Wow, what a coup for The Advocate. Recently, while the entire national media was distracted by a stunning tsunami of anti-Trump wins by Democrats in state and local races from coast to coast, only our own little Baton Rouge paper was able to discern the "implosion" of the Democratic party and its future status as an endangered species.

Trump First Pet

FILE- In this March 19, 1994 file photo, Socks the cat peers over the podium in the White House briefing room in Washington. Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1998 followed Bush’s lead, with a children’s book about family dog Buddy and cat Socks. “Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets” featured photographs of the pets, details on their habits and more than 50 letters from children to the pets. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File) 

Thanks a lot, columnist Dan Fagan. I don't think we learned any more in that piece than in any of your previous columns (pretty much nothing), but for the very first time you managed to surprise us with your unique insight.

And what a great match with The Advocate's string of anti-Hillary Clinton cartoons. The big guys (The New York Times, The Washington Post, all the national networks) were wasting their time on trivial questions like whether the president and his party were and are compromised by a former superpower led by an autocrat with reptilian ethics. But we got to learn about the flaws of a politician who was beaten a year ago and who pledges never to run again.

Oh well, as long as it sells papers. That's the role of journalism in democracy, right?

David Porter

retired English professor

Baton Rouge