Thursday Short Cuts

Publius · Sep. 10, 2015

Insight: “It is the laborer’s privilege to ennoble his work by the aim with which he undertakes it, and by the enthusiasm and faithfulness he puts into it.” —American poet Lucy Larcom (1824-1893)

Upright: “Risking not their lives — but only their political futures — the Senate must do all it can to avoid rewarding a regime that has killed Americans, is killing Americans, and that threatens a nuclear holocaust. But the filibuster is more important than national security, and the vow ‘never again’ carries with it two implicit conditions — so long as sixty senators agree, and enforcing the promise won’t cause too much blowback in the next election cycle. What a sad and shameful spectacle.” —National Review’s David French

Observations: “It is eerie how much the politics of the Iran nuclear deal resemble the politics of ObamaCare. Many Democrats running for election in 2014 rode ObamaCare to defeat. Barack Obama’s latest ‘legacy,’ the Iran nuclear deal, is resurrecting more Democratic electoral vulnerability. Some legacy.” —Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger

Braying Jenny: “This is more than Planned Parenthood. It’s about women, it’s about reproductive freedom, it’s about respect for women’s judgment about the sizing and timing of their families. How dare [Republicans] be so disrespectful to women. How dare they be so disregarding of women’s health issues.” —Nancy Pelosi

Alpha Jackass: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” —Donald Trump on Carly Fiorina

Separation: “[Americans] need a leader who cares about them again.” —Hillary Clinton with a thinly veiled shot at Obama

Village Idiots: “I too am deeply concerned about Iranian aggression and the need to confront it. It’s a ruthless, brutal regime that has the blood of Americans, many others, including its own people, on its hands. … There’s absolutely no reason to trust Iran.” —Hillary Clinton advocating the Iran deal

And last… “The head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard said that the U.S. is still the ‘Great Satan’ regardless of the nuclear deal. President Obama quickly pointed out that the important thing is that Iran still views the U.S. as ‘Great.” —Fred Thompson

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