Political Editors / January 9, 2020

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from WSJ, Elizabeth Warren, Ro Khanna, and more.

For the record: “This is a parody of impeachment. House Democrats said they had to rush to vote before Christmas because President Trump poses a clear and present danger, but now the urgency is gone. The House didn’t subpoena John Bolton, the former national security adviser, but now the Senate must call him or the trial won’t be fair. The House refused to call witnesses requested by the GOP minority, but now the Senate GOP majority is supposed to heed every request by the Democratic minority.” —The Wall Street Journal

Non compos mentis I: “We should have a foreign policy that is focused on climate change and not endless wars.” —Ben Rhodes

Non compos mentis II: “We should not be allowing plastic. And what we should do is phasing [sic] it out.” —Joe Biden

Grand delusions: “What scares me is every time you go back to the scientists, they tell you two things: It’s worse than we thought, and we have less time. That means we’ve got to be willing to do things, for example, like regulation. By 2028, no new buildings, no new houses, without a zero carbon footprint.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren

The BIG Lie: “I believe that President Obama had a strategy … that would prevent Iran from becoming nuclear. There weren’t these incidents during the Obama administration. We didn’t have protests against our embassies, the killing of American contractors. Americans were safe at that time.” —Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) (As Charlie Kirk put it, “4 years ago Iran captured US Troops, held them captive, and made them pose for humiliating photos. John Kerry ‘thanked’ Iran for how our troops were treated. Barack Obama sent them $1.7 billion in cash just weeks later.” And that’s not to mention four dead Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, at our consulate in Benghazi.)

Braying jackass: “We live in a time where Republicans pretty much right now the party of hypocrisy. It’s not the old Republican Party, the party of principles, the party of values, the party of Max Boot … where character counts. It’s a party of hypocrisy.” —CNN’s Don Lemon

And last… “[Democrats] mourn Soleimani more than they mourn [with] our Gold Star families who are the ones who suffered under Soleimani.” —Rep. Doug Collins

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