Back in 1973, as Watergate was just starting to break, Garry Trudeau, in his three-year old comic strip Doonesbury, weighed in:
In those early times, the strip was pretty controversial, and a number of newspapers, including the Washington Post, refused to run the comic.1 Never mind that Trudeau was mocking the left for pre-judging Mitchell.2 Mitchell was found guilty in 1975, or course, sentenced to four years in jail and disbarred. So, yeah, Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!
Like a lot of us, Trudeau’s fictional Mark Slackmeyer is experiencing flashbacks as a result of the Trump Administration. Which leads to this past Sunday’s cartoon.
WC thinks you will agree that’s pretty good. An ironic use of a 43-year old cartoon.
But we live in a post-ironic world, apparently. So on the Doonesdbury website, Trudeau runs the actual tweet stream of his fictional reporter, Roland B. Hedley, Jr. – an ardent Trump supporter – to bring a post-ironic comment on the ironic comment in the Sunday cartoon.
WC thinks there are far worse ways to understand and appreciate modern American political history (and, obviously, current events) than binge-reading old Doonesbury.
Although Gary Trudeau would probably have something ironic to say about that.