CSotD: Breakfast with the White Queen

The observation in this Jeff Stahler cartoon would be obvious any other time, but it’s important at the moment.

Evaluating it depends on whether you consider everyone having a voice an example of equality or one of leveling, because when the greatest wisdom is placed next to the greatest folly, it puts quite a burden on the observer to sort them out.

Specific to political cartooning, there was a time not so long ago that you had to made a significant effort to hear more than one or two voices. Before World War II, most towns of any size had two newspapers, which you could generally categorize either as liberal and conservative or as white collar and working class or along party lines.

In cities, this continued for a generation or two after the war. In the 70s, I was getting four newspapers a day: Two from Colorado Springs, where I lived, and two from Denver, an hour away but the region’s metro hub. That gave me a wide range of coverage and opinions, but not many people had my appetite for journalism and most got one paper.

Though most people did indeed get one: If you drove down a country road, you’d see a tube at nearly every driveway. Today, they are far more scattered.

That could mean that some people aren’t getting any news, but it more likely means that whatever they get is either broadcast or on-line and likely not as strictly curated as in the days of print, except in the case of people who either rely entirely on Fox and talk radio or on various liberal outlets.

Those folks are spared from confusion, but not in a good way.

Clay Bennett (CTFP) sets out one form of the choice voters face, and it is more neutral than saying “Democracy/Fascism” though your mileage may indeed vary.

Project 2025 lays out a radical departure from our current form of government, but few people have even read round-ups explaining what it contains, much less plowed through the roughly 900 pages of the document itself.

It has, however, generated enough chatter that Donald Trump, who has advanced policies contained in it, and whose former White House staff was deeply involved in its writing, now claims that he knows nothing about it, has no idea who is behind it, and doesn’t agree with what he knows nothing about.

Another statement to be taken neither literally nor seriously.

While those who encounter more than one point of view have entered a land of confusion in which, like the White Queen, they are expected to believe six impossible things before breakfast.

Australian Juxtaposition of the Day

Cathy Wilcox

Pat Hudson

Apparently even viewing things from a distance doesn’t provide clarity: Wilcox declares Trump to be a threat to democracy, while Hudson riffs on Biden’s saying he would drop out only if the Lord Almighty told him to by suggesting that God is a Trump supporter, or at least that He’d be revealing such if he made the call.

Wilcox offers more clarity, while, if Biden does start hearing messages from God, I’d just as soon he stepped aside regardless of whatever Divine Advice he gets.

Viewpoints are no more synchronized in our own country.

Chip Bok (Creators) offers a confusing take. He’s right that Biden is strongly rejecting pressure to drop his re-election campaign, but, then again, if Trump gets in, his supporters are hoping to extend his tenure beyond constitutional limits.

It seems strange to see Bok, a noted conservative, advancing the best possible reason to keep the Biden/Harris ticket intact.

Dana Summers (Tribune) provides a more consistent viewpoint, in suggesting a conspiracy to jail Trump throughout the month of July over his fraud conviction.

It’s a bit paranoid, since, first of all, it assumes a conspiracy rather than the carrying out of justice, and, second, it’s highly unlikely Trump will be ordered to jail at all, and even more unlikely that he wouldn’t mount appeals to delay the court system.

More delays, that is, as Ed Wexler points out.

But let’s wait and see the reaction from conservatives if Hunter Biden escapes jail time, since neither would likely face incarceration if they weren’t at the center of political attention.

Meanwhile, I’m waiting for the flood of prosecutions of gun owners who have smoked grass, but I digress.

Juxtaposition of Sleepy Joe

Steve Breen — Creators

Jack Ohman — Tribune

If you only read the NYTimes, you might believe that Biden admitted to falling asleep on stage at the debate, but every other source quoted the pool reporter that Biden said he “almost fell asleep” in the same joking remark in which he said he’d crossed 100 time zones (There are only 24).

Still, it seems odd to see progressives adopting the “Sleepy Joe” slur, given that we haven’t seen Biden doze off in public and Trump did so several times during his fraud trial.

Daniel Boris adopts the Newsmax approach to a comment Biden made to Democratic governors, in which he said he would stop scheduling events past eight p.m., and suggests that he would be unable to respond to emergencies after that hour.

The report originally came from the NYTimes, which also reported that several who heard his remarks didn’t take him seriously, while adding this softener:

Kevin Munoz, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, said of the president’s comments about more sleep and less late work: “President Bush went to bed at 9, and President Obama made dinner at 6:30. Normal presidents strike a balance, and so does Joe Biden.

The NYTimes is hardly an apologist for Biden. Not only did they call for his withdrawal within 24 hours of the debate, and misquote him about falling asleep, but their splash page has been dominated by articles about his incapacity and the pressure for him to step down.

