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Jordan Candler / September 30, 2021

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Jonathan Isaac, Mark Milley, Terry McAuliffe, and more.

Insight: “Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality; they discourse like angels but they live like men.” —Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Dr. Fauci, call your office! “I’ve had COVID in the past. Our understanding of antibodies, of natural immunity, has changed a great deal from the onset of the pandemic. And it’s still evolving. I understand that the vaccine would help if you catch COVID and you’d be able to have less symptoms from contracting it. But with me having COVID in the past and having antibodies, with my current age group and physical fitness level, it’s not necessarily a fear of mine. Taking the vaccine would decrease my chances of having a severe reaction, but it does open me up to albeit rare chance but the possibility of having an adverse reaction to the vaccine itself.” —NBAer Jonathan Isaac

“I respect Colin Kaepernick. But there is one thing that I don’t respect. … Brother, you had the biggest opportunity in the world to create jobs, and build jobs, give jobs to people. … Where you at?” —NFLer Dez Bryant

“Biden says that the monster spending spree costs nothing because it would not — or so he says — add anything to the national debt. This claim is, of course, preposterous. … Do you know who else doesn’t believe the Democrats’ BS? The Democrats. That is why they are refusing to submit the program for a Congressional Budget Office score before voting on it.” —National Review

“In the beginning, President Biden created a $3.5 trillion spending bill. And the bill was without form, and void; and debt was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of common sense moved upon the face of the country. And so Biden said, let there be lies. And there were lies. And Biden saw that the lies were good. And Biden called up down, and the left he called right, and the trillions he called zero. And Biden made the beasts of the press repeat his lies, made every thing that creepeth upon the Sunday shows follow his lies; and Biden saw that it was good. Everyone else was just baffled.” —Charles C.W. Cooke

Thanks, Captain Obvious: “The war in Afghanistan did not end on the terms that we wanted.” —General Mark Milley

Nanny statism: “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” —Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe

Belly laugh of the week: “Tonight, I have the leading conservative in America here, Bill Kristol, who has endorsed my campaign for governor.” —Terry McAuliffe

The BIG Lie: “We have news accountability.” —CNN’s Chris Cuomo

Grand delusions: “The border is both sovereign and secure. It is obviously subjected to biased and unfair narratives for political purposes.” —Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Friendly fire: “I cannot — and will not — support trillions in spending or an all or nothing approach that ignores the brutal fiscal reality our nation faces.” —Senator Joe Manchin

The BIG Lie: “It’s not about a dollar amount. The dollar amount, as the president said, is zero. This [reconciliation] bill will be paid for.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Lack of self-awareness: “The fact that the Republicans are being so irresponsible is no surprise, but nonetheless disappointing as always.” —Nancy Pelosi

D'oh! “Keep government open … to address the full Obama agenda of building back better.” —Nancy Pelosi (Truth be told, Biden is picking up where his old boss left off.)

And last… “If [Democrats] want to do all the spending and all the taxing at 51 votes, they should do all the borrowing at 51 votes. It’s as simple as that.” —Senator John Thune

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