January 9, 2023

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from David Harsanyi, Eric Swalwell, Alejandro Mayorkas, and more.


“This nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the principle — among others — that honest men may honestly disagree; that if they all say what they think, a majority of the people will be able to distinguish truth from error; that in the competition of the marketplace of ideas, the sounder ideas will in the long run win out.” —Elmer Davis (1890-1958)

For the Record

“It’s not merely that [Paul] Ehrlich is always spectacularly wrong about the future but that he remains unrepentant. In 2009, Ehrlich argued that ‘perhaps the most serious flaw’ in ‘The Population Bomb’ was that it was ‘much too optimistic’ about the future. ‘We will soon be asking: is it perfectly OK to eat the bodies of your dead because we’re all so hungry?’ Ehrlich warned in 2014. One year later, there were 200 million fewer people suffering from hunger than in 1990, despite there being 2 billion more people inhabiting the Earth.” —David Harsanyi


“Over the last few years, Nancy Pelosi had a majority as slender as Kevin McCarthy’s and her own faction of recalcitrant hardliners in the form of ‘The Squad.’ She had some rocky legislative moments, but she always maintained her sense of authority, and no one dared deliberately humiliate her. House Republicans, in contrast, can barely organize themselves to take the power that they won in November.” —Rich Lowry

“There is a huge split within the Republican Party. The party establishment sees an America that’s fundamentally the same as it was in 1985 and has a policy agenda fit for just that moment. These Republicans still see big business as their allies. They equate policies that help big business with policies that help America. The other wing of the Republican party … sees a country slipping away. They want real reforms. They see the establishment as too tied to corporate America. They see corporate America as too tied to international interests, especially China, and not focused enough on the lives and well-being of everyday Americans. This is a debate worth having. It’s a debate that’s been kicked under the rug for too long.” —Neil Patel

Non Compos Mentis

“Especially when you have a small majority, you have to accept your responsibility as a member of the team … Imagine … all the people … who cared for that Buffalo Bills player. Imagine if somebody said, ‘No,’ or, ‘No, I wanna do the other job.’ It doesn’t work that way. … [Republicans] don’t want that responsibility. They don’t care about that responsibility. They don’t respect that responsibility.” —CNN’s John King

“A lot of my Republican colleagues glorify violence and proudly display the firearms they have in their offices, so it just makes me nervous that we could have a workplace violent event. They’re not the most stable people.” —Congressman Eric Swalwell

The BIG Lies

“The president knows the border very well. … He’s going to see the border not for the first time in his public service career.” —DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (“Biden has never been to the border in his life.” —RNC)

“Two years ago, on January the 6th, our democracy was attacked. … The U.S. Capitol was breached, which had never happened before in the history of the United States of America, even during the Civil War.” —Joe Biden

“Today is a ceremony to honor heroes of January 6th, but we also recognize the late U.S. Capitol Police Officer, Billy Evans. … Three months after January 6th, while they were still cordoning off the Capitol … Officer Evans was killed defending a checkpoint you had to go through to get up to the Capitol, because of these God-awful, sick threats that continue to move forth.” —Joe Biden

“The ugliness that overflowed on January 6th, 2021, was in fact decades in the making. Fomented by people who have a very different vision of America’s future. Red state politicians, and the media empire behind them, selling regression as progress, oppression as freedom.” —California Governor Gavin Newsom

“It’s more than a problem of optics when Capitol officers are being killed.” —MSNBC’s Rick Stengel

Double Standards

Then: “The pandemic has unleashed familiar forces of hate, fear and xenophobia that [Trump] always flames.” —Joe Biden on then-President Donald Trump’s restrictions on travel from China, May 18, 2020

Now: “[Team Biden] will require travelers from China show proof of negative COVID test.” —New York Post

And Last…

“Biden is simultaneously likening refugees from Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti and Nicaragua to refugees from the Holocaust, and then saying that he’s going to radically cut their entry avenues. He’s absolutely incoherent, which means that the wave of illegal migration will continue.” —Ben Shapiro

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