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Who would write the BEST cover letter?

Marten (Naturally)
- 13 (18.3%)
Hey New Friend/Spookybot
- 15 (21.1%)
Faye
- 0 (0%)
Dora
- 10 (14.1%)
Pintsize
- 7 (9.9%)
Bubbles
- 16 (22.5%)
Sven
- 10 (14.1%)

Total Members Voted: 35

Voting closed: 05 Oct 2020, 18:44


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Author Topic: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)  (Read 2881 times)

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Cover letters! The bane of every job search.

Added poll. Voted Sven, as he SINGS his cover letter.

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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #1 on: 27 Sep 2020, 18:47 »

Ooh, Spookybot knows where the bodies are buried, which could make for a very effective cover letter...
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #2 on: 27 Sep 2020, 18:54 »

My votes:
  • Dora. As an employer, she knows what other employers want to hear
  • Bubbles. She is good at writing letters (RIP, hypothetical reindeer)
  • Marten. He's currently working in a library, and he can ask advice from Tai
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #3 on: 27 Sep 2020, 19:08 »

I hate writing cover letters.  Why is a resume with a well crafted summary statement not sufficient?

Sidebar, but to hell with video resumes. Yeah, they're a niche thing right now, but it wouldn't surprise me if they're commonplace in a decade.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #4 on: 27 Sep 2020, 19:54 »

As someone who has recently been through a metric shitton of job applications only recently, I feel this.

I hate writing cover letters.  Why is a resume with a well crafted summary statement not sufficient?

Think of it this this way.

The recruiter will have to read a lot of applications. They don't have time to read every single resume from top to bottom, or even every single well crafted summary statement.

The cover letter is 100% tailored to that specific job application and should be written with the single goal of convincing the recruiter to go to the effort of reading your well crafted resume.

The well crafted resume takes longer to read but should convince the recruiter to go to the effort of getting you in for an interview.

Every step in the job application chain is an opportunity for the recruiter to whittle their pile of applications down to something more manageable. The cover letter is the entry point where you are competing with every other application. Your cover letter must therefore be concise, hit all of the critical job requirements, and be persuasive.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #5 on: 27 Sep 2020, 20:13 »

That's the best QC strip ever. EVER.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #6 on: 27 Sep 2020, 20:37 »

Who's that guy? I feel like I should recognize him...

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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #7 on: 27 Sep 2020, 20:40 »

 :laugh: Now that? - That is the Marten we know and love.
All that's missing, is Faye or Dora to bounce off, like a sort of bizarre verbal ping-pong - against Claire it's just service ace every time...  :-D
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #8 on: 27 Sep 2020, 21:37 »

First choice: Yay, because a superintelligent AI can convince anyone of anything.

Second choice: Dora, because a business owner knows more about hiring than anyone else.

Third choice: Marten, by process of elimination. Bubbles is close behind, but she's a little, uh, robotic in her speech. Sven is a slacker who has never actually had to work. Faye's aggressive nature would probably slip into her letter writing, and can you imagine Pintsize successfully writing a cover letter?

Also, Marten needs a haircut. Floof levels approaching critical.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #9 on: 27 Sep 2020, 22:08 »

For Pintsize, it probably depend on what field it was for.  It *is* canon that he has hidden depths, as pr0n-filled as they may be.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #10 on: 27 Sep 2020, 22:15 »

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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #11 on: 27 Sep 2020, 22:48 »

I’m gonna go with the invisible/imaginary “Other” option and say Tilly. They managed do convince a literal supervillain that they were the person for the job despite the blatant fansqueeing.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #12 on: 27 Sep 2020, 23:11 »

Eh, I just kept my cover letters to the bare minimum and let my resume do the talking. All that they really want to know (unless they ask specifically for it) was "This is about your vacancy, yes I can do the job and I want to do so"!

There a couple of things to consider here. Firstly, Claire is still looking for a job and its' beginning to drag her down (I can empathise with that). However, also, Marten is an expert in raising her spirits. As much as Claire is trying to keep up her "This is serious business" policy, he's doing a good job at making her laugh! I do wonder if Marten is describing his own skill-set though...

