April 12, 2024

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Eric Swalwell, Margaret Sullivan, Marc Lamont Hill, Clay Travis, and more.

Theater of the Absurd

“In Vladimir Putin’s battle plans, he looks at his air, land, sea, and now MAGA resources.” —Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA)

Praetorian Guard

“You know, everybody says in these polls, as poll respondents, that they’re so concerned about the economy. Well, the economy is doing very, very well right now. Inflation is low. Unemployment is low. Growth is strong. … I actually have my doubts about whether that’s really on people’s minds.” —Columbia Journalism School’s Margaret Sullivan

Say That Again … Slowly

“The Biden administration just announced a plan for 30 MILLION student loan borrowers to receive debt relief. This would allow so many people with student debt to … go back to school.” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)

The BIG Lie

“Because of Donald Trump, millions of women lost the fundamental freedom to control their own bodies. I will fight like hell to get your freedom back.” —Joe Biden


“If you tell me that as a matter of prudence and smart political strategy a Republican candidate should not call for a federal ban on abortion, I can buy that. But what we are actually seeing from many Republicans right now goes far beyond that. They are running to the Left, openly opposing even statewide pro-life laws, and preemptively surrendering the argument out of fear.” —Matt Walsh

“You can’t win pro-abortion votes by being mildly pro-abortion. Those voters will always go with the Democrat anyway. You have no choice but to buck up, grow a spine, and actually make the pro-life case. Go on offense. Stand your ground. The pro-life case is incredibly compelling, but you have to make it. You cannot win an argument you refuse to have.” —Matt Walsh

Freudian Slip

“So many people who may not have been invested in O.J. Simpson were just happy to see that someone who is rich and famous and black could get away with the — what other people did in the system as well too.” —CNN’s Stephanie Elam


“O.J. Simpson was an abusive liar who abandoned his community long before he killed two people in cold blood. His acquittal for murder was the correct and necessary result of a racist criminal legal system. But he’s still a monster, not a martyr.” —CUNY professor Marc Lamont Hill

“OJ Simpson used the legacy of American racism to escape responsibility for his own double murders of two innocent people. His acquittal was, in many ways, a forerunner of the modern woke identity politics movement, which uses history to escape responsibility for present acts.” —Clay Travis

Political Futures

“The sentiment ‘We have to do something’ drives disastrous decisions. Sentiment isn’t sense. Feelings aren’t facts. Loud protesting isn’t logic. Politicians exploit voters when emotions run high. They get elected on facile promises to ‘solve’ deeply entrenched problems. And then, when they enact policies that worsen those problems (and create others), they protest that their intentions were good. … Americans need to stop being swayed by politicians’ protestations about their good intentions and start looking at the results of flawed policies. If we do not, we are just as culpable for the inevitable disasters those policies produce.” —Laura Hollis

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