This Week In Quotes

Every single Obama failure — and we have quite a large sample here to draw conclusions from (N=1325) — is followed by a Prolonged Snit. This is seriously the first man I’ve ever observed for any length of time who always wants you to know he’s Ragging. — Ace

I could write a book about why black people shouldn’t be Christians. — Azealia Banks

Yes! I hate everything about this country. Like, I hate fat white Americans. All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms. — Azealia Banks

I suspect (Hillary) didn’t want Louie Gohmert rifling through her emails, which seems to me to be a kind of reasonable position for someone to take. — Clinton defender James Carville on why she illegally used her own email server to avoid congressional oversight.

Between 1979 and 2010, for instance, the average after-tax income for the poorest quintile of American households rose from $14,800 to $19,200; for the second-poorest quintile, it rose from $29,900 to $39,100. Meanwhile, per-person antipoverty spending at the state and federal level increased sixfold between 1968 and 2008 — and that’s excluding Medicare, unemployment benefits and Social Security. — Ross Douthat

Jeb, it seems to me, is the one Republican candidate who makes the Clinton brand name an asset rather than a liability. — Jonah Goldberg

Among my problems with this relentless hectoring about the need for conversations or “honest dialogue” or “frank talk” is the way in which those calling for such things never actually want a real conversation. They want to speechify and indoctrinate. And, if you actually dare to say anything honest or frank, you can be sure the same people who want to create “safe places” for dialogue will leap at the opportunity to denounce your insensitivity, micro-aggression or alleged racism. — Jonah Goldberg

In 2013, about 87% of the energy that the world consumed came from fossil fuels, a figure that—remarkably—was unchanged from 10 years before. This roughly divides into three categories of fuel and three categories of use: oil used mainly for transport, gas used mainly for heating, and coal used mainly for electricity. Over this period, the overall volume of fossil-fuel consumption has increased dramatically, but with an encouraging environmental trend: a diminishing amount of carbon-dioxide emissions per unit of energy produced. The biggest contribution to decarbonizing the energy system has been the switch from high-carbon coal to lower-carbon gas in electricity generation. — Matt Ridley

“Oh, I’m sick of being fooled by the GOP!” Well, if the GOP fooled you, then you’re a sucker and an idiot. What would possess you to trust people who are not as conservative as you to be as conservative as you? We’re using them because at this moment we need them. We can often compel them through fear of our votes to hold their nose and vote our way, but ultimately we need to replace them and that takes time and effort. Until then, we need to deal with GOP noodle-spines with our eyes open and with a whip and a chair in hand. — Kurt Schlichter

By the way, if Team Boehner and McConnell are so tactically inept that they thought it was going to work to threaten to defund the entire DHS, why would we imagine they are tactically savvy enough to beat us over the long run? — Kurt Schlichter

Ready for Hillary? Every serious Republican candidate sure as hell is, except Jeb Bush. Jeb actually hung a medal around her neck in the dumbest political play of all time until he shattered his own record by deciding that the key to the GOP nomination was to embrace Common Core and push amnesty. The only way Jeb could show worse judgment is if he called up Bill and asked him to babysit his teenaged daughter. — Kurt Schlichter

Yeah, (Jeb Bush will) have by far the biggest report. There’s a lot of people who are loyal to that family because of an ambassadorship or an appointment or something like that, so those people are going to show up big on his first report. What we’re hoping going forward are not donors of obligation but donors of passion, people who are passionate about the reforms we bring to the table. — Scott Walker

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