Finally, I want to say again that I want Claire to get a job as the new assistant librarian for Miskatonic University. It's local and it basically writes the continuing arc for Claire just by existing. Cthulhu doesn't even need to turn up, just all the wonderfully weird people who would study or be on the faculty there would be enough!
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #13 on: 27 Sep 2020, 23:32 »

And this is why I have been self-employed for the past ten years.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #14 on: 28 Sep 2020, 00:00 »

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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #15 on: 28 Sep 2020, 01:13 »

Yay might be good at letters, but I think they'd just skip ahead and set up the interview themselves.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #16 on: 28 Sep 2020, 04:12 »

Yay might be good at letters, but I think they'd just skip ahead and set up the interview themselves.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #17 on: 28 Sep 2020, 06:05 »

Their cover letter likely would be null.
As an employer, I want efficient employees. A professional summary is sufficient. Doing more demonstrates the potential employee's inefficience. (Wanting more demonstrates the potential employer's inefficience.) One person shew such inefficience as (with cover letter) a cover page and cover plastic, bound by some spine clamp thing. I still remember the name---printed large on front.
I’m gonna go with the invisible/imaginary “Other” option and say Tilly. They managed do convince a literal supervillain that they were the person for the job despite the blatant fansqueeing.
Tilly's unrelenting servility likely would get them many an available job; it did, despite opportune socialities---they has the requisite skills and attitude. Tilly's father thought he was sending Tilly to spy on Miz Chatham's business, who thought she was sending Tilly to satisfy an his nepotistic want until the contract is made.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #18 on: 28 Sep 2020, 06:32 »

So... another little character change along with Brun's hair and other small amendments.
Looks like Claire has lost her nose ring, for starters.

But... I dunno if it's the slight change in art, or what seems to me to be a bit of a swing in her character (going along in a humorous manner with Marten's stream of consciousness, instead of the usual snapping bluntness)... I...

... I didn't hate her in this strip...

The lift of the shoulder and the "Oh no!" with a hint of a smile.
The Glasses lifted for the "Stop"
The twisted grin for the "Please"
and the surrender of face in hands and the cry to the gods of "WHY?!"
 

In fact... (dare I say it...) I... I 'liked' her in this!

This is a Claire I can get on board with.

(And she never did suit the nose ring :)  )
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WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #19 on: 28 Sep 2020, 09:21 »

Yay’s cover letter: “By the time you are done reading this, We will have seized control of your organization and fired you. Please clean out your desk.”
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #20 on: 28 Sep 2020, 10:16 »

Yay’s cover letter: “By the time you are done reading this, We will have seized control of your organization and fired you. Please clean out your desk.”
"Any multicellular organism remaining in this building after four (4) hours will be brutally obliterated. Consider yourself warned."
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #21 on: 28 Sep 2020, 10:54 »

Eh, I just kept my cover letters to the bare minimum and let my resume do the talking.

My last and longest job was got by the cover letter, because of the way it put the resume into context.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #22 on: 28 Sep 2020, 13:46 »

A good cover letter should argue for why your past experience listed on your resume makes you uniquely suited for the job.

I wonder if Claire took out her nose ring to look “professional” for interviews?
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #23 on: 28 Sep 2020, 14:04 »

She might just flip it up for interviews.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #24 on: 28 Sep 2020, 15:53 »

I think Wil would write the best cover letter.

But failing that, Marten.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #25 on: 28 Sep 2020, 17:11 »

I think Wil would write the best cover letter.

But failing that, Marten.
Oh yeah, Wil exists. Hm, idea; tag team it. Tilly tailors the academic content to the job, Wil purples up the prose a bit, and Marten inserts strategically placed humour. Then Claire can do the sensible thing and burn it.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #26 on: 28 Sep 2020, 17:47 »

Not related to the current comic or the poll, but I keep wondering: did Claire and Clinton ever get those matching tattoos?
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #27 on: 28 Sep 2020, 18:12 »

Comic's up.

Oh my goodness, Bubbles is adorable! I love that she and Faye have the kind of relationship where they can talk openly about such things.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #28 on: 28 Sep 2020, 18:15 »

Who?

Oh.

(click to show/hide)

Yeah, okay.

