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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1415
AUTHOR:Jimmy Breslin (1929–  )
QUOTATION:All political power is primarily an illusion…. Illusion. Mirrors and blue smoke, beautiful blue smoke rolling over the surface of highly polished mirrors, first a thin veil of blue smoke, then a thick cloud that suddenly dissolves into wisps of blue smoke, the mirrors catching it all, bouncing it back and forth.
ATTRIBUTION:JIMMY BRESLIN, How the Good Guys Finally Won, Notes from an Impeachment Summer, pp. 33–34 (1975).

  The phrase is usually quoted as “blue smoke and mirrors.”
SUBJECTS:Politics
 
 
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