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Publius / December 21, 2016

Wednesday Short Cuts

Insight: “The superficial distinctions of Fascism, Bolshevism, Hitlerism, are the concern of journalists and publicists; the serious student sees in them only one root-idea of a complete conversion of social power into State power.” —Albert Jay Nock (1870-1945)

Upright: “[It’s] poetic justice that [Hillary] should set the indoor record for the most faithless electors. Look, it was a joke from the beginning. What we heard … [is] it is our responsibility to stop a man who could be a demagogue — he could be a Manchurian candidate. The fact is that’s why you have elections. That’s why you have a year and half of campaigns. That’s why you have one primary after another. And in the end, you count up the delegates and you get a nominee; in the end, you count up the votes and you get a winner. That’s how it’s done. You don’t stop them after the game. After the game, the score is determined. I mean, this is simple.” —Charles Krauthammer

Braying Jackass: “Resistance means repetition. Humiliate [Donald Trump]. Humiliate him every day and those who support him. … Resistance means find a Trump supporter every day and remind them he lost the popular vote. There is also a passive-aggressive, subtler way to make this point clear. … Never address Trump as president. He is Trump. Just Trump. Never president. The title of president, that we must protect for a happier and more honest time. Resistance means refusal. Resist! Peace.” —Keith Olbermann

Braying Jenny: “I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.” —Lena Dunham, who later regretted the “distasteful joke”

Late-night humor: “John McCain criticized President Obama … and said he ‘has no strategy and no policy’ on dealing with Russia’s recent hackings. Oh, he has a strategy all right — it’s called running out the clock.” —Seth Meyers

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