Jordan Candler / May 11, 2022

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Tim Scott, Clay Travis, Joe Biden, Gretchen Whitmer, and more.

Insight

“What is wrong with our civilization can be said with one word — unreality. We are in no danger either from the vices or the virtues of vikings; we are in danger of forgetting all facts, good and bad, in a haze of high-minded phraseology.” —G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Re: The Left

“Our educational system may not teach students much math or science, but students learn from gutless academic administrators that mob rule is the way to get what you want — and to silence those who disagree with you.” —Thomas Sowell

“Over the course of my time in politics, the far left has called me a ‘prop,’ a ‘token,’ the N-word, ‘Uncle Tim,’ and worse all because I am a Black Republican. This type of divisive behavior is not what America is all about — and it will not stop me from speaking the truth.” —Senator Tim Scott

Double Standards

“The NBA, which pulled its All Star Game out of Charlotte over a transgender bathroom bill, is playing games next year in the United Arab Emirates where homosexuality is punishable by death.” —Clay Travis

Non Compos Mentis

“I want every American to know that I’m taking inflation very seriously and it’s my top domestic priority.” —Joe Biden

“I think our policies have helped, not hurt.” —Joe Biden

“Republicans love to attack me as a big spender, as if that’s the reason why inflation has gone up.” —Joe Biden

“The number one threat is the strength, and that strength that we built is inflation.” —Joe Biden

“We control all three branches of government. Well, we don’t really.” —Joe Biden

“How well are we going to sleep at night knowing that every five years, MAGA Republicans … [are] going to have to vote on whether you will have Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and what amounts you’ll have in each of those programs? You know what they’re likely to do? Use them as hostages.” —Joe Biden

“I never expected the ultra-MAGA Republicans … to have been able to control the Republican Party.” —Joe Biden

“[Republicans] don’t want to solve inflation by lowering your costs. They want to solve it by raising your taxes and lowering your income. I happen to think it’s a good thing when American families have a little more money in their pockets at the end of the month. But the Republicans in Congress don’t seem to think so.” —Joe Biden

“The Republican plan is to increase taxes on the middle-class families, let billionaires and large companies off the hook as they raise prices and reap profits at record amounts.” —Joe Biden

A Trip Down Memory Lane

“I don’t know anybody … who’s worried about inflation.” —Joe Biden, July 2020

The BIG Lie

“[Inflation] is a consequence of having an effective strategy against the pandemic.” —Biden economic advisor Cecilia Rouse

Baghdad Bob

“[Biden] is not going to stand by and not call out what he sees as ‘ultra-MAGA’ behavior, ‘ultra-MAGA’ policies, that are out of the mainstream.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

Village Idiots

“Here’s my feeling about the [Dobbs v. Jackson] leaker. I would like to find out who the leaker is so I could make sweet love to that person, because that person is a hero to me. … If the leaker is a Republican, and if I get pregnant during our lovemaking, I will joyfully abort our fetus and let them know.” —"comedian" Laurie Kilmartin

“I understand the frustration that many are feeling. I feel it too. Roe has been the law of the land for 49 years, nearly my entire lifetime. But it may not be the law of the land for my daughters. … If we do not use every lever of power we have right now, or if we succumb to complacency, Americans will suffer and may die.” —Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

“I believe that eliminating the right of women to make decisions about when and whether to have children would have very damaging effects on the economy and would set women back decades.” —Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

“It is much more difficult to reconcile this emerging theocracy within this, you know, conservative, evangelical/political space against the New Testament story.” —former RNC Chairman Michael Steele

Projection

“I think [the midterm] depends upon, you know, number one, whether Democrats are willing to point out the extremism that has captured the Republican Party. And to make it clear this is not about special interest groups. This is not about one group of Americans versus another. This is about the rise of authoritarianism within our own country. This is a direct attack on our democracy. So if Democrats are willing, you know, not only to address the issues that are kitchen table issues, which we do pretty well, but also to raise some of the concerns about what kind of country we’re going to have, I think that we can do better than is predicted.” —Hillary Clinton

And Last…

“Real hard to take people seriously about Jan 6 when their political allies are vandalizing churches, firebombing pro-life centers, and harassing families in their private residences all because they don’t like a Supreme Court opinion.” —Erick Erickson

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