Archive: Verbatim
Why Obama’s ‘Strategy Gaffe’ Hurts Him

As with all gaffes, the worst ones are the ones that confirm people’s pre-existing suspicions or fit into an easy narrative. That’s why ’47 percent’ stung Mitt Romney so much, and its why ‘don’t have a strategy’ hurts Obama today.

— Aaron Blake, in the Washington Post.

Obama Admits There’s No ISIS Strategy Yet

I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.

— President Obama, quoted by CNN, on how the United States will deal with the ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria.

Perry Not Sure What He’s Been Indicted For

I’ve been indicted by that same body now for I think two counts, one of bribery, which I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t really understand the details here.

— Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), quoted by the Houston Chronicle, talking about the indictments against him of which bribery was not one.

King Threatens Government Shutdown Over Immigration

If the president wields his pen and commits that unconstitutional act to legalize millions, I think that becomes something that is nearly political nuclear… I think the public would be mobilized and galvanized and that changes the dynamic of any continuing resolution and how we might deal with that.

— Rep. Steve King (R-IA), asserting that “the threat of another government shutdown could be Republicans’ leverage to pass border security and immigration legislation this fall,” the Des Moines Register reports.

McConnell Says Obama Needs the Senate

There’s only one thing Barack Obama needs to keep his grip on power. He needs the U.S. Senate!

— Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by the New York Times Magazine.

McConnell: If GOP Wins the Senate We Will Shut Down Government

So in the House and Senate, we own the budget. So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what’s called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We’re going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board (inaudible). All across the federal government, we’re going to go after it …

— Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), telling a room of conservative activists how Republicans will shut down parts of the government if they gain control of the U.S. Senate on an audio tape acquired by The Nation.

Romney’s Not Running … Maybe

I had the chance of running. I didn’t win. Someone else has a better chance than I do. And that’s what we believe, and that’s why I’m not running. And you know, circumstances can change, but I’m just not going to let my head go there.

— Mitt Romney, in an interview with Hugh Hewitt.

Sophie’s Choice, in Reverse

This is part of Florida’s long, proud of history of only embarrassing itself when we’re sure everyone else is watching.

– Scott Maxwell, columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, advising Floridians on how to survive the next two months, in which the contest for governor between incumbent Rick Scott and former Charlie Crist will feel like choosing, “between rug burn or road rash.”

So What, We Have a Celebrity President

Since 2009, the president has played more than 185 rounds of golf. Expensive vacation homes, fine dining, spontaneous trips, private concerts by the world’s top music artists; Obama’s life seems more like that of a celebrity than a president.

— Alabama GOP Chairman Bill Armistead, quoted by the Birmingham News.

Rand Paul Labels Hillary Clinton a ‘War Hawk’

I think that’s what scares the Democrats the most, is that in a general election, were I to run, there’s going to be a lot of independents and even some Democrats who say, ‘You know what? We are tired of war. We’re worried that Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war, because she’s so gung-ho.

— Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), quoted by the Associated Press, labeling Hillary Clinton a “war hawk.”