"Politician—One who stands for what he thinks the voters will fall for” is one of the definitions in A Connotary; Definitions not found in dictionaries, collected from the sayings of the wise and otherwise (1935) by John Garland Pollard (1871-1937), the governor of Virginia from 1930 to 1934.
The witticism has appeared on many lists of political sayings/jokes, almost always without authorship credit and with the words slightly changed to: “A politician is a man who stands for what he thinks the voters will fall for.”
Wikipedia: John Garland Pollard
John Garland Pollard (August 4, 1871 – April 28, 1937) was an American politician who served as the 51st Governor of Virginia from 1930 to 1934.
Definitions not found in dictionaries, collected from the sayings of the wise and otherwise
By John Garland Pollard
New York, NY: Thomas Y. Crowell
(e) One who stands for what he thinks the voters will fall for.
3 March 1935, Galveston (TX) Daily News, pg. 18, col. 1:
Said the Governor
Not many of America’s public men—at least before the advent of the brain trust—are sufficiently literate and articulate to produce a book that merits comparison with Ambrose Bierce’s “Devil’s Dictionary.” Yet John Garland Pollard, who was governor of Virginia from 1930 to 1934 has written just such a book. It is entitled “A Connotary: Definitions Not Found in Dictionaries,” and a revised and enlarged third edition was brought out this week by Thomas Y. Crowell Co.
Powell’s “Connotary” is an intriguing little book—a sort of miniature dictionary of wisecracks, definitions, connotations, aphorisms, “collected from the sayings of the wise and otherwise.” It is downright amusing; not quite so cutting as Bierce’s “Devil’s Dictionary” but of the same general nature.
Perhaps the best way to indicate the merit of “A Connotary” is to quote from its contents. For instance, it contains such things as these:
Politician—One who stands for what he thinks the voters will fall for.
8 March 1939, Chicago (IL) Daily Tribune, “In the Wake of the News,” pg. 19:
Politician: One who stands for what he thinks the voters will fall for.
10-16-2009, 03:47 PM
Politicians (in South TX--Politicos)
1. A little girl asked her father, “Do all fairy tales begin with Once upon a time?” The father replied, “No, some start with When I get elected.”
2. The government is sneaky. Thet raise the tax on alcohol, then make sure that the countery is in such a mess that you drink more.
3. Redundancy: An airbag in a politican’s car.
4. The statesman shears the sheep, the politican skins them.
5. Only in America....do we use the word “politics” to describe the process so well: “Poli” in Latin meaning “many: and “tics” meaning “bloodsucking creatures”.
6. Honesty in politics is much like oxygen. The higher up you go, the scarcer it becomes.
7. The touble with political jokes is they get elected.
8. If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.
9. A politican is a man who stands for what he thinks the voters will fall for.
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by emcg575797 @ 06/05/2010 – 20:17:03
A politician is a man who stands for what he thinks the voters will fall for.
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