Say What? May 24, 2011 edition [Reader Post]



Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: “There’s no need to have a Democratic budget in my opinion.  It would be foolish for us to do a budget at this stage.”

Ed Schultz: “You see, being from the south, you know what these code words are all about. To say something about food stamps is not about white folks, it’s about black folks. There’s no question about it.”

Herb Kohl: “A 401(k) savings account should not be used as a piggy bank.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal, speaking in favor of confirming Goodwin Liu to the bench: “There is no Asian-American member on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.”

Harry Reid noted of Goodwin Liu after meeting with him: “The court of appeals is where law is made, and we need the finest minds in the world for that.”

Sally Kohn, on all of the waivers issued for Obamacare: “It proves that it [Obamacare] works.”

President Obama: “Since April 4, U.S. participation has consisted of: (1) non-kinetic support to the NATO-led operation, including intelligence, logistical support, and search and rescue assistance; (2) aircraft that have assisted in the suppression and destruction of air defenses in support of the no-fly zone; and (3) since April 23, precision strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles against a limited set of clearly defined targets in support of the NATO-led coalition’s efforts.”  Translation: “I do not need Congressional approval for what I am doing in Libya.”

President Obama: “We do not want a democratic Egypt to be saddled by the debts of its past.  So we will relieve a democratic Egypt of up to $1 billion in debt and work with our Egyptian partners to invest these resources to foster growth and entrepreneurship.”

Obama, understanding that Israel cannot negociate with terrorists, and then urging Israel to negociate with terrorists: “Now, I have said repeatedly that core issues can only be negotiated in direct talks between the parties.  And I indicated on Thursday that the recent agreement between Fatah and Hamas poses an enormous obstacle to peace.  No country can be expected to negotiate with a terrorist organization sworn to its destruction.  We will continue to demand that Hamas accept the basic responsibilities of peace: recognizing Israel’s right to exist, rejecting violence, and adhering to all existing agreements.  And we once again call on Hamas to release Gilad Shalit, who has been kept from his family for five long years.  And yet, no matter how hard it may be to start meaningful negotiations under the current circumstances, we must acknowledge that a failure to try is not an option. The status quo is unsustainable. That is why, on Thursday, I stated publicly the principles that the United States believes can provide a foundation for negotiations toward an agreement to end the conflict and all claims – the broad outlines of which have been known for many years, and have been the template for discussions between the United States, Israelis, and Palestinians since at least the Clinton Administration.”  [emphasis mine]  Luckily, this man only has 2 sides of his mouth to work with.

Peace protestor at Medina Benjamin’s small gathering: “Now we are working hand in glove with the Palestinian authority.”

Media Matters Senior Foreign Policy Fellow MJ Rosenberg (pretending to be a newsperson) tweeted: “I love hearing a terrorist [Netanyahu] decry terrorism.”

Dr. Addison Montgomery (played by actress Kate Walsh, a real-life Planned Parenthood activist), on ABC’s “Private Practice,” as a part of the show:  “I hate what I’m about to do, but I support Patty’s right to choose.  It is not enough just to have an opinion, because in a nation of over 300 million people, there are only 1700 abortion providers. And I’m one of them.”

Liberals from the past:

PBS host Tavis Smiley said on MSNBC: “I said over a year ago that this was going to be, this presidential race, Lawrence, was going to be the ugliest, the nastiest, the most divisive, and the most racist in the history of this Republic.”

Goodwin Liu, blocked court nominee: “Judge Alito’s record envisions an America where police may shoot and kill an unarmed boy to stop him from running away with a stolen purse; where federal agents may point guns at ordinary citizens during a raid, even after no sign of resistance.”  Liu later apologized for this statement.

Liberals being civil:

Bill Maher, on the IMF rape scandal: “This could be a teaching moment, could it not for the teabaggers? Or maybe all of America – who don’t understand that socialism doesn’t mean we’re going to come to your house and make you work on a collective farm. You know, in Europe, socialism is just another political party and it doesn’t mean that we’re against making a profit. It just means that government takes over certain things like hospitals and prisons, and the military, schools – and things that should not be run for profit.” [emphasis mine]

MSNBC union guest Damon Silvers: “[Republicans] literally deny clothing to foster kids to give rich people tax cuts.”

Liberals making sense:

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch: “I believed that then-Senator Obama would be as good as John McCain based on his statements at the time and based on his support of Israel. It turns out I was wrong.”

Jon Tester on removing debit card swipe fees: “Now, I’m not asking to repeal these rules – or even change them.   All I’m asking for is that we take a closer look – so that we truly understand all impacts, intended and unintended.”

Eugene Robinson (actually making a little sense): “They want an American where we take care of the elderly; we take care of the poor; we give them the retirement they thought they were paying for in social security…and we take care of their physical health.  I think people are saying, they want that kind of America—they don’t necessarily want to pay for it.”


President Barack Obama: “We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.  The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their full potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.”

Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip, Sami Abu-Zuhri: “The (Arab) nation does not need a lesson on democracy from Obama.  Rather, Obama is the one who needs the lesson given his absolute endorsement of Israel’s crimes and his refusal to condemn Israel’s occupation.  We will not recognize the Israeli occupation under any circumstances.  We object to intervention in our internal affairs.”


Chris Wallace: “What would President Cain offer the Palestinians to make pace?”

Herman Cain: “Nuthin.”  Adding: “I’m not convinced that the Palestinians are really interested in peace.”


After playing a clip of Sarah Palin discussing Newt Gingrich on Fox News, Chris Matthews said, “This is so pathetic, watching her on television. It’s so pathetic that Roger Ailes has put her on television.”

