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A comic strip of a conservative/libertarian bent written by political cartoonist Scott Stantis and drawn by another political cartoonist, Eric Allie. Set in the eponymous southern town, the main characters are Carmen, a young Hispanic girl, representing the conservative point of view and Winslow, a coyote pup representing the liberal view.

Tropes found in this work:

  • After-Action Patch-Up: After one of Winslow's attempts to fly, Carmen hurries up with a firstaid box.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Carmen. Kevin wants her to go undercover in Obama's campaign.
    Carmen: 'Cause I'm a girl.
    Kevin: Well that. Plus you're... Uh, you're... What the heck are you?!
  • Anxiety Dreams: After supporting Kevin's election.
  • Are We There Yet?: Carmen following Kevin through the tunnel.
  • Author Avatar: Carmen represents Stantis, parroting his conservative political opinions.
  • Big "NO!": Carmen's reaction to being told what the Obama campaign wants her to do.
  • Big Red Button: Which disappoints Winslow: no boom.
  • Briar Patching: When Kevin angles for the VP nomination.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Kevin, Lost Bunny of the Apocalypse
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: A large chunk of the cast disappeared in the first couple years.
    • Kevin the Lost Bunny of the Apocalypse reappeared after a long absence (with a different design) and has become a regular again since the 2010 election.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Winslow, sometimes, thanks to being portrayed as a reality-denying leftist.
  • Commonality Connection: Winslow wonders why they are friends, when they disagree on everything. Carmen observes they do, on one thing: they like being friends.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: An extremely common type of strip, particularly during the Trump presidency, consisted of Winslow and Carmen running across the desert, repeating some variation of the mantra "Things are pretty bad - but they could be worse - could they really? - I don't know".
  • Coyotes Always Howl At The Moon: Which is why it's good there's only one.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: One Sunday strip, going from grayscale to yellow-toned, to full color.
  • Dirty Business: The Blatant Lies, according to Carmen.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite the strip's blatant conservative bias, Stantis refuses to say anything good about Donald Trump, seeing him as an embarrassment to real conservatism.
  • Explosive Breeder: Rabbits, of course.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: Where you can find a sincere supporter of Kevin
  • Fox News Liberal: Winslow. His character oscillates between vaguely espousing "wacky" liberal ideas for Carmen to take down, and joining Carmen in mocking those dumb and so goddamned crazy lefties.
  • Friendship Moment: Winslow hugs Carmen when she's down (and the panel is grayscale).
  • Gone Horribly Right: The solar-powered drone works right the first time.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Opie the alien calls off his invasion of Earth because he doesn't want to catch the self-destructive thing we have.
  • I Am Not Weasel: Winslow is a coyote and he isn't too fond of people when they mistake him for a similar creature like a dog or wolf. It's a bit justified though, since coyotes are part of the canine family so he could be mistaken by those not familiar with what coyotes look like.
  • Ironic Echo: Carmen tells Winslow that trying to fly over and over is insane because he keeps expecting different results. Winslow calls the mental health center because she keeps telling him the same thing and expecting different results.
  • It's the Journey That Counts: Winslow offers this as an Aesop
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: There are a number of humans, like Carmen, but also many talking animals, including Winslow the coyote and a Hillary Clinton caricature who is a chicken.
  • The Man in the Moon: The moon starts to make faces when Carmen says we haven't been back in a long time
  • Only Sane Man: Carmen often plays this role. A common way for the strip to present its political message is to have a caricature of liberal attitudes or policies portrayed as something silly or crazy, then have her respond in this way. She has also been known to do this however to Republicans when the author felt they were going too far.