Publius / January 20, 2017

Friday Short Cuts

Insight: “The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power.” —William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

For the record: “Are the liberals who deny Trump’s legitimacy saying that they will not treat laws signed by him or regulations promulgated by his appointees as valid? Will they stop paying taxes to the federal government that they believe he illegitimately heads? Will they ignore Supreme Court decisions whenever his appointees were decisive to the outcome? Will Representative Lewis be filing a motion to impeach Trump? Anyone who truly believes that Trump holds his power illegitimately would at least have to consider such steps. But if anyone who is questioning his legitimacy is prepared to follow their premises to such conclusions, I haven’t heard of it.” —Ramesh Ponnuru

Political futures: “I think in my mind I know who it is. I think you’re going to be very, very excited.” —Donald Trump on his Supreme Court pick — the very reason so many Americans voted for him

Braying Jenny: “[Trump’s] actually doing us a great service, because we have gone as low as we can go. We can only go up from here, so what are we going to do? We have two choices, destruction and creation. I chose creation.” —Madonna

And last… “For over 200 years, this nation has been peacefully transferring power from one president to the next. We don’t reflect enough on how odd that is historically. And if it doesn’t give you goose bumps, you need to pause, and we need to re-learn some history together, because this isn’t the way it used to be done.” —Sen. Ben Sasse

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