March 7, 2023

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Nate Jackson, Jeff Jacoby, Michael Beschloss, Joe Biden, and more.

Re: The Left

“California accounted for roughly five million of Biden’s margin of seven million votes nationwide. If Biden had lost, Democrats would have vigorously ramped up their assault on the Electoral College. Given that he won the Electoral College by about 43,000 votes in three states, they saved that one in their back pocket for the next repeat of 2016. Republican presidential candidates have lost seven of the last eight national popular votes, and Democrats seem to think that means they’re entitled to the White House. Yet that fact — remember California — is a great reminder of the brilliance of the Constitution’s Electoral College.” —Nate Jackson

“Real women are being thrown to the shadows and cowed into silence for fear of being ostracized. They are being forced out of their private spaces, denied fair play in their sports, threatened, and belittled. Real women are only being celebrated if their victimhood status outranks the transgender woman or if they parrot leftist talking points. This is the Women’s History Month that the radical Left wants. The only thing historical about it is how historically ridiculous and evil our culture has become.” —Emmy Griffin

For the Record

“Breaking up the world’s foremost military, economic, and democratic superpower would cast an ominous shadow over the whole world. Despots in Moscow, Beijing, and Tehran would no longer be constrained by the colossal might of a vast and integrated continental nation of 335 million. America would be reduced to two smaller, weaker, less affluent nations, which would have nothing like the influence or deterrent effect of today’s unified, if fractious, United States. Countries that have long sheltered under the US nuclear umbrella, such as Japan, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and South Korea, might well race to acquire nukes of their own. Overnight, the planet would become less stable.” —Jeff Jacoby

“Passionate differences of opinion among fellow citizens are not the equivalent of an irreconcilable marital breakdown. In a nation as vast and populous as ours, controversy and discord are unavoidable. To that problem, federalism has always been the closest thing to a solution. Freedom, dignity, and communal peace are likeliest to thrive not when power is centralized and imposed from above but when it is diffuse, local, and modest. Our social arrangements tend to work best when they are organized at the lowest possible level. Only as a last resort should we seek to transfer power upward, from individuals and families to city hall, or from city hall to the state house, or from the state house to Washington, D.C.” —Jeff Jacoby

Non Compos Mentis

“[Ron DeSantis] really has tried to turn himself into sort of a local Mussolini in Florida.” —NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschloss

“I will not let a filibuster obstruct the sacred right to vote, the right of any other right to vote from there.” —Joe Biden

The BIG Lies

“I was a student up north in the civil rights movement.” —Joe Biden

“Some of the steps that President Biden and the administration have taken over the last few months have certainly reduced the flow of illegal border crossings.” —House Democrat Leader Hakeem Jeffries

“A governor from Tennessee has decided to go after drag shows. What sense does that make to go after drag shows? … He hasn’t been able to cite any examples, anything to show that drag shows in public spaces are a problem. … These ridiculous policies aren’t just unnecessary, they are dangerous. They … vilify our fellow Americans … at a time when LGBTQ Americans are facing higher risk and violence, mental health issues.” —White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

Grand Delusions

“I don’t think there’s anybody that’s serious, that’s actually considering running against Joe Biden, because he’s done such a great job.” —Illinois Governor JB Pritzker

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