The coming of Race War Catbert (or Dogbert, or whatever)

These are perilous times for the race realist maker of banal workplace jokes

The genius (just ask him) behind Dilbert, the daily comic strip whose four or five continuously recycled jokes are just as hilarious today as they were when he began writing the strip in 1860s Bonapartist France (Louis Napoleon was the original Pointy Haired Boss), is endorsing Hillary Clinton for President so that her assassins will leave him alone:

This past week we saw Clinton pair the idea of President Trump with nuclear disaster, racism, Hitler, the Holocaust, and whatever else makes you tremble in fear.

That is good persuasion if you can pull it off because fear is a strong motivator. It is also a sharp pivot from Clinton’s prior approach of talking about her mastery of policy details, her experience, and her gender. Trump took her so-called “woman card” and turned it into a liability. So Clinton wisely pivoted. Her new scare tactics are solid-gold persuasion. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see Clinton’s numbers versus Trump improve in June, at least temporarily, until Trump finds a counter-move.

The only downside I can see to the new approach is that it is likely to trigger a race war in the United States. And I would be a top-ten assassination target in that scenario because once you define Trump as Hitler, you also give citizens moral permission to kill him. And obviously it would be okay to kill anyone who actively supports a genocidal dictator, including anyone who wrote about his persuasion skills in positive terms. (I’m called an “apologist” on Twitter, or sometimes just Joseph Goebbels).

For many reasons, I think the “Trump is Hitler” rhetoric has gotten out of control. Trump is a horror-show but he isn’t Hitler, and it cheapens what Hitler did to compare him to a reality show buffoon who’s clearly in over his ridiculous-looking head. The comparison is generally made by middle-of-the-road Democrats to score political points, yet those are the same people who are first in line to denounce anybody who carries the notion that “Trump is Hitler” to its logical conclusion, which is that resistance to his campaign–by any means necessary–is justified. So we all really ought to stop hinting that he is.

But I have to say, protecting Scott Adams from Clintonist Race War assassins never really entered into my considerations on this point. I guess I’m just not sophisticated enough to see all the possibilities.


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