May 10, 2023

Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Hillary Clinton, Joe Scarborough, Daniel McCarthy, and more.

The BIG Lies

“The debt is not a debt that I accumulated.” —Joe Biden

“In my first two years, I reduced the debt by $1.7 trillion. No president’s ever done that.” —Joe Biden

Dumb & Dumber

“I don’t think [Joe Biden] gets the credit that he deserves from the press or, you know, maybe some large segments of the people. But literally, he got a lot done in two years in very difficult circumstances, including an insurrection at the Capitol.” —Hillary Clinton

“We know Hunter Biden’s an addict. We know he’s an alcoholic. We know he’s had sex addiction problems. We know he’s not the son you would have. But Joe Biden has acted as a father trying to protect his son and trying to help his son. I don’t think anyone’s gonna fault him for that. … This is what Hunter Biden has come down to now. He is a distraction, a shield against all the trouble that Trump is experiencing.” —Fox News contributor Juan Williams

“The U.S. has by far the highest child and teen firearm mortality rate among peer countries. Our little children are being slaughtered, and [Governor] Greg Abbott has nothing to say about it. He just wants to change the subject. … There is a sickness in the state of Texas and that sickness starts at the very top with Greg Abbott, who refuses to protect little children … whether it’s at school or whether it’s at church or whether it’s at shopping malls or even inside their own homes.” —MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough

“2nd amendment does not contain the word ‘own’ or a synonym. You have no such right to own one and it wouldn’t do you any f***ing good. If guns made things safer we wouldn’t have mass shootings every hour, moron. Shove your gun up your a**.” —former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann

Political Futures

“Increasingly, evangelical Christians in the U.S. are treating Donald Trump as their king. … If evangelical Christians vote in large numbers for Trump next year, as they did in the last two elections, Trump will still likely lose again and doom Republican goals for years to come. Worse, the image of the One they claim to follow will be tainted for perhaps generations. Paying that price is not worth the cost.” —Cal Thomas

“More often than not, the qualities that get a president elected are the same ones that draw women to men: a sense of humor, a sense of fun, confidence and emotional engagement. Height and good hair help, too. … Where ideology can win, however, is when it connects with citizens’ deepest feelings.” —Daniel McCarthy

Odds & Ends

“The heretofore fringe idea that Section 4 of the 14th Amendment empowers the president to keep borrowing and spending as usual even if the debt limit isn’t extended is getting a respectful hearing. … The Biden administration could save itself the trouble of trying to twist the Constitution to suit its narrow political purposes if it simply sat down with Congress and negotiated in good faith.” —Rich Lowry

“Let me decide what I am offended by and what I’m not offended by. I would be against reading any book from any era that says ‘abridged due to modern sensitivities.’” —actor Tom Hanks

“The morality of [abortion] has always hinged around one straightforward question: ‘What is conceived in the womb?’” —Peter Heck

“The Biden Administration wants an all-electric military vehicle fleet by 2030. Good luck finding a charging station in a Middle East desert.” —Stephen Moore

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