Notable Quotables

Eleanor's Good News John McLaughlin: "Bush is dragging down the GOP senatorial and congressional candidates. It could be a rout for the GOP." Eleanor Clift, Newsweek : "That could be termed good news, John." - McLaughlin Group , October 3. More Tough Questions for Anita Hill "You talked, Anita, about some of the very supportive letters you've gotten, and some of the letters that have touched you. Have you received any hate mail?....They find you offensive, most of all, because you are a black woman?....Twenty years from now, fifty years from now, when people look back at these hearings, how... continue reading
Clinton Never Lied? "There is no evidence that Bill Clinton has lied. He's done nothing illegal. He has what I would call the politician's disease. He has tailored the truth to adapt to the reality of running in a conservative southern state." - Newsweek Washington reporter Eleanor Clift on The McLaughlin Group , September 12. Recurring Willie Horton Nightmares George Bush: "Governor Clinton still has not brought a civil rights bill to the people of Arkansas." CBS reporter Eric Engberg: "It is true that Arkansas and Alabama are the only two states without a civil rights law. But, time out... continue reading
The Liberal Bias Dictionary "Conservative: An individual or policy that opposes change in political and social matters." "Liberal: An individual or policy that favors change in political and social matters. It can also imply tolerance and open- mindedness." - Definitions from the 1992 " Los Angeles Times in Education" Presidential Election Kit for teachers classroom use. (Thanks to Douglas Cavanaugh) Why A Pro-Clinton Bias? "The lure is the midnight phone call, the walk in the Rose Garden, being on a first-name basis with the President, getting the invites to state dinners...Its wanting to be Ben Bradlee to Clintons Jack Kennedy."... continue reading
Republicans on Women "Ever since the Clarence Thomas hearings last fall, the Republican Party has been struggling to overcome the perception that its regard for women is only a notch or two higher than that of the Navy Tailhook Association." - Time reporter Michael Duffy, August 24 issue. Intimidated by Hillary? "Let us not for a moment be confused into believing that this is only a conservative Republican thing, this business of some people feeling threatened by smart, assertive, professional women....Women who speak their minds in public are still swimming upstream in this country." - Ted Koppel opening Nightline ,... continue reading
The Rush to Gush "Delighted Democrats like to say of Clinton and Gore that theirs is a partnership where 1 plus 1 equals 5, and when Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore are added to the equation, 2 plus 2 equals 10. And the power of their numbers does seem to multiply exponentially at times such as this afternoon, when the eight-bus caravan made a semi-impromptu stop at a rest area in Bowling Green, Mo." - Washington Post reporter David Maraniss in an August 6 "Campaign Journal." Gumbel Gets Tough on the Clinton Buscapade "How's the trip going?....What's fun about jumping... continue reading
Clinton's Magical Mystery Bus "When they appear with their wives, Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore, they look like two suburban couples, perhaps old college friends, out on the town for a good time. And whether they are playing miniature golf with their wives, tossing a football around or gleefully backslapping each other at campaign rallies, the images and the message are always the same: Youth, vigor, energy. And change." - Washington Post reporter Edward Walsh, July 23. "They got more positive coverage on this bus tour than the Beatles got on their first tour of America. More reporters were oohing... continue reading
Clinton and Gore: Studs? "I think Gore and Clinton could be the all-generational change ticket, and I suppose if they lose, they could do cameo appearances on Studs or something." - Newsweek reporter Eleanor Clift on The McLaughlin Group , July 4. "I must say I was struck by the expanse of their chests. They may have to put out their stats." - Clift on Clinton and Gore, CNN's Inside Politics , July 10. "I must say, looking at some of that footage, it looks like the all-beefcake ticket." - Clift on The McLaughlin Group , July 12. Clinton and... continue reading
Nice Prediction, Dan "Senator Simon, is there any doubt in your mind that [Souter's] views pretty well parallel those of John Sununu's, which means he's anti-abortion or anti-women's rights, whichever way you want to put it?" - Dan Rather on the CBS Evening News , July 23, 1990. The Anti-Liberty Conservative Court "For three decades, it was an aggressive guardian of individual liberties. But the Supreme Court's new conservative majority is demolishing that legacy, beating an ideological retreat from its activist role in deciding critical social issues." - From Newsweek 's table of contents, July 6 issue. "Draconian" Pro-Life Laws... continue reading
Yet Another Reasonable and Thoughtful Environmental Analysis "In sports, tonight's game between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox was called off when Chicago was blanketed with impenetrable smog....Meteorologist Yojio Matsuma says the smog originated 1,000 miles away in the Saskatchewan prairie fires, which have seared several thousand square miles since lightning storms sparked an area left tinder-dry by a three-week heat wave and an unusually dry spring....Meanwhile, the commissioner's office says it is not yet ready to consider a resumption of day games, which were eliminated 15 years ago following widespread increases in skin cancer and immune... continue reading
Time at Rio: Forget the Police State, Make It A Police Planet "Put an international tax on emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases....Find a way to put the brakes on the world's spiraling population, which will otherwise double by the year 2050....Give the United Nations broad powers to create an environmental police force for the planet." - Time list of "What They Should Do But Won't" at the United Nations "Earth Summit" in Rio de Janeiro, June 1. Gumbel: I Won't Condemn the Riots "Gumbel opposed the violent reaction, but would not condemn it. `Everyone is quick to... continue reading