Email #30, Subject: Common sense?

You said after being reelected that “the Sixth District came together today to strongly endorse a message of common sense, conservative leadership at the polls.” Were you referring to yourself only or Donald Trump too? Does the phrase “common sense” mean conservative leadership that seeks common ground? Or are saying that being a conservative is just common sense? Either way, there doesn’t seem to be anything common about Donald Trump’s extremist form of conservatism. So were you saying that you are going to follow his leadership, or are you saying you are a leader and you will do more than what Trump tells you to do? Or are you and the Republican President in agreement and so you share the same so-called common sense” values? Where exactly do you stand in relation to Trump?

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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