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“We have desert tortoises and beautiful paintings of flora and fauna. These punks come along and deface it. I’m saying maybe you put them on TV and cut off a thumb. That may be the right thing to do.”
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“The only reasons for these facilities are to subvert domestic and foreign law. And no one gives a shit. And it does not makes us safer to have a clandestine service indiscriminately detaining, abusing, and torturing people around the world in secret prisons.”
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“In my administration, we will ask not only what is legal, but what is right — not just what the lawyers allow, but what the public deserves.”
George Bush, 10/25/2000
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“First, we must always maintain the highest ethical standards. We must always ask ourselves not only what is legal, but what is right. There is no goal of government worth accomplishing if it cannot be accomplished with integrity.”
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“The best result of this latest scandal, and the hypocrisy and finger-pointing exhibited on both sides, would be for voters to say, ‘A pox on both your houses,’ reject the scandal culture and gotcha politics of both parties and seek new politics of common cause, collegiality and the public interest. The alternative is that most people will conclude that in American politics today the only standard is the double standard, and the cycles of conflict and rancor will continue.”
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“One of the reasons some of us have felt discomfort regarding President Bush’s leadership the past year or so is that he makes more than the usual number of decisions that seem to be looking for trouble. He makes startling choices, as in the Miers case. But you don’t have to look for trouble in life, it will find you, especially when you’re president. It knows your address. A White House is a castle surrounded by a moat, and the moat is called trouble, and the rain will come and the moat will rise. You should buy some boots, do your work, hope for the best.”
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“I think that the Republican Party fairly recently has been taken over by the Christian conservatives, by the Christian right. I don’t think that this is a permanent condition, but I think this has happened, and that it’s divisive for the country.”
John Danforth, Episcopal priest and former Republican Senator
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“Conservatives live in fear of being betrayed ideologically. They particularly distrust nonpartisan technocrats — experts — who they suspect will be seduced by the ‘liberal establishment.’ The result, in government, journalism and think tanks alike, is a profusion of second-raters whose chief virtue is that they are undeniably ‘sound.’”
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“Given the choice, I’d choose a frustrating bureaucracy over an efficient cabal every time.”
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“Finally, any Republican senator who supinely acquiesces in President Bush’s reckless abuse of presidential discretion — or who does not recognize the Miers nomination as such — can never be considered presidential material.”
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“And if something comes along that is truly serious, truly serious, something like a nuclear weapon going off in a major American city, or something like a major pandemic, you are going to see the ineptitude of this government in a way that will take you back to the Declaration of Independence. Read it some time again.”
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff
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“Who would have believed the wheels would be coming off this early in the second term, and with our own people firing at us?”
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“Fed by what are to me very cheap arguments by RNC spokesmen and independent stalwarts of the administration — chiefly, it seems, Hugh Hewitt — there is now this permanently established belief in some quarters that people around here and elsewhere oppose Miers based purely on bad motives — elitism, cowardice, sexism etc. I find this horribly disappointing and the sort of thing I normally expect from leftwingers.”
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“The only sexism involved in the Miers nomination is the administration’s claim that once they decided they wanted a woman, Miers was the best they could do. Let me just say, if the top male lawyer in the country is John Roberts and the top female lawyer is Harriet Miers, we may as well stop allowing girls to go to law school.”
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“The problem is that congress has line-item control over our tax code and that they’re, well, congress. If I gave them line-item control over what I ate for dinner tonight I’d have seventeen courses, beginning with dessert and ending with motor oil from a powerful Senator’s district.”
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“How did Judith Miller get to be the martyr in all this? It was, after all, Valerie Plame who got caught in the cross fire between a vindictive White House and an angry diplomat. Someone might spare a thought for her. And if you want journalistic martyrs — well, there are a whole bunch of them in Iraq and Afghanistan right now, risking their lives to tell the story of their wars. Those are the journalists I stand in awe of.”
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“We spend our blogging time raising our heads out of the foxholes to note the inbound missiles coming from both sides, and wishing the war would stop — really soon.”
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“There is a gaping disproportion between the stakes associated with this vacancy and the stature of the person nominated to fill it.”
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“No, I think people are enraged in large measure because, given a terribly important appointment opportunity, Bush has made himself look like the dumb, parochial, cronyist hack that his enemies have always said he was. That makes anyone who actively supported him look like a fool.”
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“If Harriet Miers were not a crony of the president of the United States, her nomination to the Supreme Court would be a joke, as it would have occurred to no one else to nominate her.”
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“He has neither the inclination nor the ability to make sophisticated judgments about competing approaches to construing the Constitution. Few presidents acquire such abilities in the course of their pre-presidential careers, and this president particularly is not disposed to such reflections.”
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“I don’t think it’s important to show loyalty to the president by backing his decision. This choice will live beyond his presidency. It’s important to get a justice who will add to the wisdom of the court, who will make it more likely that America will get a fair hearing before the bench.”
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“I eagerly await the announcement of President Bush’s real nominee to the Supreme Court. If the president meant Harriet Miers seriously, I have to assume Bush wants to go back to Crawford and let Dick Cheney run the country.”
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“He’s not the nominee, and it’s not enough to just say ‘Trust me.’”
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“I’m sorry, but the Republicans richly deserve to lose control over the House and the Senate in 2006. There is no excuse whatsoever for their profligate spending, and no excuse for Tom Delay’s absurd claim that there is no fat in the federal budget. Every American should be disgusted at this spending spectacle.”
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“Tom Delay has been out of his leadership post for exactly seven days. We’ve seen more public right-wing complaining this week than in the past 240 weeks. Probably a coincidence. Probably.”
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“Bush had a chance for greatness in remaking the Supreme Court, a chance to succeed where his Republican precedessors from Nixon to his father all failed. He instinctively recoiled from it. He blew it.”
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“Nothing has changed. Nothing will change. Not unless it comes in the form of something akin to the French Revolution. We need terror. We need horror. We need the streets running awash in rivers of blood of these thugs and criminals and zealots.”
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“I would argue that the most powerful voices of change in the country, from Lincoln to King, have been those who can speak with the utmost conviction about the great issues of the day without ever belittling those who opposed them, and without denying the limits of their own perspectives.”
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“I am convinced that, our mutual frustrations and strongly-held beliefs notwithstanding, the strategy driving much of Democratic advocacy, and the tone of much of our rhetoric, is an impediment to creating a workable progressive majority in this country.”
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“Whether we like it or not, New Orleans is not going to be 500,000 people for a long time. New Orleans is not going to be as black as it was for a long time, if ever again.”
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“Unless we use the word ‘failure’ and be up front about it, you can’t solve the problem. The government failed in New Orleans. There are no circumstances where 34 senior citizens should die alone, where an American body should lay in the streets for three days. Either, it’s totally unacceptable and has to be changed, or it’s somehow excusable.”
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“I don’t know how you sleep at night.”
Rep. Kay Granger (R-Tx), to Michael Brown
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“The former FEMA director says fault lies with his bosses, the Louisiana governor, the New Orleans mayor, the media and victims.”
Wes Allison, on Michael Brown
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“Either we raise taxes and pay as we go — or we run deficits until foreigners cease to lend us the money and the dollar goes the way of the peso. When Republican leaders are saying there is no more fat in the federal budget, the proper political translation is that the Grand Old Party of Taft, Goldwater, Reagan and Helms is no more. We have become the very people we went into politics to run out of town.”
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“Even if every hardcore liberal in the country votes Democratic, we have to win about three-quarters of the moderates to gain a majority. That means we have to win support pretty far into the conservative end of that moderate center, and people like that simply aren’t going to respond to anti-war rallies and screaming campaigns against John Roberts.”
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“We can work with everybody, including the administration, or against them, and I’m prepared to go either way. But I’m going to look after our people first.”
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“It’s part of Georgia’s new education policy, ‘Every Child Left Behind.’”
Jon Stewart, on the closing of Georgia schools to save gas
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“The porkbusters fight is fun now, but not since early cave men tried to train grizzly bears to give them tongue baths has a project seemed more obviously doomed to end in disappointment. Expecting Congress — of either party — to give back pork which has already been approved and passed into law is like expecting crack whores to give refunds days after services have been rendered.”
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“When Congress approves $12 billion in two to three days of the hurricane, and two weeks later, none of the communities whose population has swollen by 25,000 has received any of that money, you have to wonder what is going on.”
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“George W. Bush is a big spender. He has never vetoed a spending bill. When Congress serves up a big slab of fat, crackling pork, Mr. Bush responds with one big question: Got any barbecue sauce?
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“We depend on Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and Korea primarily to basically loan us money every day of the year to cover my tax cut and these conflicts and Katrina. I don’t think it makes any sense. I think it’s wrong.”
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“Observe our national politics. Observe politics around the world. Observe politics through the ages. Does it look like God’s handiwork? When it comes to having a role in politics, that would be the Other Fellow.”
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“[Arizona Sen.] Jon Kyl and I were talking about the estate tax. If we knew anybody that owned a business that lost life in the storm, that would be something we could push back with.”
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“We allowed people to cross ... because they were dying in the convention center. We made a decision to protect people. They made a decision to protect property.”
Mayor Ray Nagin, on the Gretna Police
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“Does anybody in this building know anything about buses?”
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“What is the real story of Katrina is (I suggest) not so much that nature wrought fury on land, water, people, property, and animals, not at all anything about racism, not much about federal government incompetence. The real story is that the mainstream media rioted. They used the storm and its attendant sorrows to continue their endless attack on George W. Bush.”
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“I’ve been a supporter of President Bush, but I just got to come back to the fact that this is a failure of leadership and I’ll tell you I’m personally angry ... I don’t want a president who is taking six week vacations anywhere when Americans are dying ... whether they are dying in Iraq or LA.”
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“The reality, say several aides who did not wish to be quoted because it might displease the president, did not really sink in until Thursday night. Some White House staffers were watching the evening news and thought the president needed to see the horrific reports coming out of New Orleans. Counselor Bartlett made up a DVD of the newscasts so Bush could see them in their entirety as he flew down to the Gulf Coast the next morning on Air Force One.”
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“Michael Brown has been acting like a private instead of a general. When you’re in the middle of a disaster, you can’t stop to check the legal niceties or to review FEMA regulations before deciding to help Mississippians knocked flat on their backs.”
