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  1. If you want to link to the specific Mencken source (I always link to the specific sources, because there are so many bogusly attributed sources), it’s here.

    It’s from a collection called “On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe”, specifically in an essay called “Bayard vs. Lionheart.”

    Honestly, I thought that was a made-up attribution, because the word “downright” sounds very un-Mencken. But I was wrong.

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