The Art of the Deal.


  • September 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm
    John M

    Whoops, looks like Sam’s pasty couldn’t hold the load again…

  • September 5, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Ye’r awful purty when ye’r mad, ma’am.

    • September 6, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      I never have claimed to be the sharpest knife in the drawer so I am gonna just up and ask what is Sam all aflutter about?

      What did I miss?

      Is it that The Donald signed the means nothing, carries no legal weight and can be redefined in any of about ten different directions “almost” Pledge?


  • September 5, 2015 at 9:07 pm
    Tom Z.
  • September 5, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    “I’d like to give him thirty percent!”

    Sorry Sam, it’s more like 45 percent…thump that pig!

    That buys that boy a lot of slack, even at the DD.

  • September 5, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Nice job on the Helicopter, Chris.
    Registered to:

  • September 5, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Trump runs as a populist, which do not have a good record for winning. And, not the best record when they do. May be the best of the worst choices.

    • September 5, 2015 at 11:54 pm

      Trump is an issue at *all* because the electorate (especially GOP voters) are literally enraged about the contemptuous bait-and-switch tactics of the last several cycles. Stridently campaign on an issue (repealing Obamacare, gun rights, etc), then when elected going “pfft, you took that seriously??” and making up excuses why their jobs are rightfully sinecures that should be free from even the slightest effort of work (“It’s just not practical in the current environment to attempt to defund Planned Parenthood”).

      Note that besides Trump, the *other* candidate that is receiving voter support is a medical doctor who has *also* never held political office.

      Trump is out front right now because, in however crass a fashion, he is visibly combating the effete, elitist mentality of current elected officials.

      • September 6, 2015 at 12:09 am

        Case in point: the above comic. The “Establishment GOP” (ye olde Rockefeller Republicans of the GHW Bush mold from 1980) tried to make him steady down and get with the program (so they can get rid of him) by forcing him into that public Loyalty Pledge. The idea being that if he *didn’t* start taking orders, he would be portrayed as an unserious, threatening candidate that could upset the election Ross Perot-style unless voters rejected him quickly.

        They do this political encirclement and instead of being crushed under it, Trump turns around and smacks them all in the face with a dead fish: pledging loyalty to the GOP “and the conservative principles it’s founded on”. He simultaneously undercut the national political machine of the GOP, re-emphasized everything he’s done as a “renegade” candidate, stripped the initiative away from them, and did so without significantly changing direction.

        I don’t really like Trump, but I *love* what he’s doing to Machine politicians right now.

      • September 6, 2015 at 8:18 am
        Unca Walt

        OK… how’d you read my mind so accurately?

      • September 6, 2015 at 12:25 am

        Although the electoral votes of the populous “Blue” states will be going inevitably to Jerry Sandusky if he’s the presidential nominee at the top of the National Socialist Democrat American Party (NSDAP) ticket in 2016 – sure, he’ll be running from prison, but that just increases his appeal to minority voters, right? – the Acela Republican political machines in those states command the greatest numbers of delegates to be won in the Red Faction primary elections.

        This is why the enraged Republican voters who can deliver the absolutely essential Purple (“swing”) states in the general elections are routinely denied their desired candidates in presidential elections by the RINO “establishment” entrenched in the more metropolitan areas.

        In plain fact, the owners and operators of the Republican national brand are people with priorities diametrically opposed to those of the Republican voting base in all of those states where success in a presidential election is possible for the Red Faction.

        Acela Republicans never get invited to the prom in the general election. No matter how perfectly reasonable Acela Republicans think they’ve been, the Democratic candidate could eat a live baby on national television, proclaim fealty to Cthulhu, and threaten to incinerate Topeka with cleansing nuclear flame and the media will still be in his camp at the end. No matter how corrupt (Clinton), crazy (Sanders), commie (Warren) the Democrat is, they’re getting all the media love in the end.

        — Rick Wilson, “A Field Guide To Acela Republicans (To start with, Acela Republicans hate Republicans.)” (02 July 2015)

      • September 6, 2015 at 11:13 am

        To be fair, attempting to repeal Obama care without two-thirds of both houses, or the presidency, is impossible.

      • September 6, 2015 at 12:21 pm

        Indeed. So why make it the centerpiece of a campaign? Unless you were never serious to begin with and held the people you were speaking to in contempt?

        Furthermore, despite procedural hurdles, being seen to vigorously fight makes more people of similar opinion but differing estimations of likely outcome align behind the fighter (read: *Leading*) and can turn a situation that can’t/must happen into one that must/can’t occur.

        Essentially everyone in Washington, and *all* of the GOP “luminaries”, want to stroll around cocktail parties, sipping champagne, complaining about the demands of the Riff-raff, and not inconvenience themselves in the slightest way by using their elected office to accomplish anything.

      • September 6, 2015 at 2:25 pm

        No one is expecting miracles, but there is much that can be done short of a clean complete repeal. The Congress not the Executive branch holds the purse strings and Obama cannot repeal every piece of legislation that could contain restrictions on funding buried in legislation that funds the government. This will have to be a guerilla action not a frontal assault. That Boner and McTurtle won’t even try is despicable.

  • September 5, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Well,I might not be up-to-the-minute on the polls,so I’m not sure I ‘get it’ ,but I like the trend of the toon.
    I LOVE how you are able to draw the characters with such detail Chris,Zed and Sam have such perfect facial expressions,you can tell what they are thinking/feeling.

