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Meanwhile, newly released State Department emails cause some people to suggest that the reason a variety of dodgy foreign businesspeople and nations gave millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state was that they expected -- get a load of THIS wacky right-wing conspiracy theory! -- to receive special access to or favors from the U.S. government. Hillary has no choice but to roll her eyes and laugh in a violently unnatural manner at this latest attempt to use these discredited smear tactics to prevent her, a historic and lifelong woman, from fighting for working families as well as working for fighting families.

This from Dave Barry's year in review, which, as always, is well worth reading.

Another excerpt:

Trump's victory stuns the nation. Not since the darkest days of the Civil War have so many Americans unfriended each other on Facebook. Some even take the extreme step of writing "open letters." Angry, traumatized protesters cry, march, shout, smash windows, set fires --and that's just the New York Times editorial board. Leading celebrities who vowed to leave the country if Trump won immediately start making plans to ... OK, to not actually leave the country per se, but next time they definitely will and YOU'LL BE SORRY.

And:
Meanwhile a somber Trump, preparing to assume the most powerful office on the planet, puts the pettiness of the campaign behind him and -- facing a world rife with turmoil -- gets down to the all-important work of taking Twitter shots at the cast of "Hamilton." He also begins assembling a cabinet that -- reflecting the diversity of the nation he has been elected to lead -- includes several non-billionaires. The president-elect also receives classified briefings, during which he learns, among other things, that there are a LOT of foreign countries, including some where he does not even have golf courses.

Finally, a justifiably non-funny quote:
In the month's biggest non-election news, the death of Fidel Castro is greeted with expressions of sorrow from several dozen world leaders who never had to live under his rule, and tears of happiness from many thousands of Cubans who did.


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KevinDC writes:

This quote definitely made me laugh out loud:

Meanwhile, the Democrats — now on a multi-year losing streak that has cost them the presidency, both houses of Congress and a majority of the state legislatures — desperately seek an explanation for their party’s failures. After a hard, critical look in the mirror, they are forced, reluctantly, to stop seeking scapegoats and place the blame where it belongs: the Electoral College, the Russians, Facebook and, of course, James Comey.

I also appreciate that this post is tagged as "Public Choice Theory." I've used Dave Barry as a source to explain Public Choice to people who don't have much of a background with economics or politics. "Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway" is basically a study in applied Public Choice Theory disguised as a hilarious humor book.

Or for something really quick, I direct people to this column: http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article1935791.html

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