Political Editors / October 17, 2017

Tuesday Short Cuts

A Harvard professor envisions a President Paul Ryan stepping down so Hillary can claim her rightful place. Seriously.

Insight: “One sword keeps another in the sheath.” —George Herbert (1593-1633)

Political futures: “If we don’t cut taxes and we don’t eventually repeal and replace ObamaCare, then we’re going to lose across the board in the House in 2018. And all of my [Senate] colleagues running in primaries in 2018 will probably get beat. … Mitch McConnell is not our problem. Our problem is that we promised to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and we failed. We promised to cut taxes, and we’ve yet to do it. If we’re successful, Mitch McConnell is fine. If we’re not, we’re all in trouble, we lose our majority, and I think President Trump will not get re-elected.” —Sen. Lindsey Graham

Musings: “You no doubt have heard the Santayana quote, ‘Those who do cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.’ I can’t help but wonder if those who did worst in history class are determined to destroy it, because it reminds them of their inadequacies.” —Jim Geraghty

Non Compos Mentis: “It’s not just [about] police brutality and community policing. … It’s also about the gender pay gap. It’s also about housing discrimination. They have so many things that they are interested in and advocating for and they want the NFL to take ownership in and help be able to use the NFL’s platform.” —former NFL receiver Donté Stallworth on what players tell him they’re protesting

The BIG Lie: “When women are elected to the United States Senate … we do face an extra barrier that men do not. When a man is elected to the Senate, it’s assumed that he belongs there. My experience has been that we women have to prove that we belong there, and once we do that, we’re accepted.” —Sen. Susan Collins

Belly laugh of the week: “If [Paul] Ryan became President because the Trump/Pence campaign committed treason, who should he nominate as his Vice President? The answer seems unavoidable: He should nominate the person defeated by the treason of his own party, and then step aside, and let her become the President.” —Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig

And last… “My woke 8-year-old asked me why do consumers of social media fabricate third parties to propagate falsehoods and signal their hyperawareness.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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