Category Archives: Verbatim

Moulton Deflects Presidential Run Talk

People see me aggressively tackling challenges and always assume it must be some part of a bigger plan. And therefore question, well what’s his plan? What’s he trying to do? How about, I’m just doing the right thing, right now? It doesn’t have to be part of a larger plan.”

— Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), quoted by BuzzFeed News on being seen as a potential presidential contender in 2020.

Republicans Can Be Funny — Sometimes

“Just attended the largest book launch party in history. Period.”

— Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), on Twitter, about Sean Spicer’s book event last night.

Stephen Miller’s Uncle Speaks Out About Nephew’s Jingoism

“I have watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, who is an educated man and well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this country. … If my nephew’s ideas on immigration had been in force a century ago, our family would have been wiped out.”

— Stephen Glosser, uncle of White House aide Stephen Miller, writing in Politico.

Bruni: Pence a Horrorshow Compared to Trump

“There are problems with impeaching Donald Trump. A big one is the holy terror waiting in the wings. … That would be Mike Pence, who mirrors the boss more than you realize. He’s also self-infatuated. Also a bigot. Also a liar. Also cruel. … To that brimming potpourri he adds two ingredients that Trump doesn’t genuinely possess: the conviction that he’s on a mission from God and a determination to mold the entire nation in the shape of his own faith, a regressive, repressive version of Christianity. Trade Trump for Pence and you go from kleptocracy to theocracy.”

Frank Bruni

GOP Needs to Burn Down to Purify

“It’s like a fire. Fires are a part of the ecosystem, part of the natural progress. And when the forest burns, it’s purified. There can be new growth. For there to be new growth of a conservative movement, of a right center party, the one that I joined in 1988, it needs to burn to the ground.”

— Former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, talking about the Republican party on MSNBC.

Rubio Gives Resounding Endorsement of Trump’s Mental State

“Well, he’s had the nuclear codes for a year and a half, and we’ve been all right.”

— Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), in an interview with the Weekly Standard, on his comments during the 2016 primaries that Donald Trump was so mentally unstable he couldn’t be trusted with the nuclear launch codes.

Graham Thinks Dems Could Take House by 10 or 12 Seats

“There’s a real likelihood that they not only win the House, but they win it by 10 or 12 more seats than they need.”

— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by the New York Times, on midterm election prospects for Democrats.

Ohio Has GOP Roiled

“We won a district where we can nominate a bag of cement… and we won by 1,000 votes. That means… they are playing 50 seats deep in our infield and almost winning. What does that tell you about our midterms?”

— GOP strategist Mike Murphy, quoted by The Atlantic, on what last night’s Ohio special election says for the November midterms.

Rand Paul Gets a (‘nother) Smack-Down

“Many folks think that Rand Paul can’t be beat, they’re worried he might be too well-liked. I don’t buy that. Just ask his neighbor. He can be beaten.”

— Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes (D), quoted by WHAS-TV.

Desperate Cruz Calls on Trump for Help in Texas

“I would certainly welcome his support, and I hope to see him in Texas. I think we are likely to see the president down in Texas before the election.”

— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), telling the Houston Chronicle that he asked President Trump to assist him in his re-election efforts.