Publius / May 16, 2016

Monday Short Cuts

The Gipper: “The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.”

Upright: “This march on our children’s innocence should be resisted with every legal and moral instrument we have available in this country. And that includes the House and Senate. If the administration goes forward with an order this extreme, then Congress should begin impeachment proceedings. Unless our leaders act, America will be circling the drain of this president’s ‘hope and change.’ Moments like these are exactly what a congressional majority is for. It’s time the Republicans used it.” —Tony Perkins

The BIG lie: “I think it’s important to underscore that Secretary Clinton isn’t even a target of this [FBI] inquiry, investigation, whatever ‘I’ word you want to use. … I’ve repeatedly been told that.” —DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Flexibility: “Look, anything I say right now — I’m not the president. Everything is a suggestion, no matter what you say. It’s a suggestion.” —Donald Trump

The messiah: “When you hear someone longing for the good old days, take it with a grain of salt, take it with a grain of salt. … Guess what? … The good old days weren’t all that good. … In fact, by almost every measure, America is better and the world is better than it was 50 years ago or 30 years ago or even eight years ago.” —Barack Obama

A stopped clock is right twice a day: “If there is any person here that thinks I’m coming to you as some kind of savior, that I’m going to do it all myself, you’re wrong. No president, not Bernie Sanders or anybody else, can do it alone. We don’t need a savior.” —Bernie Sanders

And last… “I find the incoherent authoritarian populist demagogue as bad as the corrupt oligarchic progressive pathological liar. (Cue jokes: ‘Wait, which one is which?’)” —Jim Geraghty

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