President Barack Obama: “I deserve a second term.”
President Obama: “What’s frustrated people is that I haven’t been able to force Congress to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008. It turns out that our founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about changes than I would like sometimes.”
Obama: “One of the worries we have obviously in the next campaign is that there are so many of these so-called super PACs, these independent expenditures that are gonna be out there, there is gonna be just a lot of money floating around and I guarantee a bunch of it’s gonna be negative.” Unions spent $300 million to get Obama elected in 2008.
Department of Homeland Security “lexicon” defines “militia extremists”: “Groups or individuals who facilitate or engage in acts of violence directed at federal, state, or local government officials or infrastructure in response to their belief that the government deliberately is stripping Americans of their freedoms and is attempting to establish a totalitarian regime. These individuals consequently oppose many federal and state authorities’ laws and regulations, (particularly those related to firearms ownership), and often belong to armed paramilitary groups.”
President Obama’s new Chief of Staff, Jacob Lew: “He’s not saying that they shouldn’t pass a budget. But we also need to be honest. You can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes and you can’t get 60 votes without bipartisan support. So unless. unless Republicans are willing to work with Democrats in the Senate, Harry Reid is not going to be able to get a budget passed.” Either Lew is intentionally misleading the public here, or he does not know. You cannot filibuster a budget. This is, more or less, how Obamacare was passed in the very end.
White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew: “The American people should be pleased that we now have a recovery that is taking root. The job growth across all the sectors of the economy, it’s not the result of people leaving the workforce. It’s the result of private sector job creation. This is good. The thing that we have to be careful about is to make sure that Washington doesn’t get in the way.”
Senate leader Harry Reid on the transportation bill that Republicans offered an amendment on, to counterman Obama’s contraception mandate: “Here is a bipartisan bill to create and save jobs. Every state in the union is desperate for these dollars. But to show how the Republicans never lose an opportunity to mess up a good piece of legislation, listen to this: They’re talking about First Amendment rights, the Constitution.”
Harry Reid: “In exchange for extending this middle-class tax break, Republicans are insisting, among other things, we pass an unrelated ideological piece of legislation that will make our water less safe to drink. This would allow mercury and other carcinogens to be put in our water supply. That’s pretty stark compromise. We’ll give you a payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans if you will let us continue to put things like arsenic and mercury in the water of the American people. That’s not a very good deal. ”
Former Green Jobs Czar, Van Jones: “I’m tired of being accused of being anti-American. They call it class warfare. . . if anything, it’s warfare against people who have no class. . . they won’t even return our phone calls when our houses are underwater.”
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “We sitll had a cop shot last week with a gun that somebody had even though federal laws prohibited that person from having a gun.”
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on why President Obama has reversed himself on SuperPAC’s: “The President made a decision, which I think was a wise one that he was not going to unilaterally disarm and leave the field to the Koch Brothers to decide who would be President of the United States and to control the congress.”
President Barack Obama: “And I think what Americans what to hear more than anything else is `how are you going to help me right now?’”
New Jersey Education Association executive director Vincent Giordano, who makes $500,000 a year, in opposition to a voucher system: “Life’s not always fair, and I’m sorry about that, but to suggest that we take money from taxpayers and give it to certain taxpayers to use to educate their kids outside of the public school just seems to me to be [wrong].” If New Jersey went big on the voucher system, Giordano loses this salary. Not fair.
Angie Murie, executive director of Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region in Canada: “I wrestle with gender-based abortion more than any other reason [for having an abortion]. From a macro perspective, I don’t think it is a good idea for us to be eliminating women. But if you look at it at the individual level, which is what we do, I don’t have any right to say that one person’s reason is better or worse than another’s.” Recall how many people argue for abortion on the basis of rape or incest; or even because the baby won’t be properly cared for due to finances. Here, she admits that, if someone wants to kill their baby for being the wrong gender, then, that’s okay too. She doesn’t like it, but, what the hell, right?
Melaney Linton, who will now oversee Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast: “I am honored and humbled to be entrusted with such a sacred duty. I pledge to do everything in my power to fight back against the ideological attacks on Planned Parenthood and women, so that no teen will ever say she didn’t know how she got pregnant, no one will ever be denied basic reproductive health care, and no woman will ever be forced to bear children she cannot adequately support.”
Laura Murphy, the ACLU’s director of the Washington Legislative office, in an email: “Anti-choice forces around the country are yelling from the rooftops about religious freedom, but what they actually mean is the use of religion to discriminate and deny millions of women access to birth control.”
