Wednesday Short Cuts

"I really worry that someone is going to be killed and that those who are ratcheting up the conversation." —Sen. Rand Paul

Political Editors · Oct. 10, 2018

Braying Jenny: “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.” —Hillary Clinton

Caution sign: “I really worry that someone is going to be killed and that those who are ratcheting up the conversation … they have to realize that they bear some responsibility if this elevates to violence.” —Sen. Rand Paul, who’s already been beaten and shot at himself in the last 16 months

Political futures: “If I’m [Judiciary Committee] chairman, they won’t take it up. … That’s a decision I made a long time ago.” —Sen. Chuck Grassley on a hypothetical 2020 Supreme Court nomination

Out of touch: “What was done [Monday] night in the White House [to introduce Justice Brett Kavanaugh] was a political rally. It further undermined the image and integrity of the court, and that troubles me greatly. It saddens me, because our judicial system has been viewed as one of the main pillars of our constitutional government.” —Hillary Clinton ( “I guess that’s why she lost. She doesn’t get it. She never did. I knew that a long time ago. Hillary never got it. That’s why she lost.” —Donald Trump)

What difference, at this point, does it make? “There’s a very significant difference. And that is the intense, long-lasting partisan investigation that was conducted in the ‘90s.” —Hillary Clinton on the difference between the accusations against Kavanaugh and her husband (The ones against her husband are also true.)

Non Compos Mentis: “We communicate not only with words, but with our body language and demeanor. I saw somebody who was very angry, who was very nervous, and I saw rage that a lot of people said, 'Well, of course you’re going to see rage; he’s being falsely accused.’ But it is at all times you’re to acquit yourself with a demeanor that’s becoming of the Court.” —Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on opposing Kavanaugh after watching the hearing without sound

Braying Jackass: “[Trump’s] apology [to Kavanaugh] was out of line. A majority of Americans believed Professor Ford… Why didn’t [Trump] apologize to Ms. Ford?” —Juan Williams

And last… “If you want to arrest climate change, screeching at people to radically reduce their standard of living in order to provide a hypothetical benefit to a nonexistent cohort of people probably isn’t going to get the job done.” —Sonny Bunch


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