Notable Quotables

Face It: Magnificent Obama Is Already Unbeatable “How do you go after Barack Obama, though, right now? I mean, the stock market is up. It looks like the unemployment is going down. David Axelrod in his campaign said the other day Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. It’s going to be a tough job for you, is it not?” — Host Bob Schieffer to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on CBS’s Face the Nation , February 26. Audio/video (0:33): Windows Media | MP3 audio ] “The President, as we said in the open here, is talking... continue reading
Santorum: “More Like Stalin than Pope Innocent III” Host Martin Bashir: “When we last saw the Republican front-runner Rick Santorum speaking before a crowd yesterday, all we could think of was George Orwell’s novel 1984 about a society dominated by the most extreme form of totalitarianism....” Clip from 1984 : “The forces of darkness and the treasonable maggots who collaborate with them, must, can and will be wiped from the face of the Earth.” Bashir: “In reviewing his book, It Takes a Family , one critic said, ‘Mr. Santorum has one of the finest minds of the 13th century.’ But... continue reading
Blasting "Vulgar" and "Rude" Jan Brewer "This is just another sign of the growing incivility and really vulgarity of our modern American politics in campaigns. These campaigns have gotten so ugly and so nasty, that they're now tarnishing the whole system....I can never recall a President stepping off Air Force One, which is itself a symbol of the presidency in American democracy, and being subjected to such public rudeness. I think really we're a better people than this little incident illustrates." — Bob Schieffer on the January 26 CBS Evening News , talking about the picture of Arizona Governor Jan... continue reading
Castigating Gingrich: You're "Insulting" Black Americans "You also said poor kids lack a strong work ethic and proposed having them work as janitors in their schools. Can't you see that this is viewed, at a minimum, as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans?...I gotta tell you that my e-mail account, my Twitter account, has been inundated with people from all races who are asking if your comments are not intended to belittle the poor and racial minorities....It sounds as if you are seeking to belittle people." — Fox News contributor and former NPR analyst Juan Williams to... continue reading
Obama the Compromiser vs. Pig-Headed Republicans "Since the midterm elections, you made an effort at bipartisanship. It hasn't worked out that way....You gave up a lot. You said you wanted a balanced approach. You didn't get it. You cut a trillion dollars and set up the framework to cut another trillion plus, and the Republicans gave up nothing. I mean, there are people in your own party who think that you were outmaneuvered, that you were stared down by John Boehner and Grover Norquist and capitulated....It seems to be all the compromising is being done by you...." — CBS's Steve... continue reading
NBC Turns on Obama: Tax Deal a "Disaster in the Making" "The President has said that he's doing this for the good of the American people, but by some estimates this deal, this tax cut deal, could add another $900 billion to a deficit that is already out of control. So why shouldn't Americans look at this as a disaster in the making?" - NBC's Meredith Vieira to White House aide David Axelrod on Today , December 8. "How do you, as a deficit hawk, justify going along with a larger tax cut for those who really don't need it?... continue reading
Forget What Voters Said, It's Time for Higher Taxes Host Christiane Amanpour: "There are many economists who simply say the math does not add up, if you're not going to agree to raising taxes. Do you agree that taxes will have to be raised, as well?" Senator-elect Rand Paul: "Well, I think it's not a revenue problem. It's a spending problem." Amanpour: "But it is a revenue problem according to so many economists.... Without making strong entitlement and other cuts, and even if one does, most of the economists say the math does not add up to keep tax cuts... continue reading
It's "Deranged" to Not Raise Taxes "I think that the conversation right now is deranged. We have in one room the deficit commission folks saying, 'Look at this huge hole, look at the tax increases and serious spending cuts that we need to do to fill it.' And then outside the room, we're having a debate about whether we should add $4 trillion to the deficit long-term or a mere 3.3. This is crazy." - Washington Post columnist and former deputy national editor Ruth Marcus on ABC's This Week , November 14. "Better Off" If Tax-Cutting Republicans Left America "We... continue reading
"Amazing" Obama vs. "Bizarre" Tea Party Candidates "People from all over the world, frankly, say to me, here comes a President with a huge mandate, a huge reservoir of goodwill, huge promises to change, and, with all of that, his popularity is down. People don't appreciate some of the amazing legislative agenda that he's accomplished." - Host Christiane Amanpour to White House advisor David Axelrod on ABC's This Week , September 26. [Audio/video (0:34): Windows Media | MP3 audio ] vs . "What is Christine O'Donnell's qualification for actually governing? What is Sharron Angle's actual qualification for governing? Are you... continue reading
If It Were 33 Tea Partiers, They'd Have Killed Each Other Host Chris Matthews: "The message coming out of the Tea Party people, and lot of them are good people, is every man for himself, basically. 'No more taxes, no more government, no more everything. No more safety net. No more health care for everybody. Everybody just get out there, make your buck, save it, screw the government, move on.' Right? You know these people, if they were every man for himself down in that mine they wouldn't have gotten out." AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: "That's exactly right." Matthews: "They... continue reading