Thursday Short Cuts

"The Russians didn't do anything to us that we weren't doing to ourselves." —Rich Lowry

Political Editors · Feb. 22, 2018

For the record: “The biggest Russian rally success appears to have been an anti-Trump event in New York after the election; it drew 10,000 people. … Without Kremlin involvement, half a million women marched against Trump in Washington, DC, and more than three million around the country. The Russians didn’t do anything to us that we weren’t doing to ourselves, although we were doing it on a much larger, more potent scale. The Russians are just aping the arguments we are already having with one other, and the sewerish level of much of the discussion on social media.” —Rich Lowry

Belly laugh of the week: “[The Obama administration] didn’t have a network distorting the truth for it. Donald Trump does.” —MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace

The BIG Lie: “Look, I had plenty of disagreements with Obama, but Obama always put the country first. That is something that McConnell does not do and certainly people like Devin Nunes, who I suspect belongs in jail, has not done.” —Howard Dean

Pompous dribble-boy: “We will definitely not shut up and dribble. I will definitely not do that. I mean too much to society, I mean too much to the youth, I mean too much to so many kids.” —NBA star LeBron James

Alpha Jackass: “The big news today is that Billy Graham was still alive this whole time. Anyway, have fun in hell, b—h. ‘Respecting the dead’ only applies to people who weren’t evil pieces of s—t while they were living.” —Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca

Braying Jenny: “I’m in total awe of the extraordinary students in Florida. Like every movement for progress in our history, gun reform will take unyielding courage and endurance. But @barackobama and I believe in you, we’re proud of you, and we’re behind you every step of the way.” —Michelle Obama (“We’re behind you” can have more than one meaning…)

Dezinformatsiya: “I want to bring in Kioni Mcgee. He’s a Democrat in the state of Florida, he’s a member of the House, and he is the one that tried to get this assault rifle ban bill put up for a vote. Thanks for your effort [emphasis added].” —MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle

And last… “The biggest problem with the gun control debate has been its failure to boil down slogans to proposals. That problem won’t be alleviated so long as the media insist on putting mourning teenagers on television with the chyron ‘DO SOMETHING.’ Something is nothing unless someone puts some actual proposals on the table.” —Ben Shapiro

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