Notable Quotables

"Cataclysm" of GOP Win "Would Destroy America" "[The Tea Party-backed Republicans are] a group of unqualified, unstable individuals who will do what they are told, in exchange for money and power, and march this nation as far backward as they can get, backward to Jim Crow, or backward to the breadlines of the '30s, or backward to hanging union organizers, or backward to the trusts and the robber barons...It is nothing short of an attempted use of democracy to end this democracy, to buy America wholesale and pave over the freedoms and the care we take of one another, which... continue reading
Illegal Immigrants: Just Victims of Angry Arizonans... Diane Sawyer: "Tonight, undocumented immigrants - many working in this country for decades - are fleeing the state, or hiding in fear...." Bill Weir: "There is a fear-driven exodus going on in Arizona tonight. More vacant apartments, more empty shops, more kids disappearing from school.... Francisco has been in Phoenix without papers for 14 years, but says now he's afraid to walk the streets. So he'll take his family and leave as soon as he can." - ABC's World News , July 27. [Audio/video (0:38): Windows Media | MP3 audio ] Co-host George... continue reading
Watch Out, Republicans: This Is 1964 All Over Again "It is very much like 1964. In 1960, Republicans lost narrowly with an establishment candidate, Richard Nixon. They got to 1964, they threw out all the establishment candidates, they threw out their party leaders and they nominated Barry Goldwater who - fine man - but he was far to the right of most of the people in his party, and they lost in a landslide. And that's why you have establishment Republicans worried about what's going to happen now in November." - CBS's Bob Schieffer on the September 15 Evening News... continue reading
Applauding "Courageous" Obama's "Finest Moment" The Washington Post 's David Ignatius: "I thought the speech Friday night was a model of political courage, in the sense that he said what he believed, knowing that it was going to cost him..." Reuters Chrystia Freeland: "For American leaders to say, in the face of, you know, some political pressure from their voters, to say actually we believe sufficiently strongly in diversity, in private property rights for our Muslim citizens, I think that's a great global message." - Exchange on ABC's This Week , August 15. [Audio/video (0:50): Windows Media | MP3 audio... continue reading
Media Scold America's "Fear," "Rage" and "Racism" "We turn now over the debate of the proposed Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero....The controversy has raised profound questions about religious tolerance and prejudice in the United States." - Christiane Amanpour on ABC's This Week , August 22. "There is a lot of hate speech, and it's getting louder and more vicious....In these mosque protests, we've seen that hate speech take on a new and more venomous tinge....As somebody who I spoke to during the story told me, Islamophobia is now the accepted form of racism in this country." - Time... continue reading
"Not Very Rational" to Oppose Spendaholic Democrats "I don't know if it's Republicans, if it's conservative Democrats, but the side that talks about the need to rein in the federal government - this is not very rational - has really, is winning that debate....That argument - that we have to rein in because the stimulus didn't work - I think most economists would say the stimulus did work, in the sense it would have been a lot worse if there hadn't been one." - Bloomberg News executive Washington editor Al Hunt on ABC's This Week , July 4. Fearing "Second... continue reading
Why No Public Love for Obama's "Many Accomplishments"? "The President marked quite a week in Washington. The oil, for now, is finally stopped, and on the political front, his financial reform package finally passed. So why such low poll numbers?" - Fill-in anchor David Muir on ABC's World News , July 16. "With so many accomplishments in just 18 months, you'd think the President would be flying high. Instead, his approval rating continues to sink and now stands at just 44 percent." - CBS's Chip Reid on the July 15 Evening News . "You've had an enormous amount of legislative... continue reading
Obama May Be President, but Bush Is to Blame Arianna Huffington: "George, the truth is that right now we have precisely the regulatory system that the Bush-Cheney administration wanted. Full of loopholes, full of cronies and lobbyists filling the very agencies they're supposed to be overseeing the industry." George Will: "So, it's Bush's fault? Just clear this up." Huffington: "It is absolutely a thousand percent Bush-Cheney's fault." - Talking about the oil spill on ABC's This Week , June 6. [Audio/video (0:33): Windows Media | MP3 audio ] "In a natural disaster, government has an agency. We don't have an... continue reading
The Media Are Unanimous: Obama Is "Brilliant" Pentagon reporter Jim Miklaszewski: "This is nothing less than a stunning development, Brian, and quite frankly, at a quick glance, almost brilliant...." White House correspondent Chuck Todd: "Politically, in this town, it's going to be seen as a brilliant choice by the President." - Comments during NBC's live coverage of President Obama's June 23 announcement that he was replacing Afghanistan commanding General Stanley McChrystal with General David Petraeus. [Audio/video montage (0:25): Windows Media | MP3 audio ] "It sounds like a pretty brilliant decision, really." - White House correspondent Chip Reid during CBS's... continue reading
Shortsighted Voters Fail to Grasp Obama's Historic Greatness "Big problems. Big achievements. Big costs. Historians say President Obama's legislative record during a crisis-ridden presidency already puts him in a league with such consequential presidents as Lyndon Johnson and Franklin Roosevelt. But polls show voters aren't totally on board with his achievements, at least not yet, and the White House acknowledges that his victories have carried huge financial and political costs. 'There are always costs in doing big things,' Obama told USA Today ." - Opening of May 12 USA Today cover story by Susan Page and Mimi Hall, "Will doing... continue reading