Publius / November 18, 2016

Friday Short Cuts

Insight: “The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.” —Will Rogers (1879-1935)

For the record: “Obama, in Greece, said world leaders should learn from the U.S. presidential election and pay attention to the public’s fears and frustration about the economy. Why? He never has. … He doesn’t think we’ve experienced horrors. He thinks the U.S. economy has been wonderful under his watch. Listening to him characterize his eight-year record is to witness willful blindness on a scale my willing suspension of disbelief is incapable of processing.” —David Limbaugh

A vast right-wing conspiracy, part I: “I believe that the Comey letter was a foul deed. It was a wrong thing to do. I have had great admiration for Director Comey. I just think he couldn’t take the heat.” —Nancy Pelosi

A vast right-wing conspiracy, part II: “There’s no question in my mind [Clinton] would have won this election without any problem if Comey had not been the Republican operative that he is. … He is the reason she lost the election.” —Harry Reid yesterday (“No one can question the integrity, the competence [of Comey].” —Reid in July)

A blind squirrel finds a nut: “We lost because of [an] awful lot of hard-working Americans who live in areas where we did not pay much attention to. Barack Obama won these people. They are not racist. They did not vote for the Democrats this time.” —Joe Biden

Getting it right: “In the liberal community, you hate this idea of creating people as a monolith. Don’t look at Muslims as a monolith. They are the individuals and it would be ignorance. But everybody who voted for Trump is a monolith, is a racist. That hypocrisy is also real in our country.” —Jon Stewart

Advice from the lecturer and divider in chief: “What may work in generating enthusiasm or passion during elections may be different than what will work in terms of unifying the country and gaining the trust even of those who didn’t support [Trump].” —Barack Obama

Alpha Jackass: “I would not advise people who feel strongly or are concerned about some of the issues that have been raised during the course of the campaign — I wouldn’t advise them to be silent.” —Barack Obama (Maybe he could at least tell them to stop being hateful and rioting.)

And last… “This week, anti-Trump protesters hit the streets in big cities around the country, chanting ‘This is what democracy looks like!’ Yes. That’s the problem.” —David Harsanyi

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