Jordan Candler / November 30, 2021

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Pete Buttigieg, Hillary Clinton, David Brooks, and more.

Insight: “Rogues are preferable to imbeciles because they sometimes take a rest.” —Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

“Jack Dorsey stepping down as Twitter CEO. Whoever replaces him will have some BIG stories to block.” —Jimmy Failla

Dumb… “What we’re doing is we are reconnecting people who may have been disconnected or divided by discriminatory decisions in the past. … The point is not to make America feel guilty. The point is to make America better and more equitable and more effective in moving people to where they need to go. The point of transportation is to connect, so if a transportation [sic] was ever used to divide, we have a responsibility, a moral one but also a very practical one, to fix it.” —Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (“No amount of government spending can undo the past. Big government is the default solution for Democrats, whether the problem occurred 20 minutes ago or 50 years ago. But no massive spending bill is going to solve the problems that can only be solved by changing hearts and minds. That’s what Buttigieg really gets wrong.” —Chris Queen)

… and dumber: “Families who own that [electric] vehicle will never have to worry about gas prices again." — Pete Buttigieg ("Because electricity is generated by good vibes.” —David Harsanyi)

Roger that, Uncle Joe! “If people are vaccinated and wear their mask, there’s no need for lockdown.” —Joe Biden

Lack of self-awareness: “I think we’re really on the precipice … of seeing people, particularly in the Republican Party, but not only there, who truly just want power — power to impose their views, power to exploit financial advantage, power to implement a religious point of view.” —Hillary Clinton

Braying jenny: “You know, a lot of people got, oh, I think kind of frustrated looking at the messy process of legislation, and they … didn’t really appreciate that within a year, the Biden administration has passed two major pieces of legislation through both the House and the Senate. They passed another major piece through the House that will soon be in the Senate. By any measure, those are extraordinary accomplishments… But because of the way we are getting our information today and because of the lack of gatekeepers and people who have a historic perspective, who can help us understand what we are seeing, there is a real vulnerability in the electorate to the kind of demagoguery and disinformation that, unfortunately, the other side is really good at exploiting.” —Hillary Clinton

Non compos mentis: “I have a high tolerance for inflation in this kind of economy because I think we need it as a society to heal.” —New York Times columnist David Brooks

And last… “Biden banned travel from South Africa because of the new Covid variant. Immigrants have recently been apprehended crossing our border illegally from South Africa. Biden is doing nothing to stop immigrants from South Africa entering illegally. Pure politics and hypocrisy.” —Texas Governor Greg Abbott

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