Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from David Harsanyi, Matt Walsh, Adam Schiff, and more.

Political Editors · Jan. 23, 2020

Political futures: “While civility is an imperative in a decent society, we can’t ignore that Trump’s coarseness has also helped reveal the liberal establishment’s incivility and disdain for anyone who refuses to adopt its cultural mores. I’m sorry, I have a hard time taking etiquette lessons from people who can’t raise any ire over the Virginia governor’s casual description of euthanizing infants but act as if every Trump tweet should trigger his removal from office through the 25th Amendment.” —David Harsanyi

Good idea: “It’s great that Trump is speaking at the [March for Life]. But the most meaningful thing he can do is defund Planned Parenthood. … Trump could announce that he will not sign any spending bill that sends 500 million dollars to Planned Parenthood. Let Dems force a shutdown to protect their half a billion dollar gift to the abortion industry. Let them bring that argument to the public.” —Matt Walsh

For the record: “I can’t overstate how undermining what the Democrats are doing is to our democracy. [They] say that the president didn’t legitimately win in 2016, and now … put the argument forward that he’s trying to steal an election in 2020. The reality is the Democrats are trying to steal the election from the 63 million voters who elected Donald Trump.” —RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel

Belly laugh: “We were giving out aspirin in giant bottles … because, you know, [Adam Schiff] just kept going on and on and on. … It was about lie after lie.” —Rep. Mark Meadows

Non compos mentis: “The president’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box, for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won. The president has shown that he believes that he is above the law and scornful of constraint.” —House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (“That sounds a lot more like ‘a threat to democracy’ that Democrats keep warning about than anything Trump has ever done.” —Charlie Kirk)

One-trick pony: “The burden to act on the shoulders of the generation of the people alive today is a challenge to our moral imagination. This is Thermopylae. This is Agincourt. This is Dunkirk. This is the Battle of the Bulge. This is 9/11. We have to rise to this occasion.” —Al Gore on — what else — climate change

A blind squirrel finds a nut: “I think the Democrats make a mistake when they cry outrage time and time again. If everything is an outrage, then nothing is an outrage.” —Sen. Mitt Romney, the man Democrats called “Hitler” before Trump came along

And last… “It’s kind of crazy that two weeks before the IA caucuses that will do much to shape national politics over the next year (and perhaps beyond), 3 serious candidates are trapped at an impeachment trial everyone knows the outcome of.” —Rich Lowry

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