Repurposing a quote

While we are on the subject of quotes, I saw a great one this morning in the comments section of an article in the New York Times. The article was covering the Republican National Convention, and in particular, our president’s rather divisive speech accepting his party’s nomination.

The particular quote in question can actually be traced to the great (sadly deceased) columnist Molly Ivins. Ivins had been covering the 1992 Republican National Convention. That’s the election where the Republicans ended up losing to an ascendant Bill Clinton.

Pat Buchanan made a highly incendiary speech at the convention naming the a whole slew of now familiar bogeymen, including women in power, liberals, blacks, immigrants and homosexuals. He essentially labeled them all as enemies of America.

Today’s comment by a reader quoted Molly Ivins response to that speech, but in the context of the speech last night by our current commander in chief.

Ivin’s response? “It probably sounded better in the original German.”

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