Notable Quotables

Contract: Null & Void Reporter Jackie Judd: "The day after the election - an election in which just over a third of the electorate voted and only half of them voted Republican - Newt Gingrich made a sweeping declaration." Gingrich: "We have a mandate for the Contract. The American people have spoken on this issue." Judd: "But the American people are not nearly so certain of that mandate, according to a new ABC News/ Washington Post survey....One of the most personally troubling aspects of the survey for Speaker Gingrich may be the large number of people who said he doesn't... continue reading
In the Unbiased News Tonight... "The new Republican majority in Congress took a big step today on its legislative agenda to demolish or damage government aid programs, many of them designed to help children and the poor." - Dan Rather, March 16 CBS Evening News . "March madness has begun on Capitol Hill, and almost as predictable as a B horror film, the slashing has begun. House Republicans have made a small down payment on their plan to make massive budget cuts." - CNN anchor Judy Woodruff on Inside Politics , same day. "When NBC Nightly News continues: in Washington,... continue reading
Frightened Friedman Thomas Friedman, New York Times reporter and columnist: "Governor, I'm kind of a foreign policy wonk, and it scares the bejesus out of me to have someone as President of the United States, Commander-in-Chief, and finger on the nuclear button who is such an outsider to Washington and American foreign policy." Lamar Alexander: "Well, did Ronald Reagan scare you, Tom?" Friedman: "He sure did." Alexander: "Did he? He didn't scare me. I thought he was the best national defense and Commander-in-Chief and foreign policy President we've had since Eisenhower." Friedman: "Ask 245 Marines in Beirut about that." -... continue reading
Deflowered in the Reagan Years "In the corporate takeovers of the 1980s, the Reagan Administration was a wallflower at the orgy." - First sentence of Time Associate Editor Richard Lacayo's February 27 sidebar on Microsoft anti-trust settlement. Republicans: Threat to the Human Race "The noises coming from [Rep. Sonny] Bono and many of his fellow Republican signers of House Speaker Newt Gingrich's `Contract with America' signal a radical shift in Congress's attitude toward environmental issues - a shift that may bode ill for the health of snail darters, spotted owls, and even the human species." - Time reporter Dick Thompson... continue reading
Clueless in Manhattan "This is basically a canard used by politicians, and I understand why - because they want to blame somebody, anybody but themselves, for people's anger and frustration. It's one of the great political myths, about press bias. Most reporters are interested in a story. Most reporters don't know whether they're Republican or Democrat, and vote every which way. Now, a lot of politicians would like you to believe otherwise, but that's the truth of the matter. I've worked around journalism all of my life, Tom Snyder has as well, and I think he'll agree with this, that... continue reading
Pol Pot, Gingrich: What's the Difference? "From the pronunciamentos out of Washington, you'd think the new Congress were a slash-and-burn Khmer Rouge, determined to rid Phnom Penh of every member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, every painter who every got a dime out of the National Endowment for the Arts, every child who was ever difficult, and other inconvenient co-dependents who ought instead to be growing rice and eating fishpaste in the boondocks." - CBS Sunday Morning TV critic John Leonard, January 8. "Too bad he didn't say a word or two on behalf of public broadcasting, currently under... continue reading
No Drinking and Driving on the Information Superhighway ABC News Washington reporter and anchor Carole Simpson: "I fear that the Contract with America, if enacted, may be detrimental to the family, especially those of single women and their children....But my fear is that Mr. Gingrich, given his history, may increase what I see as a new mean-spiritedness in this country....I would like to think that the American people care about poor people, about sick people, about homeless people, and about poor children. I am shocked by the new mean-spiritedness." Question: "I don't think it's your personal liberal bias that's well-known,... continue reading
Welcome Back "From the bottom of the income ladder, the prospect of the Republican revolution is chilling, especially because the gap between the rich and the poor has already widened significantly." - Los Angeles Times Washington reporters James Risen and Elizabeth Shogren, December 18 news story. "Give you an opportunity to answer the criticism, says 'Dan Rather, if you believe what he has just told you [that conservatives are compassionate as well], you believe that rocks grow, that these', all of this in quotation marks, 'these are hard men who favor those in the country who have wealth and they... continue reading
What A Difference Today Makes "Your critics have called your budget intentions, as you well know, Voodoo II. Is it your intention to turn back the clock and go back to the same Reaganomics that ballooned the deficit in the first place?" - Bryant Gumbel to Rep. John Kasich (R-Ohio), November 14 Today . Bryant Gumbel: "You're a moderate, pro-choice Republican. Are you totally comfortable with some of the extremists and ideologues that seem headed for the 104th Congress and may dominate the Republican Party?" Rep.-elect Sonny Bono: "I'm my own man, and so when I get there, I will... continue reading
Mid-Term Election Sore Losers Edition Peter Jennings: You Voters Need A Diaper "Some thoughts on those angry voters. Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming. It's clear that the anger controls the child and not the other way around. It's the job of the parent to teach the child to control the anger and channel it in a positive way. Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week....Parenting and governing don't have to be dirty words: the... continue reading