Ross Mackenzie

Quotations — ridiculous and wise — related to the race for the Democratic presidential nomination . . .

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan: “Don’t fall in love with politicians. They’re all a disappointment. They can’t help it, they just are.”

(a) Chelsea Clinton: “I think (my mother) will be a better president (than my father) because she’ll be more progressive and she’s more prepared. She’ll just hit the ground running from Day One in a way that my father was not as equipped to do.” (b) Bill Clinton: “For this time in our history, I believe that Hillary will be a better president than I was.”

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass: “The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate’s politics were born in Chicago. Yet he is presented to the nation as not truly being of this place, as if he floats just above the political corruption here, uninfected, untouched by the stain of it or by any sin of commission or omission. . . . My argument is not with him — but with the national media pack that refuses to look closely at what Chicago is. . . . Why is (Barack) Obama allowed to campaign as a reformer, virtually unchallenged by the media, though he’s a product of Chicago politics and has never condemned the wholesale political corruption in his home town the way he condemns those darn Washingtion lobbyists?”

Hillary Clinton: “I think it’s important to consider the effects of ergonomic hazards. Injury from repetitive motion and exertion is more of a silent epidemic that will cause a slow but steady erosion of people’s health and productivity. I support ergonomics regulation.”

Obama, in Indiana, several days following his San Francisco comments about simple folk clinging to God and guns: “Lately there has been a little typical sort of political flare-up because I said something that everybody knows is true.”

Washington Post columnist David Broder: “How does anyone persuade the first serious African American candidate, the leader in every relevant measure of popular support, to abandon a historic candidacy? And how does anyone persuade the first serious female candidate, the possessor of the best brand name in Democratic politics, and a politician who has battled back from seeming defeat at least three times already, that she should quit?”

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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