Publius / Oct. 5, 2016

Wednesday Short Cuts

Insight: “I love agitation and investigation and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error.” —James A. Garfield (1831-1881)

Upright: “Mike Pence demonstrated that Trump made the best possible choice out of his remaining options. The adjectives that keep coming up in the post-debate commentary were ‘unflappable,’ ‘solid’ and ‘reassuring.’ Pence knows his stuff, was completely prepared and articulated his arguments quickly – and he had to articulate them quickly because Tim Kaine interrupted him relentlessly.” —Jim Geraghty

Performance issues: “I think that Tim Kaine was asked to play a role here that he isn’t particularly comfortable with. Tim Kaine is a very positive, ebullient character and was asked to be kind of an attack dog here and I think he wasn’t entirely comfortable in that role and the strategy of interrupting I think was probably overdone.” —former Obama adviser David Axelrod

Dezinformatsia: “[T]here’s been a lot of talk about Al Gore. Where is Al Gore? … [Team Clinton is] very close to announcing that Al Gore will be helping Hillary Clinton trying to win over those millennials who have been so reluctant to join forces with the Clinton campaign.” —Andrea Mitchell, notwithstanding Gore’s total absence from public discussion

Non Compos Mentis: “The fact that somebody can dot the i’s and cross the t’s on a foreign leader or a geographic location then allows them to put our military in harm’s way. … We elect people who can dot the i’s and cross the t’s on these names and geographic locations, as opposed to the underlying philosophy, which is, ‘Let’s stop getting involved in these regime changes.’” —Gary Johnson defending his ignorance on foreign policy

Late-night humor: “We’re just four weeks away from Halloween: people pretending to be somebody else, going door-to-door for handouts — or as that’s also called, running for president.” —Jimmy Fallon

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