Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Jim Geraghty, Arthur Brooks, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and more.

Political Editors · Jul. 31, 2019

Insight: “So long as there are earnest believers in the world, they will always wish to punish opinions, even if their judgment tells them it is unwise and their conscience tells them it is wrong.” —Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)

Political futures: “Democrats don’t really need a new effort to win traditionally red states. … They need to win back the traditionally blue states that Trump narrowly won last cycle.” —Jim Geraghty

Political futures II: “The president has a unique ability to dominate news coverage. But to win in 2020, the central question of the 2020 campaign cannot be solely about who President Trump is; it must instead be about what President Trump and the GOP will do with four more years.” —Tim Chapman

For the record: “Only 22 percent of U.S. adults are on Twitter, and 80 percent of the tweets come from 10 percent of users. If you rely on Twitter for political information, you are being informed by ersatz pundits residing within 2.2 percent of the population.” —Arthur Brooks

2020 vision: “On [last night’s] Democrat debate stage, Americans witnessed a doubling down on Democrats’ radical, socialist proposals. From a government takeover of health care to decriminalizing illegal immigration, Democrat candidates put their out-of-touch priorities on full display. As workers and industries thrive under President Trump’s winning economic policies here in Michigan and across the country, voters will choose four more years of this great American comeback rather than allow Democrats to take us backward.” —RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel

Non Compos Mentis: “Jewish people have been persecuted throughout all of human history, but I don’t think that by marginalizing Palestinians, you create safety. … Once someone doesn’t have access to clean water, they have no choice but to riot, right?” —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

And last… “As Elizabeth Warren closes the night with complaints about cost of college for students, just remember she was paid $400,000 to teach one class.” —Katie Pavlich

Correction: Contrary to Katie Pavlich’s quote, Elizabeth Warren in fact taught two classes at Harvard University during the 2010 Fall and 2011 Spring semesters, earning her $429,981. She also contributed to research efforts along with a decades long tenure of teaching for the University. Warren was less involved with the University during 2010 and 2011 due to her work with the Obama administration.

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