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BD comment of the day: The second act of the Doonesbury character BD

I was struck by this observation by “JESTEPHENS” about the BD character in Doonesbury: “If only we all were as reflective as BD has become. Remember in the early days of the strip how emptyheaded and reactionary he was. Trudeau has taken BD from that shallowness to a character who has become something of a ...

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I was struck by this observation by "JESTEPHENS" about the BD character in Doonesbury: "If only we all were as reflective as BD has become. Remember in the early days of the strip how emptyheaded and reactionary he was. Trudeau has taken BD from that shallowness to a character who has become something of a cultural barometer."

This is one of those things that seems obvious when you read it -- but it had never occurred to me. BD is now one of the major heroes of the strip.

I was struck by this observation by “JESTEPHENS” about the BD character in Doonesbury: “If only we all were as reflective as BD has become. Remember in the early days of the strip how emptyheaded and reactionary he was. Trudeau has taken BD from that shallowness to a character who has become something of a cultural barometer.”

This is one of those things that seems obvious when you read it — but it had never occurred to me. BD is now one of the major heroes of the strip.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1
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