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Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Mike Pompeo, Charles Cooke, Erick Erickson, and more.

Insight: “Many people today don’t want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing. They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety.” —Louis Kronenberger (1904-1980)

For the record: “There is a crisis at our southern border, a crisis created by this Administration’s failure to stick with the sound immigration policies we put in place.” —Mike Pompeo

Touché: “It’s almost as if [Kamala] Harris is the kind of politician who might be so bad at this she’d have to drop out of a primary before a vote was cast in Iowa.” —Mary Katherine Ham

Upright: “Claims that one’s race is akin to a disease — and, by extension, that racism is so dependent upon intractable power structures that it serves as a form of original sin — may well be treated seriously in the nation’s universities, but, here in the outside world, they are regarded by people of all races and political persuasions as unmitigated garbage.” —Charles C.W. Cooke

Food for thought: “White people don’t see themselves as an identity group. Critical theorists on the left say that is a form of privilege. But therein lies a problem for Democrats: The more white people vote as an identity group, the less they will vote for the party that tells them they are oppressors who must pay reparations.” —Erick Erickson

Friendly fire: “There is a recurrent theme on the far left that things have never been worse. Kevin Hart expressed a view many hold when he told The New York Times, ‘You’re witnessing white power and white privilege at an all-time high.’ This is one of the big problems with wokeness — that what you say doesn’t have to make sense or jibe with the facts or ever be challenged, lest the challenge itself be conflated with racism. But saying white power and privilege is at an all-time high is just ridiculous. … Having a warped view of reality leads to policies that are warped. Black-only dorms and graduation ceremonies? A growing belief in whiteness as a malady and white people as irredeemable? Giving up on a colorblind society? Only if you believe we’ve made no progress does any of that make sense.” —Bill Maher

Not so funny: “I keep forgetting I’m president.” —Joe Biden

The BIG Lie: “Your right to choose your representatives is under attack. GOP-controlled legislatures in 14 states have passed 24 new laws this year that will allow them to ‘politicize, criminalize, and interfere in election administration,’ according to a new report.” —Hillary Clinton almost perfectly describing Democrats’ HR 1

And last… “If there are people who are triggered by giant American flags, then it is the duty of Americans to trigger those people as often as possible.” —Frank J. Fleming

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