Archive: Verbatim
Pataki Explains How to Resolve a New York Feud

You rise above it publicly, but quietly, underneath, cut somebody’s legs off.

— Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R), in an interview on MSNBC, on how he would handle the public feud between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D).

Why Are Conservatives Defending Trump?

It is not politically significant that Donald Trump would claim to be running for president, that he would say something flamboyantly ignorant, or that he would ‘surge’ to ‘second place’ in polls by using his name recognition to get into double digits in a splintered field. What is significant and genuinely disturbing, not to mention poisonous to the Republican Party’s electoral interests, is the fact that conservative thought leaders feel compelled to defend Trump’s nativist ramblings. And not just bottom-feeding outlets like the Daily Caller and Breitbart, either. National Review editor Rich Lowry writes in Politico that Trump ‘has a point.’

— Jonathan Chait, in New York Magazine.

Trump Says U.S. Is ‘Going to Hell’

Our country is honestly going to hell. The illegals are pouring into the country. … It’s far worse than anybody knows.

— Donald Trump, quoted by National Journal.

Can the GOP Change — In Time?

The momentous events of the last week can be interpreted in numerous ways. But one thing has become increasingly clear: The Republican Party needs to change. … Simply put, Republicans are loaded up in a car, racing toward a generational cliff with their eyes focused on the rearview mirror, with many (but notably not all) oblivious to the societal changes taking place all around them and the growing wedge building between their comfort zone and presidential swing voters… Republicans need to do some soul-searching about their future and their relationships with voters of generations to come. Vibrant parties change with the times, adapt themselves to changing conditions and circumstances. Maybe this past week will help the GOP do this.

— Charlie Cook, National Journal.

The Best Reason to Vote for Donald Trump

I would probably comb my hair back. Why? Because this thing is too hard to comb. I wouldn’t have time, because if I were in the White House, I’d be working my ass off.

— Donald Trump, saying if elected president, “he would have to change his hair style because he wouldn’t have time to maintain it,” the Des Moines Register reports.

Jeb Mangles a Poker Metaphor

If we don’t try to broaden out the map … we’re going to have to win with an inside straight, to use a Vegas term. Inside straight flush or whatever … I’m not a big gambler so I don’t know any gambling — does that sound stupid when you say that?

— Jeb Bush, quoted by Bloomberg.

Huckabee Tortures Another Metaphor

We’re called upon not to be the thermometers that reflect the temperature in the culture. We’re called upon to be thermostats, which can read the temperature and seek to adjust it to where it should be.

— Mike Huckabee, quoted by the Washington Post.

A Preview of Trump on the Stump

So I’m at a wedding at one of my clubs, and I always try to go by and say what a beautiful bride, and they’re happy as they pay me $600 or $700 a head, and after about two minutes I’m bored stiff.

— Donald Trump, quoted by Bloomberg.

Jindal Displays His Deep Understanding of the U.S. Constitution

The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body. If we want to save some money lets just get rid of the court.

— Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), quoted by the Baton Rouge Advocate, in response to the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage across the country.

Clarence Thomas Keeps the ‘Dis’ in ‘Dissenting’

Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.

— Justice Clarence Thomas, in his dissenting opinion on same-sex marriage.