Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Lindsey Graham, John Brennan, Rashida Tlaib, Cory Booker
, and more.

Political Editors · Oct. 7, 2019

Insight: “Speech delivery counts for little on the world stage unless you have convictions, and, yes, the vision to see beyond the front row seats.” —Ronald Reagan

Upright: “[The Kavanaugh debacle] started with one complaint that wound up being unverifiable — a complaint against Judge Kavanaugh about a party that took place in high school 30 years ago, without any notice of where it happened and when it happened, and everybody described to be there said it didn’t happen, and five more allegations came after that. What did we learn in Kavanaugh? That they were coaching witnesses and they were piling on to try to create an impression that Judge Kavanaugh was a flawed human being. This is Kavanaugh all over again.” —Sen. Lindsey Graham connecting the dots regarding news of a second whistleblower

For the record: “I ain’t never made a decision only based on my color. That’s a form of … mental slavery.” —Kanye West on his support for President Trump

Noted: “This idea that I’m a crystal woo woo lady … to some extent amusing, has no relation to reality.” —Marianne Williamson

Braying jackass: “I think [the U.S. is] no longer a democracy if an autocrat has it in his hands, The democratic principles upon which this country are founded are eroding right now.” —former CIA Director and “Resistance” ringleader John Brennan

Braying jenny: “Do you know this is really unprecedented? This is the first time we’ve ever had a situation like this. So [Democrats are] trying to figure out — no joke — they’re trying to figure out, ‘Well, is it the DC police that goes and gets them?’ … I will tell them they can hold [Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross] right here in Detroit, We’ll take care of them and make sure they show up to the committee hearings. We won’t hurt them.” —Rep. Rashida Tlaib on the issue of subpoena noncompliance

Deflecting: “No, it is not fair that the president of the United States is trying to get all of us to be talking about someone else [Hunter Biden] other than him. What he has engaged in is despicable behavior that was warned about by our founding fathers, by letting foreign governments try to intervene in our elections, and he is doing just that.” —Sen. Cory Booker

Grand delusions: “To me this is just like Watergate. … [Trump’s] decided to use his clout with world leaders and try to do it on a global basis. And then when they get caught, what do they do? They try to hide it on a super-secret server and have the information there. They didn’t have those back then in Watergate but it is the same kind of thing.” —Sen. Amy Klobuchar

And last… “Want to reduce carbon emissions? Buy a used car and drive it into the ground. If you buy a new Tesla, you don’t really care.” —Steven Crowder

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