Publius / August 15, 2016

Monday Short Cuts

The Gipper: “We are for aiding our allies by sharing our material blessings with nations which share our fundamental beliefs, but we are against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world.”

For the record: “[Donald] Trump is right that most of the media want him to lose, but then that was also true of George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. It’s true of every Republican presidential nominee. The difference is that Mr. Trump has made it so easy for the media and his opponents.” —The Wall Street Journal

Non Compos Mentis: “I think … Hillary Clinton is the best for the country. I’m not thinking about it as a Republican. I’m thinking about it as a U.S. citizen. … I think she’d make a darn good president.” —Carlos Gutierrez, former commerce secretary for George W. Bush

Finger wagging jackass: “[T]he FBI director said … he had to amend his previous day’s statement that [Hillary] had never received any emails marked classified. They saw two little notes with a ‘C’ on it — this is the biggest load of bull I’ve ever heard — that were about telephone calls that she needed to make. … Does that sound threatening to the national security to you?” —Bill Clinton

Nothing to see here! “[Clinton’s email scandal has] been investigated, no action has been taken by the Justice Department. They found no basis for any kind of action. I really do think it’s time for the candidates and for the American people to move on and talk about the real issues.” —former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

Braying Jenny: “Assad, by what he did in his country, allowed ISIS to move into … Syria and get strongholds and recruit. That was the work and support of [Vladimir] Putin, who is Trump’s best buddy. So you can say Trump and his friend Putin are the founder of ISIS, which probably would be more accurate than calling out the commander in chief in that way.” —Sen. Claire McCaskill

And last… “Regarding the overnight rioting in Milwaukee, some good news: President Obama is on vacation and won’t be issuing inflammatory comments.” —@weknowwhatsbest

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