Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, James Clyburn, and more.

Political Editors · Feb. 20, 2020

Insight: “In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king.” —author Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

For the record I: “There’s this enormous cohort of black and Latino males, age, let’s say, 16 to 25, that don’t have jobs, don’t have any prospects, don’t know how to find jobs, don’t know what their skill sets are, don’t know how to behave in the workplace where they have to work collaboratively and collectively.” —Michael Bloomberg in 2011

For the record II: “If your conversation during a presidential election is about some guy wearing a dress and whether he, she, or it can go to the locker room with their daughter, that’s not a winning formula for most people.” —Michael Bloomberg in 2019

For the record III: “If you show up with prostate cancer and you’re 95 years old, we should say, ‘Go and enjoy — lead a long life. There’s no cure. We can’t do anything.’ A young person, we should do something about it. Society’s not willing to do that yet.” —Michael Bloomberg, who appears to be endorsing death panels

That doesn’t justify indulging in your own sin: “My marriage never involved me having to send hush money to a porn star.” —Pete Buttigieg

Non compos mentis: “I think for those who haven’t quite found their way all the way to the right side of history, it’s important to beckon them in the right direction.” —Pete Buttigieg on the issue of homosexuality

Disgusting: “We are all lifted up when we honor individual freedom and support women’s reproductive rights.” —Pete Buttigieg

Alpha jackass: “African American unemployment is not the lowest it’s ever been, unless you count slavery. We were fully unemployed during slavery, so it all depends about how you measure this up.” —Rep. James Clyburn

Braying jenny I: “It’s not enough for [William] Barr to resign. I want him out of DOJ, disbarred, disgraced, & investigated for obstruction of justice. Barr sabotaged Mueller report, was in on Ukraine plot, & now he wants to free Trump’s criminal friends. In my estimation, they ALL belong in jail!” —Rep. Maxine Waters

Braying jenny II: “The only patriot on the Right … to me is [Mitt] Romney. He’s the only one who stuck his neck out. The rest of them are trash.” —"The View’s" Joy Behar

And last… “It’s kind of amazing that Bernie [Sanders] has been a major presence in our national politics for the last 4 years and no one mentioned until [last night] that he has three houses.” —Rich Lowry

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