Publius / Nov. 1, 2016

Tuesday Short Cuts

For the record: “[N]ot a single one of the facts at hand is directly attributable to Director Comey. He didn’t tell [Hillary Clinton] to set up her own private email server. He did not tell her to mislead the public about whether or not she sent or received classified information. He did not tell Huma Abedin, ‘Hey, don’t turn over all your devices.’ And God knows he didn’t tell Anthony Weiner to sext with underage girls. So none of that is Jim Comey’s fault. The timing is a direct and natural consequence — and probable consequence — of decisions Secretary Clinton made years ago.” —Trey Gowdy

They want something: “The president doesn’t believe Director Comey is intentionally trying to influence the outcome of an election. The president doesn’t believe he’s secretly strategizing to benefit one candidate or one political party.” —Josh Earnest

Braying Jenny: “I call it an October betrayal of long-standing FBI protocol and Department of Justice protocol that you don’t weigh in with something like this a few days away from an election. … It’s not fair.” —Sen. Barbara Boxer, shooting the messenger on Clinton’s communication corruption

Braying Jackass: “This [FBI investigation] is, in effect, an attempt to hijack an election and it’s got to be called for what it is.” —Clintonista James Carville

Nothing to see here: “I am sure that they will reach the same conclusion they did when they looked at my emails for the last year. There is no case here.” —Hillary Clinton

And last… “Have we reached the ultimate stage of absurdity where some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, while other people are not held responsible for what they themselves are doing today?” —Thomas Sowell

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