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  1. 2 days ago on Doonesbury

    Sadly, I can only “like” that once.

    Though, Clinton (or maybe his staff) excepted, the Dem Presidents have been gracious losers, as have all the Repub Presidents, so far. No-one is expecting that streak to continue, though.

  2. 3 days ago on Doonesbury

    Yeah, there are stairs in the background. If this weren’t a comic strip, it would make no sense.

  3. 3 days ago on Doonesbury

    Certainly, he’s usually an examplar of bad behavior. That’s not what I was saying at all.

    My point was that, when the bad behavior is discussed 24/7, people come to expect even worse behavior. He is very often, as someone here said succinctly, and as you provided examples, rude and uncouth. And I am certainly hopeful (though doubtful) that our allies can separate him from the nation.

    Even though he exhibits all manner of bad behavior at what I view as the 1st 2 levels (rude/uncouth, and pretending the laws apply to him personally only the way he wants them to), I still think it’s not so likely we’ll see the 3rd and 4th levels (refusing to step down, and making himself a dictator). I agree with you that he’d do those if he thought he could get away with it, but I believe that cooler (smarter) heads will prevail eventually.

    And, yes, I acknowledge I could be wrong, but I also know he knows how heavily armed “flyover country” is, in real life (you probably have no idea). His erstwhile supporters could assemble a million heavily-armed people on the national mall before the Army could, even if the Army were permitted to, which they aren’t. (I know he wouldn’t care, but the generals would “push back” against the illegal order at least enough to create a game-winning delay.) They have been very tolerant of his bad behavior because it hasn’t crossed the line to “dangerous” in their opinion (I realize you think they’re wrong about that, and am not so sure either way myself), and he’s been generally stumbling in what they consider to be “the right direction”. But there’s a line. If/when he crosses it, they’ll be there to remind him whose country it is. (If that happened, you might be happy for the 2nd amendment.)

    I think he would be reminded of this before things got to the point you foresee.

  4. 3 days ago on Doonesbury

    Yup. We had cable in ’80, before the launch of MTV, in the very small city I grew up in (where GT went to college IRL).

  5. 3 days ago on Doonesbury

    Motorized roof antennas were a lot more expensive then. They’ve gotten smaller, and are now made in China. I seem to recall $100 being a pretty normal price, which was a lot in those dollars.

  6. 4 days ago on Doonesbury

    > there’s a big difference

    Yes! But people have been hammered with “Trump is uncouth” so consistently and for so long (I’m not arguing it’s untrue, just that I’m tired of hearing about it) that people expect exaggerated bad behavior from him.

    Note I said I expected he’ll be out of DC by the time it comes to turn over power. But there are so many people who expect the absolute worst of him, because that’s what they’ve been fed.

  7. 4 days ago on Doonesbury

    > don’t think the Russians expected Hillary to win

    I heard more than one person who knows the Russians pretty well say that on NPR.

    And why on Earth wouldn’t they? Every poll said she was ahead. She expected to win, and Trump expected her to win. How would the Russians be the only ones to expect Trump to win?

    True: Trump didn’t even have a victory speech prepared, and Hillary didn’t have a conciliation speech ready.

  8. 4 days ago on Doonesbury

    > the media that he pretends to hate got him elected…

    I think you’re probably right, and what I said (that it was shock and non-stop negative coverage for weeks after the election) was also right.

    The press did, as you said, enable him by giving him lots of coverage. But they also felt it was “safe” to do so, since, like everyone else, they thought he had no chance to win. He was just clickbait to them. “The Outrageous Thing Trump Did Today” was the media’s bread and butter for months.

    If they had the brains to realize it could actually get him elected, many of them would probably not have done it.

  9. 6 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    I wonder if Pastis is just trolling us with all these pun strips.

    He certainly gets a lot of comments on them. If the GoComics contract rewarded him for getting a lot of comments (as I imagine it likely does)…

  10. 6 days ago on Doonesbury

    And when I said everyone expected Trump to lose, I’m including the Russians. The evidence (that I consider trustworthy) points to their believing Hillary would certainly win, so they helped the Trump campaign (with or without Trump’s knowledge), expecting to weaken Hillary as a candidate, which would weaken her position as President. And a weaker U.S. President is better for Russia.

    I’m not saying everything in the above paragraph is true, but the “better” evidence seems to say that the Russians were reasoning that way.