Tuesday Short Cuts

"For Democrats, one trend that has taken hold is quite alarming: our swing to the far left." —former DNC chairman Ed Rendell

Political Editors · Nov. 6, 2018

Presidential: “I am asking every citizen from every party, every background and every race, color and creed, to reject the Democrat politics of anger and division, and to unite behind our proud and righteous destiny as Americans.” —Donald Trump, rejecting the Left’s politics of hate and disunity


Reality check: “For Democrats, one trend that has taken hold is quite alarming: our swing to the far left. That trend has been exemplified by almost all of our putative presidential candidates. … So, the moral of the story is: if we continue to tack to the far left in the 2020 election cycle, we surely will see another four years of President Trump.” —former DNC chairman Ed Rendell

Braying Jenny: “I told someone the other day who is trying to say that we are violent when we protest: Protest is about making you feel uncomfortable. I’m not supposed to come to you and say: May I protest you? No! Absolutely not. If your heart tells you that this is what you need to do because you see some injustice — that you see people who are creating, you know, a terrible time and pain for others — and you want to protest to try and make change, to try and make it right, then speak what your heart is telling you to do.” —Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

Alpha Jackass: “The relationship between Trumpism and crazed right-wing killers is like the relationship between climate change and extreme weather events. You can’t necessarily prove causation in an individual case, but the changing climate makes these events more likely.” —Paul Krugman

Non Compos Mentis:: “People often say, like, ‘How are you going to pay for [Medicare for All]?’ And I find the question so puzzling because, ‘How do you pay for something that’s more affordable? How do you pay for cheaper rent?’ You just pay for it. We’re paying more now.” —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Fact check: It would cost $32.6 trillion more over 10 years.)

Belly laugh of the week: “A picture that has gone viral shows a mosquito on a person’s hand with the caption: ‘And just like that, Elizabeth Warren’s Indian blood was gone.’ What it fails to mention is that there is now a mosquito who is a full-blooded Cherokee who happens to be sitting at his phone, waiting for a call from Harvard offering him a full professorship.” —Burt Prelutsky

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