy Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Believe it or not, the colors were reversed at one time.’s%20election%2Dnight%20news%20studio.&text=Since%20the%201984%20election%2C%20CBS,1980%2C%201984%2C%20and%201988.

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    Alabama Al  almost 2 years ago

    Reportedly, the color assignments was started by USA Today. (A paper I use to read regularly, until they priced themselves out of the market, as far as I was concerned.)

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    Johnny Q Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Blame Fox News. (Same with those annoying headline crawls!)

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Word was that the networks didn’t want to be seen as associating the Democrats with the Reds, which at the time meant “Communists”.

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    dadoctah  almost 2 years ago

    And yet Trump wears a red hat and a red tie.

    (On the other hand, there’s a lot of evidence suggesting that he’s color blind. For instance, look at that fake tan job.)

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    syzygy47  almost 2 years ago

    Because the colour assignation was designed by men (for the purpose of coding within media charts). If it was designed by women, potentially we could have parties represented by the millions of ‘fake colours’ like cream, eggshell, ivory, Navajo white, and vanilla. Just saying, ROYGBIV was good enough.

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    Liverlips McCracken Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    I cannot dispute BD’s analysis of the color’s meanings and associations. Maybe he should be remarking on their appropriateness for each political party.

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    tudza Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    They just chose some patriotic colors for the TV election maps and used to cycle them, but they got stuck at what we have now around the 2000 elections.

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    Stray  almost 2 years ago

    In Canada it’s the opposite: the Liberal Party is red, the Conservative Party is blue. Then there’s the New Democratic Party (orange), the Bloc Quebecois (light blue) and the Green Party (green).

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    admiree2  almost 2 years ago

    Outside masks, especially in the winter, are a “two fer”. You get a bit of extra filtration of the cold air going into the respiratory system as well as any micro particles, and you don’t have to be concerned about any sudden encounters with the oblivious or other maskless “freedom fighters”.

    It certainly does not do any harm to anyone to be overly cautious. For some reason the knuckle walkers are bothered by the fact that you have the freedom to do something that they do not want to do.

    When they do their versions of “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” I certainly would not mind obliging them since they are giving me the choice. Maybe I should have them sign a waiver and agreement first to avoid repercussions.

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    nosirrom  almost 2 years ago

    The color assignments are rather arbitrary. But when the three major networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS, coordinated the color scheme it did make it easier for the viewers. Still other colors would work just as well. Say Orange (guess which party) and Green. Well maybe not green, that could cause problems if the station is using green screen technology.

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    VegaAlopex  almost 2 years ago

    The color scheme is so subtile as the strip slowly turns from blue to red.

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    davemichelson  almost 2 years ago

    Is the USA the only country in the world where blue goes to the left wing party and red goes to the right wing party?

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    WMORAN1  almost 2 years ago

    It started in 2000. Originally the Big Three news networks would change it every election. Dems would be red one cycle and then blue the next. But because of the long drawn out process in 2000 [when the Dems were blue] the ‘Red/Blue’ stuck.

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    Yngvar Følling  almost 2 years ago

    If you watch the movie “The Guns of Navarone,” you might pay attention to Anthony Quinn’s colour scheme. He does the exact same trick as here, gradually shifting the colours of his clothing from blueish gray to red, to depict the increasingly agitated state of his character.

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    gokar  almost 2 years ago

    Excellent use of color change from panel to panel. Redder BD gets madder he is it’s a color conspiracy.

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    Carl Fink Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    “Is the sky blue?” No, it’s gray-green, BD. Look up.

    I like how the colorist gradually turned the entire environment redder and redder as BD gets angrier.

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    Ignatz Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Because red is associated with Russia.

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    tom.amitai  almost 2 years ago

    By the way, why are police still associated with the color blue? It seems like they all switched to black colored uniforms a long time ago. Unless that’s a very dark blue?

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    Paul Gundlach Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Before the 2000 election there was a lot of inconsistency but more often than not blue was assigned to Republicans. When the color associations were too entrenched to change after 2000, Republicans were not happy. They preferred blue because it had more of a look of gravitas and liked red for the Democratic Party because it had a subtle communist association.

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    RichardHunter  almost 2 years ago

    Has he considered taking this case to the Supreme Court?

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    Radish the old word monger Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    I’m joining the elephant party cause elephants are bigger and smarter than donkeys.

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    blackdawne  almost 2 years ago

    Red use to represent communisms or Russia…enuff said.

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    Teto85 Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    The scheme is reversed in Canada and the UK.

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    Bucinka  almost 2 years ago

    I thought it was Tim Russert.

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    Linguist  almost 2 years ago

    I belong to the Day-Glo Orange Party.

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    bwalk7217 Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Well, if you’re going to get into it, might as well point out that the Republican mascot is an Elephant, generally considered wise and intelligent. The democrat’s mascot is a Donkey, biblically referred to as an ass.

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    sergioandrade Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    I had assumed “Republican Red” was inspired by Nancy Regan who liked wearing red most of the time.

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    Another Take  almost 2 years ago

    Trudeau can still bring it. Excellent!

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    Redd Panda  almost 2 years ago

    B D’s reaction is true to life.

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    montessoriteacher  almost 2 years ago

    JFK referred to the GOP mascot elephant as a circus animal, walking round and round in circles. The Democratic mascot donkey is known as a worker animal. Whatever. I like elephants, just not too crazy about Republicans.

