Jordan Candler / November 4, 2022

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Joe Biden, Sunny Hostin, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and more.


“To vest a few fallible men — prosecutors, judges, jurors — with vast powers of literary or artistic censorship … is to make them despotic arbiters of literary products… If one day they ban mediocre books as obscene, another day they may do otherwise to a work of a genius. Originality, not too plentiful, should be cherished, not stifled. An author’s imagination may be cramped if he must write with an eye on prosecutors or juries.” —Jerome D. Frank (1889-1957)


“I believe Democrats will hold the Senate and maybe even pick up seats.” —Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer

“There is something else at stake: democracy itself. … We must vote knowing who we have been, what we’re at risk of becoming.” —Joe Biden

“In a typical year, we’re often not faced with questions of whether the vote we cast will preserve democracy or put us at risk. But this year, we are. This year, I hope you will make the future of our democracy an important part of your decision to vote and how you vote.” —Joe Biden

Moving the Goalpost

“We know that more and more ballots are cast in early voting or by mail in America. … It takes time to count all legitimate ballots in a legal and orderly manner. It’s always been important for citizens in a democracy to be informed and engaged. Now it’s important for citizens to be patient as well. That’s how this is supposed to work.” —Joe Biden

Lack of Self-Awareness

“We must remember that democracy is a covenant. We need to start looking out for each other again, seeing ourselves as ‘We the People,’ not as entrenched enemies. This is a choice we can make. Disunion and chaos are not inevitable.” —Joe Biden

“Listening to the crazy stuff coming out from election deniers … I think it’s time that every American say: ‘You know what? We’ve got a lot of stake in pulling ourselves together.’” —Hillary Clinton

Braying Jennies

“Inflation fluctuates. Democracy does not. … I feel like people are not comprehending the seriousness of what is going on.” —"The View" co-host Joy Behar

“A read a poll … that white … suburban women are now going to vote Republican. It’s almost like roaches voting for Raid.” —"The View" co-host Sunny Hostin

The BIG Lies

“The great irony about the 2020 election is it’s the most attacked election in our history. And yet — and yet, there is no election in our history that we can be more certain of its results.” —Joe Biden

“Extreme MAGA Republicans aim to question not only the legitimacy of past elections but elections being held now and into the future. The extreme MAGA element of the Republican Party… is trying to succeed where they failed in 2020 to suppress the rights of voters and subvert the electoral system itself. That means denying your right to vote and deciding whether your vote even counts.” —Joe Biden

“It’s estimated that there are more than 300 election deniers on the ballot all across America this year. We can’t ignore the impact this is having on our country. It’s damaging, it’s corrosive, and it’s destructive.” —Joe Biden

“Inflation is a worldwide problem, and the domestic problem of inflation is corporate greed.” —Sunny Hostin

“The Left is not soft on crime.” —"The View" co-host Sara Haines

“The states with the highest crime levels are states run by Republicans. That’s just a fact.” —Hillary Clinton


“The Republicans are pretty simple actually, and pretty straightforward. They say, ‘I want you to be very miserable, and I want you to be very angry. And I want you to vote for us, and we’ll make it worse, but we’ll blame them.’” —Bill Clinton

Non Compos Mentis Award

“A lightning storm takes out all the electricity in the house — guess what? You can plug your car into the house and make it light up!” —Joe Biden

And Last…

“Biden is too confused to see the irony of claiming democracy dies if Republicans win elections.” —Senator Tom Cotton

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