Quotes of Note

Conflating Concern on Liberal Bias With (Alleged) Racism 'Romney dares not go there. Not Newt. He's the street fighter with a history of poisonous politics who not only goes there but dwells there. He makes his nest among the thorns of open animus and coded language. Take the issue of media bias for instance: according to a September Pew Research Center poll, more than three-quarters of Republicans said that news organizations are politically biased. That was appreciably higher than both independents and Democrats. And that same month a Gallup poll found that three-quarters of Republicans believe that the news media... continue reading
Surging GOPers 'Are to Varying Degrees Yahoos' 'The candidates who surged before [Gingrich] are to varying degrees yahoos. They proved it anew last week. Michele Bachmann seemed to be under the impression that we had an embassy in Iran, and Rick Perry was definitely under the delusion that the voting age in this country is 21 instead of 18.' – Former White House correspondent, now columnist Frank Bruni, December 4. Herman Cain 'Seems Like Someone Who ...Has Never Opened a Newspaper' 'Let us pause here to make a necessarily severe assessment: to say that Herman Cain has an imperfect grasp... continue reading
December 20, 2005 The Times Watch 'Quotes of Note Worst of 2005' The Deaniac Award for Iraq War Defeatism "And in the shadow of the bleak and often horrific news emerging from Iraq nearly every day, historians and political experts are finding at least a wan hope in those imperfect historical analogies. Even in the absence of a sudden and dramatic shift on the battlefield toward a definitive victory, there may still be a slight opening, as narrow as the eye of a needle, for the United States to slip through and leave Iraq in the near future in a... continue reading
December 16, 2005 Things Were "More Secure" Under Communism "Now, the westerners are unhappy because the disappearance of all that money is seen as the root of Germany's economic stagnation and high unemployment. The easterners are notoriously unhappy because life is less secure than it used to be under Communism, and, as this cycle continues, the westerners are irritated that the easterners are unhappy." -Richard Bernstein reporting from Berlin, December 6. "Conservative" Andrew Sullivan? Since When? "To torture or not? In the Dec. 5 issue of the conservative Weekly Standard, Charles Krauthammer argued for the legalization of torture under strictly... continue reading
December 2, 2005 You Only Think It's a Strong Economy "By most measures, the economy appears to be doing fine. No, scratch that, it appears to be booming. But as always with the United States economy, it is not quite that simple.It all means the economy is likely to end the year with a splash. But before you splurge on a new car, consider this: Many economists do not expect the party to continue, especially if the Federal Reserve continues taking the punchbowl away and raises interest rates. That could further slow the housing market, damp consumer spending and crimp... continue reading
November 18, 2005 Hollywood Left too Smart to be Fooled by Bush's Iraq Lies "[Hollywood activists] were willing to accept - in fact, they recognized almost viscerally - that the president's story about Iraq and weapons of mass destruction was too richly timed and too tightly wrapped, and they understood that once a storyteller began to tinker with facts, there was no end to the scenarios he might invent that he might dubiously claim to be 'based on a true story.'" - Contributing writer Matt Bai, writing about the Hollywood left in the November 13 New York Times Magazine. Passing... continue reading
November 4, 2005 "Mao's Legacy Is Not All Bad" "My own sense is that Mao, however monstrous, also brought useful changes to China.But Maos legacy is not all bad. Land reform in China, like the land reform in Japan and Taiwan, helped lay the groundwork for prosperity today. The emancipation of women and end of child marriages moved China from one of the worst places in the world to be a girl to one where women have more equality than in, say, Japan or Korea. Indeed, Maos entire assault on the old economic and social structure made it easier for... continue reading
October 21, 2005 Failing Pumps in New Orleans? Reagan's Fault "We have repeatedly been reminded in recent weeks of how Congress rejected a proposal in the late 1990's to shore up the city's levees and wetlands. And the crisis only deepened later as the government continued to reduce the corps's budget. This represents more than a loss of nerve. It is an outgrowth of the campaign against 'big government' that helped propel Ronald Reagan to the presidency 25 years ago. And it was fueled by uglier motives, including a latent fear of cities, a myth of the city as a... continue reading
October 7, 2005 Hillary's "Conservative Leanings"? "It would be nave to think that Clinton doesn't have a national campaign very much in mind as she stacks up one centrist credential after another.As first lady, it was Clinton's job to placate the party's base, even if that meant obscuring some of her more socially conservative instincts.Assuming that Clinton is serious about a 2008 campaign, it's never too early to begin redefining her image in the minds of independent and conservative voters. And the thinking among her closest advisers holds that unlike other prospective candidates with conservative leanings, like Senator Evan Bayh... continue reading
September 23, 2005 Penguin Family Values? Ludicrous. Monkey Socialism? Profound "Those who start looking outside the human family for old-fashioned values, in fact, will need to quickly narrow their search terms. They will surely want to ignore practices observed in animals like dolphins (gang rape), chimpanzees (exhibitionism), bonobo apes (group sex) and Warner Brothers cartoon rabbits (cross-dressing). Casting a wide net for chaste and saintly creatures, the mind flails, then comes up mostly empty. Yowling tomcats? Lazy, sexist lions? Preening peacocks? Better stick with the penguins." - From a September 18 editorial, "Penguin Family Values," mocking conservatives for hailing the... continue reading