Publius / July 28, 2016

Thursday Short Cuts

Insight: “The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Democrat “patriotism”: “Crowd chanting ‘USA! USA!’ Delegate in front of me stands up and yells, ‘Stop that! That’s a Trump chant!’” —Shannon Bream reporting from the Democrat National Convention

Predictions: “Listening to Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders lament the economic ruins of American life, you’d think the sitting president was George W. Bush and that we were in 2008’s Great Recession. In fact, many Americans tell pollsters they think the country is still in a recession. If someone thinks he’s in a recession, he is. Unless Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump deliver stronger economic growth than we’ve had the past eight years, he or she will be a one-term president. One and done in 2020.” —Daniel Henninger

Braying Jenny: “I actually believe that in the end by repealing the Hyde Amendment we will actually save this country money, because rather than having all kinds of unwanted pregnancies, there will be … the ability for women to have greater choice over their bodies no matter what their income level is.” —Rep. Judy Chu

Non Compos Mentis, part I: “We’ve got to understand this situation with these guns is not unlike climate change. It’s not unlike [regulating] tobacco… It’s not unlike trying to restrict lead. Big industry making money off a particular activity that’s harmful to the public and they lie about it so they can preserve their profits and they spread campaign donations around to loyal members of Congress who will protect their financial interests — that is what’s happening here.” —Rep. Keith Ellison

Non Compos Mentis, part II: “There’s plenty of guns in Canada. But they don’t kill each other, like 10,000 a year with handguns. I mean the bottom line is, there are meaningful things we can do to preserve life and we’ve got to do it. And I’m on the side of Moms Rising. I believe we can ban these handguns.” —Keith Ellison

Down the memory hole: “Mr. Trump has said that his taxes are under audit and he will not be releasing them. It has nothing to do with Russia, it has nothing to do with any country other than the United States and his normal tax auditing process.” —Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, announcing Trump’s broken promise

Late-night humor: “Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for possibly becoming the first f— president. I would have said ‘female,’ but someone deleted the ‘email.’” —Jimmy Fallon

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