Pro-abortion group, EMILY’s List statement: “A person may decide not to use a medication, but that’s their decision. Institutions that serve a broader public have an obligation to respect our nation’s core value of individual liberty, as we respect their religious beliefs.”
Rev. Al Sharpton: “You have tyranny by the majority; you cannot have rights voted on…if you had civil rights voted on, I’d be sitting in the back of the bus.”
Sheila Jackson Lee on why there shouldn’t be voter id laws: “We travelled half way around the world and couldn’t get a copy of my mother’s birth certificate.” Her mother was born in Florida.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., concerning a campaign donor’s purchase of a plane ticket for a woman he had an extramarital affair with, at his behest: “[It was] not a personal benefit to me, I don’t believe, under the House rules. A benefit to the person for whom he bought the ticket. He didn’t buy tickets for me. Did I direct him? I did,”
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: “The mantra of the Republican party is: Do no work, help no one, take away the highest essence of all religious faith, love and charity. They have a single purpose which is to defeat the president who happens to be named Barack Obama. This is the most historical period in our lifetime and I believe it will be tainted, it will be shameful period.”
Rep. Bennie Thomas: “Every now and then, you have to look at the enemy. And I say just, switch over to Fox TV for 30 seconds, see what the enemy is doing, and then switch right back, because then you understand what the enemy is all about.”
Brad Johnson of Think Progress headline: “Access To Birth Control Is A Fundamental Component Of Climate Survival”
It’s all about race:
Democratic consultant, Bob Shrum: “You look at those tea party rallies – they can’t deal with the fact that a black man is president of the United States. That is why they call him the other, that’s why they call him alien.”
Vice President Joe Biden: “These are the same guys who are calling the president a `food stamp president,’ a thinly veiled – I don’t know what it is, but it’s inappropriate.” I guess this is a dog-whistle accusation of dog-whistle racism.
The Compliant Obama Press Corps:
CNN‘s Don Lemon to Obama’s HHS Secretary: “Do you get the sense that the outrage over the original plan was manufactured to hurt the President politically with Catholic voters?”
NPR commentator E.J. Dionne Jr., on NBC: “Barack Obama is a moderate progressive with the emphasis on moderate.“
Zanny Minton Beddoes, on HBO, concerning Rick Santorum’s 2006 book: “I read a little bit of his book this week, which is terrifying – logical, but terrifying – and there was a review of it, I think it was the Philadelphia Inquirer when it first came out and it said that Santorum would be a fine mind for the 13th century. And it’s kind of right. It’s logical, it’s natural law, it’s the kind of Catholic absolutist view of the world of several centuries ago.”
On NBC’s Meet the Press, Rachel Maddow: “Rick Santorum says that he would like states to be able to make contraception illegal.” My memory is, she is never questioned on this, although she provides a very tortured argument for this opinion. Also, do you recall that Republican “debate” where the candidates were being asked over and over again, can states ban contraception? It was a weird question that they kept pounding away at. This was a place where the press was looking for a candidate to make an inartful statement that could be used by the press (or by Democratic interests) on a later date.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews of Obama: “I think that smile of his is worth five to ten points in the general [election].”
ABC‘s Barbara Walters wrote her memoir Audition, using as its selling point a tale of her tawdry 1970s affair with married Sen. Edward Brooke. However, when she interviewed former Kennedy mistress Mimi Alford, Walters four times said that Alford was greedy, saying, “She’ll make a lot of money!” and “Ms. Alford, I have to bring something up. Because as I said, you’re going to sell a lot of books. There’s a lot of juicy details and after 50 years you remember all of them. But there are two things that trouble me. One, did you think at all of Caroline Kennedy, who’s alive today, and her children when you wrote this book, which did not have to be written?” You do not speak ill of a Democratic icon, even if you are a Democrat.
NBC Today’s co-host Ann Curry to Kennedy mistress Mimi Alford: “What about Caroline [Kennedy], who is still alive?…Did you think about, as you talk about unburdening yourself, the idea that you’ve burdened other people now with this?”
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, Host: “Brad, how can Romney claim to be fighting for the middle class when his backers are some of Washington’s most notorious lobbyists and when he wants to repeal legislation that’s been of direct benefit to many poor people in this country?”