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    hfelder7219  almost 2 years ago

    I remember it was reversed in 1980- as Reagan kept winning more states, Dan Rather remarked that the map was starting to look like a swimming pool.

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    Plods with ...™ Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Oh for…

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    montessoriteacher  almost 2 years ago

    I’m glad to see the couple wearing masks when outside their home. Over the past month, 8 people who I know personally have become infected with COVID-19. One died, one is in ICU, 3 were in the hospital. These are mostly in the Midwest region. Most were in Missouri and 1 was in Wyoming, 1 in Kansas.

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    Lee Taplinger  almost 2 years ago

    NH 30,244 cases.

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    j.l.farmer  almost 2 years ago

    and you wonder why the Republicans are colored red….especially with their latest insane action of seeing red, trying to eliminate the peoples’ votes in Michigan, Wisconsin Pennsylvania, and Georgia using fake facts to destroy our constitution, our country, and our democracy

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    Cincoflex  almost 2 years ago

    Love the subtle color shift of the whole strip.

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    sueb1863  almost 2 years ago

    Now ask why the party symbols are the donkey and the elephant! (Thanks, Thomas Nast)

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    NutleySixty  almost 2 years ago

    Trudeau shows the conversation when they are wearing blue clothes to be calm and reasonable, but when they take off the blue jackets and both the clothing and background turn red, he is yelling at her for no reason. Very slick.

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    When you’re in a bad mood everything is annoying. Keep him away from the puppies and kittens for a few days.

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    Wizard of Ahz-no relation  almost 2 years ago

    I think red went for the republicans because it was reagan’s favorite color

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    Radish the old word monger Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Maybe the GOP should turn Trump orange.

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    marklungo  almost 2 years ago

    I love how the color scheme of the comic gradually changes as B.D’.s anger takes over.

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    daisypekin01  almost 2 years ago

    Case in point!

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    artmer  almost 2 years ago

    At least around wisconsin, the sniveling gop weaktards use blue in their campaign signs. They should grow a pair and use red.

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    jerry400  almost 2 years ago

    I see what you did there with the colors .. in answer to your question, it is because they fit

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    dlaemmerhirt999  almost 2 years ago

    I mean, “fear,” “menace” and “danger” PERFECTLY describe the trumplican party, so . . .

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    Flatworm  almost 2 years ago

    Related question: Why did Republicans get the elephant — dignified, intelligent, loved by everybody? And Democrats got the jackass?

    Seems backward to me.

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    salunga  almost 2 years ago

    Maybe this was mentioned earlier….I entered the US Armed Forces in 1976. Then, and now, blue denoted allies in the war games and red was assigned to the enemy. that never varied. Purple signify the joint forces of the US military working together. I’ve always wondered why the GOP chose (so I thought) the color of our military enemies.

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    GreggW Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Calm down BD, actually it was totally by chance:

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    Super Fly  almost 2 years ago

    Am I delusional, but weren’t Ds red at one time? Nixon’s campaign in ‘68 was blue-themed, I think.

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    Eric S   almost 2 years ago simplification fallacy.

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    LarryLadutke  almost 2 years ago

    And why did the Republicans get to steal the color red from Socialism?

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    gopogogo Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Actually, we’re more purple:

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    tinner2000  almost 2 years ago

    The democrat color should be PINK!!

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    Solaricious Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    And more, it’s the color of Commie sympathizers, right Mitch?

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    Faby  almost 2 years ago

    Is BD a republican? Whoda thunkit!?!

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    Ka`ōnōhi`ula`okahōkūmiomio`ehiku  almost 2 years ago

    Outside they are blue (with the cold?). Inside they are red (with anger?).

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    Ka`ōnōhi`ula`okahōkūmiomio`ehiku  almost 2 years ago

    Political colors: Red and blue represent only two of the USA colors. White is not PC.

    Red: Conservative.

    Orange: Trumpeters.

    Yellow: (No party would ever touch that)

    Green: Sustainable life!

    Blue: Power from the people, to the people

    Purple: Freedom from an oppressive government

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    Ka`ōnōhi`ula`okahōkūmiomio`ehiku  almost 2 years ago

    Red is the color of “pay attention!”

    Blue is the color of “chill.”

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    TomTierney  almost 2 years ago

    Excuse me, these are cartoon characters, did you leave common sense on your ballot

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    bakana  almost 2 years ago

    Because spreading FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) is the entire RepubliKlan election strategy.

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    Will Henry  creator almost 2 years ago

    Now that’s pretty cool

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    Andylit Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Big 3 networks did it. In fact they used to mostly use red for the Dems, up until the late 90’s or so.

    Look it up. I have my own theory about why, but I doubt anyone at any of the networks will reveal how and why they all “independently” decided to unburden the Dem party from its usual association with red.

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    Eric S   almost 2 years ago

    He’s yelling because he has PTSD.

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    Bicycle Dude  almost 2 years ago

    Very funny. Especially the yelling, as if volume makes it more factual.

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    ktrabbit33  almost 2 years ago

    I have a soft, double-layered flannel mask that’s proving to be quite warm and cozy now that cold weather is here in NH. Not so much when it was 95 degrees in July…

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