Notable Quotables - 07/30/2007
|CNNs Night of Liberal Questions|
Will from Boston: "[Are] African-Americans ever going to get
reparations for slavery? I know yall gonna run around this question, dipping
and dodging, so lets see how far yall can get."
Animated snowman with falsetto voice: "Hello, Democratic candidates. I
have been growing concerned that global warming, the single most important
issue to the snowmen of this country, is being neglected. As President, what
will you do to ensure that my son will live a full and happy life? Thank you."
Three of the questions posed to the Democratic presidential candidates during CNNs YouTube debate, July 23. Of the 38 video questions selected by CNN, 17 reflected a liberal or far-left agenda, compared to just six that emphasized a conservative perspective.
|McCains Woes: Blame Iraq...|
public figure has supported the Presidents Iraq policy more than Senator
John McCain, and hes paid a heavy price for that. His presidential campaign
is struggling and today, Jeff Greenfield reports, there was a big shake-up."
CBSs Katie Couric on the July 10 Evening News.
Senator John McCain has been one of the Presidents staunchest allies when
it comes to the war in Iraq and now that support may be partly responsible
for dwindling poll numbers and a big shake-up among top campaign staffers on
Reporter David Gregory: "Just back from Iraq, Senator John McCain,
whose presidential campaign has been undermined by his support for the war,
gave the President a big boost."
|...Or His Many Liberal Positions?|
"Conservatives dont like him, havent liked
him for a long time. No matter how conservative he tries to talk, they just
do not trust him, and no matter how much of a hawk hes going to be on Iraq,
that doesnt buy him any wiggle room because of what he did on
McCain-Feingold [campaign finance] and because of what he did on
Kennedy-McCain [immigration]....and those things are killers with the
The Politicos Jim VandeHei, Inside Washington, July 13.
|Bushs "Spa" for Osama|
"There have been some really blistering
editorials this morning and statements from people about the [National
Intelligence] report, saying that it is grim, that it shows the
administration has a failed strategy, that al Qaeda has not only
strengthened and reconstituted, but this is Richard Clarke, the former
terrorism czar who said, quote, al Qaeda has been recovering and its on
President Bushs watch....One columnist this morning said, in effect, that
he has given a spa to Osama bin Laden and also Ayman al-Zawahiri to refresh
themselves and get back in shape."
ABCs Diane Sawyer, quoting liberal columnist Maureen Dowd, to White House homeland security advisor Fran Townsend on Good Morning America, July 18.
|Terror Threat = Smoke & Mirrors|
"The fact that al Qaeda has reorganized itself through the war in Iraq that
America handed it on a silver platter...is old news. We saw that happen back
in 2004.....We must be aware of the spin the smoke and mirrors from the
administration, trying to reshape the message on Iraq being specifically about
al Qaeda, Americas lingering, most familiar fear, trying to invoke some
Pavlovian response from the American public, to fear them into again
supporting the war. That doesnt quite hold water."
|Lectures from a Liberal Gasbag|
"Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff reveals
this gut feeling about an increased risk of terrorist activity here this
summer. His gut feeling. How about my gut feeling that Mr. Chertoff said
this so that the lead story on the newscast on ABC would not be Iraq or
Alberto Gonzales or that USA Today poll, but that it would be this,
you know, gut feeling of his, plus a vague sky-is-falling story about an
al Qaeda cell?...The gut feeling has been described as breaking news.
Actually, a gut feeling would be closer to breaking wind."
MSNBCs Keith Olbermann on Countdown, July 10.
minions try to spread the blame to the real patriots here, who have sought
only to undo the horrors you have wrought since 2002. Let them try it, until
the end of time....This, sir, is your war....Take it into your own hands,
Mr. Bush. Go to Baghdad now and fulfill, finally, your military service
obligations. Go there and fight your war. Yourself."
|Next Step: War Crimes Trials|
MSNBCs Chris Matthews: "Russ Feingold wants to censure the President,
the Vice President..."
Matthews: "Its interesting if you go back....the Nuremberg Trials
werent about the genocide, it was about waging an aggressive war. I love
reading some of that language. Its interesting."
MSNBCs Hardball, July 23.
|Good News = Time to Worry|
Fill-in anchor Elizabeth Vargas: "The
Dow Jones stock index reached new heights today, gaining another 82 points
to close above 14,000 for the first time. Theres a good deal of worrisome
economic news these days from sky-high gas prices to Americas gaping
trade deficit yet the market keeps marching on...."
Reporter John Berman: "The Dow went from 13 to 14,000 in just three months. And this, despite those serious jitters about the U.S. economy: $3 gas, a major housing slump a drag on the U.S. economy, but not enough to darken moods on Wall Street today."
ABCs World News with Charles Gibson, July 19.
|Touting the New Moral Majority|
Jeff Glor: "A recent CBS News poll shows a large majority of voters want
their candidates to have strong religious beliefs. Typically this would
benefit Republicans, but this year we could be in for a change...."
Times Amy Sullivan: "We have never seen this many Democratic politicians who are both so sincerely religious and also very comfortable with the language of faith."
Glor: "...So far in this campaign, the Democratic front-runners are being more vocal about faith than their Republican counterparts."
Sullivan: "I dont think Republicans can get back their monopoly on religion, if only because the only reason they had it in the first place was that Democrats ceded that ground to them. Now that Democrats have kind of turned a corner, this is a completely different game."
CBSs The Early Show, July 16.
|Blame Reagan for Tammy Faye?|
"For many, the TV image of then-Mrs. Bakker
forgiving husband Jims infidelities, tears streaking her cheeks with
mascara, became a symbol for the wages of greed and hypocrisy in 1980s
Associated Press reporter Steve Hartsoe in a July 22 dispatch on the death of the former PTL co-host Tammy Faye Messner.
|Journalists Fair? Ha, Ha, Ha!|
"You know, I wanted to sit on a jury once and I was taken off the jury. And
the judge said to me, Can, you know, can you tell the truth and be fair? And
I said, Thats what journalists do. And everybody in the courtroom laughed.
It was the most hurtful moment I think Ive ever had."