Jordan Candler / January 6, 2023

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from National Review, Joe Biden, Cori Bush, and more.

Insight

“The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow.” —Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

For the Record

“Not only does this administration’s nonexistent border enforcement cost Americans more than $150 billion a year, it allows illegal drugs like fentanyl to pour into our country. 60% of all fake prescription pills last year contained fentanyl — a 50% increase in just one year. Two-thirds of all overdose deaths (more than 100,000 last year) were fentanyl-related, and fentanyl overdoses are now the leading cause of death in Americans aged 18-49.” —Laura Hollis

Editorial Exegesis

“The [Kevin McCarthy] dissidents have an array of motives and an (ever-shifting) list of demands, but they can be roughly thrown into at least two broad categories. One, exemplified by Chip Roy of Texas, genuinely wants a more open process on the House floor and is horrified by the level of spending in Washington and how so much of it happens with rushed, practically unread, enormous ‘must pass’ bills. These concerns are real, and it’s right to address them, although — again — a narrow House majority by itself is unlikely to be able to make major changes. Then, there are the arsonists like Matt Gaetz who enjoy the thrill and notoriety of burning something down. They are contemptible and unappeasable, and all you need to know is that even Marjorie Taylor Greene is done with them.” —National Review

Who’s Gonna Tell Him?

“It’s not like people are sitting around a table somewhere in Central America saying: ‘I got a great idea. Let’s sell everything we have. Let’s give it to a coyote, a smuggler. They’ll take us on a harrowing journey for a thousand miles to get to the United States. Then we’re gonna illegally cross the border.’” —Joe Biden

The BIG Lie

“The border is not open. We will continue to fully enforce our immigration laws in a safe, orderly, and humane manner.” —DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

Non Compos Mentis

“A number of our friends, the MAGA Republicans, talking about, you know — they don’t even want me speaking English anymore. They want me speaking, ‘Duh, duh, duh.’ They’re gonna take over my community.” —Joe Biden

Braying Jennies

“[Byron Donalds] is not a historic candidate for Speaker. He is a prop. Despite being Black, he supports a policy agenda intent on upholding and perpetuating white supremacy. His name being in the mix is not progress — it’s pathetic.” —Congresswoman Cori Bush

“Forty-five percent of Americans think that tackle football is appropriate. Heterosexual men voted the most support for kids doing football. And conservatives were more likely to support youth tackle football. Just saying.” —"The View" co-host Joy Behar

Hot Air

“Climate change puts more women at risk for domestic violence.” —The Washington Post

And Last…

“Every time you hear some left-wing blowhard tell you or conservatives that they’re on the ‘right side of history,’ you have history’s permission to tell them they’re full of crap.” —Rick Moran

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