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“We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did.”
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“No administration could credibly investigate such an immense failure on its own watch. And we have learned through bitter experience — the Abu Ghraib nightmare is just one example — that when this administration begins an internal investigation, it means a whitewash in which no one important is held accountable and no real change occurs.”
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“I never thought Sensenbrenner and Tancredo could prove themselves to be more horrible congressmen than I thought they were — but I stand corrected.”
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“[T]he path from post-9/11 unity to the rancor and finger-pointing in the aftermath of Katrina’s fury charts a clear deterioration in political consensus in the United States and a growing willingness to interpret events through a partisan prism. It is a problem that now appears destined to follow Bush through the final years of his presidency — a clear failure of his 2000 campaign promise to be a ‘uniter, not a divider.’”
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“Mr. Bush is going to have to recognize the obvious initial failure of the Department of Homeland Security in its first big post-9/11 test. The President created this latest huge federal bureaucracy, against the advice of many of us, and we’re still waiting for evidence that it has done anything but reshuffle the Beltway furniture. If FEMA can’t now handle the diaspora out of New Orleans to Houston, Baton Rouge and other cities, the political retribution will be fierce.”
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“If I read ONE MORE article in which a science-hating red state pundit attacks progressives, I’m going to take the money I was going to donate to disaster relief and spend it on a nice Thai meal. And I’m going to suggest that all other progressives do likewise. I’m going to say ‘DROWN AND DIE, YOU ARROGANT HILLBILLY SOUTHERN-FRIED LEECHES!!’”
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“The City of New Orleans and its residents owe the President a profound debt of gratitude.”
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“Those Bush-loving Darwin-hating quasi-retarded brutishly-primitive hillbillies want us to fork over more of our hard-earned money in order to get them out of a deadly fix they brought upon themselves [...] BUSH CAUSED THIS DISASTER. And YOU caused this disaster, you southern soft-heads, because you voted for that ape.”
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“First of all it is a national humiliation to see bodies floating in a river for five days in a major American city. But second, you have to remember, this was really a de-legitimization of institutions. Our institutions completely failed us and it is not as if it is the first in the past three years — this follows Abu Ghraib, the failure of planning in Iraq, the intelligence failures, the corporate scandals, the media scandals.”
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“I’m angry at the guy and maybe it will pass for me. But a lot of people and a lot of Republicans are furious right now.”
David Brooks, on Pres. Bush
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“This is ridiculous. And I don’t want to see anybody do anymore goddamned press conferences. Put a moratorium on press conferences. Don’t do another press conference until the resources are in this city and then come down to this city and stand with us when there are military trucks and troops that we can’t even count. Don’t tell me 40,000 people are coming here! They’re not here! It’s too doggone late. Now get off your asses and let’s do something! Let’s fix the biggest goddamned crisis in the history of this country.”
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“Or you can be a political looter, hovering over the wreckage and despair, scrabbling to snatch out some shiny baubles or little scraps of bloody meat for some kind of perverse personal or political satisfaction or advantage.”
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“The usual right wing nutcases were a bit flummoxed because I was tweaking their favorite whipping boy, the media, so they were uncharacteristically quiet. The leftie nutcases were off balance because I also had a dig at the Bush subterfuges while digging at the media for ignoring them. Split the difference and you get e-mail peace.”
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“We don’t need a Manhattan Project to find our way out of our current energy trap. The technologies already exist. But what we’re searching for is perhaps even harder — political leadership and vision.”
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“A country that displays an almost ruthless commitment to efficiency and performance in every aspect of its economy — a country that switched to Japanese cars the moment they were more reliable, and to Chinese T-shirts the moment they were five cents cheaper — has loyally stuck with a health-care system that leaves its citizenry pulling out their teeth with pliers.”
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“Two more weeks, folks, before we take them on, head on. No calls for a truce will be brooked. The DLC has used those pauses in the past to bide their time between offensives. Appeals to party unity will fall on deaf ears ... We need to make the DLC radioactive.”
Kos, “anti-war” advocate
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“Why are they charging higher prices for gas? Because people will pay it. Apparently, we’re not changing our driving habits much. Blame this on ourselves. This country has not built a new refinery in 30 years, we stopped new oil exploration ... and put a moratorium on offshore drilling.”
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“The House Rules Committee is perhaps the free world’s outstanding bureaucratic abomination — a tiny, airless closet deep in the labyrinth of the Capitol where some of the very meanest people on earth spend their days cleaning democracy like a fish.”
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“I’m struck by the irony in a march for freedom that requires registration — it seems that freedom is only for those who provide their personal details before walking down a public street in our nations capitol.”
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“By jettisoning any pretense to free-market principles, the GOP is defining itself entirely as the party of the religious right.”
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“Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.”
Ambrose Bierce
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“On the left, we’ve always talked about the need to have an echo chamber. We believe the right has a whole media network, from talk radio to Fox News to Matt Drudge. The left doesn’t have that because the left doesn’t play well with others.”
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“It wasn’t political. It was a way of demonstrating your good faith as a member of the club. Most your tribe vs. my tribe ‘political’ discussion you see these days is in the same type of mold. The content doesn’t matter all that much; it merely provides you with an opportunity to prove you belong. Those who feel like opting out of the whole scheme don’t compute to the others. That’s centrism, maybe.”
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“Suppose that the heat of political rhetoric could be charted on a scale of spicy foods. What you hear and read most days in the mainstream media ranges from unseasoned oatmeal to Franco-American Spaghetti-Os in a can. Whereas the political blogs pick up somewhere around a Taco Bell burrito and range all the way to the vindaloo you might be served by a sadist chef in Bangalore.”
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“We’ve become mad in our pursuit of drug-law violations. Generations to come will look back and scarcely believe what we’ve done to sick people.”
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“Can anything said from the White House podium be taken at face value, or does the White House just deny automatically anything that reflects badly on it?”
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“There is, in my opinion, a struggle to find the Center in cultures across the world. We can see this struggle within Islam, within Christianity, within the West, within China, within Europe and America. And within ourselves.”
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“If I could have one small wish for today, it would be for the blogosphere on both left and right to refrain from political point scoring over the London attacks. Just for a day. Isn’t tomorrow soon enough to return to our usual arguments?”
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“As a Democrat, I’m very happy that the lefty blogosphere wasn’t around much on September 11. Because if they were, and they uncorked the response they are uncorking to the London bombings, Democrats might never be electable again in my lifetime.”
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“Only in Washington does a ‘truce’ on ethics make sense”
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“The spectacle we have made of confirmation hearings reinforces the public notion that the justices exist to decide cases the way political movements want them to. Liberals think the right started it, and conservatives think the left started it, but the important question is not who started it but who is going to stop it.”
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“I think once you do achieve a certain degree of traffic, influence, notoriety — however you want to call it — eventually the outsider label is not perfectly applicable anymore.”
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“The tone has been too much of a permanent campaign. When you’re the minority, you need to fight. When you’re the governing majority, you need to produce.”
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“Your Government has unmistakable confidence in your ability to hear the worst, without flinching or losing heart. You must, in turn, have complete confidence that your Government is keeping nothing from you except information that will help the enemy in his attempt to destroy us.”
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“The Constitution this week is being nibbled to death by small men with press secretaries.”
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“A flag has to be worth torching. When a flag gets burned, that’s not a sign of its weakness but of its strength. If you can’t stand the heat of your burning flag, get out of the superpower business.”
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“Words are important. When Amnesty spokesmen use the word ‘gulag’ to describe U.S. human rights violations, they allow the Bush administration to dismiss justified criticism and undermine Amnesty’s credibility.”
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“Things aren’t getting better; they’re getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality. It’s like they’re just making it up as they go along.”
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“Senators are endlessly polished and briefed; they spend their days relentlessly speechifying. The White House beckons, and some come to seem less like human beings and more like nation-states. Opinions turn into positions. Beliefs grow more abstract. Individual traits become parts of the brand. Since 1961, more than 50 senators have run for president and they have all lost.”
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“When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.”
John Adams, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson
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“If Congress can regulate this under the Commerce Clause, then it can regulate virtually anything — and the Federal Government is no longer one of limited and enumerated powers.”
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“Except for the ideologically devout, voters likewise are shaking loose the bonds of party loyalty and more and more joining the third party, the independents, either figuratively or literally. To a degree, the process becomes self-fulfilling. As voters less and less need the party to tell them what to think and whom to vote for, the parties more and more retreat to their hardcore ideological bases, thus further alienating mainstream voters who are less doctrinaire partisans and more eclectic individuals.”
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“For more than a half-year now since the presidential election, liberal Democrats have held endless rounds of closed-loop, self-referential meetings, meet-ups, rallies and conferences with each other vowing to win a new majority. So when are they going to go out there and start talking to all those others folks they have to convince?”
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“‘You’re with us or against us’ works well when you’re fighting al Qaeda, but it doesn’t with Social Security, and they don’t seem to have another play in the book.”
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“At a time when the Army and Marine Corps are struggling to fill their ranks, many conservatives are determined to limit the ability of women and gays to contribute to the war effort. Are they more concerned with winning culture wars at home or winning the war on terrorism abroad?”
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“In our free society, they took their best shot and they didn’t succeed. When you have people on the far right and far left unhappy, you may be in about the right position.”
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“I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accept instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials, and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.”
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“James Dobson: Who does he think he is, questioning my conservative credentials? Some of his language and conduct is quite un-Christian, and I don’t appreciate it.”
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“Pat had high ideals about the country; that’s why he did what he did. The military let him down. The administration let him down. It was a sign of disrespect. The fact that he was the ultimate team player and he watched his own men kill him is absolutely heartbreaking and tragic. The fact that they lied about it afterward is disgusting.”
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“I was watching Dr. Frist’s speech on the Senate floor regarding the compromise over judicial filibusters and had decided to create my own drinking game based around his usage of the term ‘up or down vote.’ I am currently in the emergency room of St. Joseph’s hospital in Burbank with alcohol poisoning.”
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“The American people have no idea what we’re passing. And we have plenty of time to show them what we’re passing. Polls mean nothing.”
