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Political Editors / Oct. 16, 2020

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ted Cruz, Sean Davis, Joe Biden, Erick Erickson and more.

Political futures: “The Democrats were never going to get all the way to Election Day while keeping their quavering and wobbly candidate in his basement, ostensibly for health reasons. And they are not going to get all the way there without a substantial number of thoughtful voters reflecting upon the fact that there is no Democratic campaign except frenzied denigration of the president.” —Conrad Black

For the record: “This is election interference, and we are 19 days out from an election.” —Senator Ted Cruz on a pending subpoena for Twitter blocking the latest Hunter Biden story

For the record II: “Even though the commission canceled the in-person debate that could have happened tonight, one occurred anyway, and President Trump soundly defeated NBC’s Savannah Guthrie in her role as debate opponent and Joe Biden surrogate. President Trump masterfully handled Guthrie’s attacks and interacted warmly and effectively with the voters in the room.” —Trump’s campaign

Re: The Leftmedia: “If Guthrie had been half as civilized and professional as the questioners — for example, asking a question and then politely listening to the answer without having a temper tantrum — that would’ve been a really illuminating debate. Instead, she went Full Clown and Trump stomped her.” —Sean Davis

Good question: “Why is Savannah Guthrie debating President Trump? I thought this was a town hall. The media is garbage these days.” —Lisa Boothe

“Journalism”: “For several weeks, I was subjected to relentless criticism on social media and in conservative news outlets regarding my role as moderator for the second presidential debate, including attacks aimed directly at my family. This culminated on Thursday, October 8th, when I heard President Trump go on national television twice and falsely attack me by name. Out of frustration, I sent a brief tweet addressed to Anthony Scaramucci. The next morning when I saw that this tweet had created a new controversy, I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked. These were both errors in judgment for which I am totally responsible. I apologize.” —former Biden intern and CSPAN would-be debate moderator Steve Scully, who’s been suspended indefinitely

Dogma: “[Amy Coney Barrett has] been pro-life for a long time. So I suspect with her, it is deeply personal and comes with her religion.” —Senator Dianne Feinstein caught on a hot mic

LGBT pandering: “The idea that an eight-year-old child or a 10-year-old child decides, ‘You know, I decided I want to be transgender, that’s what I think I’d like to be, it [would] make my life a lot easier,’ there should be zero discrimination. And what’s happening is, too many transgender women of color are being murdered. They’re being murdered.” —Joe Biden (Wait, we thought it wasn’t a decision. We’re so confused.

Upright: “Joe Biden tonight said 7 and 8 year olds should be given the authority to be ‘transgender,’ despite data proving that the vast majority of kids with gender confusion outgrow it by puberty. We’re talking life-altering, body-harming decisions made by 1st graders.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

And last: “I’m already looking forward to 2024 when the press corps is upset the GOP nominee isn’t as reasonable as Trump. Because you know whoever the nominee is, the media will claim they’re worse than Trump.” —Erick Erickson

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