Jul. 11th, 2009

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They were careless people, Tom and Daisy-they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money and vast carelessness

— F Scott Fitzgerald

Bush laughs when he hears that Joe the Plumber briefed House Republicans on Gaza. He doesn't seem to really believe it. Brother and son of recent Republican presidents, he doesn't seem to fully understand what's going on in the party his family has dominated for more than two decades. "Joe the Plumber? Really?" he says. "Well, that... Really?" In response, he mounts a defense of erudition and expertise.

— Tucker Carlson

I think it's okay to have a deeper understanding of things. I think it's okay to talk in three-syllable words. The world we're living in is incredibly complex. And simplifying things to the point where you're misunderstanding where we are as a nation isn't going to help people overcome their fears or give them hope that they can achieve great things. I don't get inspired by shameless populism.

— Jeb! Bush



bonus specialtude: the complex Bush brother apparently has his own issues with long words. That's not actually how "collectivism" works, but since Jeb! supports his brother's bailout, I'm kind of charmed to hear that he thinks so.

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