Wednesday Short Cuts

"Democrats want to have it both ways: They want to push radical leftist policy, but they don't want the blowback such policies entail." —Ben Shapiro

Political Editors · Jan. 30, 2019

For the record: “[Howard] Schultz may be a boring billionaire, but at least he isn’t pushing proposals so loony they alienate vast swaths of the American public. Democrats want to have it both ways: They want to push radical leftist policy, but they don’t want the blowback such policies entail. They want to pretend that radical leftism is popular even as they implicitly acknowledge the fact that it’s not all that popular.” —Ben Shapiro

Friendly fire: “I want you to understand the speed with which the Democratic Party has moved in just four years. You would never have heard the Democratic nominee in 2016, Hillary Clinton, say that. And here we are, you know, three years later from that, and Kamala Harris, one of the big contenders for the nomination, is saying do away with private insurance and embrace socialized medicine.” —CNN political director David Chalian

Demo-gogues: “There is no philosophical debate about the notion that health care should be a right for all and not a privilege for a few. The Democratic primary will have a debate about how do we get from 90% coverage to 100% coverage. There are some who advocate for ‘Medicare for All’; there are some who will advocate for a market-based approach.” —DNC Chief Tom Perez

Braying Jenny: “I think that somebody should have required — and this is going to sound very harsh — I think somebody should have required all those members of Congress to go in a room, in a locked room, no press, nobody else, and look at the autopsy photographs of those babies [killed at Sandy Hook]. And then you vote your conscience [on gun control].” —Kamala Harris, who probably wouldn’t very much like to look at dismembered babies before voting on abortion laws

Non Compos Mentis I: “The agriculture in North America is going to have to move north into … Canada, and we don’t have the infrastructure … to get food from that area to where we need it around the world.” —Bill “The Science Lie” Nye

Non Compos Mentis II: “For the last 40 years we have tried conservative economic policy and the deficit has risen, income inequality has grown, middle class is shrinking, and our infrastructure is falling apart. Why wouldn’t we see if progressive economic policy could do a better job?” —Matthew Dowd (“We did, for eight years under Obama. It didn’t work.” —Brit Hume)

And last… “When you’re trying to cross a border, and there’s a 20-plus foot steel slated barrier in your way, it seriously inhibits your ability to cross. A sensor tells a Border Agent, miles away, that they have to find you now. I wonder which one works better.” —Dan Crenshaw

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