January 23, 2024

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ro Khanna, Gretchen Whitmer, John Kirby, Quentin Fulks, and more.

The BIG Lies

“There is so much enthusiasm here for the president. Anyone who says that the president doesn’t have enthusiasm needs to come to New Hampshire. Progressives, moderates — lines outside houses.” —Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA)

“Biden has the strongest record to run on that we’ve seen in a very long time in this country.” —Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

“We’re seeing unemployment at historic lows. We’re seeing take-home pay going up. … Inflation coming down. These are important factors that take time for people to really see the benefit from.” —Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

“As inflation has come down, prices have come down.” —Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)

“I’m sure it’s, you know, not good for [Republicans] to talk about an economy that’s booming.” —Deputy Biden Campaign Manager Quentin Fulks

“The Biden administration, along with Senate Democrats and House Democrats back in the last Congress, actually increased our investment in border security.” —Maggie Hassan

“No.” —Joe Biden when asked, “Do you believe your policies have enabled any of this crisis at the border?”

“I used to teach the Constitution at University of Pennsylvania.” —Joe Biden

“All those investments, we still reduced the deficit by $1 trillion.” —Joe Biden

Baghdad Bob

“Age equals wisdom equals results in experience. And President Biden, because of his age, has come to the table and brought people together from both sides of the aisle to deliver results for the American people.” —Quentin Fulks

“[Republicans] have no platform and nothing else to think about. I’m sure it’s much easier for them to talk about age than it is to talk about the fact that they want to rip away a woman’s right to choose or take away reproductive freedom from a third of women across this country that are living under a national abortion ban because of Donald Trump.” —Quentin Fulks

Non Compos Mentis

“I love people who say … ‘the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots.’ Well, guess what, man? I didn’t see a whole lot of patriots that are out there walking around making sure that we have these weapons. And if you really want to worry about the government, you need an F-16.” —Joe Biden

“[Biden’s] kept us from, you know, having a complete breakout of uncontrolled war.” —climate czar John Kerry

“One of the things that President Biden has done very ably in the last three years is … prove that American leadership on the world stage actually stands for something and can achieve results.” —National Security Council spokesman John Kirby

Fact-Check, Please

“COVID is raging in Gaza … with variants cooked up in the USA by many people like you guys who won’t even advocate for masking in grocery stores.” —Washington Post columnist Taylor Lorenz

“Police officers died because of the injuries that they sustained on [January 6].” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre (The only person who died because of the injuries that she sustained on J6 was an unarmed female protestor, Ashli Babbitt, shot dead by Capital Police Officer Michael Byrd.)

Leftmedia Lob

“[Nikki Haley’s] a brown lady that’s got to try to win in a party that is deeply anti-immigrant. … I don’t see how she becomes the nominee of that party.” —MSNBC’s Joy Reid

DEI but for Republicans?

“I was teased every day for being brown. So anyone who wants to question it can go look up what I said about how hard it was to grow up in the Deep South as a brown girl. … I was disqualified from a beauty pageant because I wasn’t white or black — because they didn’t know where to put me.” —Nikki Haley

Political Futures

“The number of Republican voters who were ready to move on from Trump dwindled with each of Trump’s successive indictments.” —Philip Klein

“I have voted for Trump twice and I suppose I will vote for him again. But it will be with sorrow. Trump has many flaws. He is a poor manager. He is not, in some ways, a conservative; in particular, he seems oblivious to the fiscal catastrophe toward which we are rushing. He is inarticulate, and therefore incapable of moving Americans in the middle toward his (usually, our) positions. And if he wins, he will be 78 years old when he is inaugurated. Worst of all, he may lose.” —John Hinderaker

“There’s only one savior, and his name isn’t listed on the ballot; we’re hiring a temp worker for a four-year contract.” —Jim Geraghty

And Last…

“How can there be a ‘border security deal’ with a Biden Administration that just went all the way to the Supreme Court to stop border security?” —Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

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