Archive: Verbatim
The GOP Created the Monster that Is Trump

Republican elites are panicky about the durable dominance of Trump (and to a lesser extent Ben Carson) in the presidential race. They are right to worry, but I don’t feel much sympathy. Trump is a problem of their own creation. … Trump gets ever more base in his bigotry — and yet, with few and intermittent exceptions, rival candidates, party leaders and GOP lawmakers decline to call him out. So he continues to rise, benefiting from tacit acceptance of his intolerance. … For months — years, really — Republicans have averted their gaze from Trump’s attacks on women, Hispanics and immigrants. Now the racism becomes more overt — and still, he goes unchallenged.

— Dana Millbank, writing in the Washington Post.

Calling the President a ‘Quisling’ Is Not Helpful

Europe is under invasion and Paris is the first city to fall under full attack. We in the U.S. are next and the Quisling who has opened wide our gates to the invading horde is our very own president.

— Alaska state Rep. Pete Kelly (R), quoted by the Alaska Dispatch News, on the Syrian refugees.

Woolsey: Hang Snowden High

It’s still a capital crime, and I would give him the death sentence, and I would prefer to see him hanged by the neck until he’s dead, rather than merely electrocuted.

— Former CIA director James Woolsey, telling CNN that leaker Edward Snowden should be convicted of treason and given the death penalty in the wake of the terrorist attack on Paris.

Obama Ridicules GOP ‘Tough Talk’ Over Syrian Refugees

These are the same folks who suggested they’re so tough that just talk to Putin or staring down ISIL [will work] … but they’re scared of widows and orphans …. First they were worried the press was too tough on them in the debates, now they’re worried about 3-year old orphans. That doesn’t sound very tough to me.

— President Obama, quoted by NBC News, blasting GOP presidential candidates for rhetoric about Syrian refugees.

Trump: U.S. May ‘Have to’ Shut Down Mosques

Nobody wants to say this and nobody wants to shut down religious institutions or anything, but you know, you understand it. A lot of people understand it. We’re going to have no choice.

— Leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying the United States will have “absolutely no choice” but to close down some mosques where “some bad things are happening,” Politico reports.

Want a ‘Know Nothing’ President? Vote for Carson

The candidate’s advisers are saying on the record he doesn’t know anything, has trouble learning anything, and cannot seem to recall even what little information he has managed to assimilate. I don’t see how a Carson presidency could go wrong.

— Jonathan Chait, in New York Magazine.

From the ‘Who Asked You?’ File

There’s millions of Americans out there, qualified, ready, willing and able …. I really don’t think it’s me being asked, but as I say, if I were asked, I’d do it.

— Sarah Palin, in an interview with Extra, on whether she would run for vice president again.

In New Orleans They Know How to Debate

You’re a liar, and you’re a cheater.

— John Bel Edwards (D), quoted by the New Orleans Times Picayune, in a gubernatorial debate with Sen. David Vitter (R).

Gore Declines to Endorse Clinton

It’s still too early, in my opinion, to endorse a candidate or pick a candidate. Everybody can look at how the presidential campaign is developing and get some pretty clear ideas about how they think it’s going to turn out, but I still think it’s premature. The election is still a full year away. I think I’ll wait to wade into it.

— Al Gore “politely but firmly” declining when People asked him if he supports Hillary Clinton for the president in 2016.

If Elected, Trump Vows to Win the War on Christmas

If I become president, we’re all going to be saying Merry Christmas again. That I can tell you.

— Donald Trump, quoted by People magazine, on Starbucks removing references to Christmas on its holiday coffee cups.