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Political Editors / February 5, 2020

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Joni Ernst, Mitch McConnell, Jim Acosta, and more.

For the record: “Trump stands accused, in essence, of making substantive U.S. foreign policy decisions based on his desire to be reelected president. No president has ever been impeached for this.” —Paul Mirengoff

Pretty much: “I felt that the House managers really took our Constitution, threw it on the ground, drove a bus over it, then for good measure backed up over it again.” —Sen. Joni Ernst

Nailed it: “We saw Nancy Pelosi ripping up a speech just like Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi and others have been trying to rip apart America for the last three years.” —Rep. Mark Meadows

Pretty dumb, ain’t it? “The same Democrats who want to take over everyone’s healthcare and micromanage the entire economy couldn’t even organize their own traditional Iowa caucuses?” —Mitch McConnell

Friendly fire: “The Democrats can’t even get a three-car funeral organized or whatever you want to call it.” —MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on the Iowa debacle

Race bait: “The Iowa caucus is essentially the perfect example of systemic racism. Ninety-one percent of the voters in Iowa are white. The reason why you see a drop in turnout, I’m just speculating here, it could be perhaps that white children are not in the cages. So when you’re talking about the tangible pain that black and brown people are feeling, they feel a sense of urgency because their kids are being put in cages, right? So if you have 91% white electorate, that sense of urgency may not be reflected in the turnout numbers. I’m not saying that’s the reason for this. It could be a factor.” —MSNBC’s Zerlina Maxwell

Braying jenny: “The manifesto of mistruths presented in page after page of the address tonight should be a call to action for everyone who expects truth from the President and policies worthy of his office and the American people. The American people expect and deserve a President to have integrity and respect for the aspirations for their children.” —Nancy Pelosi in a statement following the State of the Union, which she tore in half at its conclusion

Braying jackass: “This was a state of the base speech, not a state of the union speech. The state of the Trump base is strong. The state of the union is deeply divided.” —CNN’s Jim Acosta

And last… “It really is remarkable how many reporters, not just pundits, have been praising Pelosi for several months as a strategic genius and the only thing she’s done is gotten the President’s approval rating to a record high.” —Erick Erickson

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