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OBNOXIOUS PRAT
Adam | Tsukuba, JAPAN | November 17, 2011

Hey! Isn't the obnoxious prat in the glasses giving Joanie a hard time Howie, the little snot-nosed sexist brat from her day-care class?

HOWARD DEAN'S LEGACY
Thomas Williams | Annapolis, MD | November 16, 2011

Today's strip made me compare Howard Dean's crucifixion for a mere war whoop to the accusations of sexual harassment and racism made against today's GOP contenders. Howard Dean's legacy must include the fact that he showed all future candidates how to use the Internet during a campaign.

20-SOMETHINGS
Nigel | Leed, ENGLAND | November 16, 2011

Today's strip really reflects well the 20-somethings of today. Well meaning, but sometimes insensitive in the way they express their concerns.

LAUGHED OUT LOUD
Doug Bowker | Salem, MA | November 15, 2011

I have been reading Doonesbury for forever, it seems, and more often than not it brings a smile to my morning. Today, I actually laughed out loud with the droll conversation between Alex and Joannie, and the offer to cover for any "senior stuff." Love it! And it must be a situation many aging boomers confront, part multi-generation gap, part truth. I recall Joannie hopping into the chopper sidecar with Mark back in the day (with Mike getting left behind of course) and now her granddaughter is concerned she'll break a hip at a meeting. As usual, good writing on so many levels.

B.D.
Laurie E. | Bloomington, IN | November 14, 2011

I agree with NOT CARING. Not only has B.D.'s emotional growth made him very appealing, but finally women have our equivalent to Jessica Rabbit.

GOOD TO SEE
Steve | Wadsworth, OH | November 13, 2011

It's good to see a little honesty on Sunday. God bless those honest republicans as they seek to impose real democracy on our ballot boxes.

THE HONEST MAN
Michael Messina-Yauchzy | Syracuse, NY | November 13, 2011

Jim Andrews, "The Honest Man," for President! We'd love to campaign against him. He'd do half the work for us!

HIT THE NAIL
Freeda St. John | Cane Ridge, TN | November 13, 2011

You hit the nail right on the head! Today's strip is one to definitely hang on to. I've cut it out of the paper and am filing it, along with others, in my political truth file. I don't suppose there is any way for you to get out the complete truth,  about Grover Norquist and the spineless GOP elected officials who are scared s---less about his power to kick them out of office. I say they have all sold their souls to the devil for money and power. And they don't care how many thousands will be homeless, hungry, and dying as the result of all the cuts they say they'll make to services for those they promise to represent but won't. Excuse the implied bad language of a sick old lady, about to turn seventy, who long ago earned the right to speak her mind. Keep up the good work. I love you for what you do.

LARGE NUMBERS
Don Higgins | Essex, CT | November 13, 2011

In spite of the fact that here in CT we have voter ID, large numbers of Democrats are elected year after year.

NO EVIDENCE
Bruce Small | Tucson, AZ | November 13, 2011

The trouble is, our voter registrar insists she has seen no evidence of voter fraud, therefore there is no reason to look for possible voter fraud. I kid you not. That is what our local officials say.

NOT INTELLIGENT ENOUGH
Robert D. Tullis | Salem, OH | November 13, 2011

If one is not intelligent enough to get a valid ID, they're not intelligent enough to vote. Stealing elections happens with both parties, but the Democrats have the drill down better. Have you ever heard of ACORN?

SNAKE
Jane | Louisville, KY | November 12, 2011

Like Alex, my daughter went to MIT. While there, a friend asked her to sit an albino corn snake. She graduated, got married, and three years later -- she still has the corn snake!

MY GRANDDAUGHTER
Linda Gilcreast | Greenfield, MA | November 12, 2011

Are you watching me?! My 22-year-old granddaughter recently moved in with me, and yesterday she arrived home with a python.

UNBELIEVABLE
Rex Forkner | Portland, OR | November 11, 2011

You forgot one important box on the Penn State Straw Poll: "D: All of the above." I cannot fathom any of those people's actions. Or inactions. It's all unbelievable.

OWS PROTESTORS
Maerzie | Florence, WI | November 10, 2011

How can the strip today claim that the OWS protestors want "nothing"? It's been obvious from the beginning that they want our real democracy back, where people, human being individuals, actually have a say, instead of our country being run by the few, who inherited, or by some fluke, other than really working for it in most cases, amassed their multi-millions and billions.

POOR JOANIE
John A. Arkansawyer | Little Rock, AR | November 10, 2011

Poor Joanie. She looks at the Occupy movement and sees voters rather than citizens. That's how the Democratic Party got into this ever-deepening hole in the first place. "The sage points at the moon; the fool looks at the finger."

CONNECTION
Steve | Wadsworth, OH | November 09, 2011

Thanks, Doonesbury, for bringing the Boston Occupy / Bain Capitol connection to light. An encouraging sign for us progressives. You are the 99%!

THE OUTCOME
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | November 09, 2011

The side effect of my lifestyle and location is that I know people who support OWS and people who support the Tea Party Movement. I love today's strip, but in honesty, I've seen more action towards the voting booth in the TPMers than in the OWSers. The outcome should be interesting.

NUMBERS
Mary McFadden | San Francisco, CA | November 06, 2011

I wonder if the lesser number of under-30-year-olds responding to the current Straw Poll about OWS reflects the age of Doonesbury's audience. If the audience for Doonesbury is mostly over 30, perhaps those of us who lived through the Vietnam War have failed to communicate that history which would make Doonesbury more relevant to today's audience. Of course, there's no draft now, and because it directly affected almost everyone, the Vietnam War pulled the country together and allowed us to do other things. But the idealism was undermined by jingoism, by the melding of patriotism and profit. Now it's okay to say or imply that poverty is the result of a character flaw, not a rigged game. OWS is like shadow boxing. There's no clear enemy, just a general discontent, and there's no one issue to resolve.

NOT CARING
S.M. Wheeler | T. Falls, MT | November 06, 2011

I must tell you that after years of not caring for him all that much I've finally, completely, fallen for B.D. The Doonesbury family belongs to us all in a very special way. Thank you, GBT, for telling all of our stories.