Brad Woodhouse, Communications Director Democratic National Committee: “Well, he can’t be, and Martin, he’s not. I mean, he’s certainly not looking out for the middle class.”
And are you now waiting for a token conservative to weigh in? You’d be waiting a very long time. That was it, MSNBC‘s idea of a point/counterpoint, which agree with one another.
Chris Matthews, Host: “This week a new book by Mimi Alford, the 19-year-old intern who writes that Jack Kennedy seduced her in the White House. Which brings us to this week’s big question: Does this story and others like it diminish Jack Kennedy’s place in history? John.”
John Heilemann, New York Magazine: “I think not at all. The notion of Jack Kennedy as a horn dog is pretty much priced into the stock I think historically on him.”
How did these two men feel about Herman Cain?
Former Newsweek editor Evan Thomas: “I mean, while he is saving the world from the Cuban missile crisis and doing great affairs of state, he is having affairs not just with her but plenty of women. He obviously compartmented his life incredibly. I mean, I think, unbelievably, he had a good marriage even as he was doing all this terrible stuff.”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “Doesn’t it strike you? You put together her story with the new Jackie tapes.”
Thomas: “Yes. I mean, she was clearly devoted to him. If it’s possible for- to be a serial philanderer and have a good marriage, I guess it’s not, but somehow he did.”
Matthews: “You know, it’s interesting here as you talked a moment ago about how the inner play works. Here is the guy as president of the United States, married. And what seems to be when you listen to the tapes from Jackie and everything we know, a full marriage, where they shared emotions and the ups and downs of life in the White House and all that. Jackie knew all about politics. And yet this was going on. Do you think it affected negatively? Is there any evidence if he hadn’t gotten caught, is there any damage to his work?”
Gordon Peterson, Host: “I heard Howard Fineman say on MSNBC that Mitt Romney is like a giant hairball that the Republicans can’t cough up.”
Charles Krauthammer: “I like your choice of objective sources.”
Scarlett Johansson on Rick Santorum’s sweater vests: “I mean, sweater vests are, I guess, charming for family photos and dinner with the grandparents; but I think you wear a sweater vest ironically, right?”
Actor Samuel L. Jackson: “I voted for Barack because he was black…That’s American politics, pure and simple. [Obama's] message didn’t mean %$^#@ to me. In the end, he’s a politician.”
Actor Daniel Radcliffe [Harry Potter}: "I'm not religious, I'm an atheist, and a militant atheist when religion starts impacting on legislation. We need sex education in schools...But they [other Republican candidates] disgusted me less than candidates like Rick Perry, who made that ridiculous advert wearing `the Brokeback jacket’, and I think pretend to be homophobic just to win votes.”
When Redcliffe was asked if he wished that Barack Obama would publicly back gay marriage: “Yes, I do, but can he really? Of course he’s in favour of it, but he has to be careful about saying so. I’d rather have someone like him in the White House than the alternative.”
Liberals from the past:
President Obama 2011: “I think that the Muslim Brotherhood is one faction in Egypt. They don’t have majority support in Egypt. They are — but they are well- organized. And there are strains of their ideology that are anti-U.S. There is no doubt about it.”
Candidate Obama in 2007 on SuperPAC’s: “You can’t say yesterday that you don’t believe in them and then today, have three-quarters of a million dollars being spent for you. You can’t just talk the talk…you have to look at how they act when it’s not convenient; when it’s hard. One thing I’m proud of is, I’m strong on this; I walk the walk.”
Robert Engelman of World watch, 2010: “Increasing women’s reproductive rights should be at the heart of the climate discussion, in the same basket as strategies like increasing energy efficiency and researching new technologies.”
Bill Maher: “We have a new frontrunner – I feel like I say that every week – for the Republicans. Rick Santorum. Rick Santorum. It was, I know, for the longest time, he was on the end of the debates. The little creep that could, Rick Santorum.”
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “The Iranian nation has smashed a new and modern idol. The world arrogance (the United States) and colonialists (the West), in order to dominate the world, created an idol called the Zionist regime (Israel). The spirit of this idol was a story called the Holocaust. . . The Iranian nation with courage and wisdom smashed this idol to free the people of the West (of its hold).”
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniya: “They want us to recognise the Israeli occupation and cease resistance but, as the representative of the Palestinan people and in the name of all the world’s freedom seekers, I am announcing from Azadi Square in Tehran that we will never recognise Israel.”
Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: “From now onward, we will support and help any nations, any groups fighting against the Zionist regime across the world, and we are not afraid of declaring this. The Zionist regime is a true cancer tumor on this region that should be cut off. And it definitely will be cut off.”
Muhammad Al-Mane’i, Sinai Bedouin: “There was a time when they would bring us jeans. These pants used to have belts. If you looked at these belts from the front, you’d find a secret compartment, and when you opened it, you would find a magnet inside. When we asked what these magnets were, we were told that they cause sterility.”
Hazem Saleh Abu Ismail, Egypt’s presidential candidate and a vocal supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood: “If you claim that Allah considers it your personal freedom, show me your reference? Nobody has ever said that – except for people have no understanding of Sharia…If you join (military), then you are obliged to wear their uniform, to attend their classes, to attend the training with them and to obey their leader.”
Islamic sermon in Malaysia: “Whether they realise or not, if a person asks another person or his partner to `Be my Valentine?’ it is clearly an act that is against the Islamic faith and that would invoke the wrath of Allah.”
Federal Territory PAS information chief Mohamad Suhaimi Abdul Aziz: “It is sinful to promote Valentine’s Day as it could lead to moral decadence, especially among youths.”
Egyptian cleric Mazen Sirsawi: “The Caliph Al-Mahdi, the Emir of the Believers, was like a sword on the necks of the infidels, apostates, and heretics. Whenever he heard of a heretic, he summoned him, no matter what. Even when he was on his deathbed, they brought before him some treacherous heretics, who toy with religion. One of them was brought before the Caliph, who was drawing his last breath. The Caliph said: ‘By Allah, if I have only two words left, I say: Kill him! I will seal my life with ‘Kill him!’ He said: ‘Kill him, and chop off his limbs, one by one, so that I will please my Lord.’ They did as he wished, and the Caliph counted the limbs and said: ‘Allah, I have done with him what pleases You. Enable me to do the same to all his ilk.’ Anyone who wants to affront the shari’a and become a heretic, anyone who behaves stupidly, thinking that this is a game, should not think that this will go unpunished. Today, these criminals want us to become used to this. They want us to hear this and remain silent. When someone curses our Lord, [they want us to say]: ‘Never mind, this is democracy, freedom, and so on. Let’s keep quiet about it.’ Absolutely not! This will never be. One must never remain silent before the people of Falsehood. When Allah made a covenant with the people of knowledge, ‘You shall make it known to people and not hide it.’ Beheading them should be easier than cutting the buttons off their shirts.”
Liberals making sense:
The Washington Post: “By disproportionate numbers, these Americans have given up looking for work, making the nation’s recovery appear better than it is. If the unemployment rate counted the 2.8 million people who want jobs but have stopped looking, it would sit at 9.9 percent rather than its current 8.3 percent.”
Joe Biden: “Government subsidies have impacted upon rising tuition costs.” As for the rest of his quote; well, no longer making sense.
Former Democratic congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper: “I would have never voted for the final version of [Obamacare]…if I expected the Obama Administration to force Catholic hospitals and Catholic Colleges and Universities to pay for contraception.”
Chris Matthews: “It gets to that interesting point, to me, which is frightening, when the state starts telling the church what to do and then the church can no longer teach. If the church teaches it’s morally wrong to use birth control how can you make the teacher pay for birth control without losing their authority, their moral authority?”
Chris Matthews: “We’ve all been trained for this and a lot of Catholics are going to rally to the Church and say good for those bishops; this is the first time I think they’re standing up for something that I believe…And the government is now saying you must put your imprimatur, you must take your hand to something you have told us forever is wrong. And they can’t do it. And I tell you, as much strength as they show in this, the more I think even liberal Catholics are going to be proud of them. And this may come to civil disobedience. If they round up all the bishops and all the cardinals and put them in prison, I tell you, a lot of Catholics will say, you know what? I understand this issue. I get it why they’re fighting.“
Sen. Joe Lieberman tweet: “I am opposed to the Administration’s new requirement that religious org.’s must offer employees contraception benefits.”
Sen. Bob Casey in a letter to President Obama: “I believe, just as strongly, that religiously affiliated organizations like hospitals and universities should not be compelled by our Federal government to purchase insurance policies that violate their religious and moral convictions.”
Sen. Ben Nelson: “This was a bone-headed decision by HHS.”
