Publius / August 3, 2016

Wednesday Short Cuts

Good question: “[John] Kerry has never apologized for his calumnies against his fellow Vietnam veterans, which the liberal media played down as he was pursuing the Democratic nomination. When a group of vets eventually called him out on it, Democrats and journalists smeared them. In 2013 Kerry left the Senate after the president nominated him as secretary of state. If by Obama’s standards Trump is unfit to serve because of his obnoxious comments, how is Kerry fit?” —James Taranto

Hypocrite: “I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president. I said so last week and he keeps on proving it.” —Barack Obama (Of course, Obama is the world’s leading authority on being unfit to serve, and repeatedly proving it.)

Concern trolling: “The question [Republicans] have to ask themselves is: If you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what [Donald Trump] has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? What does this say about your party that this is your standard-bearer?” —Barack Obama (What does it say about your party that the nominee is a criminal?)

Friendly fire: “Please, for the sake of the country, tell her: Stop lying.” —The Atlantic’s Ron Fournier in a piece, “Why Can’t Hillary Clinton Stop Lying?” (“I have been very consistent over the course of my entire life.” —Clinton during a CNN debate, Oct. 2015)

Dezinformatsia: “Police Fatally Shoot Woman Holding 5-Year-Old Boy In Her Lap.” —Think Progress headline (Small detail buried in the story: “[A]n officer walked through the [black suspect’s] door to find Gaines sitting with her son in her lap and pointing a gun at the cop. … Gaines said she would kill the police if they didn’t leave. One of the cops fired a single shot at Gaines, in response. When the woman fired back, officers gunned her down, striking the child in the leg as well.”)

And last… “Not a ransom but $400M stacked on pallets in an unmarked cargo plane secretly shipped to kidnappers during release AND THIS IS A COINCIDENCE. … At least Jimmy Carter had the good sense to not pay a ransom.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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