Their latest contribution is an article explaining that being a felon isn’t really so bad after all and probably won’t keep voters from supporting Donald Trump.

The optimistic view is to disagree with Gary Markstein (Creators)’s suggestion that confused undecideds will vote for Trump, and to suspect that they may respond by not voting at all.

Helluva situation where that’s the upbeat theory.

Mais plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

14 thoughts on “CSotD: Breakfast with the White Queen

  1. In the interest of putting a bit of cold water on your unofficial polling method of determining current newspaper subscribers, my own subscription has, for the past eighteen months arrived via the USPS, replacing home delivery via carrier. The publisher determined the possible cost increase to be negigible (though, since the yearly subscription price was raised, I have no way to determine if I’m being charged for the increase). In any case, I removed the tube a year ago last spring, just in time for lawn mowing season. I no longer need to mow between the mailbox and tube poles, a pain in the ass for the past thirty years, and I no longer have to call the office about undelivered copies, which was happening all too frequently with the certainly underpaid delivery woman. But I’m still a subscriber, just without the overt advertising of the fact by the tube with the logo on it.

    1. After receiving print editions of the LA Times and WSJ for many years, I have been reading the digital versions for over a year. I ño longer deal with late or no deliveries, don’t worry about black smudges on my hands, and can easily save or forward interesting articles. My neighbors may not know that I still read the papers, but I do. My diversity of information has not changed

    2. But, as noted, there’s a big difference between getting your news on-line and relying on one newspaper and whatever network news show you watch in the evening. People who get their news on line have to make a concerted effort to avoid hearing other opinions.

  2. 2016: Trump, when David Duke and the KKK endorsed him and refusing to disavow the endorsement.
    “I don’t know anything about the KKK”.

    2020 on support for him by White Supremacist groups: “I don’t know anything about them, but Proud Boys, stand back and stand by”

    2024, on Project 2025:
    “I wish them luck, but I have nothing to do with them”.

  3. “I barely knew Project 2025, I never had sex with Project 2025, Project 2025 was around the office but they had nothing to do with policy they mostly got coffee, Project 2025 was not my attorney.”

  4. In 2001 The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News formed a Joint Operating Agreement and formed Denver Newspaper Agency. The two newspapers shared advertising and circulation departments but maintained separate newsrooms. At that time, the combined circulation was 1.1 million subscribers.

    Scripps chose to shutter the Rocky in 2009 which left Denver Post as the last-standing daily newspaper in Colorado’s capitol.

    According to an executive currently at The Denver Post, there are less than 100,000 subscribers now. Perhaps the $65 a month for a Sunday Only delivery has played a part of the decline? Or perhaps it is because, with all the layoffs, the end product is simply a shell of its former self?

  5. It’s sad and appalling the chaos that our political system has degenerated into. All the ghosts of the intelligent men who did their best during their crisis must be grieving our present times

    1. If after a decade of hate speech you’re still undecided, I have to question if it’s really in good faith.

  6. Thanks for showing us both sides, even though the Trump side isn’t always worth showing.

    One minor thing, though: I can’t find any report that he seriously said he’d crossed 100 time zones. I didn’t remember it that way, and was curious enough to search. Mint quotes him saying, “I didn’t have my best night but the fact is that you know, I wasn’t very smart. I decided to travel around the world a couple times, going through around 100 time zones. For real, I think it was about 15 time zones.” Newsweek says, “‘I wasn’t very smart,’ he told donors at a fundraiser in McLean, Virginia, according to several reports. ‘I decided to travel around the world a couple times, going through I don’t know how many time zones—for real, I think it was 15 time zones… I didn’t listen to my staff.'” I figured he was guessing at the total of the time zones crossed in 2 trips to Europe and back, though that should be an even number.

  7. Biden really needs to stop making jokes about his age etc. with cracks like “I better be in bed by 8pm” because he should know by now that everyone is going to take him 100% deadly serious.

    And indeed, this whole election is no laughing matter.

  8. One of the two papers I still get comes USPS and I still miss copies – I suspect when the regular mail carrier is off. Of course, years ago when I was a kid, the paper came in the mail too for those of us out in the sticks.

    1. When I was a reporter, my folks had a mail subscription to my paper — about 120 miles away — and my dad began taking notes on when it arrived. It was quite a patchwork of next day or two weeks later and never in any particular order. The problem is that it’s a lower class of mail that tends to get set aside in favor of first-class and other higher ranked stuff. It’s possible that it works better for in-town delivery but snowbirds and other out-of-towners have to be content with whatever they get.

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