It's not exactly "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN," but some newspaper editors are pondering how to deal with a "Doonesbury" comic strip to be published the day after the election that assumes Barack Obama will win the presidency.
"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," said strip creator Garry Trudeau in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
Trudeau delivered a series of strips for next week's papers showing his characters reacting to an Obama victory. But he offered no such option in the event of a comeback by John McCain, who's trailing Obama in the polls.
"From a risk-assessment viewpoint, I felt comfortable with the odds," Trudeau said. "The way I see it, if Obama wins, I'm in the flow and commenting on an extraordinary phenomenon."
The strip shows three soldiers watching TV and reacting to this announcement: "And it's official — Barack Obama has won ... Making him the first African-American president in history!"
"Hoo-Ah!" one of the soldiers says.
"Son of a gun! What a great, great day! We did it!" another soldier says.
"He's half-white, you know," says a white soldier.
"You must be so proud," responds a soldier, who isn't white.
The rest of the week's strips allude to an Obama victory. But Trudeau's syndicator is offering papers a series of rerun strips from August, just in case.
"It's a comic. I don't think people necessarily expect accuracy in comics. There's all sorts of wack stuff in comics," Hazell said.
"I don't think Snoopy actually flies his doghouse either."