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November 21, 2007

Alex in Savantland


Okay, is Alex (the girl on the right) supposed to be politically well informed, or remarkably ignorant?


  1. This one made me laugh out loud. I think the point is that students can be BOTH well informed about a portion of a topic (and quite passionate about it) and remarkably ignorant about other aspects.

    In terms of the internal logic of the strip though, this would have been more accurate a few years ago. While I can imagine that there are many students out there who are quite passionate about Obama but don’t know anything about the Republicans, I don’t buy it that Alex would be one of them.

    Comment by Rob — November 21, 2007 @ 7:51 am

  2. Both. And this is one of those strips that really needs to be taken in the context of the ongoing strip. See today’s strip (11/21), for example, which is set up beautifully by this one and the previous day’s.

    Comment by Morris Keesan — November 21, 2007 @ 8:45 am

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    Comment by Cedar — November 21, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

  4. The last time I read this strip with any frequency, Howard Dean jokes were still being made.

    This one actually made me laugh out loud. I think it’s reasonable that she would be informed and eloquent about the Democratic candidates, and not know a damn thing about the Republicans.

    Comment by Cedar — November 21, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

  5. They don’t call ’em “sophomores” for nothing.

    Comment by Molly — November 21, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

  6. Alex knows Romney belongs to the LDS church. Saying that calling him a Morman is a religious slur is referencing those Christians (mostly fundamentalists) who don’t consider Mormans to be Christians. For those people, accusing someone of being Morman is almost/just as bad as accusing someone of being Muslim.

    Comment by Will — November 24, 2007 @ 7:18 pm

  7. There’s also a subtle point here that with so many untruths being slung around it’s easy to miss the things that are true. How do you distinguish between somebody saying every five minutes that Barack must be a philanderer because his father isn’t in the household and somebody pointing out (the gospel truth!) that Guiliani used his expense funds (well hidden) to visit his mistress? You can’t! A wall of untruths hides the truth.

    Comment by Steve — December 3, 2007 @ 12:26 pm

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