The next morning Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes replied: “People tell me all the time it was truly pathetic that I was the one who gave Chris Matthews his start on television.”

David Gregory, “Meet the Press” host: I just want to make a point here. Joe, I disagree with you. This is not just the view of the White House in terms of what they think Israel ought to accept. This also reflects prominent views within Israel that this speech was actually good news for the Israeli government for some of the points that have already been laid out here.

Joe Scarborough, Host: Obviously, we talked about earlier, on the minds of a lot of people inside the White House and the state department is the U.N. vote coming up this fall, David, and this is seen as leverage obviously for that. We’ve talked about that. But you said this is also seen as good news for some in Israel. What major Israeli public figures have come out supporting the President’s speech?

Gregory: Well, I (stammers), I don’t think there have been major public figures that have, but some of the commentary that’s coming out of (stammers) the commentary in the press there and others who are looking at the situation are, are recognizing that some of these factors diplomatically are actually positive for Netanyahu.  [translation: no one that I can name]


Presidential candidate Herman Cain: “I have spent my entire adult life creating private sector jobs, so I know what it takes to get businesses hiring again.  It’s time for a return to our Constitutional principles of limited government and individual freedom, coupled with free market principles that have long made America the envy of the world.”

Congressman Paul Ryan to David Gregory: “I don’t consult polls to tell me what my principles are or what our policies should be. Leaders change the polls, and we are leading in the House. We are not seeing this kind of leadership from the President of the United States. The Senate Democrats haven’t even proposed or passed a budget for 753 days and we have a budget crisis. So, yes, we are going to lead and we are going to try and move these polls and change these polls, because that’s what the country wants.”

John Boehner: “Without significant spending cuts and reforms to reduce our debt, there will be no debt limit increase. ”

John Boehner: “It’s true that allowing America to default would be irresponsible, but it would be more irresponsible to raise the debt ceiling without simultaneously taking dramatic steps to reduce spending and reform the budget process.  To increase the debt limit without simultaneously addressing the drivers of our debt — in defiance of the will of our people — would be monumentally arrogant and massively irresponsible.”

Rand Paul: “With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to healthcare, you have to realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me.  It means you believe in slavery. It means that you’re going to enslave not only me, but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants who work in my office, the nurses.”

Newt Gingrich: “You want to be a country that creates food stamps, in which case frankly Obama’s is an enormous success; the most successful food stamp president in American history.  Or do you want to be a country that creates paychecks?”

Rep. Elena Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee: “I am deeply concerned that the president did not rule out providing aid to Egypt if the Muslim Brotherhood is part of the government.  The U.S. should only provide assistance to Egypt after we know that Egypt’s new government will not include the Muslim Brotherhood and will be democratic, pro-American and committed to abiding by peace agreements with Israel.”

Rand Paul “For President Obama to stand up today and insist that Israel should once again give up land, security and sovereignty for the possibility of peace shows an arrogance that is unmatched even in our rich history of foreign policy.  If we could learn just one thing from our failures to impose policies on the Middle East over the years, it should be this: We aren’t very good at it.”

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who is running for president, posted this message: “Pres. Obama: $2B in loan guarantees for Egypt’. Guaranteed with WHAT?? We’re broke. Who will guarantee our guarantee??”

Charles Krauthammer on the end of the world: “You can eat red meat, you don’t have to exercise or floss.”  [quoted from memory]

Robert Gates on information leaked about the SEAL operation: “There were too many people in too many places saying too much.”

Robert Mullins on the bin Laden raid: “It is time to stop talking—we have talked too much about this.” [quoted from memory]

Rush Limbaugh on Newt Gingrich apparently dissing Paul Ryan’s budget plan: “There is no explanation for this—I am as befuddled as anyone else is.”

Israeli-born Kiss Rocker Gene Simmons on Obama’s Israel Policy: “He has no f***g idea what the world is like”

Rush Limbaugh: “Obama obviously thought he was talking to a Republican, and he thought Bibi was gonna be like your average Republican: Just sit there and take it, and try to be nice, and not say anything, and let Obama get away with it all.”

Rush Limbaugh: “We have to find a birth certificate for Netanyahu in Hawaii. We’ve gotta be able to establish that he was born in this country so he can run for the GOP nomination.”

Rush: “Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall in the Oval Office today when Netanyahu shows up there?  A fly with a great comprehension of Hebrew cuss words.”

Rush: “The Arab Spring is an uprising against Israel.  It’s not a flowering of democracy.”

Rush: “How many Middle East rulers has Obama now told to step down?  Mubarak, Khadafy, and now Bashar Assad.  Is this the same Barack Obama who used lecture us on how we shouldn’t meddle in the internal affairs of other nations?”

Rush: “If the era of Reagan is over, then the era of conservatism is over.  You cannot separate the two.  You can’t claim to be a conservative and out of the other side of your mouth say the era of Reagan is over.”

Rush: “Mexican authorities found two trucks on the way to the United States which were crammed with 513 illegal aliens.  So the Democrat get-out-the-vote campaign has already begun in earnest.”

Rush: “At 3,000 bucks we almost could excuse Dominique Strauss-Kahn for thinking the maid was included.”

Conservatives not making any sense:

Newt Gingrich: “I’m against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change.”  Newt was characterizing Paul Ryan’s budget as radical change.  He has since tried to walk back his remarks, with limited success.

New Gingrich on this statement: “Any ad which quotes what I said Sunday is a falsehood.”

From Conservative Review #179 (HTML)  (PDF)

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