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Publius / Jul. 8, 2016

Friday Short Cuts

Insight: “In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king.” —Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

Upright: “Trump is himself a product of a crisis of legitimacy, of a party where a substantial minority and perhaps even a plurality of voters don’t trust their leaders or elites of any kind. Essentially overturning their primary votes the first time they successfully vote against those party leaders is more likely to further erode that legitimacy than restore it.” —W. James Antle III

Sexism? Really? “When you’re the first woman with a real shot at winning the White House, you know at least one thing is for sure. The men at the top are going to have a lot to say about you.” —CNN’s Don Lemon alluding to sexism in the FBI’s scolding of Hillary Clinton’s email practices

Friendly fire: “There should not even be one [Clinton email in question].” —Nancy Pelosi

Missing the point: “We don’t want to put people in jail unless we prove that they knew they were doing something they shouldn’t do. That is the characteristic of all the prosecutions involving the mishandling of classified information.” —James Comey

Non sequitur: “We deserve to live. We deserve to survive. We deserve to thrive. Being Black should not be a capital offense.” —Planned Parenthood (That’s true. Why, then, does Planned Parenthood disproportionately target black babies for abortion as advocated by PP founder and eugenist Margaret Sanger?)

And last… “The same people who literally blamed the NRA for the Orlando shooting while the blood was still being mopped up are today demanding that Black Lives Matter not be smeared by association with the violence in Dallas. … I myself hold to the view that we hold criminals responsible for their actions and that speeches given by third parties are generally, at most, tangential questions. Maybe your view is different, and that’s fine: But pick one.” —Kevin Williamson

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