Monday, February 3, 2020

Quote of the Day (Mark Twain, Imagining a Scandal-Plagued Candidate’s Defense)

“The rumor that I buried a dead aunt under my grapevine was correct. The vine needed fertilizing, my aunt had to be buried, and I dedicated her to this high purpose. Does that unfit me for the presidency? The Constitution of our country does not say so. No other citizen was ever considered unworthy of this office because he enriched his grapevines with his dead relatives. Why should I be selected as the first victim of an absurd prejudice?”— American novelist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910), “A Presidential Candidate,” in Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches and Essays, 1852-1890, edited by Louis J. Budd (1992)

Just think—Twain wrote the above without ever watching Alan Dershowitz’s impeachment defense of the President that Spy Magazine once referred to as the “short-fingered vulgarian.” Remarkable, isn’t it?

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