Thursday Short Cuts

Publius · Dec. 15, 2016

Upright: “Russia’s interference ought to be investigated… Clinton’s supporters, meanwhile, can’t be faulted for regretting the choices that an electoral majority of their fellow citizens made. But the voters had access to the information they needed to put the leaks about the Democrats in context, their choice was made freely, their choices were tabulated accurately, and the result is being decided in the standard way. Like it or not, Trump was elected legitimately.” —Ramesh Ponnuru

Demo-gogues: “I think this is as big a deal as Watergate, as 9/11. I think [electors] should have a 9/11-type commission. I know that Dianne Feinstein and Ben Cardin and others are calling for that. I think it’s a step in the right direction. This is a scandal that has been uncovered.” —Harry Reid

Village Idiots: “[There’s] indication that [Trump] was obviously aware and concluded, based on whatever facts or sources he … had available to him, that Russia was involved and their involvement was having a negative impact on his opponent’s campaign. That’s why he was encouraging them to keep doing it.” —Josh Earnest

From the purveyor of fake news: “In 2016, the prevalence of political fact abuse … gave rise to a spreading of fake news with unprecedented impunity. … Because of its powerful symbolism in an election year filled with rampant and outrageous lying — PolitiFact is naming Fake News the 2016 ‘winner.’” —PolitiFact

Now they tell us: “If we believe that public schools will always be the bedrock of American democracy and opportunity — as I do — we should welcome good public charter schools as laboratories for innovation that can benefit all of education.” —Secretary of Education John King

Friendly fire: “Clearly, whatever the leadership of the Democratic Party has been doing over the last many years has failed.” —Bernie Sanders

And last… “Republican electors are reportedly being harassed 24 hours a day by left-wing fanatics. The harassment includes death threats that has left some of them fearful for themselves and their families. Sounds like hate crimes to me. Where is the Justice Department?” —Gary Bauer

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