In the latest New York Review of Books, Elizabeth Drew quotes an adviser to the Clinton campaign as not being especially concerned about working within the limits of campaign regulations:

As of this writing, the Democrats are still trying to figure out what to do about the renegade voting in Michigan and Florida…. When I asked a close Clinton ally and adviser about this matter recently, he replied, “Rules? Rules? The rules are what people say they are. This isn’t law. This isn’t the Supreme Court.”

This sounded familiar to me, so I did some checking around, and came up with this quote from a Bush adviser back in 2004:

The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality… That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”

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