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“I’m leaving the left — more precisely, the American cultural left and what it has become during our time together. I choose this day for my departure because I can no longer abide the simpering voices of self-styled progressives — people who once championed solidarity with oppressed populations everywhere — reciting all the ways Iraq’s democratic experiment might yet implode.”
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“In a nutshell, I can’t figure out why half of America thinks Bush is the enemy and the other half wants to blame the fags for everything, and I am tired of being polite to either group.”
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“We’re in the middle of an ideological war against people who want to destroy us, and what have the most powerful people on earth become? Whining media bashers.”
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“Frankly, the election of the president drew from Americans who describe themselves as moderates, which is about 45 percent of Americans today. That’s something we overlook at our own peril.”
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“I don’t believe the American people will uphold any political party that puts political exploitation above national interest. Surely we Republicans aren’t that desperate for victory. While it might be a fleeting victory for the Republican Party, it would be a more lasting defeat for the American people. Surely it would ultimately be suicide for the Republican Party and the two-party system that has protected our American liberties from the dictatorship of a one-party system.”
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“Since 1789, the Senate has rejected nearly 20 percent of all nominees to the Supreme Court, many without an up-or-down vote [...] But 208 of the president’s 218 judicial nominees have been approved. That’s right: the Senate has confirmed 95 percent of Mr. Bush’s judicial nominees. That’s a higher percentage of approval than any of his three predecessors achieved.”
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“President Bush has presided over the largest overall increase in inflation-adjusted federal spending since Lyndon B. Johnson. Even after excluding spending on defense and homeland security, Bush is still the biggest-spending president in 30 years.”
Stephen Slivinski, Cato Institute
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“The greatest danger for those of us who dislike George Bush is that our instincts may tip over into a desire to see his foreign policy objectives fail. No reasonable person can oppose the president’s commitment to Islamic democracy.”
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“In any given political discussion, if religion is mentioned, the probability of the discussion shifting to a flame war about religion and the Founding Fathers approaches one.”
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“Now, the Republicans in the Senate, instead of dealing with his litany of failures, are threatening to claim ownership of the Supreme Court and other federal courts, hoping to achieve political results on subjects like abortion, stem cells, the environment and civil rights that they can not get from the proper political bodies: the Congress and the presidency.”
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“Once an election is over, one guy gets tagged with the loser label. Much like Al Gore after the 2000 race, Senator Kerry has been working diligently since November to make sure everyone now knows that this label really fits him as well.”
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“The left has the race card and the gender card; the right has the ‘faith card.’”
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“I just look at this institution as really the last bastion of protecting the rights of the minority, and we should be very careful before we try and make any changes.”
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“I grow more and more convinced the Republican majority will end itself by 2006 if the Left will just shut up for five minutes.”
C.J. Burch
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“To show you how radical I am, I want carjackers dead. I want rapists dead. I want burglars dead. I want child molesters dead. I want the bad guys dead. No court case. No parole. No early release. I want ‘em dead. Get a gun and when they attack you, shoot ‘em.”
Ted Nugent on “due process,” at the NRA Convention
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“The values alleged so far in this scandal — greed, hypocrisy, favor-selling, dissembling — belong to no creed except the ruthless pursuit of power. They are not exclusive to either political party. But the religious trappings add a note that distinguishes these Beltway creeps from those who have come before: a supreme righteousness that often spirals into anger and fire-and-brimstone zealotry that can do far more damage to America than ill-begotten golf junkets.”
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“PATHETIC AND DISHONEST. Those are the only words I can think of to describe a major media event portraying Democrats as ‘against people of faith’ for blocking President Bush’s nominees. And I am thoroughly disgusted that the Senate majority leader is taking part. I can think of few better ways to drive me and my fellow independents into the arms of the Democrats.”
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“If he does it, it’ll be a watershed moment — a transformational moment for the GOP ... marking the political death of a dominant part of its party. Forget Democrats. Anyone who is a libertarian Republican, centrist, or independent voter has to be extremely concerned — and angered — by this.”
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“I may have voted for my last Republican in a long time. These wingnut, know-nothing, fundamentalist creeps are scaring the shit out of me, and liberty is at stake when it comes to these law and order goons.”
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“The truth hurts. But Eric Robert Rudolph, the man who had no apologies to make when he was pleading guilty to bombing women’s clinics, gay nightclubs and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, is the ideological cousin to Randall Terry, the so-called ‘spokesman’ for the Schindler family and the media darling of the Terri Schiavo debacle of three weeks ago.”
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“Democrats should save their money. Why murder someone who is committing suicide?”
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“Rather than being serious about reforming the judiciary, I think that some Republicans are more interested in intimidating judges while bolstering direct-mail fundraising for advocacy groups and politicians.”
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“For decades I have argued that the negative effects of deficits are generally exaggerated. But unless spending is checked or revenue raised, we are facing deficits of historic proportions. It is simply unrealistic to think we can finance a 50 percent increase in spending as a share of gross domestic product — which is what is in the pipeline — just by running ever-larger deficits.”
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“In 1945, corporations paid more than one-third of the government’s revenues. Now they pay only 11 percent because corporations, especially multinationals, are voluntary taxpayers. In a world increasingly without borders that block capital movements, corporations pay where the burden is lowest.”
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“As a senator, I worried every day about the size of the federal deficit. I did not spend a single minute worrying about the effect of gays on the institution of marriage. Today it seems to be the other way around. The historic principles of the Republican Party offer America its best hope for a prosperous and secure future. Our current fixation on a religious agenda has turned us in the wrong direction.”
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“Apparently, the religious right is not necessarily more representative of the general population than the ‘Beserkely’ beads and sandals crowd. The right has taken on some of the worst characteristics of the New Left — morally self-righteous, making the personal, political and valuing ends over means.”
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“This Congress is getting involved in things they shouldn’t be getting involved in, and not getting involved in things they should be.”
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“The day will come when we will outlaw smoking in its entirety. This is a beginning.”
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“Conservatism is a philosophy without a party in America any more. It has been hijacked by zealots and statists.”
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“How about this for a bellwether? When you read Maureen Dowd, and say to your self, ‘Shit. She is 100% right,’ it is time for some serious soul-searching.”
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“There are probably some smart folks on Capitol Hill who are supporting this legislation knowing that ultimately the courts will strike it down. That way, being the politicians that they are, they will be able to blame the heartless judiciary for the result and still will be able to say to their constituents that they tried their best. It is the politics of cynicism at its very best (or very worst).”
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“I do not favor extreme remedies — unless no moderate remedies can be found.”
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“Georgian Reid Stott — who might fairly be described as a ‘militant independent’...”
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“Soon there are going to be more neoconservative magazines than there are neoconservatives.”
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“Because of this fight, there will be no quiet, smooth passage for this bill. Instead, folks are now on record: 58 voted against giving just a little protection for military families set upon by predatory lenders. 74 voted against a 30% usury cap, saying the credit card companies are free to take whatever they can get. 58 voted against treating families beset by cancer and diabetes differently from those that run up bills on fancy vacations and over-priced nonsense.”
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“The majority’s cynicism in pushing the bill has been as deep as the pockets of the high-powered lobbyists behind it. Even a proposal to exempt soldiers fighting in Iraq from the tougher bankruptcy rules was defeated, but the egregious ‘millionaire’s loophole’ still stands, allowing wealthy Americans in bankruptcy to shelter huge assets in safe-haven states.”
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“Frankly, we expect smoking bans from the folks running New York and California and Cuba. What’s the Georgia GOP’s excuse?”
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“If you still want to play by the Marquess of Queensberry rules, fine — but I’ve moved on to brass knuckles.”
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“I say we tell those liberal, tree-hugging, Birkenstock wearing, hippie, tie-dyed liberals to go make their movies and their music and whine somewhere else.”
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“If we’re exporting detainees for the express purpose that they be tortured under interrogation by another regime, it’s a terrible idea. Any short-term gain that might come out of it won’t be worth the long-term ill impression created by it. We’re promoting democracy across the region, and you can’t have torture by a dictatorial government. You just can’t do it. If you’re an idealist and you believe in democracy, it’s bad policy. It’s hypocritical, and it will blow up in your face.”
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“Ward Churchill is a far left idiot, but Jeff Jarvis is Glenn Reynolds’ sucker. Megadittos, Jeff, megadittos. Maybe the cool kids will invite you to the lunch table now.”
Oliver “Ad Hominem” Willis, in a comment at Buzzmachine
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“Only an imbecile nation could possibly have elected Bush after what he did to us the first four years. Our fellow citizens are greedy, hateful spiteful bigots. 51% of the voters anyway.”
Fred
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“Republicans have lost their way.”
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“Right now, the DNC desperately needs to find a message that appeals to people who aren’t dyed-in-the-wool Democrats. The Democrats need to reach out, not look in. Dean proved remarkably good at looking in and remarkably poor at reaching out. So, naturally, Dean is taking over the DNC. Sigh.”
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“Candidate Dean’s ‘communities’ swept him away, literally, from his intriguing slot as a gun-toting fiscal conservative who had supported four consecutive American interventions, to a New Old Left that looked suspiciously like a Ralph Nader rally with more laptops.”
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“Bosnia buried my pacifism. But it did not bury my liberalism.”
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“The ‘persistence of memory’ capability provided by technology, omnipresent video, and the web will no longer allow major leaders, as well as the rest of us, to ever escape what we say or do. Like the Biblical concept of the eye that sees all, and the scroll that records all, we are entering an era of informational accountability.”
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“Puppeting a belief for social or financial gain, without seeking the truth within one’s heart is real, real wrong. The level of discourse in America has plummeted to a name-calling ping-pong match with a turd for a ball. It doesn’t matter how wicked the serve is, both sides are still smacking a bunch of shit around.”
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“Until names are named, we can assume every conservative pundit is on the White House’s payola rolls.”
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“Until names are named, we can assume every Daily Kos candidate this past election wrote him a check for his consulting work.”
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“But how much evidence is there that Bush’s actions generally turn out more responsible than his rhetoric? Iraq? Immigration? Medicare drug benefits? Tax cuts during war time? No Child Left Behind?”
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“The prevailing democratic system in the world is not suitable for us in this region. We have our own Muslim faith, which is a complete system and complete religion. Elections do not fall within the sphere of the Muslim religion.”
