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November 21, 2023

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Andrew McCarthy, Jim Geraghty, David Axelrod, Bari Weiss, and more.

For the Record

“Voters have managed to notice that Mr. Biden is showing his years. Seventy-seven percent of Americans say he’s too old for another term, according to an August AP poll, including 69% of Democrats, 74% of independents, and 89% of Republicans. And who says Mr. Biden hasn’t united the country?” —The Wall Street Journal

“Joe Biden has 50 years in elected office. He has very little to show for it, other than expensive homes and a fat bank account.” —Karen Townsend

Political Futures

“Although President Biden is too old and feeble, and Democrats fear he could lose to former president Trump, it would be politically dicey for them to cashier him — especially when the heiress apparent is Vice President Harris, with whom they would run a greater risk of losing to Trump. This is a problem of partisan political miscalculation; while we’re all the worse for it, it’s not a legal problem.” —Andrew McCarthy

“In Biden, lots of Americans see lots of reasons to worry — the light schedule; the rarity of sit-down interviews; the sudden angry outbursts; the odd, confused, and erratic behavior at public events; the shuffling feet and occasional falls; the meandering stories, with his voice trailing off; and the frequent off-the-cuff declarations that his own staff won’t allow him to answer questions. He’s not the same man he was when he was vice president or senator, and we can all see it.” —Jim Geraghty

“I think [Joe Biden] has a 50–50 shot [of winning in 2024], but no better than that, maybe a little worse. He thinks he can cheat nature here and it’s really risky. They’ve got a real problem if they’re counting on Trump to win it for them. I remember Hillary doing that, too.” —David Axelrod

Belly Laugh of the Week

“I would put the president’s stamina, the president’s wisdom, ability to get this done on behalf of the American people, against anyone — anyone, on any day of the week.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

Foot in Mouth

“It is just unquestionable at this point that he cannot see public office again. He is not only unfit. He is destructive to our democracy. He has to be eliminated.” —Congressman Daniel Goldman, who later apologized that he “mistakenly used the wrong word” to express how important it is to defeat Donald Trump

How to Change

“Pro-life laws in many states have already saved tens of thousands of innocent lives. We can save even more, but only if we realize a critical truth. We need to win over the culture if we hope to start winning at the ballot box.” —Tim Busch


“People loathe inflation because it blows apart their budgets, devalues their savings, makes it difficult to plan for the future, and triggers interest-rate hikes that render prohibitive the cost of borrowing for a home or car. Inflation is a concrete, not an abstract, problem.” —Charles C.W. Cooke

Countering Hate

“People have bought this idiot meta-Marxism, which is that the way to look at every social relationship that people ever have is through the lens of power. … The leftists have already decided the Palestinians are the victims. … If you’re a victim, then you’re morally righteous. And even more conveniently, if you stand for the victim then you’re morally righteous regardless of what you do with your own life.” —Jordan Peterson

“When anti-Semitism moves from the shameful fringe into the public square, it is not about Jews. It is never about Jews. It is about everyone else. It is about the surrounding society or the culture or the country. It is an early warning system — a sign that society itself is breaking down. That it is dying.” —Bari Weiss

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