  • September 6, 2015 at 4:59 am
    Bill G

    At this point in time the Left Stream Media is zooming in on what Donny Boy is saying that conservatives have been waiting to hear, and pretending shock and horror at what is happening.
    But if he should get the nod they will switch from what he’s said to what he is; he’s just one more crony business operative, and more liberal than many.

  • September 6, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Back in the Olden days, and I’m not talking thirty minutes ago, wasn’t there a practice in parts of the world that an official pledged his family as surety for doing his job?

    Donny knows all in ins and outs of parsing words better than anyone. The devil is always in the details, or in this case the signature dates.

  • September 6, 2015 at 9:37 am

    “… they will switch from what he’s said to what he is…”

    Can’t wait to see what “they” think that “is”.

    Earlier I thought I knew what he “is” (unreality show host willing to pay millions to bask in the limelight), but right now I don’t know what he “is”.

    He certainly “was” a big biz hustler, buying political whores by the dozen and doing/saying whatever got the deal done (he says art, I say hustle).

    But “is” that what he still “is”? DBD dudes/dudettes can’t figure if he “is” for real or not…neither can I. Guess it depends on what the meaning of “is” is. is.

  • September 6, 2015 at 11:05 am
    Spin Drift

    Trump is an attention whore just like Miley Cyrus. Privileged offspring who never heard the word know. Trumps daddy left him $400,000,000 when that was worth something. He has never wanted for nothing in his life other than attention. When the polling public get tired of his shtick they will jump to the real candidates. Lets make sure that that person is Ted C. I’d love to see Ted invited down tot he ranch when Trump is blowing his trumpet.

    Spin Drift
    War Damn Eagle (ugly win yesterday)
    Hold Fast
    Molon Labe

    • September 6, 2015 at 11:25 am

      SD, guess we’ll have to decide what the meaning of “real” and “is” is.

      Right now Cruz and Carson would be my picks for veep, neither have that other word we have to try to define; “it”, as in “Reagan had “it””, to be potus. Don’t see anybody else on the list that “is” the “real” “it” either.

      • September 6, 2015 at 12:32 pm

        “It”: a combination of A) an internally-consistent, historically-informed, and philosophically-thorough understanding of their own beliefs, B) the ability to communicate that understanding to others, C) the integrity to not abandon those beliefs despite coercion or gain at another’s expense; D) willingness to further burden oneself by fighting for those beliefs and cutting a path for others less confident to follow.

        Reagan was a legend. it’s why the Left is so desperate to corrupt his memory.

      • September 6, 2015 at 8:33 pm

        Pretty good definition, but we’d have to cover the rest of the alphabet if we could find the words to describe “it” all. Sadly, even A-D pretty much disqualifies the whole field; those that have A lack B, those with C lack A, so D is moot. IOW, ain’t none of ’em got “it”. Yes, I’ve said ad nauseum, I miss Ronnie so.

        As for the Left, they can’t touch RR but they do know about “corrupt” and they’re getting good at “desperate” too. And quite a few have R’s after their names.

  • September 6, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Release the Kraken. The point of the whole exercise is voters do NOT know what The Donald will do, but are pretty sure he’s going to topple the whole house of cards, and that’s fine and dandy. If he builds the damned wall, I’ll be happy. Anything over and above will be gravy.

    My wish list includes indicting Holder, prosecuting Hillary, repealing Obamacare, smacking around the Mullahs and reneging on that “deal”, saying hi-howdy to Putin with a painful handshake, and the prosecution of black people for all the bullshit they’ve been getting away with for the last 8 years (including walking down the middle of the street and ambushing cops). Budget cuts in the IRS and Post offices and rebuilding the military would also be met with approval. (My approval, any way.)

    Again, release the Kraken!

    • September 6, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      NanGee,that’s a pretty good wish list there,it should be the party’s platform.

  • September 6, 2015 at 5:26 pm
    Spin Drift

    I was typing a diatribe against the Donald and it just disappeared, poof gone. Anyone else have this problem?

    Spin Drift

    • September 6, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      You reckon D done gone and bought the internets? 🙂

  • September 6, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Those outfits are truly inspired!

  • September 6, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    I still find the divide between what people believe and what is real to often be enormous.
    One woman I knew started saying that Obama has done a wonderful job, citing the rising sales at her salvage thrift antique store.
    The 4 other women there all were in shock. They started saying what Obama had done and who he was and how he lied. The four other men there were against Obama.
    This is in the vast Red Area on the House electoral map.
    People are aroused by the issues. Several stated they were supporting Trump, and, also agreed that it was the ideas that he was stating that convinced them.
    I will have to get some shadowstats out to show her that more people are not working, and that she was following the beliefs that she learned among the communists on Miami Beach.

    I am loving Trump’s rise, as he is a smart experienced man. Unlike Obama, the boy, Trump is vastly more skilled in reality and how things work, and what is real, and what is the totalitarian impositions of a Marxist Islam extending ideologue, whi has stated that they must ignore those people on a different path than he and they are on.

    Trump would appreciate a place like the DD.

    Also the Secret Service have not yet taken over his security. So there are no swarms of them along with their helicopters interfering in Argentine deemed territory during his , I hope, enjoyable, restful, entertaining, and informative visit.
    I wonder if he will run into (illegals) invaders crossing through the embassy land?.

    Good one.
    Always like her more than third showing.
    And Slovenia used to be poart of the Austrio-Hungarian Empire back when they had peace and equality for all citizens in fact and written in their laws.

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