TV personality Adam Carolla on the new LA beach ordinances: “The beach is a great little microcosm of what’s going on with this country. We’re gonna save everybody because God forbid some kid could get hit with a Frisbee or someone could take in second hand smoke or some dog could run across their beach towel. Yes, its true we’ve eliminated every possibility of someone being concussed by a Nerf football, but we’ve also eliminated all possibility of fun.” Adam seems to be a conservative?
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke: “It is very important to look not just at the unemployment rate, which reflects only people who are actively seeking work. There are also a lot of people who are either out of the labor force because they don’t think they can find work or in part-time jobs…The 8.3 percent [unemployment figure] no doubt understates the weakness of the labor market in some broad sense.”
Clint Eastwood: “It’s halftime in America.”
Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan: “The federal government should do what it’s traditionally done since July 4, 1776, namely back out of intruding into the internal life of a church.”
Sharene Odho of Occupiers who have moved into her apartment complex rent free: “They poop on the walls! It’s like we live in a huge crack house now.”
Joe Scarborough: “If the federal government can do this to the Catholic church, can they not do this to any church?” Nowadays, Joe leans right, but barely.
MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough: “What would the New York Times editorial page say about a Republican Senate that didn’t produce a budget in over a thousand days?”
Mark Halperin: “They would be getting creamed.”
Jake Tapper, ABC News: So, therefore, the Senate should pass a budget as well?
Jay Carney, White House: I don’t have – well, I don’t have an opinion to express on how the Senate does its business with regards to this issue. The fact is, because of the negotiations over the debt ceiling, that resulted in the Budget Control Act, we have an unusual situation here in that the top lines for the budget going forward have already been set and agreed to by Republicans and Democrats alike.
Tapper: I’m not actually asking your opinion but the White House’s opinion. The position the White House has?
Carney: Well, I don’t have -
Tapper: The white house has no opinion about whether or not the Senate should pass a budget? The president is going to produce one? The Fed says not having one is bad for growth but the White House has no opinion about whether -
Carney: I have no opinion, and the White House has no opinion on Chairman Bernanke’s assessment of how the Senate ought to do its business. What the president believes is important is that the Budget Control Act that was signed into law by him last year provides the top line spending caps for the coming budget and he will, obviously, need those when the budget is put forward and he looks forward to the Senate acting on the policy initiatives contained within his budget that will reflect the priorities he laid out in the State of the Union. And also will reflect the priorities he laid out when he put forward his deficit and debt reduction proposal back in September. So I don’t think there is any – there will be, nor is there now any doubt about the president’s view on where we ought to move with the budget.
Stephanie Cutter, Obama Deputy Campaign Manager: “[Having Super-PAC’s is] to insure that the voices of the small donors don’t get washed out.”
President Obama in 2010: “Millions of dollars into phoney front groups—you’ve seen them; they’re called Americans for Prosperity, Moms for Motherhood, you know…they don’t have the guts to say, ‘We’re funding this,’ so they hide behind these front groups—you don’t know who these groups are, you don’t know who’s funding them. They can spend without limit. These rulings are not just a threat to Democrats, they are a threat to our democracy.”
Obama: 2010: “This summer they’re also seeing a flood of attack ads run by shadowy groups with harmless sounding names. We don’t know who’s behind these ads and we don’t know who’s paying for them.”
Fareed Zakaria: “Will you vote for President Obama?”
George Soros: “Oh, definitely.”
Reporter: “Mr. Hoyer, around the same time of the State of the Union [on Jan. 24], I think it was the same day, Republicans were trying to hit Senate Democrats for 1,000 days without passing a budget, and then you talk about this milestone today, 400 days without a jobs bill in the Republican House. But then on Friday [Democratic Senator Harry] Reid said that he didn’t think they needed to bring a budget to the floor this year [and that] the Budget Control Act can serve as a guideline.”
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer: “What does the budget do? The budget does one thing and really only one thing: It sets the parameters of spending and discretionary caps. Other than that, the Appropriations committee are not bound by the Budget committee’s priorities. The fact is, you don’t need a budget. We can adopt appropriations bills. We can adopt authorization policies without a budget. We already have an agreed-upon cap on spending.”
Whoopi Goldberg: Now, there are lots of headlines right now about battles over birth control and abortion rights. A federal judge in Texas has is upholding a law that provides abortion providers to show or describe to women an ultrasound of the fetus before he can have an abortion.
Barbara Walters: And the heartbeat.