King Fahd, 1992
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“When are both sides going to realize that it’s not only about them! That there are millions of Iraqis, Afghanis, Iranians Etc who are suffering daily and who are trying to find a solution and a way to achieve their dreams (with the help they are getting from America) and who do not have the slightest interest in supporting any party in America. The world is bigger than you and your partisan conflicts and frankly I’m getting sick of it.”
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“We are about to embark on a 10-year period in which recent tax cuts and runaway spending are expected to add $5 trillion to the cumulative deficit. In my lifetime we will have gone from the Greatest Generation to the Profligate Generation to the Bankrupt Generation. Yes, I’m talking to you 20-year-olds. President Bush has called for sacrifice — but not by his generation. He’s passing the bill onto your generation.”
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“A reconstruction of what happened suggests less a sinister conspiracy than problems arising from the legislative practices of the present Congress, in which sleep-deprived staffers often take on much of the burden of writing major bills under deadline pressure, and legislation drafted in secret is rushed through both chambers before lawmakers, let alone the general public, have a chance for review.”
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“I could not disagree more with the public policy that underlies the California law. I think it’s flawed. I think it’s bad public policy. But if somebody can go in and tell California you can’t regulate drugs the way you want to regulate them in California, the next step is they could come to Alabama and tell us we can’t do it.”
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“With one party controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, and having little fear of retaliation by the opposing party, the House leadership is changing the way laws are made in America, favoring secrecy and speed over open debate and negotiation.”
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“Prominent examples from the 108th Congress include the Medicare prescription drug bill, the energy bill, the intelligence bill and the defense authorization bill. These important pieces of legislation total more than 2,900 pages of text and authorize more than $1 trillion of spending. Yet, collectively they were available to members for less than 48 hours total for reading.”
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“What is more comforting to the terrorists around the world: the failure to pass the 9/11 legislation because we lacked ‘a majority of the majority,’ or putting aside partisan politics to enact tough new legislation with America’s security foremost in mind?”
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“I was totally guilty of doing what I accused many of my adversaries of doing. I was writing about what I was against, not what I was for. I was writing with long, broad strokes. I was engaging in the worst of unsocial discourse. And I was fueling ten thousand people a day while I was doing it.”
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“On both sides, discourse now moves swiftly from disagreement into demonizing, from contrast to caricature. The worst motives are always assumed. Both camps have polemicists who win popularity, ratings, and book sales by devising ever more clever ways of ripping the eyelids off their opponents. We all know the visceral satisfactions of hanging out with our home-team blogs and watching the TV or radio stations that fit our worldview. Our politicians and pundits happily supply us with the voodoo dolls and the pins. But we’d be smarter not to use them.”
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“It seemed that the technical mechanisms of reputation, such as blog-rolls and Technorati, had codified social inequalities in charisma and popularity (the politics of groups), until they had actually become institutionalised political forms.”
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“Anybody who thought that a ‘Bush 2’ foreign policy would be a more moderate, multilateral, Kerry-like foreign policy just doesn’t understand this president, or this election.”
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“Look, I’m as ‘militaristic’ as the next person when it comes to actually defending ourselves, but I’m somewhat bothered when a disease like cancer kills 500,000 people a year in the US, afflicts another million, and the National Cancer Institute has a total budget of 6 billion this last year, which is about 1/10 the CIA’s budget, and 1/70th of what was spent by the Pentagon. I guess it’s just easier to blow stuff up.”
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“In your re-election, God has graciously granted America — though she doesn’t deserve it — a reprieve from the agenda of paganism.”
Dr. Bob Jones, Bush Supporter, America Basher
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“We both represent aspects of the American psyche that need each other, the jock and the intellectual, the Boy Scout and the renegade, the guardian and the wild card. We both love this great and terrible country, even as we fear one another’s excessive influence on it, and part of what we love is the creative fever that arises from our division. As we need each other, however unwillingly, so America needs us both.”
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“I can indulge your manic rage and self-pitying up to a point, because I’d be rending my garments and biting the heads off of chickens had Bush lost. When you’re done wallowing, figure out how you’re going to defend the beliefs of 48% of America with honor and dignity.”
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“I have family in Idaho, but I told my wife we’re not going to visit them now. It’s all Republicans there. We have family in Indiana and I don’t want to go there either.”
Ron Schmidt, San Franciscan
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“Their army is how much bigger than mine? Three percent? Well shucks, Bubba. Now is the time to establish a network and an attitude.”
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“Liberals are nice people, but we make shitty generals. Everytime we try make headlong charge and get slaughtered, we regroup, try to figure out what went wrong, and decide we just didn’t charge hard enough. We convince ourselves that there’s this big army of Deaniacs or young voters or whatever who are going to ride to the rescue, and we call that a strategy.”
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“Wow. There sure are a bunch of working class white people voting these days. Perhaps it might be useful to try to get some of them to vote for Democrats. I’m just sayin’.”
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“The blogosphere had no clue ... This goes for the big pro-Bush sites AND the pro-Kerry sites. (Shall we call it the Main Stream Blogosphere, or ‘MSB?’) This wasn’t ‘The Year of the Blogger’ at all. It was the year the Blogger saw himself and mistook the vision for the election.”
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“There is a divide in this country today, miles wide and fathoms deep. It has cleaved our great nation, and has only grown — and will only continue to grow. But it’s not a left/right split, or Democrat/Republican one. It’s lunatic/non-lunatic [...] The Web is a festering cesspool of lunacy and emotion: Free Republic, Daily Kos, Little Green Footballs, Atrios, Instapundit, on and on and on. Facts only enter the picture when they’re favorable. Emotion rules. There is no common ground, nor a desire for any.”
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“Screaming that the 58MM or so folks who voted for Bush were idiots, dupes, or evil homophobic crypto-fascist theocratic thugs, is neither helpful nor likely to decrease their number. Threatening to move elsewhere is only going to earn you a ticket, with their gratitude. If you want to sway those folks, you need to change your tactics.”
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“I don’t just feel beaten; I feel like I’ve lived a fundamentally foolish turn of mind, like I’ve been defrauding my friends with an amped-up similitude of rational optimism, and that I can’t imagine why anyone should henceforth care what I think about anything.”
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“But I, like most of us, fell for the echo chamber. Daily Kos, MyDD, Steve Soto, Pandagon, and all the other blogs are run by good people with positive intentions, but if they’re you’re primary source for information, you’re outlook is perverted by an overwhelming amount of good news and a general disdain for the factual accuracy of bad news. It perverts your perspective and, because the sample group is so totally different than most of America, it begins to twist your political predictions and assumptions of what works.”
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“There is something seriously wrong with a party that gets spotted $200 million, a solid candidate, wins every debate, has an opponent with sub-50% approval rating, an unpopular war, the worst economic record since The Great Depression, and a boatload of scandals, and loses by 3 million votes.”
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“Bush has no re-election worries, no divided government, and (Ohio recounts willing) no whiff of illegitimacy surrounding his second term. The next two and probably four years will be as pure an expression of his governing beliefs as he could have ever dreamed. If nothing else, we can be thankful for the rare opportunity to see a president and a political party in such sharp, even naked, relief.”
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“Never in my lifetime have I seen the electorate so passionate, and never before have the two sides seemed so utterly, unshakeably certain of themselves. Campaigns are not the best places to seek out public confessions of self-doubt, but the certitude on display in this race has long since crossed the threshold from confidence to delusion, and whoever is elected on Tuesday (or whenever it ends) will soon be smacked in the face with the cold hard truth.”
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“I’ve been disillusioned with the political process ever since John Hoffmeyer won the student council presidency by ten votes in sixth grade and my request for a recount was denied.”
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“Elsewhere, Bin Laden has vowed to bankrupt the US. Given Bush’s prescription drug plan and Kerry’s proposed ‘reforms,’ all we can say is, back of the line, buddy.”
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“To put it plainly, if European public opinion about the U.S. depends primarily on us electing a president who doesn’t offend their sensibilities, then the Transatlantic relationship may have already become too pathological to repair any time in the foreseeable future.”
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“The 2004 presidential election is shaping up to be uglier than an octogenarian stripper convention.”
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“Set aside what the mass of people think. Some things are so bad for them that you cannot allow them to have them. One of them is war in the context of terrorism in the United States. Therefore, we have to abridge individual rights, change the societal conditions, and act in ways that heretofore were not in accordance with our values and traditions, like giving a police officer or security official the right to search you without a judicial finding of probable cause.”
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“The hardest thing to understand is why haven’t we put this guy away a long time ago.”
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“I don’t watch the national news, and I don’t read the paper. I haven’t done that for the last six weeks. I watch Fox News to get my information.”
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“Had conservatives spoken up loudly a year ago and said what both of Mr. Bush’s senior Iraq envoys, Jay Garner and Paul Bremer, have now said (and what many of us who believed in the importance of Iraq were saying) — that we never had enough troops to control Iraq’s borders, keep the terrorists out, prevent looting and establish authority — the president might have changed course. Instead, they served as a Greek chorus, applauding Mr. Bush’s missteps and mocking anyone who challenged them.”
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“Mr. Stewart’s Howard Beal (of “Network”) outburst stood out because he said what a lot of viewers feel helpless to correct: that news programs, particularly on cable, have become echo chambers for political attacks, amplifying the noise instead of parsing the misinformation.”
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“It is an achingly difficult decision to not endorse a candidate in the presidential contest, and we do not reach this decision lightly.”
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“We haven’t seen anything good from Democrats.”
Hasan Rowhani, head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council
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“At times, it felt as though whole swathes of America had suffered an epidemic of Tourette syndrome.”
Ian Katz, The Guardian
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“I should just sit down, confident in the fact that I just cleaned the president’s clock, and not say anything else. But I’m not going to do that. No, I’m gonna keep on talking. Why? Because I can’t help myself.”
Seth Meyers, as John Kerry on SNL
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“While I’m still not going to vote for either one of these clowns, I guess I don’t really hope Kerry wins. Honestly, I don’t think it makes much difference. I think we’re pretty much screwed either way.”
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“History’s a troublesome thing for presidents. Even though most voters don’t take much of a historical perspective into the voting booth with them, true conservatives do. Hmmm. Who’s the Libertarian candidate again?”