Edit: jesus christ i can't resize this spoiler tag maybe
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #29 on: 28 Sep 2020, 18:31 »

Yay’s cover letter: “By the time you are done reading this, We will have seized control of your organization and fired you. Please clean out your desk.”
"Any multicellular organism remaining in this building after four (4) hours will be brutally obliterated. Consider yourself warned."

Channeling her good pal GlaDOS. :D

New strip was cute.

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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #30 on: 28 Sep 2020, 19:09 »

I think Wil would write the best cover letter.

I hope to work beneath your watchful eye
A glowing place of knowledge, 'neath the birds
You cannot phrase nor know how much I cry
To labor strong inside this place of words.

Enclosed shall find you lists of strengths and feats
Selected as to put to rest my flaws
A sentence here, to tell you how I treat
The ones I serve, who learn within the law.

Impossible though it may seem to show,
I bring to light all that which makes me grand
Outside a house of books, the world is slow
Within, the hourglass is drained of sand.

I hope to ev'ry power in this place,
You hire me, and I will serve with grace.


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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #31 on: 28 Sep 2020, 19:15 »

Bubbles, honey, Faye doesn't love you just because of your looks, she loves the you inside your head (or wherever they stash the CPU in a combat frame). Also, I'm sure Faye loves you because you understand how to put up with her.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #32 on: 28 Sep 2020, 21:56 »

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There a couple of things to consider here. Firstly, Claire is still looking for a job and its' beginning to drag her down (I can empathise with that). However, also, Marten is an expert in raising her spirits. As much as Claire is trying to keep up her "This is serious business" policy, he's doing a good job at making her laugh! I do wonder if Marten is describing his own skill-set though...

Finally, I want to say again that I want Claire to get a job as the new assistant librarian for Miskatonic University. It's local and it basically writes the continuing arc for Claire just by existing. Cthulhu doesn't even need to turn up, just all the wonderfully weird people who would study or be on the faculty there would be enough!

Remember, we're on QC time here.  She received her grades maybe a week to ten days ago.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #33 on: 28 Sep 2020, 22:02 »

I think Wil would write the best cover letter.

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I hope to ev'ry power in this place,
You hire me, and I will serve with grace.

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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #34 on: 28 Sep 2020, 22:21 »

ah yes, young Kate Bush.

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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #35 on: 28 Sep 2020, 23:00 »

I voted for Marten, Dora, or Sven. Dora would probably be the best, since she's been in the business world for quite a while and knows the ropes. Marten is a pretty sensible guy when he's not deliberately being silly as he is here. Sven has made a career of selling crappy songs and those skills should be transferable.

But it depends on your definition of "best". Yay Newfriend would write terrifyingly effective cover letters. But the cover letter isn't really supposed to be about blackmail or intimidation.

Bubbles would do fairly well, but has a tendency to be over-formal. Faye has the opposite problem, and might find it hard to resist trying to liven up the cover letter with a bit of inappropriate humour.

Pintsize? I fail to see how anyone could imagine that to be a good idea. Melon would be better.

Video cover letters are a thing now? Ugh. There are few things I find as irritating at work as having to sit through a video to access content that could just as easily have been presented as text which I could have read at easily 10 times the rate, especially if the video can't be skipped or at least sped up (hello mandatory training courses).

Sometimes video content is used to present materials that couldn't be presented as well (or at all) another way. I don't have a problem with that. But far too often it's just someone talking you through what is effectively a Powerpoint presentation, or even just a text document. (News outlets often do this too.) I have better things to do with my time, give me the content in a format that allows me to read it at my own pace; as a bonus, I'll likely pay more attention to it because I won't be trying to do something else in another tab at the same time while I wait for your droning voice to get to the point.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #36 on: 28 Sep 2020, 23:24 »

I suppose Bubbles wouldn't be Bubbles if she wasn't anxious about Faye's feelings. I do like how Faye handled it: She didn't answer the question at all but turned it around to the important point: It's the complete Bubbles package that attracts Faye, not just the physical.

It helps that Faye fundamentally doesn't like May on a personality level. No chassis upgrade will change that!

