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I'm also from South Africa, and as was pointed out by someone earlier, our next likely president is Jacob Zuma, who was recently on trial for a bunch of crimes, including rape, corruption, fraud and other national pastimes. We know what he's like then, but it hasn't seemed to stop people from wanting to vote him into power. Go figure!

So maybe it's destiny - whether you know what the guy's gonna do or not, we're condemned to having a bunch of morons, or at least criminals, in power anyway!


I feel American Presidential candidates go through 3 phases.

1. Primary: At this time they will spin ( or lie? ) their positions to suit their party voters. Example: Democrats will position themselves more to left than they really are.

2. Presidential election: Now their speeches will be more towards the center. This is because, they know that 90% of their party will vote for them. Whoever captures the middle or "undecided" voters will win the election.

3. As president: The voted candidate will now face reality. What he/she thought could do is not practical. So, they will "spin" away from their before mentioned positions...

So, the voter really cant trust what a candidate says at any point in their career as it will always be modified for that situation. Its just the way it is and will always be in a democracy.

Joao Andre

To become a president you don't need to be the best candidate. Like in any other competition you have to be the best in winning the election, no matter WTF you have to do. Undestand ??
P.S. How could you elect G.bush in 2004 when he already was a completely failure??? Unbelievable!! And don't say you are not guilty cause you voted democrats. Besides that you should convince other people that Bush was a mental job. Undestand???


they can't do it your way becasue politicians are supposed to hedge and not reveal answers but try to sound like they are telling you something. If any of them reveal specifics they are automatically eliminated by unwritten rule.


Have you ever wondered about the role the media plays in forming our perceptions of the candidates?

Once upon a time, they were concerned about reporting the news.

Now, tid bits of news are wrapped & prepped for ratings for more rating points, for more expensive commercials..

The factual reporting does not seem to matter so much any more.


There's a few things I think that you just overstate

1) The Vice-President isn't really "chosen" by the president canidate, but by their party. 9 out of 10 cases, the answer would be "Whoever comes in a close second to me in the primaries"

2) You have a "general" idea of how budgets are going to go already. Democrats will have more public programs, Republicans will have higher military spending and tax breaks to businesses, and Libertarians will donate money towards Scientology (j/k, but its not like they'll win anyway). Few if any people would read "page 14 paragraph 6" of detailed budget analysis of 10 canidates in either party.

3) See point 2. I'm going to guess "Like minded individuals whom remind me of myself" would be the answer. Or at least "People that are like minded to the current state of my party"


There is a minimum requirement for President, spelled out in
Article II, Section 1 of the US Constitution:

"[to]... faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and... preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

None of the current candidates meets this requirement.


You can get insurance policy information before you buy it (I just went through this). It's just really, really difficult and confusing. Even the people selling the insurance are unprepared to give you this information or adequately answer your questions.


Ever wonder what the universe is made of? If it is made of something, then that must be made of something and so on for ever. So the only logical answer is its made of nothing!


Patti says:
LOL to JT..... Hey JT.. you keep saying, " I guarantee I would hate you in real life."
I LMAO! … "IN REAL LIFE" … How can THAT be a guarantee? First, you need to stop fantasizing about ME and my statements and then you need to "GET ..A REAL LIFE"... for yourself.

Talk about a picnic table,
Ya know, You have enough holes in your head, JT, that a whole army could screw you!

I suggest you get yourself a tongue ring and put a leash on it. THERE ARE leash LAWS ..YA KNOW!

OH YEAH, so tell me, just what do you guys do when you don't like a channel on TV? Do you piss and moan about it? Do you take the station away from others?
I do believe that you have a Napoleon complex. Maybe that is why you are not .. EVER going to be "in real life" . Or maybe you are a jackass who is braying.
It is pretty pathetic that you "hate" based on someone's format when they blog and that you don't like their humor.
PATHETIC! But then again, I SHOULD forgive you. You are not of THIS WORLD or a member of "real life"

BTW if this hurts your feelings.. just suck your thumb.... AFTER you remove it from your DUMB-ASS!

Joshua Ungerleider

Scott, get a better insurance agent, you can get that information before you buy a policy.

On point though, you know the VP nominee, you may not have names of appointees, but you must know that Bush was going to nominate conservative ones, and that Obama or Clinton will probably nominate liberal ones. And I'm pretty sure they give some sort of budget on the websites now, which of course mean nothing.

But I do agree with you, I tend not to vote for people who just say things that "sound good."

I wish more people kept track of their representatives voting record, and public stances. Its not a crazy amount of research, and you can see how many people smile for the camera, then vote the opposite anyway.



What do you care, you're not voting anyway ;-)

Jon Z

I heard someone once say "Politics is primarily Hollywood for ugly people".

Once I came to realize that most politicians are just actors playing a part, it becomes easier to stomach the lies, half-truths, and blatant stupidity. What they say in public and what they do in public have as much in common as ducks and accordians.

Just remember everyone...Hollywood for ugly people!


Pierre, Switzerland

But on the other hand, it is an attribute of politicos of all stripes to sell bullshit to us, campaign on false promises etc. That's the case in most developed countries.

Why do they do that ? Well, because they can.

The electorate will not punish them when they totally screw things up: we're too busy watching TV and sipping soda, and they know that.


"It even one-ups one of the best and briefest jokes ever conceived:

Q: Why does a dog lick his b*lls.

A: Because he can."

Close, but the real answer is "Because he can't make a fist."


hi Scott,

I'm sure I'm not the first one to send it to you, but... New York Times today on Cognitive Dissonance. Enjoy!


At least with insurance you get 28 days to get a full refund.

Try that with your congress...

Joe Blow

For you ...

once again the poor AMA will lose out ... to mud.


I agree with ur Minimum Standards for President, but it may be in practically infeasible when u factor in the possibility of a collation government where it is bit difficult to predicate which party get which portfolio………..

Jonathan Adams

I live in South Africa. Jacob Zuma, the newly elected president of the currently ruling ANC party(and thus next in line for president of SA if ANC wins again) is most famous for his public statement that you wont get AIDS if you take a shower after having unprotected sex.

What were you saying about setting a bar too high? I forget.


Running Mate: Disagree. The best choice is often the candidate they beat in the primary.

I agree with your other two criteria, but you missed the most important one? How will they defend the country? We take our security for granted -- we need to stop living in the pre-9/11 fantasy world...


Off topic: nice strip today. Did you write it while reading Influence?


Jerry said:

However, since our society runs on "people voting themselves bread and circuses" (complements of Robert Heinlein), it isn't a rational society focused on the "good of the many outweighing the good of the few or the one" (courtesy of Star Trek)
I thought the complement of Robert Heinlein (or rather one of his books, as he is now brown bread) would be a good dose of LSD or something. Sorry to be pedantic.

Simon Jester


I think you'll find that the Libertarian candidates aren't supportive of corn ethanol.

Nitin Goyal

Interesting to see you use the word goober for a candidate's mate. In Hindi, "gober" (pronounced go ber) is cow dung (or as you better know bull shit). To add, gober has many uses like:
- Lighting the hearth
- Strengthening the walls
- Fertilizer

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