Archive: Verbatim
Clinton Has Little Traction with Youth Vote

It is fair to wonder about Clinton’s ability to put the party back together if she does become the nominee. Getting youth turnout is always tricky for Democrats, and Clinton is getting absolutely annihilated with young voters: She lost the youngest group of voters (17-29 in Iowa and 18-29 in New Hampshire) 84%-14% and 83%-16%, respectively. Now, we know that Barack Obama put the party back together fairly easily in 2008, and that if Clinton is the nominee she will be able to use her Republican opponent as a motivational tool. But these are staggeringly lousy numbers for Clinton nonetheless.

Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball

Ignoring Trump’s True Danger

It is undeniably enjoyable to watch Trump. He’s red-faced, discursive, funny, angry, strange, unpredictable, and real. He speaks without filter and tweets with reckless abandon. The Donald Trump phenomenon is a riotous union of candidate ego and voter id. America’s most skilled political entertainer is putting on the greatest show we’ve ever seen. It’s so fun to watch that it’s easy to lose sight of how terrifying it really is. … Trump is the most dangerous major candidate for president in memory. He pairs terrible ideas with an alarming temperament; he’s a racist, a sexist, and a demagogue, but he’s also a narcissist, a bully, and a dilettante. He lies so constantly and so fluently that it’s hard to know if he even realizes he’s lying. He delights in schoolyard taunts and luxuriates in backlash.

— Ezra Klein in Vox

Donald Trump’s Patriotic Greed

I like money. I’m very greedy. I’m a greedy person. I shouldn’t tell you that, I’m a greedy – I’ve always been greedy. I love money, right? But, you know what? I want to be greedy for our country. I want to be greedy. I want to be so greedy for our country.

— Donald Trump, quoted by The Hill.

Rubio Compounds Debate Debacle with Bad Math

We’ve had how many — eight debates? In 7.95 of those debates I did very well.

— Sen. Marco Rubio, quoted by Politico.

Murdoch Characterizes Christies as a ‘Suicide Bomber’

Chris Christie, suicide bomber. Damages victim while blowing himself up!

— Rupert Murdoch, on Twitter after the governor finished sixth in the New Hampshire primary.

Jeb! Characterizes ‘Robo Marco’ as ‘Really Weird’

I thought it was really weird.

— Jeb Bush, quoted by Politico, on Sen. Marco Rubio repeating the same line many times during the last GOP debate.

Three Reasons Why Liberals Should Support Trump

There are three reasons, in descending order of obviousness, for a liberal to earnestly and patriotically support a Trump Republican nomination. The first, of course, is that he would almost certainly lose… Second, a Trump nomination might upend his party … About half of Republicans favor higher taxes on the rich, a position that has zero representation among their party’s leaders. And those Republicans are the most likely to support Trump. … The third reason to prefer a Trump nomination: If he does win, a Trump presidency would probably wind up doing less harm to the country than a Marco Rubio or a Cruz presidency. It might even, possibly, do some good.

— Jonathan Chait in New York Magazine

How Space Travel Puts Politics in Perspective

You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the Moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch’.

— Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, who died Feb. 4 at age 85, quoted by Space Flight Insider.

Maddow Doesn’t See Sanders Winning Presidency

My prediction for Bernie: populist hero forever but hard to imagine him still being there at the convention.

— Rachel Maddow, telling Playboy she doesn’t think Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic nomination.

Sanders Denies Clinton’s a Progressive

I do not know any progressive that has a super PAC and takes $15 million from Wall Street. That’s just not progressive.

— Sen. Bernie Sanders, continuing to question Hillary Clinton’s progressive credentials, the Washington Post reports.