Quote of the week

Jesse Helms, for thirty years a Senator from North Carolina, acknowledging — hell, probably boasting — that he was something of a polarizing figure in his home state:

They [Democrats] could nominate Mortimer Snerd and he’d automatically get 45 percent of the vote.

In fact, the Democrats sent out an assortment of Snerds to face Helms, and at no time did Helms poll more than 55 percent.

Helms, arguably the last actual Republican in the Senate — certainly among the last few who didn’t feel compelled to embrace “bipartisanship” — died today at the age of eighty-six.

Note: Last paragraph rewritten for clarity, or at least less obfuscation.

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