Jordan Candler / August 15, 2022

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Byron York, Karine Jean-Pierre, Pramila Jayapal, and more.


“The choice facing the nation is between two totally different ways of life. And what a prize we have to fight for: no less than the chance to banish from our land the dark, divisive clouds of Marxist socialism and bring together men and women from all walks of life who share a belief in freedom.” —Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)


“Like rest of media, I don’t know what was in documents taken from Mar-a-Lago on Monday or in June. But when you think about Trump and classified documents, it’s usually right to think that at the bottom of it all is the Trump-Russia investigation. Law enforcement and Intelligence Community used classification, secrecy against Trump in the long-running ‘collusion’ fiasco. Drove him nuts. He repeatedly ordered lots of documents to be declassified. Some were, some weren’t. If this is really a dispute over classified documents, look deep into the roots of it and you’ll probably see the Trump-Russia mess.” —Byron York

“Just to get this straight, we’re now supposed to believe that the material Trump had stored in his house was nuclear content so sensitive the FBI waited a year and a half to go get it and used the National Archives as a prop to do so?” —Ben Shapiro

Lack of Self-Awareness Award

“You would think there would be an adult in the Republican room that would say, ‘Just calm down; see what the facts are and let’s go for that,’ instead of instigating assaults on law enforcement.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Déjà Vu

“Let’s get this [Inflation Reduction Act] passed and then we’ll see how the mechanics and all of that’s going to work.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre (“We have to pass [ObamaCare] so that you can find out what is in it.” —Nancy Pelosi, 2010)

Braying Jenny

“[The Inflation Reduction Act] is historic, it’s transformative, and it is really a cause for celebration. We’ll always put the people over politics, in stark contrast to [the] position of the Republicans with their extreme MAGA Republicans criminalizing women’s healthcare, planning to end Social Security and Medicare … and attacking democracy.” —Nancy Pelosi

“Mother Earth gets angry from time to time, and this legislation will help us to address all of that.” —Nancy Pelosi

Non Compos Mentis Award

“Inflation is like a theoretical word that economists use, but what families feel every day is the up or down of costs.” —Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Veep Thoughts With Kamala

“It is critical that we work together to understand where we are, to recognize and have the courage to speak truth about what is obsolete, and then to partner to ensure that we are speaking the same language with the same motivation, inspired by the opportunity of it all, but then doing the work of updating how we have been talking and thinking about our exploration in space.” —Vice President Kamala Harris

“Equity as a concept says recognize that everyone has the same capacity, but in order for them to have equal opportunity to reach that capacity, well, we must pay attention to this issue of equity.” —Kamala Harris

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