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May 10, 2017

Wednesday Short Cuts

Sen. Pat Leahy calls Comey’s firing “nothing less than Nixonian.” Even though Hillary Clinton would have followed the same playbook.

For the record: “Those who are convinced that Trump is building a dictatorship will assume that [FBI Director James] Comey was fired because he got too close to finding the ‘smoking gun’ that allegedly links Trump to Russia. Those for whom Trump can do no wrong will assume that the president is merely ‘draining the swamp.’ Everyone else will fall somewhere in the middle.” —Charles C.W. Cooke

Braying Jackass: “[Trump fired Comey] in the midst of one of the most critical national security investigations in the history of our country — one that implicates senior officials in the Trump campaign and administration. This is nothing less than Nixonian.” —Sen. Pat Leahy

Political futures: “[Hillary Clinton] could still make a go of it [in 2020], but it would probably be much more difficult to win the nomination, and she would risk embarrassing herself. It is bad enough that she is the woman who lost to Trump. The 2020 cycle will likely include several female Democratic candidates not named Clinton. Imagine if Hillary also became the woman who lost to the woman who really broke the presidential glass ceiling.” —Peter Spiliakos

Lecturer in chief: “You get the politicians you deserve. And if you don’t vote and you don’t participate and you don’t pay attention, then you’ll get policies that don’t reflect your interests.” —Barack Obama

Non Compos Mentis: “[W]hat made me understand leadership was when I could see somebody who thought they didn’t have a voice, thought they didn’t have influence or didn’t have power, and teach them how to speak up on the things that were affecting their lives.” —Barack Obama, who still has the delusional idea that he’s a “leader”

Alpha Jackass: “I think that Jeff Sessions is very dangerous. I think he’s a racist, and I think that he absolutely believes that it’s his job to keep minorities in their place.” —Maxine Waters

Late-night humor: “According to a new report, Senator Bernie Sanders’s wife Jane Sanders is being investigated by the FBI for alleged bank fraud. Even worse, her husband is being investigated by his local deli for alleged Splenda theft. ‘These should be free!’” —Seth Meyers

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