This was never said by Andrew Jackson – although if he had ever had cause to, it would certainly fit his personality:
“Besides, it doesn’t matter. The thing that separates our party from – whatever you want to call that pack of scoundrels who don’t agree on much of anything except they want power – is this, before it’s anything else. You figure out what you think the republic needs. First. Then you figure out how to get enough people to vote for you. What you don’t do – ever – is go at it the other way. Leave that to the Henry Clays of the world.”
– Eric Flint, 1824: The Arkansas War
A paragraph that needs to be burned in various and sundry people’s retinas, methinks.
Crossposted to RedState.