Happy Hour News
The Party of Lincoln, ladies and laddies:
As he rolled out the first official Republican Party congressional platform in years, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy fittingly invoked the revered father of the GOP: Abraham Lincoln.
At the top of a letter to Republican lawmakers thanking them for their contributions to the “Commitment To America”—the policy agenda they are launching near Pittsburgh on Friday—McCarthy included a quote attributed to Lincoln.
“Commitment,” reads the quote, “is what transforms a promise into reality.”
For McCarthy’s purposes, it’s a pitch-perfect message. There’s just one problem: there’s no record of Lincoln actually saying it.
So where did it come from?
In 1986, Lehman Brothers placed a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journalthanking its longest-tenured employees. At the top of the page is the full quote that is attributed in some places online to Lincoln.
“Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year.”
“Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.”
Lincoln or Lehman, what’s the diff?
And another stunning victory for the dumbest SOB in politics: K-Mac.