Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from David Harsanyi, Joe Scarborough, Joe Biden, Geraldo Rivera, and more.

Political Editors · Sep. 4, 2019

Food for thought: “A potential silver lining to Washington’s polarized politics is that it may prevent lawmakers from getting things done.” —James Freeman

Upright: “A gun ‘buyback’ is not a thing. The govt can’t buy back something they never owned. The govt never owned my firearms. A gun buyback is a misnomer for forced gun confiscation by the govt.” —Liz Wheeler

Good advice: “The media should stop using absurdly lazy phrases like ‘mandatory gun buybacks.’ … What Democrats propose can be more accurately described as ‘the first American gun confiscation effort since Lexington and Concord.’” —David Harsanyi

Friendly fire: “How does it get better for Donald Trump? Well, you have Democrats getting worse. You have Democrats saying, ‘You know what we are going to do? We’re going to decriminalize crossing the border illegally. You know what we’re going to do? We’re going to take away health insurance from 160 million Americans. You know what we’re going to do? We’re going to give healthcare coverage to people who cross the border illegally.’ … Bernie said it this past week: ‘We’re going to forgive all medical debt.’ … I want Donald Trump to get beaten and I will vote for anybody that will beat Donald Trump, but the Democrats moving in that direction give Donald Trump his only chance.” —MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough

Political futures: “Um, I’m not sure, to be quite honest with you. I hadn’t planned on running again.” —Joe Biden on whether he’d be running for president if Trump hadn’t been elected

Intra-campaign dissent: “[Iowa is] the key to the kingdom. You can’t get out through Iowa, you can’t go any further.” —Joe Biden (“Do I think we have to win Iowa? No.” —an unidentified senior adviser*)

Braying Jenny: “Of course, we need universal background checks; we need to close all loopholes; we need to outlaw bump stocks; and we need to outlaw assault weapons and the bullets needed to shoot them.” —Marianne Williamson

Non compos mentis: “AR15 are [sic] the symptom of small penises.” —Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera (“I have several AR-15s, Geraldo. Is it because I have a small penis?” —Dana Loesch)

And last… “The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America. I’m not sure why anyone would believe trying to confiscate them wouldn’t result in significant violence.” —The Washington Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski

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