Joy Behar: It’s very totalitarian in my opinion. I mean, it smacks of forcing somebody to confront something that they have already decided they don’t want to deal with.
Texas Governor Rick Perry: “I just went home and reloaded my mags.”
Andrew Breitbart: “I have videos, this election we’re going to vet him [Barack Obama]…We are going to vet him from his college days to show you why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change was sold in 2008.”
Andrew Breitbart: “I don’t care who our candidate is and I haven’t since the beginning of this [primary]…there are two paths—one is America and the other is Occupy…if you’re not in that bunker [with me] because you’re not satisfied with that candidate, more than shame on you, you’re on the other side.”
Paul Ryan, on the President’s budget: “It seems that the president is doing little more than class envy and the status quo.”
Cal Thomas: “If you are worried about what your neighbor makes, you probably voted for Obama; if you are worried about what the government spends, you are probably a Republican.” [quoted from memory]
Rep. Allen West: “It is the liberal philosophy not the conservative one that views humans as selfish automatons. Liberals worry that what’s best for the individual might not be better for the public at large; but that philosophy assumes something vicious about each and every one us. It assumes we only care about ourselves. For far too long we’ve allowed the other side to paint us as racist, as sexist, inhumane war mongers well today as a conservative black Republican and former solider, I’m here to set that record straight.”
George Will: “The Catholic bishops, it serves them right. They’re the ones who were really hot for ObamaCare, with a few exceptions. But they were all in favor and this is what it looks like when the government decides it’s going to make your health care choices for you.”
Senator Jeff Sessions: “I would like to suggest something called the ‘Solyndra Rule.’ Under this rule, before any proposals are offered to raise taxes, we first put an end to the wasteful and inappropriate spending in Washington. Until we do, raising tax rates only funds Washington’s continuing abuse of all American taxpayers.”
Sarah Palin on a conservative who introduced her: “She’s not just a momma grizzly; she a momma grizzly who’s probably packin’, so don’t mess with Millie.”
Sarah Palin: “Nothing says America louder or prouder than chopped Harley hogs driven by our heroes, those vets.”
Palin: “[Obama] mucked it up.”
Palin: “This government isn’t too big to fail; it’s too big to succeed.”
Palin: “Americans should not be working so hard so that Washington can spend easy. He [Obama] says that he has a jobs plan now, a jobs plan to Win the Future; WTF, I know—[pause for audience response]—and I’m the idiot.”
Speaker of the House John Boehner: “The federal government has drifted dangerously beyond its constitutional boundaries. This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country must not stand and will not stand.”
Mitt Romney: “I was a severely conservative Republican governor.”
Sarah Palin on Mitt Romney: “[Romney’s] idea of conservatism is evolving. I base this on a pretty moderate past that he has had, even, in some cases, a liberal past. He agreed with mandating on a state level what his constituents needed to be provided, needed to purchase in the way of health care under Romneycare. I am not convinced, and I don’t think the majority of GOP and independent voters are convinced, and that is why you don’t see Romney get over that hump. He’s still in the 30 percentile mark when it comes to approval and primary wins and caucus wins. He still hasn’t risen above that yet because we are not convinced.”
Frank Luntz on Barack Obama: “[He’s the] best teleprompter reader we’ve ever had.”
Neil Cavuto: “You go the pump and you keep getting kicked in the gas.”
Neal Weinberg, quoting Tom Waits, on the Affordable Care Act: “The big print giveth and the little print taketh away.”
Karen Handel, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure official who resigned Tuesday, over first the withdrawal of support for Planned Parenthood and then the reinstatement of this support: “Last time I checked, private nonprofit organizations have a right and a responsibility to be able to set the highest standards and criteria on their own without interference, let alone the level of vicious attacks and coercion that has occurred by Planned Parenthood. It’s simply outrageous.”
New Jersey governor Chris Christie: “America should stand by its friends and its democratic allies, even, and sometimes especially, when it’s unpopular to do so. And you know I know, that it may not be fashionable in some of the chancelleries, the foreign ministries, and salons around the world to talk about why America stands with Israel – but that’s no excuse not to be saying, and saying it loudly. I read a quote from President Franklin Roosevelt which has thought made this point much better than I ever could. He says, `Please judge me by the enemies I have made.’ In that same spirit, I would like to say to all of you tonight: I admire Israel for the enemies it has made.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “In such a region, the only thing that ensures our existence, security and prosperity is our strength. We are obligated to continue to develop the military, economic and social strength of the state of Israel.”
