I wrote the following lines in a private letter to friends back in December when George W. Bush, then still president of the executive branch of the U.S. national government, announced that he was abandoning his free-market principles. The truth of these lines, however, transcends time and political party.
him is not particularly principled – but he proudly fancies himself
that way. So the first bimbo he sniffs who'll do him the honor will
prompt him to "abandon his principles" with as much alacrity as a
hungry dog will attack a ham. Such are the principles of our "leaders."
(P.S. One cannot abandon what one never possessed.)