As a child of the 70s, yes, I did my time looking at Kate Bush in shocked wonder. However, my strongest thought about her was genuine surprise that, singing it or not, she'd never been in a dramatisation of Wuthering Heights. Yeah, well, I was 4 years old. Book? Old book you say? :-P

Just to say that, if Faye can mimic Kate's falsetto in karaoke, then then she's got a much higher-pitched voice than I expected!
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #37 on: 29 Sep 2020, 00:28 »

Kate Bush is gorgeous. I would argue she still is now.. Let's compare notes, Bubs
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #38 on: 29 Sep 2020, 00:28 »

Young Kate Bush? I can understand that  :-D
I remember seeing a head-and-shoulders poster of Ms. Bush when I was young  :-o - couldn't afford it at the time, could never find it again when I finally had the money. I think I spent a good decade searching poster shops for it  :roll:

I guess you'd call that 'besotted'.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #39 on: 29 Sep 2020, 01:46 »


Let me just say this...

Kate is MINE, you buggers... beat it !!!!  :-D

Loved Kate from day one :)  But, didn't go to the "Before the Dawn" shows when she did her 2nd ever run of shows a couple of years back. Not because I couldn't get tickets (I could have) but because it would have cost me upwards of a grant to be able to go. :(

And I am a bit miffed at her not allowing the multi camera, HD, pro shot video of the shows to be released... why bloody bother shooting it, then???

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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #40 on: 29 Sep 2020, 02:54 »

Well, at least we've established that Jeph is human, all too human...
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #41 on: 29 Sep 2020, 03:03 »

Bubbles, darling buff amazon Bubbles - YOU ARE SO GORGEOUS. New May shouldn't even be on you list of thing to worry about.

And yes to the young Kate Bush.

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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #42 on: 29 Sep 2020, 05:23 »

Loved Kate from day one :)  But, didn't go to the "Before the Dawn" shows when she did her 2nd ever run of shows a couple of years back. Not because I couldn't get tickets (I could have) but because it would have cost me upwards of a grant to be able to go. :(
And I am a bit miffed at her not allowing the multi camera, HD, pro shot video of the shows to be released... why bloody bother shooting it, then???
It could be an advertising trick. It's something that's there, that intense fans want, but can't have, and some of them talk about it. (To try to feel closer to it?) And some persons think scarce things are worth more---but as soon as it's released, it's no longer so scarce.
(I knew concerts were expensive, but I didn't know they've become as expensive as scientific research.)
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #43 on: 29 Sep 2020, 15:44 »

I think a more appropriate Kate Bush song for Bubbles and Faye would be “Don’t Give Up” although technically it’s a Peter Gabriel song.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #44 on: 29 Sep 2020, 16:15 »

I first came across Kate Bush in the late '90s, when a gorgeous young lady (who looked almost exactly like a young Winona Ryder) who had a radio show at the local university's station was giving away some extra cds she had.  I was quite impressed.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #45 on: 29 Sep 2020, 18:41 »

Comic’s up. Marten is justifiably pleased with himself.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #46 on: 29 Sep 2020, 18:45 »

Wait a minute... Why is Claire blabbing that around? Given the fact that Clinton is still wrapping his mind around his attraction to Elliott, surely he'd want to keep it private for a while?
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #47 on: 29 Sep 2020, 19:33 »

Wait a minute... Why is Claire blabbing that around? Given the fact that Clinton is still wrapping his mind around his attraction to Elliott, surely he'd want to keep it private for a while?
You're absolutely right, and I'm guessing Jeph is a good enough writer that he'll notice this and it will result in a temporary Claire/Clinton fallout similar to the Emily fiasco that introduced Brun.
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #48 on: 29 Sep 2020, 20:14 »

Wait a minute... Why is Claire blabbing that around? Given the fact that Clinton is still wrapping his mind around his attraction to Elliott, surely he'd want to keep it private for a while?
You're absolutely right, and I'm guessing Jeph is a good enough writer that he'll notice this and it will result in a temporary Claire/Clinton fallout similar to the Emily fiasco that introduced Brun.

Well maybe Clinton mentioned off panel that he didn't mind if anyone knew, but unless she spoke to Elliot too what she did was a violation of trust and she should know better given her life experience.   
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Re: WCDT strips 4361-4365 (Sep 28th to Oct 2nd 2020)
« Reply #49 on: 29 Sep 2020, 20:34 »

Here lies

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He fuckin' went for it
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