Category Archives: Verbatim

Kennedy: Only Jesus Loves Michael Cohen

“Jesus loves Michael Cohen, but everybody else thinks he’s an idiot. He’s obviously a sleaze-oid grifter. And if I were a prosecutor, I wouldn’t base a prosecution on evidence given to me by Mr. Cohen.”

— Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), quoted by CNN.

Trump Lies About Having Trouble Finding Kelly Replacement

“Fake News has it purposely wrong. Many, over ten, are vying for and wanting the White House Chief of Staff position. Why wouldn’t someone want one of the truly great and meaningful jobs in Washington. Please report news correctly. Thank you!”

— President Trump, insisting on Tuesday that “he’s having no trouble finding a new chief of staff, despite having already burned through two such top aides and being turned down by his reported first choice,” Politico reports.

Can Beto Appeal to Southern Black Voters?

“I look forward to welcoming Beto to the Brookland Baptist Church. I would love to be there to see if he can clap on beat.”

— Former South Carolina state Rep. Bakari Sellers (D), quoted by the New York Times, on whether Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) can appeal to black voters in the South.

Barreling Toward a Shutdown

“We’ve had limited success in dealing with this President. His word isn’t good. Within 48 hours he reverses himself. It’s very difficult to enter into a long-term agreement.”

— Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), quoted by Politico, on negotiations to avoid a government shutdown.

GOP’s Dangerous Attack on Democracy

“These power grabs highlight one of the most disturbing facts about American politics today: The Republican Party has become institutionally indifferent to the health of democracy. It prioritizes power over principle to such an extreme degree that it undermines the most basic functioning of democracy. … In the long run, the GOP’s turn against democracy could well be a greater threat to the American experiment than anything President Trump has done.”

Zack Beauchamp

Bush’s Funeral Was a Renunciation of Trump

“Bush’s funeral was so powerful a renunciation of his current successor because it was a celebration of character. Friendship was invoked 21 times by his eulogists. Loyalty, 10. ‘Honor,’ ‘integrity,’ ‘dignity,’ ‘decency’ and inner peace all recurred. Certainly, Bush could be a fierce partisan and a brutal politician (remember Willie Horton?), but his service in World War II — he was shot down over the Pacific — left him with lessons that fueled his generation’s greatness: The opposition is not the enemy. There are causes greater than self. Political defeat is not the worst thing. And American leadership in the world is indispensable. … Trump, for whom no cause is greater than self, must have struggled to sit through 90 minutes of something that was not all about him. Rather, it was all about what he is not.”

Dana Millbank

George W. Bush Delivers Quotable Quip in Father’s Eulogy

“The idea is to die young as late as possible.”

— Former President George W. Bush, quoted by the Washington Post, delivering the eulogy at his father’s funeral.

Scarborough Warns Democrat Prez Candidates to Prepare for Nikki Haley

“If I were actually wargaming this, I would tell everybody thinking about running, plan your campaign against Donald Trump, but expect to be running against Nikki Haley. You have to think that way.”

“Morning Joe” viewers that President Trump might not be the Republican nominee for president in 2020.

Graham Sums Up CIA Kashoggi Briefing

“There’s not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw.”

— Sen. Lindsey Graham(R-SC), quoted by The Hill after a CIA briefing, referencing Trump administration comments that there is no “smoking gun” linking the Saudi Crown Prince to the order to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Biden Prone to Gaffes, Not Lies

“I am a gaffe machine, but my God what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can’t tell the truth.”

— Joe Biden, quoted by CNN.