Friday Short Cuts

"Politicians will be unsuited to regulate most industries, which is why they should do so sparingly." —David Harsanyi

Political Editors · Apr. 13, 2018

Observations: “It’s true that the United States is, in large part, run by a bunch of elderly politicians completely unsuited to regulate the tech industry. The obvious lesson, though, was still lost on many. Rather than trying to elect more technocrats, we should come to terms with the fact that in an increasingly complex world, politicians will be unsuited to regulate most industries, which is why they should do so sparingly.” —David Harsanyi

Upright: “It very well may be that every step … by [Robert] Mueller was justified legally, the same as Ken Starr’s trajectory from Whitewater to Monica Lewinsky. But the gravitational pull of such investigations is toward expansion. By the end, the Starr investigation was a pure partisan fight for power. The same will be true of the Mueller probe, if it isn’t already. This puts the lie to the idea that such investigations can ever be truly above politics.” —Rich Lowry

Alpha Jackass: “We’ve got to the point in this world now where we have to rely on the sanity of Kim Jong-un and [Vladimir] Putin over the president of the United States.” —"The View’s" Joy Behar

Tone-deaf: “Who’s getting the most? We’re getting crumbs.” —Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) mimicking Nancy Pelosi’s reference for tax reform

Village Idiots: “Senators should reject Mike Pompeo’s nomination to be Secretary of State. He denies the climate crisis, and has been doing the bidding for fossil fuel interests his whole career. The American people deserve better.” —Al Gore

Non Compos Mentis: “I’m a member of the African-American community. I’ve been where you are. I’ve been in your communities.” —Gary Shipman, a North Carolina state legislature candidate who also happens to be white

And last… “President Trump signs a bill to protect women and girls from online sex trafficking. The Women’s March defends a website that facilitates sex trafficking. You pick which party is truly championing women.” —Liz Wheeler

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