Publius / Mar. 31, 2016

Thursday Short Cuts

Bingo: “[I]t wasn’t some Klan newsletter that first brought [Donald] Trump to our attention: It was Time and Esquire and Spy. The Westboro Baptist Church didn’t give him his own TV show: NBC did. And his boasts and lies weren’t posted on Breitbart, they were published by Random House. He was created by people who learned from Andy Warhol, not Jerry Falwell, who knew him from galas at the Met, not fundraisers at Karl Rove’s house, and his original audience was presented to him by Condé Nast, not Guns & Ammo. He owes his celebrity, his money, his arrogance, and his skill at drawing attention to those coastal cultural gatekeepers — presumably mostly liberal — who first elevated him out of general obscurity, making him famous and rewarding him (and, not at all incidentally, themselves) for his idiocies.” —Jim Lewis

Upright: “Hillary Clinton is a weather vane on many, many issues. On abortion, however, she is a rock-solid zealot, and she has her arguments down cold. The media backs her on this issue unconditionally. The thought that Trump may debate her on life should be chilling to every pro-life activist in America. He not only doesn’t know what he’s talking about, when push comes to shove, I daresay that he’s on her side.” —National Review’s David French

Alpha Jackass: “National Review is a dumpster fire of bigotry and lies. Some good people over there, but now an unrecognizable hate site.” —Breitbart’s John Nolte (Breitbart is a Trumpster fire of bigotry and lies. Some good people over there, but now a hate site that would be unrecognizable to its namesake, Andrew Breitbart.)

Stuck in an elitist bubble: “But is [ObamaCare] really a disaster? It just doesn’t feel like it is. I’ve not heard one story from a person I’ve heard — the word disaster is a strong word to use.” —Jimmy Kimmel to Ted Cruz

And last… “Barack Obama, who was never vetted by an adoring press, chastised the same press saying they need to hold our elected leaders to higher standards.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

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