September 5, 2023

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from KJP, Jared Bernstein, Michael Reagan, Josh Hammer, and more.

The BIG Lies

“No president has put the United States … in a stronger position to outcompete China than President Biden.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“This administration respects the right of responsible gun owners.” —Karine Jean-Pierre

“My predecessor was … one of only two presidents in history who entered his presidency and left with fewer jobs than when he entered. … We created more jobs in two years than any president ever created in a … single four-year term.” —Joe Biden (“Biden says that ‘[Trump] left his presidency with fewer jobs than when he entered’ which was because of covid lockdowns and then says he ‘created more jobs in two than any president has in four years’ almost all of which were added back after lockdowns ended.” —Greg Price)

“When someone tells you Americans don’t like Bidenomics, it’s false.” —Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jared Bernstein

Non Compos Mentis

“Abortion is safe. It improves and saves lives, and it must be available without restrictions, without limitations and without barriers — just as any other critical part of health care.” —American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) interim chief executive Christopher M. Zahn and Society of Family Planning interim director of advocacy and public affairs Jenni Villavicencio

For the Record

“Biden is bragging that he’s cut inflation in half. No, he didn’t — it’s still going up! … If something increases in price from $10 to $12 dollars, that’s a 20% increase. If it then goes from $12 to $13, you don’t celebrate the fact that the inflation is going down. The total inflation is now 30%.” —Gary Bauer

Political Futures

“The truth is, people in power never want to voluntarily step down or step aside. They never say, ‘You know what? I’m a million years old and my brain is like a two-year-old’s. After six decades in office, I realize it’s time for me to let someone under 85 do my job. So for the good of the country, I resign.’ Instead, they keep running for office — and we keep electing them."—Michael Reagan

"The reality is that when it matters, voters across the country love the old-timers — perhaps because they are known quantities or maybe they bring home the money or maybe people genuinely like them. If they didn’t, none of them would be in Washington.” —David Harsanyi

“There are clear cases where age should be disqualifying. California’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 90, has reportedly relinquished power of attorney to her daughter. If a person can’t be trusted to legally handle their own life decisions, how can they be entrusted with the power to make decisions over your life?” —David Harsanyi

“I agree 100%.” —Tucker Carlson after interviewer Dave Portnoy said “both Trump and Biden are too old” to be president

“A necessary precondition of wielding power, no matter how one intends to do so, is to attain it in the first place. … Republicans have every reason to be apoplectic at the tilted, patently unfair nature of the playing field that now permeates virtually all of American life… But the accumulating series of losses on the Right in virtually every forum outside the U.S. Supreme Court has led many to adopt a posture of permanent victimhood, or outright martyrdom. … At a certain point, the mentality of victimology becomes self-defeating.” —Josh Hammer

And Last…

“I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the people who thought [Mike Pence] had unilateral power to refuse certification of the Electoral College now think [Brian Kemp] has unilateral power to stop Fani Willis. That magical thinking does nothing but generate mug shots.” —Erick Erickson

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