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Jordan Candler / May 15, 2020

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Jon Caldara, WSJ, Rahm Emanuel, and more.

Insight: “The great dialectic in our time is not, as anciently and by some still supposed, between capital and labor; it is between economic enterprise and the state.” —John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006)

Upright: “Conservatism has long had a healthy foundation in truth and the nature of man. Conservatives have never hoped to build a heaven on earth like progressives because we know we are all sinners and should want as few other sinners in charge of us as possible. But conservatives must want and seek truth to have trust in the public square. We have an obligation to it.” —Erick Erickson

Observations: “Forget burning flags, lynching world leaders in effigy and lying down in the street to stop traffic. The new act of civil disobedience is going to your job. The world has gone completely up-side-down.” —Jon Caldara

Reminder: “Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.” —David Burge

Political futures: “House Democrats introduced their latest coronavirus relief bill on Tuesday, and the way to understand its breadth and $3 trillion cost is that it has little to do with fighting Covid-19. This is Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s agenda for 2021 when she expects that Democrats will run the entire government and she’ll be the de facto President.” —The Wall Street Journal

Shooting yourself in the foot: “[Voters] should vote their heart and if they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn’t vote for me. I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade.” —Joe Biden

Non compos mentis: “Whether it’s the Post Office, whether it’s the court system, whether it’s the rule of law, whether it’s actually how you respond to a pandemic or public health system, [Trump] is undermining all our confidence. When you look at what Trump’s doing, it’s really not different than what the Chinese and Russians are trying to do.” —Rahm Emanuel

And last… “Quick tip: If you move from a blue state to a red state and continue to vote blue, your problems will follow you.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

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