Political Editors / February 7, 2020

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Tom Perez, Nancy Pelosi, Pete Buttigieg, and more.

Insight: “For most Americans the Constitution had become a hazy document, cited like the Bible on ceremonial occasions but forgotten in the daily transactions of life."—Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (1917-2007)

The buck stops… "Enough is enough. In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.” —DNC Chairman Tom Perez

Friendly fire I: “It’s just a matter of time before [Tom Perez is] going to go.” —Rep. Bennie Thompson

Friendly fire II: “We’re a party in chaos.” —Rep. Marcia Fudge

Pot calling the kettle black: “[Trump] looked to me like he was a little bit sedated.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Braying jenny: “I tore up a manifesto of mistruths. … It was necessary to get the attention of the American people, to say this is not true. … And I don’t need any lessons from anybody, especially the president of the United States, about dignity.” —Nancy Pelosi

Grand delusions I: “There’s a giant asterisk next to the president’s acquittal.” —Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Grand delusions II: “He wasn’t acquitted. It was a rigged trial. You don’t get acquitted when you don’t even get to call witnesses or relevant witnesses or have the documents because the president stonewalled all efforts on the part of the House to get the information they requested. So there you go. It was a rigged trial. He can run around saying he was acquitted, but you don’t get acquitted in a rigged trial.” —Sen. Mazie Hirono

Moral relativism: “Different people will interpret their own moral lights, and for that matter, interpret Scripture differently. But we live in a country where it is extremely important that no one person have to be subjected to some other person’s interpretation of their own religion.” —Pete Buttigieg

Non compos mentis: “In many ways Donald Trump is a socialist himself. He’s a socialist who believes in massive help to large corporations and the rich.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders

The BIG Lie: “Today’s structures of sin include repeated tax cuts for the richest people, often justified in the name of investment and development.” —Pope Francis

And last… “Trump economy adds 225,000 jobs, exceeding expectations by almost 50%, which can only mean one thing: new impeachment articles.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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