Jordan Candler / October 17, 2022

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Michael Reagan, Ron Johnson, Gretchen Whitmer, and more.


“I hope you will also find time to read and improve your mind. Read history, works of truth, not novels and romances. Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret." —Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), letter to his daughter

Political Futures

"Our president thinks he’s a tough guy, but deep down he’s really a mean guy. A mean guy who’s spent half a century selling his political power to anyone who’ll pay for it — and who still can’t stop. Everyone knows his serial executive orders are all about affecting the elections coming up in less than four weeks. Democrats are right to be terrified of Republicans, independents and ex-Democrats severely punishing them on Nov. 8 for their mistakes and crimes against the country. Let’s pray that the results of the mid-terms save us from two more years of the Democrats’ reign of incompetence, wars, woke stupidity and lies — and from making America any more like California.” —Michael Reagan

“Differences in accepting and averting risk appear between the sexes. Men tend to be more risk-acceptant and women more risk-averse. … This matters in American politics because women vote differently from men. … The balance of attitudes toward risk has changed with demography. Now, white college graduates are the dominant force in the Democratic Party, and for the first time in America, a majority of college graduates are women. And so, at a time when liberal white college grads dominate government, media and higher education and are rising in corporate life, it’s not surprising to see people going overboard on risk aversion — on COVID-19 prevention and climate change.” —Michael Barone

For the Record

“One of the real tragedies of President Biden’s and Democrats’ open-border policy is because we were so close to having a secure enough border where we could move toward legal immigration reform. … But President Biden came into office, blew open the border.” —Senator Ron Johnson

Braying Jenny

“If he comes, I’m gonna punch him out. I’ve been waiting for this, for trespassing on the Capitol grounds. I’m gonna punch him out, and I’m gonna go to jail and I’m gonna be happy.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatening President Trump in a newly released recording on January 6

The BIG Lies

“Our economy is strong as hell. The internal — inflation is worldwide, it’s worse off everywhere else than it is in the United States. So the problem is a lack of economic growth and sound policy in other countries, not so much ours.” —President Joe Biden

“I view this off-year election as one of the most important elections that I’ve been engaged in because a lot can change because the institutions have changed. The Supreme Court is more of an advocacy group these days.” —Joe Biden

“I promised during the campaign that I would be a president for every American — whether you voted for me or not. I’m not leaving anyone behind. We’re building a better America together.” —Joe Biden (“You left Americans behind in Afghanistan.” —Congresswoman Mary Miller)

“Investing in law enforcement is what we have done and what we need to continue to do to keep people safe.” —Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (“Gretchen Whitmer in 2020: ‘I do support’ defunding the police.” —RNC)


“The political cry that the border is open is music to the smugglers’ ears, because they take that political rhetoric and they market it.” —Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

“I think where we get into trouble sometimes is where we try to suggest that some groups are more — because they historically have been victimized more — that somehow they have a status that’s different than other people and we’re going around scolding folks if they don’t use exactly the right phrase. Or that identity politics becomes the principal lens through which we view our various political challenges.” —Barack “Some Folks … Dislike Me Because They Don’t Like the Idea of a Black President” Obama

And Last…

“Weird how JPMorgan Chase closed Kanye West’s bank account but never Jeffrey Epstein’s.” —Christian Collins

“Everyone who tells you the science is settled on climate change told you the science was settled on vaccines. We need to call this out or the next thing you know they’ll be telling us men can get pregnant. Oh wait.” —Jimmy Failla

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