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Publius / February 29, 2016

Monday Short Cuts

The Gipper: “Government is like a baby. It is an alimentary canal with an appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”

For the record: “We are about to learn much about Republican officeholders who are now deciding whether to come to terms with Trump, and with the shattering of their party as a vessel of conservatism. Trump’s collaborators, like the remarkably plastic Chris Christie (‘I don’t think [Trump’s] temperament is suited for [the presidency]’), will find that nothing will redeem the reputations they will ruin by placing their opportunism in the service of his demagogic cynicism and anti-constitutional authoritarianism.” —George Will

Upright: “It is beyond tragic that so many of my Republican and Christian brothers and sisters have forgotten that it is the moral fiber of a country that determines its ultimate destiny. If the GOP disregards moral, principled leaders in favor of one who promises only great riches, then we deserve neither.” —Rebecca Hagelin

Belly laugh of the week: “I am not a natural politician, like Bill Clinton or Barack Obama. … I invest a lot of energy and a lot of my own emotion into what I do, and I think sometimes instead of that being as easy to understand as I would like it to be, it sometimes is a little bit nerve-wracking.” —Hillary Clinton

Race bait: “I think many people would like to see an African American on the Supreme Court. We don’t really need to go into Clarence Thomas’ background or his behavior on the Court, but I think to have an African-American voice that has definitely not been there since Thurgood Marshall would really be an incredible contribution to our country.” —Rep. Karen Bass

The BIG lie: “Anyone who says we’re not absolutely better off today than we were seven years ago, they’re not leveling with you. They’re not telling the truth.” —Barack Obama

NEWSFLASH: “He’s not supposed to be doing that.” —John Kerry remarking on Ibrahim al-Qosi, an ex-Gitmo prisoner who escaped captivity in Sudan to foment jihad

And last… “Hillary confused the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence. When one has never read either, what difference does it make?” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

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