Publius / December 1, 2016

Thursday Short Cuts

Insight: “The dominant purpose of the First Amendment was to prohibit the widespread practice of government suppression of embarrassing information.” —Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980)

Penitence: “The filibuster no longer acts as an emergency brake on the nomination. I do regret that. Frankly, I think many of us will regret that in this Congress because it would have been a terrific speed bump — potential emergency break — to have in our system to slow down the confirmation of extreme nominees.” —Sen. Chris Coons

Friendly fire: “I am deeply disappointed today, as the House Democratic Caucus has decided to double down on its failed strategy of recent years. It is obvious that the current strategy doesn’t work; millions of Americans don’t feel that our party represents them anymore and they’ve said so, loudly, in multiple elections.” —Rep. Krysten Sinema denouncing Nancy Pelosi’s continued “leadership”

We can keep our doctor too, right? “Michelle will never run for office.” —Barack Obama

Non Compos Mentis: “Good journalism continues to this day. There’s great work done in Rolling Stone.” —Barack Obama about the rag that just lost a major defamation lawsuit for publishing fake news

Alpha Jackass: “[Justice Antonin Scalia] was actually the leading advocate of fag burning, not flag burning.” —ex-Rep. Barney Frank

Warnings: “I think it would be the height of folly if the next administration were to tear up that [Iran nuclear] agreement.” —outgoing CIA Director John Brennan

And last… “[I]t’s time for all freedom-loving Americans to rise up and stand with HGTV and the Gaines family. To the militant LGBT mob, we say stand down. … Perhaps next season Chip and Joanna spend a few episodes refurbishing safe spaces for emotionally fragile snowflakes?” —Todd Starnes

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