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“The gist of Bush’s argument seems to be, John Kerry will raise your taxes; I’ll just keep ballooning the deficit.”
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“Need some wood?”
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“The government has to borrow an average of more than $1.1 billion a day to pay its bills, and it spends more on interest payments on the federal debt each year — about $159 billion — than it does on education, homeland security, justice and law enforcement, veterans, international aid, and space exploration combined.”
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“Let it be noted that Vice President Dick Cheney never actually used the word ‘whippersnapper’ on Tuesday night. And Senator John Edwards never said ‘ogre.’ But they may as well have.”
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“For the last month or so, the election seemed reminiscent to me of ads for the film Alien vs. Predator, the tag line of which goes, ‘Whoever wins, we lose.’”
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“Early in the program, Mr. Hemmer interviewed three undecided Florida voters about their hopes for last night’s debate. The fact that at least two of the three seemed to be fairly intelligent made me wonder just how undecided they really were — after all, you’d have to be a complete idiot to be unable to choose between one of the candidates by now.”
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“I thought Kerry did very, very well; and I thought Bush did poorly — much worse than he is capable of doing. Listen: If I were just a normal guy — not Joe Political Junkie — I would vote for Kerry. On the basis of that debate, I would. If I were just a normal, fairly conservative, war-supporting guy: I would vote for Kerry. On the basis of that debate. And I promise you that no one wants this president reelected more than I. I think that he may want it less.”
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“Out on the stump where he can get away with it, Bush often campaigns against a caricatured version of John Kerry, a straw man who takes all sorts of radical positions. Bush’s problem last night was that he continued to debate that straw man instead of the person who actually showed up on stage.”
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“Karl Rove must have known things didn’t go well when the New York Post asked him whether this was the worst debate of President Bush’s life. No, Rove insisted. This was one of the president’s best debates, and one of John Kerry’s worst. ‘Really?’ asked the reporter, Vince Morris. ‘You can say that with a straight face?’”
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“I even take the position that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged.”
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“We live in the same geography, but our sense of country and nation could not be more different. I don’t want my kids to grow up in their world, and they don’t want their kids to grow up in mine. It’s as simple as that. We might as well be Israelis and Palestinians. I see no compromise with the Left, only victory against them. Leftism needs to be stamped out, just as they wish for conservatism to be stamped out. Neither side will have it any other way. It’s a death struggle as far as I’m concerned.”
Typical blog comment,
Election 2004
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“The fact is that today’s ‘Republican’ Party is one with which I am totally unfamiliar. To me, the word ‘Republican’ has always been synonymous with the word ‘responsibility,’ which has meant limiting our governmental obligations to those we can afford in human and financial terms. Today’s whopping budget deficit of some $440 billion does not meet that criterion.”
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“In politics as in retailing, you never argue with the customer. If the polls are accurate, the American people perceive George W. Bush as a upright and honorable man. On the other hand, they don’t much like his economic policies, and they worry that he may be too much of a risk-taker in foreign affairs. A smart political operation would work on those pre-existing weaknesses. It wouldn’t waste time trying to convince an incredulous public that the genial likeable man they see on television is in reality the reincarnation of Hitler.”
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“Now it’s gone Malcolm X. It’s gone ‘by any means necessary.’ I mean, how many campaigns do you remember where Hitler has come up a lot? If I were the Hitler people, I’d be raising a stink. I think he’s gotta protect his legacy. He’s gotta come out and go, Look, all right, you guys have your flaws but, hey, I was evil, baby!”
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“If I hear one more person tell me how lousy a candidate Kerry is and how he can’t win... Dammit, of COURSE he’s a lousy candidate — he’s a Democrat, for heavens sake! That party is so pathetic, they even lose the elections they win!”
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“George W. Bush unhinges people. He just does. It isn’t his fault that he’s a lighting rod for the paranoid. But that doesn’t change the fact that he is. He acquired political capital after the attacks on September 11, but now it is mostly exhausted. That makes him a liability, too.”
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“If this story were hot fudge, I would smear it all over my body and then roll around in nougat.”
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“I have a humble request for George W. Bush and John Kerry. Just a small thing, really, if it’s not too much trouble. Shut the hell up about Vietnam, the National Guard, Swift Boat Vets, the Department of Friggin’ Wellness, and all the rest of your stupid bullshit and tell me what you think about Iran. (If you can find the time.)”
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“The politicians who stand in the wells of Congress in support of a constitutional amendment are calling on their colleagues to ‘protect’ our flag from those who would damage or destroy it in the name of protest. For them, the disrespect embodied in such acts, and the dissent therein, represents such a danger that the only response is to forever silence such behavior by tailoring the Constitution to limit the rights it enshrines. I disagree. It is not our flag that needs protecting. What needs protecting are the principles our flag represents.”
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“Let’s look at the men, not the marketing. By all means, factor in their Vietnam military service or lack thereof, but I think it’s safe to say that neither Bush’s National Guard service or Kerry’s Swift Boat adventures were their defining moments as potential leaders of the United States. Let’s stop acting like they were.”
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“I don’t know if it’s distance, or just the passing of time, but I notice how muted the sorrow is. There’s a passivity, a lack of passion to the observances. I knew it would come, in the same way that a friend told me quite presciently that day back in 2001 that ‘this is all going to be political debates someday’ and, well, someday’s already here.”
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“I am angry at the same time that the political fringes in America are taking over this election. I’m mad because they are distracting us from the real enemy, the one who struck that day, the one who killed those 2,727 whose names are being read right now, the one who turned America into his battleground; they are making us forget the real war. I’m mad because they are distracting us from the real work we should be about in this democracy. I’m mad because they are turning into America into their battleground, too.”
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“Should George W. Bush win this election, it will give him the distinction of being the first occupant of the White House to have survived naming Dick Cheney to a post in his administration. The Cheney jinx first manifested itself at the presidential level back in 1969, when Richard Nixon appointed him to his first job in the executive branch. It surfaced again in 1975, when Gerald Ford made Cheney his chief of staff and then — with Cheney’s help — lost the 1976 election. George H.W. Bush, having named Cheney secretary of defense, was defeated for re-election in 1992. The ever-canny Ronald Reagan was the only Republican president since Eisenhower who managed to serve two full terms. He is also the only one not to have appointed Dick Cheney to office.”
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“America will soon have to face the fact that while we were hypnotized over Kerry’s medals and George Bush’s National Guard service, Iran quietly and methodically created and hid away enough bombs to threaten the world’s oil supply and much of the West itself.”
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“Even though I am a well-recognized liberal on many issues confronting our society today, I find it ironic that many human rights advocates and outspoken members of my own entertainment community are often on the front lines to protest repression, for which I applaud them but they are usually the first ones to oppose any use of force to take care of these horrors that they catalogue repeatedly.”
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“I’m really almost embarrassed by the idea ... that I’m going to be getting tax cuts so that my 6-year-old ... grandchildren can pay bigger taxes in the future.”
Peter Peterson, former Treasury Secretary
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“When I read the list of people who are supporting Kerry, if I wasn’t already a Bush supporter, I would have immediately switched. Linda Ronstadt? Don Henley? Geez, that’s a good reason right there to vote for Bush.”
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“The truth is that the only thing we like more than negative advertising is negative advertising that features a supermodel in a thong bikini and comes with fries.”
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“To voters who identify strongly with a political party, the undecided voter is almost an alien life form. For them, a vote for Bush is a vote for a whole philosophy of governance and a vote for Kerry is a vote for a distinctly different philosophy. The difference is obvious to them, and they don’t understand how others can’t see it, or can decide whom to vote for on the basis of a candidate’s personal traits or whether his or her position on a particular issue ‘makes sense.’ To an undecided voter, on the other hand, the person who always votes for the Democrat or the Republican, no matter what, must seem like a dangerous fanatic.”
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“You’d be amazed at the number of people who want to introduce themselves to you in the men’s room. It’s the most bizarre part of this entire thing.”
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“Kerry’s charisma was less than zero: It was negative. He was a charm vacuum, forced to actually borrow mojo from audience members. He was a dessicated husk, a tin man who really didn’t have a heart. His lack of vibrancy, his utter dearth of sex appeal made Al Gore look like Charo.”
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“For many pro-family voters, protecting traditional marriage ranks ahead of the economy and job creation as a campaign issue.”
Tony Perkins, Pres., Family Research Council
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“We’ve arrived at this juncture because it’s logically impossible both to honor the First Amendment and to regulate campaign finance effectively. We can do one or the other — but not both. Unfortunately, Congress and the Supreme Court won’t admit the choice. The result is the worst of both worlds. We gut the First Amendment and don’t effectively regulate campaign finance.”
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“What’s happening with the bitter dispute over John Kerry’s role in Vietnam confirms my fears that my generation may never see the day when the baby boomers who came of age in that troubled decade are reconciled sufficiently with each other to lead a united country.”
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“As a voter, I still say I don’t care. I don’t care about the Vietnam war. We are in a war now. We are in a war against terrorists and Islamofascists and for modernity and civilization and America. That is the war I care about.”
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“To me, that’s treason. I call it treason against rock ‘n’ roll because rock is the antithesis of politics. Rock should never be in bed with politics. When I was a kid and my parents started talking about politics, I’d run to my room and put on the Rolling Stones as loud as I could. So when I see all these rock stars up there talking politics, it makes me sick. If you’re listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you’re a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we’re morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal.”
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“You want to get young people involved in politics, reintroduce the draft, and, man, you’ll see voting rights skyrocket.”
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“My Bronze Star citation, signed by Zumwalt, praised the charge tactic we used that day ... There’s at least one mistake in that citation. It incorrectly identifies the river where the main action occurred, a reminder that such documents were often done in haste and sometimes authored for their signers by staffers. It’s a cautionary note for those trying to piece it all together. There’s no final authority on something that happened so long ago — not the documents and not even the strained recollections of those of us who were there.”
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“While every race is different, if you haven’t made up your mind by now about which candidate you’re going to vote for, it’s probably because you don’t like what Bush has done but Kerry hasn’t yet convinced you to vote for him.”
