Jordan Candler / May 4, 2022

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Jonathan Turley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and more.


“The censor’s sword pierces deeply into the heart of free expression.” —Earl Warren (1891-1974)

For the Record

“It’s impossible to overstate the earthquake this will cause inside the Court, in terms of the destruction of trust among the Justices and staff. This leak is the gravest, most unforgivable sin.” —SCOTUSblog on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization breach

“The [Politico] article represents the greatest crisis that Chief Justice John Roberts has faced in his tenure on the Court.” —George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley

“To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the Court will not be affected in any way. We at the Court are blessed to have a workforce — permanent employees and law clerks alike — intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law. Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the Court. This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here. I have directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak.” —Chief Justice John Roberts

“Whoever committed this lawless act knew exactly what it could bring about. … Everybody knows what kind of climate the far Left is trying to fuel.” —Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell

Leftist Ghouls

“The Supreme Court is poised to inflict the greatest restriction of rights in the past fifty years — not just on women but on all Americans. The Republican-appointed Justices’ reported votes to overturn Roe v. Wade would go down as an abomination, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in modern history. Several of these conservative Justices, who are in no way accountable to the American people, have lied to the U.S. Senate, ripped up the Constitution and defiled both precedent and the Supreme Court’s reputation — all at the expense of tens of millions of women who could soon be stripped of their bodily autonomy and the constitutional rights they’ve relied on for half a century.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer

“It is my intention for the Senate to hold a vote on legislation to codify the right to an abortion in law.” —Chuck Schumer

“People elected Democrats precisely so we could lead in perilous moments like these — to codify Roe, hold corruption accountable, & have a President who uses his legal authority to break through Congressional gridlock on items from student debt to climate. It’s high time we do it.” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Overturning Roe would put the lives of women across the country at risk.” —Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

“Congress must pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade as the law of the land in this country NOW.” —Senator Bernie Sanders

“Let’s be clear: The right to an abortion is sacred.” —Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman

Theater of the Absurd

Roe says what all basic mainstream religions have historically concluded, that the existence of a human life and being is a question.” —Joe Biden

“There are so many fundamental rights that are affected … and I’m not prepared to leave that to the whims of the public at the moment.” —Joe Biden

Non Compos Mentis Award

“My worry is that this is just the beginning. Next they’ll go after gay marriage, and maybe Brown vs. Board of Education. They already eroded our voting rights a little bit. So I see fascism down the line here.” —"The View’s" Joy Behar

And Last…

“How can overturning Roe v Wade be an assault on women’s rights if you can’t tell us what a woman is?” —Liz Wheeler

“Conservative states try to entice businesses to come by promising lower taxes and less regulation. Liberal states try to attract women to come by promising high rates of baby slaughter. America, sadly, has irreconcilable divisions.” —Gary Bauer

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