Jordan Candler / November 15, 2022

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Clay Travis, Tom Cotton, Elizabeth Warren, AOC, and more.

The Gipper

“All of us share a dream. A dream of a world at peace. … It’s a dream of a land where every citizen is judged only on merit, a land where every woman and man is free to become all that she or he can.” —Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)

For the Record

“Republicans received millions more votes — so far — in mid-terms. I think we’re underrating how many red voters moved from purple/blue states to red states because of covid policies. Red got redder & blue got bluer. Net benefit in short term — until redistricting — is for Dems. This is a monster voting flip from 2020 when Dems got more votes. … I also think many more people will be moving from blue/purple states going forward to red states. So an aggressive political resorting is occurring that our census data, used for redistricting, is going to be way behind.” —Clay Travis

“When any party is out of power, as Republicans are now, we don’t have a single leader. The former president [Donald Trump] is obviously very popular with many of our voters. But we also have important other leaders as well … like Brian Kemp in Georgia, Ron DeSantis in Florida. Last year you had Glenn Youngkin have a great victory in a bluish Democratic state like Virginia.” —Senator Tom Cotton

“I’ve looked and relooked at all the election data. Independents and 13% of the GOP are begging the GOP to just give them non-crazy candidates. They even like Trump’s policies. They just want those without Trump and the crazy. They’d rather a status quo they hate than risk crazy.” —Erick Erickson

“The GOP is not going to end vote-by-mail and early voting, so they might as well figure out how to use it to their advantage. There was a time the GOP was dominant in early voting and absentee balloting.” —Erick Erickson

Demagogues

“This is one of the clearest differences between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats, led by Joe Biden, are out there saying, ‘We hear you on what it’s like to get crushed by student loan debt. We know what that means and so we’re here to try to help.’ The Republicans? They got nothin’. They say, ‘Nope.’ The only people that they’re willing to fight for are billionaires and billionaire corporations and conspiracy theorists. Democrats fight for working people, and when we fight for working people, we win.” —Senator Elizabeth Warren

“A majority of Americans know that abortion is a kitchen-table issue that is central to both health and economic security, not a distraction. Americans understand that prices are rising in part because of corporate greed, and want a government on their side. … Some in Washington are back to insisting that ‘responsible government’ requires responding to voters’ rejection of Republican extremism by holding hands with the extremists. Nonsense.” —Elizabeth Warren

“There are three things that helped the Senate [Democrats] secure the majority: One, our terrific candidates. Two, our agenda and our accomplishments. And three, the American people rejected the anti-democratic, extremist MAGA Republicans.” —Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer

“Despite the negativity and divisiveness, the threats of violence, and even the violence itself that occurred with MAGA Republicanism dominating the country, the American people stepped back from the precipice and chose progress and getting things done rather than the voices of divisiveness, nastiness, and lack of complete truth and honor.” —Chuck Schumer

The BIG Lies

“I don’t have any doubt that the president has the legal authority to cancel this student loan debt.” —Elizabeth Warren

“Too many Republican leaders either condoned the violence or even aided and abetted the threats of violence [toward election workers]. It was outrageous.” —Chuck Schumer

Race Bait

“I think there are racial dynamics in [the Mandela Barnes] race that need to be discussed in terms of how Republicans targeted a black man running in that race.” —Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

And Last…

“Biden just met with Xi for three hours and didn’t bring up Covid. This is like driving cross country with OJ and not mentioning Nicole.” —Jimmy Failla

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