Political Editors / January 29, 2020

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and more.

Political futures: “The problem with the [Doug] Collins [Georgia Senate] run is that it allows the Democrats to unite behind a single candidate while the GOP is divided and will also deprive other key races of money needed to win. There’s no primary in this special election. It’ll be two R’s against one D on one ballot.” —Erick Erickson

Grand delusions: “I understand why Leader McConnell and President Trump wanted a very short, incredibly rushed trial. Because the longer it goes on, the more likely that new evidence and more new evidence will come out that further implicates the president.” —Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who didn’t complain when House Democrats rushed their inquiry

And who’s controlling the drip? “There’s been a steady drip, drip, drip of information… In that sense, this is reminiscent of Watergate.” —Chuck Schumer

The BIG Lie: “Hunter Biden has nothing to do with the facts of this trial.” —Chuck Schumer

Grudge-in-chief: “I certainly feel the urge [to run] because I feel the 2016 election was a really odd time and an odd outcome. And the more we learn, the more that seems to be the case. But I’m going to support the people who are running now and do everything I can to help elect the Democratic nominee.” —Hillary Clinton

This. Changes. Everything. “I just think we have to win. I don’t think we can afford another four years by the current incumbent. I think that would be absolutely dangerous to our democracy, and I’ll do whatever I can to make sure the Democrats win this time.” —Hillary Clinton

Not sorry at all: “During an interview on Saturday night, one of my guests said something that made me laugh and while in the moment, I found that joke humorous. And I didn’t catch everything that was said. Just to make this perfectly clear, I was laughing at the joke and not at any group of people.” —CNN’s Don Lemon

Shooting yourself in the foot: “I can think of at least eight women, at least four or five people of color, that I think are totally qualified to be vice president of the United States. But for me, it has to be demonstrated that whoever I pick is two things. One, is capable of being president, because I’m an old guy. No, I’m serious.” —Joe Biden

And last… “Last month: The case is made, it’s not important to fight over witnesses, we need to rush this to the Senate, no time for court. This month: The fate of the Republic hinges on witnesses, and this should drag on in the Senate for as long as it takes because it’s just like court.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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