It's a bit of a cliché to quote "Casablanca" when it comes to Washington's gift for manufactured outrage, but the classics are classics for a reason. When Captain Louis Renault orders Rick's saloon shut down, Rick (played by Humphrey Bogart) protests: "How can you close me up? On what grounds?"
Renault (played by Claude Rains) replies, "I am shocked — shocked — to find that gambling is going on in here!"
Then, a croupier walks up to Renault and hands him some money: "Your winnings, sir."
"Oh, thank you very much," Renault says. "Everybody out at once!"
The scene came immediately to mind amid the...