Friday, October 09, 2015

Quotable quotes from Rick Perry and others; also "authenticity"

"A broken clock is right once a day." - Rick Perry (Steve Goldstein, Oops — Rick Perry says broken clock is right once a day New York Post 09/03/2015)

David "Bobo" Brooks provided an illustration today on the PBS Newshour, when he said when he said of the Republicans, "It's not that they don't believe in the Democratic President. They don't believe in the democratic process."

Bobo reverts back to form later in the segment where he complains about Hillary Clinton's alleged lack of "authenticity."

Speaking of which, Michael Tomasky harshes on the press for their superficiality over things like "authenticity" (Authentic Candidates Suck Daily Beast 10/09/2015):

[A]uthenticity is overrated in the first place. I hate authenticity. Authenticity sucks. It’s a substitute for critical thought and actual argument, and the political media harp far too much on it. ...

I can’t tell you the number of straight-news reporters who’ve said to me over the years something like: Yes, OK, Ted Cruz or Lindsey Graham or whoever may be a little out there, but you know what? At least he really means it. What you see with him is what you get. To which I would rejoin, well, that’s fine, but so what ...

I’d much rather have a president who inauthentically raises the minimum wage and passes paid family leave than one who authentically eliminates the federal minimum wage and does what the Chamber of Commerce tells him to do on all such matters. [my emphasis]
Charlie Pierce has some similar thoughts, also in relation to Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (Enough of Hillary's Heart Is in Enough of the Right Places Esquire Politics 10/09/2015):

There has been a lot of talk recently about Hillary Rodham Clinton's suddenly tougher positions on things like Wall Street reform, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and our old friend, the Keystone XL pipeline. There is handwringing on the Left and snark from the elite media, most of whom learned at the feet of the late investigative collator Big Tim Russert that every politician – especially ones named Clinton – have to stand by every word they've ever said in public and have to hold every position once they've declared it. Frankly, I don't care if it was the strength of Bernie Sanders's challenge, or the intervention of Baal, that got HRC committed to the correct side of these issues, as long as she's there now. ...

Enough of her heart is in enough of the right places for me, thanks.

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