Notable Quotables

Gumbels Morning Devotions Bryant Gumbel: "You write that you prayed more during your four years in office than basically at any time in your life and yet I think its fair to say, and I hope this doesnt sound harsh, I think its fair to say, you are consistently viewed as one of the more ineffective Presidents of modern times." Jimmy Carter: "Well, I think thats harsh and unfair, but you have a right to your opinion." Gumbel: "Its not mine. Its what I perceive as a general view. What do you think, if anything, that says about the power... continue reading
Conservatives Deaths Greatly Exaggerated "All the reporting that Ive done suggests that Kate is absolutely right, and I think over 90 percent of the incumbents are going to be re-elected because its a good year for incumbents. But my gut tells me that two dozen of those Gingrich robots, the freshmen, are going to bite the dust and the Democrats are going to pick up 25 seats. Mark Im not sure I believe it, but its my prediction and Im sticking with it." - Wall Street Journal Executive Washington Editor Al Hunt, Nov. 2 CNN Capital Gang . Absentee counting... continue reading
Gun to Our Heads "Going into the homestretch, the campaign is taking on faint overtones of the old protection racket with Republicans increasingly sounding like the Capone gang, offering protection against Bugsy Clinton and his mob." - ABCs John Cochran on House GOP strategy, October 27 This Week introductory story. The Bad News is Really Good, Good News Really Not "The government reports today that the economy slowed down over the summer. The Gross Domestic Product, which measures all economic activity, was up 2.2 percent, but that is less than half the 4.7 percent growth in the second quarter. President... continue reading
Dole: Mean and Harsh "Good morning, everyone. The last debate of the national political campaign is on tap for tonight in San Diego. Bob Dole is not waiting for that debate to attack Bill Clinton's ethics. With more on a campaign that is now getting meaner, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell is standing by live in San Diego." - Matt Lauer leading off his October 16 Today newscast. "Rita, true or untrue that they're preparing for a kind of carpet bombing on character?" - Dan Rather to Rita Braver on what the White House faced from Bob Dole in that night's debate,... continue reading
Really Helping Dole Make It A Close Race? "Reporters want nothing more than, this year and four years ago, to have a horse race. That's what we're in love with, is the fight, the close call....So it's in our best interest to make it look close, to make Bob Dole look good." - Chicago Tribune reporter Ellen Warren on CNN's Crossfire , September 20. Reality Check: "The former Senator argued that voters have a choice between two different visions of government... The ex-deficit hawk returned to the centerpiece of his campaign, a 15 percent tax cut. Campaign aides claim they... continue reading
Gumbel Coddles Clinton's Crooked Crony "Have you any doubt that Kenneth Starr and his deputies are pursuing an agenda that is purely political?" "Bobby McDaniel, you said that your client is being used as a political pawn. Have you any legal recourse but to sit there and watch this unfold?" "Given that you think this is all just a Republican witch hunt, do you expect the pressure to ease somewhat after the election? - Some of Bryant Gumbel's questions to former Clinton business partner and convicted felon Susan McDougal and her attorney, September 17 Today. Mistake to Talk to Conservatives;... continue reading
Nasty Dick Morris Scandal Ruins Bill's Big Night "On paper it shouldn't hurt him [Clinton]. This is about one goofy guy. We don't even know if the story is true. The picture that I saw in the New York Post looks very much like it was doctored." - NPR's Nina Totenberg, who first publicized Anita Hill's unsupported charges against Clarence Thomas, August 31 Inside Washington. "Here in Chicago, the President has been fine tuning, as they say, the speech he will be giving to this convention and to the country tonight. And he has a lot to be pleased about... continue reading
Nice Set Up "Some of your staff members, not by name, have been saying `Yes, the President thinks Bob Dole is a nice person and has been a pretty good leader in some ways, but, say they, he's beencaptured by extremists in the Republican Party, the radical part of the Republican Party, including Newt Gingrich.' Is that what you think?" - Dan Rather interviewing President Clinton, August 18, 60 Minutes . A Case for a Conservative Anti-Defamation League "He [Kemp] is a rare combination - a nice conservative. These days conservatives are supposed to be mean. They're supposed to be... continue reading
Chaplain-in-Chief? "Mr. Clinton is clearly more and more comfortable now in the role these times have forced on our Presidents - first mourner and chaplain-in-chief. But his moments with the families must have struck him as especially poignant today, for when he left them in the hotel and entered his car, he buried his head on Mrs. Clinton's shoulder." - ABC reporter Jim Wooten on the TWA crash aftermath, July 25 World News Tonight . Republicans Have Zero Tolerance? "We begin tonight with what you could call zero tolerance....Today by the time Mr. Dole spoke by satellite to his party... continue reading
Donaldson's Dole Strategy: Go Left "I want the Bob Dole who saved affirmative action in the Nixon administration. I want the Bob Dole whose civil rights record is excellent when it comes to his voting record in the Senate. I want the Bob Dole who is moderate, who wants the big tent idea, who doesn't want to punish all those people who don't believe abortion is like a certain wing of his party does [sic]. And I want the Bob Dole who wants to balance the federal budget rather than give huge tax cuts in a pie-in-the-sky, let's follow this... continue reading