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“On Friday, I was given a talking-to by a right-of-center friend ... about Why I Should Care About the Swift Boaters, and last night a left-of-the-dial pal wanted to get me excited about Bush’s National Guard service ... and in both cases my reaction is the same: Is this what you’re basing your vote on this November? Really? Whatever happened to the New Seriousness after Sept. 11? And how many people who are feverishly talking up all this nonsense have NOT already long made up their minds on who they’re going to vote for?”
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“America could use a deep breath. When this is over, someone will have to govern a closely divided country. Bush and Kerry are rivals. They are the champions of very different visions for how the U.S. should proceed at home and abroad. But they are not enemies. As the arrests last week in Pakistan and London show, the country has real enemies. America shouldn’t forget the difference.”
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“This is a message for all the children of America. We grownups are under a lot of stress right now because of the coming presidential election, and a lot of us will be getting mad, saying things that aren’t true, and calling each other bad names. So it would really help us a lot if you young folks could be on your best behavior for the next couple of months.”
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“Unless the new man has control over the whole intelligence budget of government, you simply have added a new layer of bureaucracy and set it up to fail. Every past proposal ... has foundered on the refusal of the Pentagon to give up an inch of control of its own intelligence spending.”
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“The time is now to resolve that the basis of a firm and principled foreign policy is one that takes the world as it is and seeks to change it by leadership and example; not by harangue, harassment or wishful thinking. The time is now to say that while we shall seek new friendships and expand and improve others, we shall not do so by breaking our word or casting aside old friends and allies.”
Ronald Reagan, 1980
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“There is something about George Bush’s combination of ignorance, piety and swagger that triggers a condition in progressives I’ve come to think of as Bush Blindness. When it strikes, it causes us to lose sight of everything we know about politics, economics and history and to focus exclusively on the admittedly odd personalities of the people in the White House.”
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“…Don’t assume that we’re all gung-ho for Bush and the Republicans, and please don’t use us to lie to the citizenry. Some of us don’t like Kerry and a lot of us don’t care much for Bush, but most of us don’t care at all because it doesn’t matter who sits in the Oval Office. The only thing that changes are the places we go.”
Sgt. Stryker, on politics in the military
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“If I were advising either Kerry or Bush I’d tell both of them to be quiet and stay away from the cameras. Quit bugging the bejeezus out of everybody. People aren’t voting for in this election, they’re voting against.”
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“For an American conservative, better one lost election than the continued empowerment of cynical men who abuse conservatism through an exercise of power unrestrained by principle through the compromise of conservative beliefs.”
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“Bill Clinton might have declared that the Era of Big Government is over, but the warped mentality from generations of confusing governance with courage, campaign contributions with patriotic sacrifice, and electoral victories with revolutionary wars, is alive and unwell.”
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“…the shrinking percentage of people still on the fence about this election want to hear what a Kerry-led Democratic Party is for in the War on Terror, not just against. The answers are not just blowin’ in the wind — they’re out there. But not tonight.”
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“All of Philadelphia was a squirming, fetid mass of lobbyists, protesters, caterers, delegates, hookers, reporters, teevee hosts and one guy running for president.”
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“You know, when members of both houses go home for this recess, the folks back home are going to say: ‘Why are you home? Why aren’t you in Washington dealing with the recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission?’ I’ve already heard this in a few conversations with people back in Connecticut, who said: ‘Get this done quickly. It’s our safety and well-being at stake.’”
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“No longer is it going to be a sleepy quiet August around here. The American people expect us to act. This is a bipartisan commission that unanimously agreed on some very important recommendations. We need to respond to that, and we do not have the luxury of waiting months.”
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“You aren’t conservatives and liberals, you’re Phobos and Deimos: Fear and Panic. One of you uses the fear of external threats to win elections, the other tries to frighten us with internal threats. You both serve the same Master and that is why your supposed differences are as illusory as the fears you try to frighten us with.”
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“An operatic, performative commitment to decency, an over-the-top acknowledging of the legitimacy of potentially legitimate arguments, an attempt to reduce cheap shots, a showy constraint for saying only that which can be said based on strong evidence: these all function as powerful tools in political struggle within the American public sphere.”
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“…Once the incivility starts — others will take it as an invitation to join in, and pretty soon there’s no limit to the incivility. And if you watch closely in that chat room, you’ll see something else happening. Watch the screen names of people who make civil comments. Some — a few — will join in the food fight. But most will log off. Their screen names just disappear. They leave because the atmosphere has turned hostile to anything approaching a civil exchange or a real dialogue.”
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“Democrats like to ridicule him, a lot of them, just like the Republicans like to ridicule me. But my experience in life is that almost nobody gets where they are by accident. It’s a great mistake to underestimate him. I think he’s a very good politician. He has a great sense of how to relate to people. I think he has a high level of what is called emotional intelligence, you know?”
Bill Clinton, on George Bush
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“What’s most telling is that of the 15,000 members of the media expected to cram the Fleet Center — assuming they will clear security in time — 35 of them will be bloggers, a statistically insignificant 0.2 percent. There are a higher percentage of gays voting for Bush than that.”
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“In modern-day two-party politics, hate’s a feature, not a bug...”
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“McKinney made herself such an outsider during her last term in Congress that her district might have well been on Mars for the attention and federal funds it received.”
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“Still on the fence — but slowly getting more depressed about my choices.”
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“The founders wisely made certain that the Constitution is difficult to amend and, as a practical political matter, can’t be done without overwhelming public approval. And thank God for that.”
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“Making me root for a sanctimonious statist blowhard like Kerry isn’t the worst thing Bush has done to the country. But it’s the offense that I take most personally.”
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“Correctness, in a whole variety of ways, doesn’t pay.”
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“If the DP makes me cast a vote for a Kerry/Gephardt ticket I’m going to ... well, crap, just put out like a straight-ticket ho. They could put a can of processed cheese food on the ballot against Bush, and I would vote for it. But I’m not going to enjoy it!”
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“The comment section of any post criticizing destructive political rhetoric ultimately provides more vivid examples thereof.”
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“In the election between Bush and Anybody But Bush, reason and civility are now designated for wimps. But what happens to the country when the left only meets the right at the American jugular?”
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“Ad hominem attacks, rumor-mongering, and character assassination qualify neither as political discourse nor as satire.”
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“The rush to sling mud is gaining momentum, and Fahrenheit 9/11 marks the polarization of yet another form of media. One medium after another has found it profitable to turn from information to entertainment, from nuance to table-thumping.”
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“I’ve been writing about polarization a fair bit recently, and the more I look into it, the more I think I’ll just move to Tahiti.”
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“Despite his 2000 campaign rhetoric, George Bush is a divider, not a uniter — alienating otherwise natural allies with his stands on issues such as stem-cell research, immigration, free trade, federal spending, privacy, energy policy and yes, even gay marriage. That’s why he’s stuck in a dead heat with one of the limpest dishrags the Democratic Party has nominated since the last time they drew from the poisoned well of Massachusetts.”
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“The administration works closely with a network of ‘rapid response’ digital Brown Shirts who work to pressure reporters and their editors for ‘undermining support for our troops.’”
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“Moore’s assumption is venality. He assumes that President Bush and his confreres are venal, that their motives are black, that they are out to do no good, only bad, and that the only choices they make in life are between greed and power. That’s inevitably a bad analysis. It’s the exact same analysis Bill Clinton’s enemies made of him. If they were wrong about Clinton, well then, Michael Moore is wrong about Bush. Life is never that simple, never that obvious, unless you’re a propagandist or one who believes propaganda.”
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“People called me a longshot before, and they’re calling me congresswoman now.”
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“It is, quite literally, a cookbook approach for illegal government conduct. This memorandum lays out the substantive law on torture and how to avoid it. It then goes on to discuss the procedural mechanisms with which torture is normally prosecuted, and techniques for avoiding those traps.”
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“Dad was also a deeply, unabashedly religious man. But he never made the fatal mistake of so many politicians — wearing his faith on his sleeve to gain political advantage. True, after he was shot and nearly killed early in his presidency he came to believe that God had spared him in order that he might do good. But he accepted that as a responsibility, not a mandate. And there is a profound difference.”
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“And so my education has taken me pretty much as far as it could. I started out as an ambitious young woman inspired by politics and the media. I’ve ended up disenchanted with both.”
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“The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.”
Maureen Murphy
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“I’m sorry, but if the fate of the world rests upon one man’s shoulders, then we’ve already lost. It’s a democracy, and the one thing that makes our Republic so damned great and nearly impervious to destruction is this simple fact: All politicians are dispensible. One guy leaves, another takes his place. The nation endures. No one is supposed to to be so vital that their loss would seriously cripple our country or its interests.”
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“You have a duty to enter into the thought processes and sympathetically entertain the understanding of the world of a guy in Nigeria who as a picture of Osama bin Laden in his car, or a bureaucratic functionary working for Fidel Castro, or somebody who thinks that Bangladeshis should not be allowed to work in the textile industry. But Republicans? They are Blue Meanies. They are one dimensional. They are baaaaad.”
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“In a calculated and craven political stunt, the national Democrat Party declared its surrender in the war on terror. But at least - or perhaps, at most - the Washington Democrats finally have taken a position on the war. And that position - that baseless, partisan, shocking position - is that American troops aren’t up to the job.”
Tom DeLay, House Henchman
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“Being steadfast in defense of carefully considered convictions is a virtue. Being blankly incapable of distinguishing cherished hopes from disappointing facts, or of reassessing comforting doctrines in face of contrary evidence, is a crippling political vice.”
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“It may be fun to be snotty, but fun is for children. If your goal is to win, then you build coalitions wherever you can find people who mostly agree with you, and you do your best to keep from driving them away.”
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“I am not yet convinced that President Bush manufactured evidence for their existence as a pretext for war. But I do believe that he has fostered a White House culture that contributes to error with a stifled internal debate, a decision-making process that seems to short circuit research and analysis, and an obsession with loyalty and secrecy that makes the Nixon White House appear as a model of openness and transparency.”
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“I cannot say we’re not aware that you are going through your seasonal tribal warfare now, so it’s very dangerous to open one’s mouth here on any issue.”
Prince Bandar bin Sultan, on “Democracy”
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“This pretty much confirms my perception of the Administration as having a fundamentally correct worldview, married to a chronic inability to thoroughly and properly execute.”
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“He wasn’t in the loop, frankly, on a lot of this stuff.”
