Jordan Candler / January 16, 2023

Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Jimmy Kimmel, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Ayanna Pressley, and more.


“In order that all men might be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.” —Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

For the Record

“We now know that the first batch of classified documents at the Penn Biden Center were discovered on November 2nd. Not only was this information kept from the American people, but two weeks later, in a blatant act of misdirection, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate Donald Trump.” —Gary Bauer

“It is thoroughly unsurprising that the federal law enforcement apparatus and the corporate media buried the news of Biden’s malfeasance on the precipice of the midterm elections. … But the timing of the leak from various federal law enforcement actors now, just as Biden is beginning the second half of his term, suggests there is real internal turmoil over at the Democratic National Committee. Perhaps someone at the DNC instructed deep state spooks that now would be a particularly propitious time to leak sordid details to the media. Perhaps someone at the DNC thought that Joe Biden did his job by shepherding his party through the midterms without succumbing to the much-feared ‘red wave,’ but that he is now disposable and should be replaced at the ballot in 2024 by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA). Loath though I am to speculate, it is difficult to think of a sounder explanation as to why, only now, all of this is coming out.” —Josh Hammer

“2020, they suppress the Hunter Biden story. 2022, they raid [Donald Trump’s] home 91 days before an election, but they don’t tell us about Joe Biden’s classified document issue that they knew about prior to the [2022 midterm] election.” —Congressman Jim Jordan

Friendly Fire

“We have asked for an assessment in the intelligence community of the Mar-a-Lago documents. I think we ought to get that same assessment of the documents found in the think tank as well as the home of President Biden. … I’d like to know what the [intelligence community’s] assessment is, whether there was any risk of exposure and what the harm would be, and whether any mitigation needs to be done.” —Democrat Congressman Adam Schiff

“Classified documents are to be taken seriously and they are to be handled with a great deal of care and no one is above the law. So I’m glad to see the Justice Department doing its work, and we ought to let that work proceed.” —Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock

“It’s certainly embarrassing, right? I mean it’s embarrassing that you would find a small number of documents.” —Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow

Village Idiot

“Merrick Garland — he’s of course appointed by Biden — he’s bending over backwards to make sure this is handled in an unbiased way, which is a refreshing change from Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, who used to bend over forwards when the president asked him to.” —Jimmy Kimmel

The BIG Lies

“I will tell you something: One of our highest priorities is to ensure that we have [a] secure border. And that is what we are doing.” —Kamala Harris

“I was disappointed that the very first bill Republicans in the House of Representatives passed would help wealthy people and big corporations cheat on their taxes at the expense of ordinary middle class taxpayers.” —Joe Biden

“The great news is that the economy is doing much better under this administration.” —Senior Advisor for Public Engagement Keisha Lance Bottoms

Non Compos Mentis

“It’s really clear that [the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party] is just a committee that would further embolden anti-Asian rhetoric and hate and put lives at risk.” —Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

Veep Thoughts With Kamala

“I’m excited about electric school buses. I love electric school buses! I just love them! For so many reasons. Maybe because I went to school on a school bus.” —Kamala Harris

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