Charles Krauthammer: “I think Israel will strike [Iran’s nuclear plants] because it cannot live under the threat of annihilation from Iran.”
Philip Ellender, president and COO of Government and Public Affairs for Koch Companies Public Sector LLC: “We will exercise our First Amendment rights and not be intimidated or silenced by the President’s aides and his allies who criticize private citizens that disagree with the President’s policies. These most recent statements concerning the White House’s decision to embrace Super PACs are hypocritical for the President, who as a candidate in 2008 broke his promise to use public campaign financing, and became the first major party presidential candidate in history to turn down public financing in a general election. It is worth noting that President Obama outraised and outspent his opponent by hundreds of millions of dollars in the 2008 Presidential campaign, relying in large part on the same corporate executive funding sources whose productivity, business practices, and profitability he pretends to denounce. Apparently, the President and his allies do not want to lose that perceived fundraising advantage during the 2012 Presidential campaign, and are trying to intimidate into silence those who may disagree with them and who may decide to support other candidates.”
Rush Limbaugh: “We’re told independents want compromise, people getting along. Um, have you ever noticed that independents never, ever get worried, upset, angry, or bothered by what Democrats say, only Republicans? It’s just amazing.”
Rush Limbaugh: “There’s something unprecedented going on here. Woodrow Wilson dreamed of this, FDR dreamed of this, Obama is doing this.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Santorum is very fluent in the language of conservatism. It’s natural. It pours out. And explaining, for example, the theory of limited government is second nature to him. He doesn’t have to be taught it. He doesn’t have to have it written for him. He doesn’t have to be briefed and he certainly doesn’t have to be tutored right before he goes out to speak about it.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The people who are not voting for Romney are not doing it because I’m telling them to, or because anybody else is telling them to. They’re doing it because they genuinely have a problem with Romney.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The banks were forced by the government at the point of a gun to loan to people they knew couldn’t afford the mortgages. That’s what really happened. That’s the root of the subprime mortgage crisis. Social justice, affordable housing, the so-called good intentions and don’t judge us on the failure of our results.”
Rush Limbaugh: “I never think about a speech much in advance because I just can’t. I can’t write speeches so I never think about it ’til right before it so what I think about is fresh in my mind.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The entire welfare system in this country — the social safety net, whatever you want to call it — is destroying people. It’s robbing them of their dignity. It’s robbing them of their humanity. It’s robbing them of their potential.”
Rush Limbaugh: “You know, the point of government assistance ought to be to remove people from it. But with the Democrat Party and Obama, the objective is to increase the number of people.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Since when does a president have the power to threaten to issue a rule gutting religious liberty and then claims the power to make compromises on that issue?”
Rush Limbaugh: “So each and every day, little by little, Barack Obama tramples on the Constitution, usurps authority that he doesn’t have, in the midst of an uproar. He might surrender a little bit of it where everybody thinks that they’re winning and they beat back the ugly collectivist, when in fact the collectivist and the central planner has solidified his claim to power that he doesn’t have over the Constitution.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Obama can mandate that we buy insurance, and now Obama can mandate what insurance companies must offer — and after mandating what insurance companies must offer, then Obama can mandate what insurance companies can charge for it? Freedom doesn’t mean anything to this guy! Freedom doesn’t mean anything to this regime or this administration.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Barack Obama has just achieved making abortion and contraception on demand, paid for by taxpayers part of the fabric of American life. By edict. He just issued the edict from the White House. There’s no legislation. There’s no participation by the elected representatives of the people.”
The Conservative Press:
FoxNews host Chris Wallace: “Where does the president get the authority to require contraception to be required for free?”
Jacob Lew, the President’s Chief of Staff: “The president has this authority from the Affordable Care Act.” [quoted from memory, but that’s the gist of it]
Chris Wallace: “Isn’t that the classical Washington gimmick, that you are going to claim savings from money you weren’t going to spend anyway?”
FoxNews commentator Angela Tantaros of Mitt Romney: “If you have to be coaxed on conservative words, you probably aren’t a true conservative.”
FoxNews guy Greg Gutfeld: “Only Madonna could be so thick as to have a message of world peace during the world’s most violent game.”
Conservatives from the Past:
John Adams: “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.”
Ronald Reagan: “Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”
Reagan: “I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.”
Reagan: “How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.”
Reagan: “The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
Reagan: “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”