Jordan Candler / Mar. 1, 2021

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Erick Erickson, Bill de Blasio, Joe Biden, and more.

Insight: “I had regarded the Communist Party as a poor man’s party, and thought the presence of certain men of wealth within it accidental. I now saw this was no accident. I regarded the Party as a monolithic organization with the leadership in the National Committee and the National Board. Now I saw this was only a facade placed there by the movement to create the illusion of the poor man’s party; it was in reality a device to control the ‘common man’ they so raucously championed.” —Dr. Bella Dodd (1904-1969)

For the record: “Evangelical bench-warmers who now are quibbling about the potentially devastating effects of the ‘Equality Act’ on their ministries make me laugh. They’re some of same individuals who openly lauded voting for the very people who are going pass that horrid legislation into law.” —Darrell B. Harrison

Political futures, part I: “The social justice warriors of the left are angry. Their corporate and academic allies have fed the rage. The woke have cultural, institutional clout that conservatives do not have. To match anger with anger is not the smart play for conservatives. Instead, match anger with a smile and an outstretched hand. Right-wing activists who misinterpreted both Trump’s win and his loss might be surprised to learn being nice and loving your neighbor is not only Christlike but also gets more votes than Woke-O Haram’s censoriousness and riots.” —Erick Erickson

Political futures, part II: “The Democrats had one benefit that prevented a pure takeover by the socialist wing: Trump. Your average Democratic voter’s top three priorities were to get rid of Trump. Deep down, though many Democrats wanted radical change, they knew nominating a radically left candidate would endanger the goal of getting rid of Trump. Joe Biden was the great beneficiary. Anyone who reads this last election as a statement of strength for this corporatist wing of the Democratic party would be missing the point, though. Take Trump out of the equation and it’s very likely a radical, anti-corporate leftist winning the Democratic primary.” —Neil Patel

Political futures, part III: “On both sides of the aisle, the insurgents have the voters and the energy because regular Americans are not happy about our state of affairs. Incumbent politicians need to think hard about this. In what ways is our system not working for regular people? That’s a hard question to answer, and it’s telling how little it’s discussed. It’s much easier to say they’ve all just gone crazy. The pictures from the Capitol on Jan. 6 support that theory, but those were a tiny percentage of the people in question. These are the same people who voted for Barack Obama and George W. Bush. They are not deplorables or irredeemables. They are Americans who do not see the current structure of their economy working for them.” —Neil Patel

Friendly fire: “Look, these allegations [against Andrew Cuomo] are really disturbing, let’s be clear about that. When a woman comes forward with this kind of very specific allegations, we have to take it seriously. This kind of behavior, if true, is unacceptable.” —Mayor Bill de Blasio

Circling back, part I: “What is the legal authority for strikes? Assad is a brutal dictator. But Syria is a sovereign country.” —Press Secretary Jen Psaki, April 6, 2017

Circling back, part II: “I strongly support our men and women in uniform and believe we must hold Assad accountable for his unconscionable use of chemical weapons. But I am deeply concerned about the legal rationale of last night’s strikes.” —Kamala Harris, April 14, 2018

The BIG Lie: “We’re moving in the right direction now, despite the mess we inherited from the previous administration, which left us with no real plan to vaccinate all Americans.” —Joe Biden

Alpha jackass: “Every single person speaking at CPAC has chosen the wrong side of history. Remember their names.” —The Lincoln Project (“You aided and abetted the molestation of children.” —Steven Crowder)

Non compos mentis: “Trans people exist.” —OREO Cookie on Twitter

And last… “The only true definition of equality is Imago Dei.” —Jenna Ellis

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