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J.B. | Nantwich, UK | November 02, 2012

Even total hip replacement patients are typically up and home within two or three days in the UK, walking with crutches. No driving, but they can be driven. Joanie attending the meeting is perfectly feasible.

Lisa W. Donovan | Concord, NH | November 02, 2012

Perhaps next time Joanie can get a minimally invasive anterior hip replacement. My husband had one last Thursday and was home in 23 hours. He used a cane, and we walked up and down our street. He started working at home on Saturday.

Jonathan Brown | Potsdam, NY | November 02, 2012

Seeing Joanie in the last panel seems, I don't know, triumphant? She has risen, sense of humor and drive and purpose intact. I think today's strip will inject a lot of enthusiasm into the Warren campaign and everyone who will vote for her. Hope so.

Chris Parkins | London, UK | November 02, 2012

I hope that when we see Duke and Honey in 2013 (only a few months away!) they don't look as old as they did in the "Coming, Summer 2013!" preview strip that appeared as the 10-Years-Ago Flashback yesterday.

Murray Reiss | Salt Spring Island, CANADA | November 02, 2012

"People get sick." But they still have to show up for work. Even in a caring political campaign.

Nancy Gee | Los Angeles, CA | November 02, 2012

Today's strip has a teensy tiny typo. Instead of "they get jobs," it should say "they look for jobs."

Paul Heisey | Baltimore, MD | November 02, 2012

Perhaps we are meant to infer that Joanie's trip back into the political maelstrom so soon after her surgery means she lives a "reality-based" lifestyle.

Treva Obbard | Albany, CA | November 02, 2012

Disagree though I do with her decision to get out of bed so soon, I'd like to formally nominate Joanie Caucus for Possible Secret Identity of Superwoman.

Allie | Gettysburg, PA | November 02, 2012

The current Straw Poll caught my attention on two points. First was the overwhelming ratio of people who used to respect Senator John McCain. Second was the impression that people voted for what they would do, as opposed to what the Senator seems (at least to me) likely to do. Of all the depressing things I've seen happen to my former party in the last twenty years, Senator McCain's walk of shame into history is high the list.

Judy | Madison, WI | November 02, 2012

So typical! Jeff and his dad are self-absorbed in their fussing over this comparatively trivial thing about a house and car being reposssessed, sniping about what it means to live a reality-based life, while meanwhile dutiful wife-and-mother Joanie is off having major surgery, seemingly alone except for her granddaughter. A granddaughter who has apparently permitted her grandmother to choose politics over her fragile health. Isn't there anyone in this family who is concerned about what happens to poor Joanie?

Deric | Colorado Springs, CO | October 31, 2012

Today's strip reminded me of another instance of malingering. Years ago, when Duke was coach of the Washington Redskins, he pulled Lava-Lava Lenny because he was "playing like an old lady."

Sally Raisbeck | HAWAII | October 29, 2012

The differing opinions about Jeff and his father Rick made me think of Martin Sheen and Charlie Sheen. How does a good guy feel about a son who is a wildly successful stinker? Parenting is not always the problem. Anyone with more than one child knows how different kids are from birth. Hard to know why.

Kristina Day | Durham, NC | October 28, 2012

In 2008, my husband's vote was indeed stolen due to voter impersonation, which you assert is "virtually non existent" in today's strip. When my husband went to vote early, 13 days after early voting had commenced, he was told that he had already voted on the first day of early voting. Not only that, but "he" had apparently voted at the local university across town, and also changed his address to a nursing home. My husband had to petition with the North Carolina Board of Elections, and appear in person before a review board. They could trace the fraudulent ballot cast down to the time, place, and even the actual machine where it was cast. However, since they could not determine who the person was that actually committed the crime, they decided that both votes would stand. My husband's vote was cancelled out by the fraudulent one. It didn't count.

We of course didn't find out the result of his petition until six weeks after the election was over and certified. All of this because no ID is required. Anyone can walk up and state their name and address (voting registration rolls are public record here and very easily accessed), and they will be given a ballot, no questions asked. My husband was the one disenfranchised. Not the criminal who should have been challenged and asked to produce proper identification when they fraudulently voted in my husband's name. I felt you should know that voter impersonation fraud does indeed happen in this country, and that it happened in my own family.

Barb | Bend, OR | October 28, 2012

I'm rather surprised at the Bad Dad Rick comments. Those readers must have missed the strips years ago showing Rick being the stay-at-home parent while Joanie was out on the campaign trail and working late at the office. My favorite was a Sunday where father and son were tussling around, talking about heart-to-heart stuff, and in the last panels Joanie comes in the front door and Jeff asks: "Who's that, Daddy?"

Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | October 27, 2012

Yes, a "reality based lifestyle." And even though Rick often speaks with a journalist's sarcastic cynicism, his last words say it all: "It's all I got, son". Maybe Jeff should take the advice.

Brian Corby | New York, NY | October 27, 2012

It's pretty clear that the next step for Jeff is to go to work for Duke. It's hardly a "reality-based lifestyle," but some seem more cut out for it than others.

Cindy | Phoenix, AZ | October 27, 2012

Doonesbury is forty-two? Well, according to Douglas Adams, that means it is The Answer To The Ultimate Question Of Life, The Universe, And Everything. Congrats!

John Halbert | Los Angeles, CA | October 27, 2012

I love today's strip about Rick telling Jeff to adopt a "reality-based lifestyle" because I can identify with both. I was never quite as deluded as Jeff, but I had my share of fantasies that took me nowhere fast. My parents were about as supportive as they could be, but they were also realistic, and I now understand Rick's point of view really well.

Anne | Los Osos, CA | October 26, 2012

As the manipulator Jeff was settling into the mansion and life of his dreams, his poor honest, hardworking father has been suffering through HuffPost blogging. I couldn't help wondering when Jeff would get his! Karma is -- well, karma. Not to say everything couldn't flip again in an instant. Thanks for keeping us guessing!

James Stubbins | Melbourne, FL | October 26, 2012

I see an opportunity for some real personal growth on the part of both Redferns. Jeff needs a new book; Rick needs a job and knows how to write. Can't they collaborate on a project? Jeff's first book fell out of his pen unbidden. He cannot hope for lightning to strike twice. He can, however, create another the old fashioned way, with outlines and research, if his father shows him how it's done. Enough with the cross-generational sniping. Lets see how to work together and create new art.