February 12, 2024

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Kamala Harris, Ian Sams, Victor Davis Hanson, Star Parker, and more.

Circling the Wagons

“As a former prosecutor, the comments that were made by that prosecutor [were] gratuitous, inaccurate, and inappropriate.” —Kamala Harris regarding Special Counsel Robert Hur

“The way that the president’s demeanor in that report was characterized could not be more wrong on the facts and clearly politically motivated.” —Kamala Harris

“Comments were made in that report … about his memory that we don’t believe lives in reality.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“[Republicans] have made up claims of a two-tiered system of justice between Republicans and Democrats. They have denigrated the rule of law for political purposes. That reality creates a ton of pressure. And in that pressurized political environment, when the inevitable conclusion is that the facts and the evidence don’t support any charges, you’re left to wonder why this report spends time making gratuitous and inappropriate criticisms of the president.” —White House Counsel’s Office spokesman Ian Sams

“I think the public is smart. And I think that they can see what’s going on. … I think they see a president who did the right thing.” —Ian Sams

The BIG Lies

“The report lays out how the president did not share classified documents with anyone.” —Ian Sams

“The president takes classified information seriously. He always has. He did not intentionally take classified documents.” —Ian Sams

Baghdad Bob

“Elected officials … they can … misspeak sometimes. Right? … It happens to all of us, and it is common.” —Karine Jean-Pierre regarding Joe Biden’s perpetual mix-ups

For the Record

“Too old and senile to prosecute, apparently, and yet Democrats will spend the next year arguing that Biden has the physical stamina and mental acuity to serve another four years as president.” —Philip Klein

“Now we know why his staff has kept Biden under wraps. Why he won’t do a Super Bowl pregame interview — reaching the massive NFL audience on an unofficial holiday — for the second straight year. It’s not just that his aides worry he’ll confuse Travis and Taylor. They’re petrified he might cause a national security crisis.” —Matthew Continetti

“Biden’s wife Jill, the rest of the Biden family and the Democrat Party people who supposedly love and care for him ought to be ashamed of themselves. They are allowing the whole world — including the leaders of countries that do not like us — to watch the daily deterioration of our president.” —Michael Reagan

“You’ve heard a lot of statistics about Biden’s age, but here’s a really revealing one: The day Biden was sworn in as vice president in 2009, he was already the sixth-oldest vice president in U.S. history. By the time Biden left the role in 2017, he was the second oldest, behind Harry Truman’s veep, Alben Barkley.” —Jim Geraghty

Friendly Fire

“The most damaging thing that can happen to a politician is to have an existing negative suspicion confirmed. This is why this is challenging.” —Democrat strategist James Carville

“[Biden] does not have the normal strength to go out there and campaign.” —Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA)

Braying Jenny

“I support the Second Amendment, but it’s reasonable to say we need an assault weapons ban. It’s reasonable to say we need universal background checks. That we need red flag laws.” —Kamala Harris

Non Compos Mentis

“I still believe in reparations, by the way, so y'all can stop texting me and emailing me and saying that I’m a white girl and that I don’t deserve reparations.” —"The View" co-host Sunny Hostin, whose ancestors were slaveholders

“Attempts by @HousGOP to impeach Secretary Mayorkas are animated by antisemitic, white supremacist conspiracy theories.” —Jewish Democratic Council of America

More Baghdad Bob

“No executive action, no matter how aggressive, can deliver the significant [immigration] policy reforms and additional resources Congress can provide … that Republicans have rejected. … That is just a fact. There is no executive action that the president can take.” —Karine Jean-Pierre (“What about reversing the 94 executive actions he took in his first 100 days to dismantle border security and enforcing existing law?” —RNC)

Another BIG Lie

“We don’t bear responsibility for a broken [immigration] system, and we’re doing a tremendous amount within that broken system.” —Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas


“Democrats, in lunatic fashion, claim that anyone who did not sign on to codify and regulate illegal immigration was responsible for their own deliberate open border policies in the first place!” —Victor Davis Hanson

“President Joe Biden promised to veto any stand-alone aid bill for Israel. … Does anyone believe that the president would veto a stand-alone bill for Ukrainian aid? Or what about a stand-alone bill for ‘humanitarian’ aid to Palestinians? Color me skeptical. Now, a stand-alone border security bill? That he’d definitely veto. Priorities, you see.” —David Harsanyi

“Biden is free to play games with Israeli aid because there will be no political repercussions. Most Democrats don’t really care anymore. … I suspect Democrats are probably a couple of presidential cycles away from turning entirely against Israel.” —David Harsanyi

“Oppression means having no choice. Choosing to live in squalor because of refusal to take responsibility for one’s life is not oppression. … Despite endless attacks and war, Israelis have shown what taking responsibility for one’s life means. They built from nothing a modern country that today has per capita GDP higher than most European nations. Saying no and choosing war, as the Palestinians have done, is not oppression. It is stupidity and irresponsibility.” —Star Parker

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