Notable Quotables

Blame Budget Impasse on Extremists Holding GOP “Hostage” “Do you all feel that your party is somehow being held hostage? The President has talked about kind of a ‘common sense caucus,’ and we hear reports this morning that he started calling around, calling some Republicans to see what can be done. Are people on the extreme ends of your party holding the rest of you hostage here?” — Host Bob Schieffer to Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham on CBS’s Face the Nation , March 3. [ MP3 audio (0:25)] “Painful and Stupid” Budget Cuts Usher in “New Round... continue reading
Time to Close America’s “Gulag” Brian Williams: “The prison [at Guantanamo Bay] has become symbolic, and it’s considered a problem for the U.S. Very few know what goes on inside the place they call ‘Gitmo.’ There have been allegations of torture and abuse of the holy Koran, and prisoners who have been there for years face an unclear future. Tonight there is real talk now of closing it....” Jim Miklaszewski: “Opened in January 2002 to hold al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners from the war in Afghanistan, Guantanamo has since become a symbol of prisoner abuse....The heat was turned up recently when... continue reading
As Predicted, Journalists Adopt Obama’s Panicky Hype Host Chris Wallace: “The White House has already put out — there’s going to be kids, thousands of kids thrown out of Head Start; we won’t have food safety inspectors to make sure our food is safe — you know, all kinds of dire things.... They are saying we will make it hurt.” Panelist Juan Williams: “Oh, yeah. And I think the news media will play into that at every level.” — Exchange on Fox News Sunday , February 17. vs . “Deadline day. Hours, now, until massive government cuts go into effect... continue reading
Taking a Sip of Water = the End of Marco Rubio? “So, can a drink of water make or break a political career? A U.S. Senator, possible presidential candidate. We’re going to find out, whether he likes it or not.” — Anchor Wolf Blitzer with the words “Career Ender?” on-screen, teasing an upcoming segment on CNN’s Situation Room , February 13, referring to how Senator Marco Rubio paused for a sip of water while delivering the GOP response to the State of the Union. A CNN spokesman later tweeted that the headline was a joke. [ MP3 audio (0:26)] It... continue reading
Cheering McCain’s “Mod Squad” “This morning, the deal gets made. We’ll talk to Senator John McCain, the man that brought the Senate back from the nuclear brink in the showdown over judges....The man of the hour, Senator John McCain.” — ABC’s Charles Gibson introducing an interview with McCain for the May 24 Good Morning America . Katie Couric: “A lot of people are wondering is there a new clarion call on Capitol Hill? ‘The moderates are coming, the moderates are coming!’ Right?” Matt Lauer: “That’s right. Is it hip to be moderate in Washington these days? Some people say the... continue reading
Obama’s Best Route to Greatness: “Destroy the GOP” “The President who came into office speaking in lofty terms about bipartisanship and cooperation can only cement his legacy if he destroys the GOP. If he wants to transform American politics, he must go for the throat....Obama’s only remaining option is to pulverize. Whether he succeeds in passing legislation or not, given his ambitions, his goal should be to delegitimize his opponents.” — CBS News political director John Dickerson in a January 18 Slate.com article headlined: “Go for the Throat! Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war... continue reading
Taking on “the Gun Lobby” Like “Defeating the Nazis” “Surely, finding Osama bin Laden; surely passing civil rights legislation, as Lyndon Johnson was able to do; and before that, surely, defeating the Nazis, was a much more formidable task than taking on the gun lobby. This is a turning point in this country....Unless we figure out a way to make sure that something like Newtown never happens again, we’re not the country that we once were.” — CBS’s Bob Schieffer during live coverage of Obama’s gun control speech, Jan. 16. [ MP3 audio (1:20)] ...Or Is It Like Battling 1960s... continue reading
Hey, Tea Party: “It’s Not Your Country Anymore” “It’s the Tea Party and the thinking of the Tea Party and people like that that are driving the Republicans out of contention as a national party. You cannot win nationally if you don’t know something about the way the country’s changed, and the Tea Party seems to think the country can go back 25 or 30 years. The greatest slogan that I hated during this last campaign was ‘We want to take back our country.’ Guys, it’s not your country anymore. It’s our country, and you’re part of it, but that... continue reading
“Unelected” Norquist Condemned by Unelected Journalists “Speaking of the fiscal cliff, there’s been all this focus on one dangerous man who stands in the way of a deal that could avert it, Grover Norquist. He is neither elected, nor has he ever run for office, so why is Washington so scared of him?” — CNN’s Ali Velshi on CNN Newsroom , November 30. [ MP3 audio (0:29)] “Behind it all, this man, Grover Norquist, considered one of the most powerful men in Washington....The pledge is the biggest obstacle to any deal that would raise taxes.” — Correspondent Jonathan Karl on... continue reading
Opposing Rice = More Evidence Republicans Are Racist MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe: “It’s outrageous that there is this witch hunt going on on the right about these people of color, let’s face it, around this President: Eric Holder, Valerie Jarrett, now Susan Rice; before it was Van Jones. This is not about who is hawkish in the same way John McCain is about foreign policy, because if you look at Iran and Libya, Susan Rice checks those boxes. This is a personal vendetta. It’s about presidential authority.” Host Chris Matthews: “So, you think McCain is being — McCain and... continue reading