Jordan Candler / January 14, 2022

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jake Tapper, and more.

Insight

“It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.” —Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)

Upright

“Jim Crow laws were written by elected Democrats and they were designed to prevent the voters from voting Democrats out of office. … This is Jim Crow 2.0 of Democrats once again trying to take away the ability of the voters to vote them out of office. It’s wrong.” —Senator Ted Cruz

“I think almost everyone would tell you that what happened on January 6th here was a terrible thing. It should never have happened and it should never happen again. But I don’t care how many candlelight vigils and musical performances you have from the cast of ‘Hamilton’ — you’re not going to convince at least most normal and sane people that our government last year was almost overthrown by a guy wearing a Viking hat and speedos.” —Senator Marco Rubio

“Anthony Fauci says that everyone is going to get Omicron. … If this is true — and I suspect it is — then there really is no need for most people to continue with anything other than the vaccines. … If we really can’t stop this thing from infecting everyone — and if one’s vaccination status ultimately matters only to one’s own health — then all the tools we are deploying are mere theater. Mask mandates? Useless. Plexiglass screens? Useless. Vaccine passports? Why should anyone care? Go get vaccinated — or don’t; it’s your life — and we can all get back to normal.” —Charles C. W. Cooke

Friendly Fire

“I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country. The debate over the Senate’s 60-vote threshold shines a light on our broader challenges. There’s no need for me to restate my longstanding support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation.” —Senator Kyrsten Sinema

“How come Democrats only complain about the … strict voting regulations in red states, in Texas and Georgia, and not in Democratic states like New York?” —CNN’s Jake Tapper

Too little, too late: “It seems we can clearly see now that the Steele dossier should never have had the life and the impact that it did. It should never have been used in the wiretap warrant for Carter Page, should never have been read into the congressional record, or featured on prime time segments on cable news.” —New York Times podcast host Michael Barbaro

Verbal Gymnastics

“Now I don’t like to, you know, outline the next steps we’re taking against — I’d like to outline the next steps we’re taking against the Omicron variant.” —Joe Biden

“It is time for us to do what we have been doing and that time is every day.” —Kamala Harris

Theater of the Absurd

“There is no justifiable excuse for refusing vaccination, which is the only way the pandemic will ever come close to ending.” —Washington Post columnist James McAuley in a piece titled, “Macron is right: It’s time to make life a living hell for anti-vaxxers.”

“I make a special appeal to social media companies and media outlets — please deal with the misinformation and disinformation that’s on your shows. It has to stop.” —Joe Biden (“This isn’t about ‘dealing with misinformation.’ It’s about Joe Biden covering up his complete failure to ‘shut down the virus.’ If the Biden admin can’t censor their political opponents, they’ll call up their friends in Big Tech to do it for them.” —Patrick Witt)

Grand Delusions

“I thought [Biden’s] speech was wonderful and I stand with him in the fight for voting rights. … I thought it was fabulous. I … congratulate him for it. It was well received even among those who … had some apprehension of what’s going to happen with this.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

“The only criticism I would make too — I wouldn’t say they’re criticisms but observations: Nobody knows who Bull Connor is.” —Nancy Pelosi

And Last…

“Imagine what those polls look like if this presidency was properly covered.” —David Harsanyi

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