Category Archives: Verbatim

Boehner: Cruz Is ‘Lucifer in the Flesh’

Lucifer in the flesh. I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.

— Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), quoted by the Stanford Daily, on Sen. Ted Cruz.

Trump Is Winning the ‘Third Major Revolution in the Republican Party Since WW II’

“The minute-to-minute coverage of the 2016 presidential primaries threatens to obscure the larger story: While Sen. Bernie Sanders is pressing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to move further and faster down the progressive road, Donald Trump is waging and winning the third major revolution in the Republican Party since World War II. … Mr. Trump’s candidacy has showed that the cadre of genuine social conservatives is smaller than long assumed, that grass-roots Republican support for large military commitments in the Middle East has withered, and that the business community is politically homeless. … So it has come to this: A mercantilist isolationist is the odds-on favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination.

— William Galston, The Wall Street Journal

Trump: Sanders Should Run as an Independent

Bernie Sanders has been treated terribly by the Democrats — both with delegates and otherwise. He should show them, and run as an Independent!

— Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested that Bernie Sanders has been treated unfairly by the Democratic Party and that the Vermont senator should abandon his run for the Democratic nomination and instead seek an independent path to the White House,” Politico reports.

Was Right to Rise Just a Scam?

Somebody should be indicted over Right to Rise. I would sue them for fraud.

— GOP donor Doug Deason, quoted by The Hill, about the super PAC that supported Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign.

Trump: Being Presidential Is ‘Easy’

I can do presidential folks, believe me.

— Donald Trump, quoted by NBC News, adding that it was “easy.”

Graham Is Worried About GOP

I have never been more worried about the Republican Party breaking apart than I am today.

— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by The Hill.

Why Trump’s “Rigged System” Meme Works

It also helps that Trump’s system-is-rigged message is relatively simple and plays into the media’s master narrative of the Republican race as a conflict between the Republican base and the GOP establishment. The Republicans’ delegate selection rules, by contrast, require an attention to detail that narrative-driven stories about the Republican race can misconstrue.

— Nate Silver, Five Thirty Eight

Cruz: Trump Is Mounting a ‘Washington’ Campaign

His campaign manager is now a big-time Washington lobbyist. They’ve brought in tons of Washington lobbyists. This has become the Washington campaign.

— Ted Cruz, intensifying “his rhetorical attacks on Donald Trump, attempting to tie the Republican front-runner’s recent campaign shake-up and hires to the Washington establishment that conservative voters oppose,” Politico reports.

On Shaping a ‘Presidential’ Trump

Fixing personality negatives is a lot easier than fixing character negatives. You can’t change somebody’s character, but you can change the way a person presents himself.

— Paul Manafort, quoted by the Washington Post, on why Donald Trump can be a viable GOP nominee.

What Does Sanders Want?

Hillary Clinton’s victory in the New York primary Tuesday has brought Sen. Bernie Sanders one step closer to a series of difficult decisions that can be summed up in one simple question: What does Bernie want? How he answers that question will have a direct bearing on how united Democrats will be heading into the fall campaign — and whether Sanders will be able to leverage his success this year into lasting power and influence.

Washington Post