Dick Cheney, on Richard Clarke
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“He was in every meeting that was held on terrorism, all the deputies’ meetings, the principals’ meeting that was held, and so forth -- the early meetings after September 11th.”
Condoleeza Rice, on Richard Clarke
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“I actually did vote for his $87 billion, before I voted against it.”
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“Bush has to answer those within his party who are increasingly question-ing the agility and management of his campaign. Among them, two well-placed sources tell TIME, are Laura and Barbara Bush. ‘They are paying attention,’ says a Bush official. The President’s mother, in particular, is worried that she has seen this movie before. Says the official: ‘She does not want to see her family go through a ‘92 thing again.’”
Raising the Volume,” TIME
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“I’m not anti-war on terrorism, and I’m pro-Bush and everybody knows it. I still think that neither party ... should be using images of 9/11 for political gain.”
Jack Lynch, father of 9/11 victim
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“A debate between Kerry and Bush will be a clash of the verbally challenged.”
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“We wish the New York Time’s Elisabeth Bumiller was running for president, just so that we could vote against her. She just turned in what may be the worst debate performance since Nixon sweated through his makeup. It’s the journalism equivalent of the Dean Scream, and if there was any justice in the blogosphere, someone would Photoshop a picture to show her strangling a kitten. Or, at the very least, hounding a kitten to death with idiotic questions and arrogant assumptions.”
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“Mr. President, there are lunatics overseas trying to kill all 300 million of us. I consider every second you spend fighting to keep people who love each other from proving it to be time in dereliction of your duties as our chief defender.”
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“When I was shooting Karl Rove, I said to him, ‘Mr. Rove, I’m just a guy from England trying to make it in America. Can you give me any advice?’ and he said to me, ‘Sonny, if you’re shooting me, you’ve already made it.’”
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“If consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds, John F. Kerry’s mind must be freaking enormous.”
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“The only reason he’s running is either he’s an egomaniac or as a Bush contract.”
Al Sharpton, on Ralph Nader
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“My own question to Pat Robertson is this: The election looks as though it could be close, certainly not a blowout. If George W. Bush loses the election to a Democrat, will you become an atheist?”
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“The left doesn’t see because George W. Bush is an unusually repulsive politician, except to his own followers, and people are blinded by the revulsion they feel. And, in their blindness, they cannot identify the main contours of reality right now. They peer at Iraq and see the smirking face of George W. Bush. They even feel a kind of schadenfreude or satisfaction at his errors and failures. This is a modern, television-age example of what used to be called ‘false consciousness.’”
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“Maybe there are ‘two Americas,’ as the North Carolina senator says -- one with pundits and their predictions, and one with actual voters.”
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“The Kerry spin is that he did better among committed Democrats, and Edwards did better among Independents and Republicans. Er, okay -- but which votes will a Democrat need to pick up in order to win in November?”
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“The voters of Wisconsin have sent a message: Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”
John Edwards
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“I didn’t really mean for this to be my life’s work, but I’m rapidly becoming a one-woman ambassador to both political liberals and religious conservatives to convince them that not all people of faith want the Ten Commandments in every public building in America and not every Democrat is a religion-hating heathen. It’s definitely slow going.”
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“Roy Barnes was a lawyer before he was a politician. Sonny was a veterinarian. He’s a guy who’s had his whole arm inside a cow at some point. It’s hard to take yourself too seriously after that.”
Dan McLagan, on Gov. Perdue
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“I really don’t deal with the Web. There isn’t enough time in the day to go into virtual reality.”
Ralph Nader
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“Punditry is a dangerous game. But according to the exit polls, that’s exactly the game Democratic voters have played in nominating Kerry. And if they’re as shaky at it as we are, the price isn’t just embarrassment. It’s defeat.”
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“This Kerry avalanche strikes me as pretty bad news for the Democrats. Competition creates interest; interested attention on Democrats creates pressure on Bush, and Kerry is about as inspiring as a bag of kelp.”
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“You can actually say Al Gore’s lost his home state twice now, because Dean had absolutely no support in Tennessee.”
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“Someone has to change his mind. Someone has to say, now and then, My heavens, I voted for the wrong man; I am sorry that I did. The team player cannot change his mind, because his mind is the collective mind of the team, and he obeys it. He obeys it the way a good football player obeys his coach -- because this is what he must do in order to be a member in good standing of his team. You cannot remain on the team, and cheer for your team’s opponents. That is why God, in carefully weighing out the proper amount of conservatives and the proportionate amount of liberals, also factored in a not insignificant dose of independents.”
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“Dean’s campaign didn’t just fail, it dissolved on contact with reality.”
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“Howard Dean appears to have spent approximately $207 for each vote he’s received to date.”
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“Tuesday night, the TV interviewers practically begged Edwards to attack Kerry. On CNN, Bob Dole coached him to go after Kerry’s record. It was all Dole could do to refrain from shouting, ‘Damn it, don’t you have a dark side?’”
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“Edwards says he’s the only one who can win states in the South. He can’t win his own state.”
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“Maybe someday we’ll live in a perfect libertarian world, where we drop tokens in the meter to walk on the privatized sidewalks to sell legal heroin to a tax-exempt hooker. But I’m not holding my breath.”
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“Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling.”
George W. Bush, Grammar Ironist
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“Edwards’s staple stump speech for the past month has been the ‘Two Americas’ schtick that seems to impress everyone so much. If he intends to be the Democratic nominee in 2004, one of these Americas better start voting for him.”
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“In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character.”
P.J. O’Rourke
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“The only hope that Wes Clark has right now is to use his military experience to stage a coup.”
Mo Rocca
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“Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.”
John Kenneth Galbraith
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“The simple fact of the matter is that I voted for Bush/Cheney in 2000, and right now I feel like I have been sold down the river when it comes to this hideous spending. The Farm Bill? The Education Bill? Medicare prescription drug plan? Marriage Promotion? Drug Testing in Schools? Faith Based Initiatives? You know, when Bill Clinton pandered, he at least had the decency to be straight forward about it. And, I might add, Bill Clinton, despite what you may think his role was in the process, did sign a balanced budget at the end of the day.”
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“Maybe a nation that consumes as much booze and dope as we do and has our kind of divorce statistics should pipe down about ‘character issues.’ Either that or just go ahead and determine the presidency with three-legged races and pie-eating contests. It would make better TV.”
P.J. O’Rourke
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“Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall–to–wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country -- and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.”
Charles Krauthammer
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“It says something about what has happened to the Republican party that supporting fiscal responsibility is now the position of the ‘hard left.’ And it says something about some Democrats that you either have to hate this president or love him unconditionally. Why can’t a grown-up have a complicated position? I’m a fiscal conservative, social/cultural liberal and foreign policy hawk. Neither party provides a comfortable home for people like me.”
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“His integrity and down-to-earth common sense will only get him crushed by the democratic process.”
Jon Stewart, on John Edwards
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“People say I’ve slid to the right. Well, can you blame me? One of the biggest malfeasances of the left right now is the mislabeling of Hitler. Quit saying this guy is Hitler. Hitler is Hitler. That’s the quintessential evil in the history of the universe, and we’re throwing it around on MoveOn.org to win a contest. That’s grotesque to me.”
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“Senator, with all due respect, he’s a lieutenant and I’m a general.”
Citizen Wes Clark, on Senator John Kerry
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“Maybe he flubbed talk of the Bible, flags and pickup trucks. But it turns out Howard Dean has a great Rebel yell.”
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“Leiberman may actually pull an upset or two in some state that fell off everyone’s radar, but there is no plausible alternate future in which he gets the nomination. Wait, yes there is: all the other candidates die from eating spoiled ham sandwiches backstage at a debate, leaving Leiberman facing only Dennis Kucinich, vegan.”
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“A Dean event is like a Grateful Dean concert, where the faithful show up and groove to their favorite hits. There is a knowing, insiderish connection between the fans and the musician. The applause is boisterous yet perfunctory. There’s no expectation of hearing something new ... Edwards’s events here are like watching a roomful of formerly deaf people listen to music for the first time. People walk in as skeptics and leave as believers.”
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“They’re all Howard Dean now, as far as we’re concerned. So from a preparation standpoint, it doesn’t really matter if it’s Howard Dean or Dick Gephardt or John Kerry or Wesley Clark - they’ve all moved to the left.”
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“The Republican Congress is spending at twice the rate as under Bill Clinton, and President Bush has yet to issue a single veto. I complained about profligate spending during the Clinton years but never thought I’d have to do so with a Republican in the White House and Republicans controlling the Congress.”
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“I have good news. You and I, we are already changing America. Governor Dean and Congressman Gephardt announced today that they are taking down their negative television ads. But there is more we need to do. I call on Governor Dean, Mr. Gephardt and Senator Kerry to stop their negative mailings.”
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“If two gay guys want to get married, it’s none of my business. I could care less. More power to them. I’m happy when people fall in love. But if some idiot foreign terrorist wants to blow up their wedding to make a political statement, I would rather kill him before he can do it, or have my country kill him before he can do it, instead of having him do it and punishing him after the fact. If that makes me a right-wing fanatic, I will bask in that assignation.”
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“If you look at the caucuses system, they are dominated by the special interests in both parties. [And] the special interests don’t represent the centrist tendencies of the American people. They represent the extremes. And then you get a president who is beholden to either one extreme or the other, and where the average person is in the middle.”
Howard Dean, in 1998
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“Congressman Kucinich is holding up a pie chart, which is not truly effective on radio.”
Neal Conan, NPR debate moderator
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“I really believe I’m hearing from the Lord it’s going to be like a blowout election in 2004.”
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“I predict that Pat Robertson in 2004 will continue to use his multimillion broadcasting empire to promote George Bush and other Republican candidates.”
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“I like open minds, and I think in Washington right now, we might as well start painting those people red and blue.”
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“In the last three years we’ve had the biggest farm bill, the biggest education bill, the biggest foreign aid bill and now the biggest health care bill in 30 years. There’s now not any pretense that Bush is committed to smaller government.”
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“I daresay that if you challenge a Dean position or a quote from the candidate in the comments section of a Dean-leaning blog -- or if you challenge Bush in a Bush-leaning blog -- you won’t get a spirited defense. You’ll get called names, accused of apostasy, and treated to a shrill listing of the other’s guy’s defective positions.”
