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Political Editors / Jul. 29, 2019

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Kevin McCarthy, Matt Walsh, Nancy Pelosi, Kirsten Gillibrand, and more.

The Gipper: “A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?” —Ronald Reagan

Political futures I: “The conventional wisdom is that Nancy Pelosi has been battling with members of her caucus who want to vote impeachment articles against President Trump. … I am not sure any such conflict exists. Pelosi may very well consider this a best case scenario: hotheads like [Jerry] Nadler keep yammering about impeachment, holding hearings, etc., thereby keeping the base riled upon and impeachment in the headlines, while Pelosi never actually brings impeachment up for a House vote, and thereby avoids antagonizing moderates. If you are a Democrat, what is wrong with this picture?” —John Hinderaker

Political futures II: “The enemy keeps postponing when the recession is going to come. They’re dying to have a recession.” —Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

Upright: “The right to life is the foundation of freedom itself.” —Rep. Kevin McCarthy

Thought experiment: “I’m taking a stand against bigotry tonight by marching through West Baltimore with a wad of cash sticking out of my pocket. I will prove that it is a safe and wonderful place with lots of peaceful people. Who’s with me?” —Matt Walsh

Bureaucrooks: “I do believe our GDP will rise … when we raise the minimum wage and people have more purchasing power, because these are people who will spend, inject demand into the economy, and therefore our GDP will rise.” —Nancy Pelosi (Fact check: Raising the minimum wage will eliminate millions of jobs.)

Collusion delusion: “No, I’m not trying to run out the clock [on impeachment]. … We will proceed when we have what we need to proceed — not one day sooner.” —Nancy Pelosi

Annals of the absurd: “I would never even say there was a hatchet.” —Nancy Pelosi belittling the AOC squabble

Non Compos Mentis: “Ban Antifa? I’ve Met Golden Retrievers Who Scared Me More.” —singer-songwriter Tae Phoenix

The BIG Lie: “But for voter disenfranchisement, Stacey Abrams would be the governor of Georgia.” —Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

And last… “Trump’s pajamas rage-tweeting is bad for the country. But pointing out that Baltimore is one of the worst run cities in America, rife with crime and plagued by poor living conditions, isn’t racist. It’s evident to anyone with two eyes and a functioning pre-frontal cortex.” —Ben Shapiro

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