Archive: Verbatim
Clinton: GOP Doesn’t Want Voters to Think

They’re trying to get you to check your brain at the door, start foaming at the mouth. The last thing they want you to do is think.

— Bill Clinton, quoted by The Hill, on the Republican party.

In Praise of Bill Clinton

In the art of politics he’s Michelangelo, and in the science of politics he is Einstein. He follows political results like a baseball junkie follows box scores. Because he has campaigned in so many places, he has absorbed and integrated millions of data points, yet can assemble them into a narrative that folks can follow.

— Paul Begala, quoted by Businessweek, on Bill Clinton.

Palin Apologizes for Losing

I owe America a global apology.

— Sarah Palin, quoted by the Huffington Post, for being on the losing ticket for the 2008 presidential election.

Cruz Booed Off Stage by Middle Eastern Christians

Christians have no greater ally than Israel … if you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, I will not stand with you. Good night and God bless.

— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), “abruptly walked off stage at a gala for Middle Eastern Christians after he was booed for urging the audience to stand behind Israel and Jews,” Bloomberg reports. Cruz was the keynote speaker at the inaugural conference of a nonprofit group called In Defense of Christians.

If Perry Doesn’t Run It Won’t Be for Lack of Preparation

I may not run in 2016, but I’ve spent the last 20-plus months preparing. If I don’t run, it won’t be because I’m not prepared.

— Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

Don’t Do the Crime Unless Your Girlfriend Will Do the Time

Some people would call it chivalry, some people call it sexism — that the man should come forward and not let the woman do time on his behalf.

— U.S. District Judge Robert Scola, quoted by the Miami Herald, who gave former Rep. David Rivera’s (R-FL) friend, Ana Alliegro, a one-year jail sentence.

Colbert: Obama Stole Immigration Idea from GOP

He stole that idea from the Republicans. They’ve had the idea of putting off doing something about immigration reform for over a decade.

Stephen Colbert, expressing mock anger over President Obama’s delay on immigration reform.

Lawmaker Equates Right to Fire Gays to Right to Smoke

You need to respect the autonomy of somebody running their business. It’s like smoking bans. Do you ban smoking or do people have the right to private property? I think people have the right to private property. In public spaces, absolutely, we can have smoking bans. But we don’t want to micromanage people’s lives and businesses. If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody? Why should government be there to impose on the freedoms we enjoy?

— Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC), comparing the right to fire gay workers with the right to smoke cigarettes on private property, ThinkProgress reports.

Another Reason to Be Glad John McCain Isn’t President

If John McCain were in charge we’d be in seven different wars right now across the world.

— Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), quoted by BuzzFeed.

The Only Good Conservative Is a Happy Conservative

I believe in being a happy conservative.

— House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), in an interview with David Brody.