Doonesbury Making (Breaking?) News

Hat tip to Dan Savage at SLOG for this funny bit of news: Garry Trudeau has written in to next Wednesday’s strip an Obama victory, and it is making some newspaper editors nervous. Trudeau is quoted as saying, “From a risk-assessment viewpoint, I felt comfortable with the odds. The way I see it, if Obama wins, I’m in the flow and commenting on an extraordinary phenomenon. If he loses, there’ll be such a national uproar that a blown call in a comic strip won’t be much noticed. Besides, I’ll be the one with the egg on my face — not the editors.”

Speaking of the election, Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.com is projecting only a 3.8% chance of John McCain becoming elected. Further, as Andrew Sullivan just highlighted on his blog, Silver also says that it is statistically more likely that Obama will win McCain’s home state of Arizona than McCain winning the must-win state of Pennsylvania. So I don’t think that Trudeau is risking too much with these strips. Hope we’re not proven wrong.

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