March 12, 2024

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Raphael Warnock, Jennifer Rubin, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and more.

Delusions of Grandeur

“As I sat the other night and listened to the president’s [State of the Union] speech … I said to my colleagues, ‘I don’t know if that was Joe Biden or Joe Lewis,’ because the man came out fighting and he never let up, and he’s not going to let up between now and November.” —Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA)

For the Record

“The State of the Union illuminated the stark divide between Democrats and Republicans. I can’t recall a more partisan State of the Union address, nor a State of the Union where the president’s predecessor was invoked so frequently.” —Matthew Continetti

“The real threat to democracy is the guy saying we are a threat to democracy. Biden and his neo-Marxist allies are working 24/7 to attack every liberty we have.” —Gary Bauer

Pot Calling the Kettle Black

“It’s unfortunate that in this moment of grief, there are those who are trying to score cheap political points.” —Senator Raphael Warnock regarding Laken Riley

“Responsible reporting should not cover for Republicans. The MAGA Republican Party has become shockingly irrational and radicalized, fully embracing totalitarianism, white nationalism and radical isolationism. America is divided not by some free-floating condition of ‘polarization’ but by one party going off the deep end.” —Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin

The BIG Lies

“America is safer today than when I took office.” —Joe Biden

Today’s violent crime rates are down nationwide in nearly every major category to one of the lowest levels in over 50 years.“ —Joe Biden

"I have your back as much as any president has in American history since Lyndon Johnson.” —Joe Biden regarding black Americans

Non Compos Mentis

“The U.S. Capitol — the same building where our freedoms came under assault on July the 6th.” —Joe Biden

“Not long ago, my buddy John McCain passed away — my predecessor.” —Joe Biden

“Pennsylvania, I have a message for you: Send me to Congress.” —Joe Biden

Political Futures

“We have never in the modern media age witnessed a president this infirm. It is not what anyone expects from the president of the United States, a role associated with vigor, energy and very often youth. … A president is supposed to reassure the public with his bearing and words; Biden now largely does the opposite. … Indeed, that Biden will serve as president until January 2029 may be among the most preposterous things a major political party has ever asked the American public to believe.” —Rich Lowry

“The Biden high campaign must believe that its problem is the Democratic base — and that the way to boost turnout among the Democratic base is through progressive messaging. I have no doubt that Democrats will be pleased with the result. But I am also skeptical it will persuade independents and working-class men and women of all races that Biden has the answers to America’s problems. And if something doesn’t change for Biden soon, he will be the bridge from one Trump term to another.” —Matthew Continetti

Belly Laughs of the Day

“This president has taken leadership in addressing the situation at the border.” —Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg

“I’m one of those who believes that President Biden deserves more credit for the historic, economic results that he’s delivered.” —Secretary Pete Buttigieg

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