Political Editors / August 11, 2017

Friday Short Cuts

A Princeton professor argues that abortion victims don’t “have moral status.” This is an incredibly immoral position to take.

Upright: “No doubt there are real injustices out there. The demands of motherhood and the culture of Silicon Valley surely pose challenges. But these disparities are nonetheless a sign of great social progress. Women are choosing the careers they want. I don’t hear many people bleating about the lack of sexual diversity among trash collectors. The issue here isn’t diversity, but conformity. Everyone must agree with a very narrow dogma about not just sexual equality but the approved ways of enforcing it.” —Jonah Goldberg

Delusions of grandeur: “I think there’s some things that [the North Koreans] want from us, and we have to find out whether or not we can work with them on the things that they’re asking for.” —Maxine Waters

Village Idiots: “History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea — the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War. It will require being pragmatic.” —Susan Rice

Friendly fire: “We wish [Debbie Wasserman Schultz] would go away and stop being so public by doubling down on negative stories. … Those of us on the DNC know we have to rebrand ourselves and earn the people’s trust. And unfortunately Debbie’s name does not scream trust.” —DNC member Nikki Barnes

Braying Jenny: “I’m just going to say it. [The] #NRA & [Dana Loesch] are quickly becoming domestic security threats under President Trump. We can’t ignore that.” —Rep. Kathleen Rice

Non Compos Mentis: “Some early fetuses will die in early pregnancy due to abortion or miscarriage. And in my view that is a very different kind of entity. That’s something that doesn’t have a future as a person and it doesn’t have moral status.” —Princeton University professor Elizabeth Harman

And last… “I understand The Washington Post did not get the leadership it wanted on November 8th. But if ‘President Hillary’ had threatened Kim Jong-un with ‘fire and fury,’ the Post would be praising her as the ‘American Iron Lady.’” —Gary Bauer

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