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“The way to defeat Bush is not to advertise how much you hate him. Hard-core ideologues who hate Bush are not going to decide this election. They’ll vote for the Democrat, as they do every four years, but there aren’t enough of them to elect a Democrat. You need swing voters to do that. Hatred may motivate the left to contribute money, but it is hardly an effective talking point for public consumption if you want to win elections.”
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“These responses range from the peevish to the dyspeptic, from the merely cynical to the near-psychotic. Bush is increasingly fortunate to have such people as his enemies, because their demented anger continues to seep into mainstream Democratic Party discourse and threatens to make all anti-Bush rhetoric seem like the ravings of a bunch of lunatics. That happened during the Clinton years, and it’s happening now.”
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“Congress is now spending money like a drunken sailor. And I’ve never known a sailor drunk or sober with the imagination that this Congress has.”
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“And now, according to an increasingly common view, George W. Bush has had the same effect on his political enemies that Bill Clinton had on his. He has driven them crazy; the nuthouse lately vacated by the Clinton-haters has suddenly filled with Bush-haters.”
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“I’m definitely torn, because I obviously don’t want any more of our soldiers getting killed, but I also wouldn’t mind the quagmire going on just long enough to ruin Bush’s re-election chances.”
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“The GOP has now no crediibility as a party of fiscal discipline or small government. It’s just another tool of special interests - as beholden to them as the Dems are to theirs. Its pork barrel excesses may now be worse than the Dems, and the president seems completely unable or unwilling to restrain them.”
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“It looks like the people of San Francisco are an endangered species, which may not be a bad thing. That’s probably good news for the country.”
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“I think all Americans - and this is a joke! - all Americans, even if they’re from the South and ‘stupid,’ should be represented.”
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“On Iraq, the war on terror, taxes and social policy the differences between Howard Dean and George W. Bush will be crystal clear. The American people will be like the proverbial sailboat captain facing a heavy wind as he tries to pull into the harbor. You can tack right or tack left but there really isn’t any ‘in between.’”
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“So, when Election Day 2004 rolls around, who will I vote for? Answer: I don’t know. But what if things stay as they are now, with the Democratic candidates half-heartedly promising to rebuild Iraq while the Bush Administration says all the right things but only does half of them?”
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“One of the problems that we have with young people today is people talk down to you. You know, you get all pigeon-holed. They stereotype you. Exactly the same thing happens with people from the South. I have seen it. I have grown up with it. I’m here to tell you it is wrong. It is condescending.”
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“Now, with the hot political wind blowing from conservative networks, talk radio and corporate boardrooms, when it’s become the fashion to bash the Democratic Party, you’ve joined in, writing a book betraying the people who stood behind every one of your campaigns -- not party activists, but hardworking Georgia families. You cast stone after stone at Democrats. Your silly, petty, and often personal attacks remind me of no one more than your old boss, Lester Maddox.”
David Worley, on Zell Miller
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“Bush is the Devil himself, and you can’t beat a Shaitan. Saddam will magically appear in cuffs two months before the elections and American soldiers will be at their homes partying by New Year’s. The ground will start spitting up WMD’s and al-Qaeda links the moment he touches the ground with his nose, and he will be the next american president.”
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“In 2004, the typical family will pay about $700 less in taxes than it would have without the Bush tax cuts -- but meanwhile, the government will run up about $1,500 in debt on that family’s behalf.”
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“How can Bush think we’ll find Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, but doesn’t believe we’ll find a snitch on his own staff?”
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“Because international issues trump all others in this dangerous age, many of us have given Bush a pass on his greedy, polarizing domestic agenda as long as his foreign policy appeared effective, courageous and wise. But selling out the Kurds would cancel every one of Bush’s promises and successes. If the Democrats want traction against Bush’s achievements abroad - which the president appears all too ready to sacrifice - the administration’s abrupt, opportunistic disregard of Kurdish interests would be a good place to start. And then the Dems can take on the Bush regime’s love for Saudi Arabia.”
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“There’s only one rational explanation for why this was done, and it was clearly to send a message out that if you publicly criticize this administration, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, there might be consequences to suffer.”
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“But neither Colson nor Ehrlichman nor anyone else I knew while working at the Nixon White House had the necessary viciousness, or depravity, to attack the wife of a perceived enemy by employing potentially life-threatening tactics.”
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“I do believe, however, that the president would never have condoned or been party to anything like this.”
Joe Wilson, alleged Bush assassin
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”...The man who signs her check is the man that she’s investigating, and she hasn’t been very aggressive about it.”
John Ashcroft, 1997, on Attorney Generals investigating the White House
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“There is a clear conflict of interest when the attorney general appointed by the president is called upon to investigate possible illegal acts by the vice president or other high-ranking administration officials.”
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“Let me make this as plain as possible -- I was an unpaid advisor for the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign, and I know and respect some high-ranking people in the administration. And none of that changes the following: if George W. Bush knew about or condoned this kind of White House activity, I wouldn’t just vote against him in 2004 -- I’d want to see him impeached. Straight away.”
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“Arnold ... The only salvo the opposition can summon so far is some ‘wild behavior’ in his twenties. Hey, I’ll tell you how deranged I was in my twenties, I might have voted for Gray Davis.”
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“Even though I’m a tranquil guy now at this stage of my life, I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious of traitors.”
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“Were you one of the whiners who said after 9/11 that if the U.S. just treated everyone else in the world better, then we wouldn’t be so hated? So now GWB wants to spend $87B helping to reconstruct Iraq and get them into a more open form of government and you complain about that too! So let me get this straight ... nothing the GWB administration does will be helpful in your mind. I think you need to pull the GWB log from your eye and take another look around.”
Sammy Small, comment at michaeltotten.com
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“Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.”
H.L. Mencken
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“You look at Rumsfeld, and beyond all the rationale, spoken and unspoken, he just dislikes the Army. It’s just palpable ... You always have to wonder if when Rumsfeld was a Navy lieutenant junior grade whether an Army officer stole his girlfriend.”
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“At the end of the day it’s of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs. And trust me, when I use that name, I measure my words.”
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“Serving in Vietnam, as U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) did, does not validate his judgment on Iraq, national security or appropriate uses of military force. Patriotism and judgment are not twins.”
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“I am always mystified by people who would rather die pure than live with imperfections. Every candidate will always disappoint, somehow. Any candidate with whom you agree 100% is probably unelectable.”
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“...I think it’s time I went out on a limb like Alec Baldwin did in 2000 – if Gary Coleman wins the governor’s race, I’m moving to France.”
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“After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood.”
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“You’ll think I’m off my trolley when I say this, but the Bush administration is the most radical, in a positive sense, in the approach to Africa since Kennedy.”
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“I’m not sure where Arnold [Schwarzenegger] gets his political instincts. People often say that for Kennedys, it’s in the water. Arnold seems to be a staunch Republican, so I’ve asked Maria to check their plumbing.”
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“You call Donald Rumsfeld and tell him our sorry asses are ready to go home. Tell him to come spend a night in our building.”
Pfc. Matthew C. O’Dell,
after 1 year in Kuwait/Iraq
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“Since Bush took office, the national debt ... has skyrocketed to $6.4 trillion, which is the limit set by Congress some years ago. Congress approved adding almost another trillion to that last week to keep the government from defaulting on Social Security and other payments next month. Over the next 10 years, you will be paying $4.6 trillion just to pay interest on that debt without reducing it at all. That $4.6 trillion would completely pay for this year’s budget more than twice.”
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“So given the fact that over the past 30 years we’ve been steadily cutting taxes on the rich, cutting federal spending, cutting welfare programs, and cutting Social Security, let’s ask the question again: How low is low enough? How much cutting of these programs will satisfy you?”
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“...I think Bush is going to get reelected anyway-- because for him to lose somebody else has to win, and I can’t imagine who that would be.”
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“Never have so many been so wrong about so much.”
Donald Rumsfeld
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“Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.”
Herbert Hoover
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“It reminds me why ‘comedy’ used to be synonymous with ‘anti-conservative.’ We were funny, and they weren’t. That’s certainly changed a bit. Now there’s nothing more tiresome and annoying than a leftist, while the dreaded neo-cons and centrists get the laughs because the left is so target-rich: old hippies, idiot actors, ANSWER, Michael Moore, ‘nude for peace,’ Martin Sheen, etc. Never have so many fish crowded the barrel.”
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“There is nothing like a cantankerous old man who takes a hey-you-kids-get-off-my-lawn approach to foreign policy. The guy’s literally just like a drunk swinging a broken bottle at people. ‘Hey, Netherlands, you looking at me?’”
Jon Stewart, on Donald Rumsfeld
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“Some things are true even if George Bush believes them.”
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“It’s mindblowingly frustrating for me personally, that as I become increasingly convinced that Bush and his Administration are mendacious and lack the real clarity of moral vision and ability to broaden and sell that vision that is required to deal with the current world situation, I become more convinced that the people who oppose his policy are morons. It doesn’t leave me with a lot of places to stand on this.”
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“To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.”
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“When the politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained.”
Edward R. Murrow
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“The lesson you always learn in these jobs is that the world doesn’t deal cards one at a time.”
Samuel R. Berger,
former N.S.A.
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“The very existence of protestors in Washington DC is testament to the division of labor, by which factory workers build combine harvesters for farmers to produce grain, which Mexican immigrants turn into wraps for burritos to fuel the college kids in their struggle against global capitalism on the streets of DC, and, if the fascists send in the army, the kids will stake the rifles with flowers, fresh, and flown in that very day from Africa. Isn’t global capitalism wonderful?”
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“Am I embarrassed to speak for a less-than-perfect democracy? Not one bit. Find me a better one. Do I suppose there are societies which are free of sin? No, I don’t. Do I think ours is, on balance, incomparably the most hopeful set of human relations the world has? Yes, I do.”
Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan
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“It makes one long for simpler times, in which Presidents and floozies in anterooms were all we had to worry about.”
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“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the Atmosphere.”
Thomas Jefferson
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“From Bob Barr’s skirmish with a man dressed as Yosemite Sam to the dumping of McKinney, I for one have Georgia on my mind.”
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“I want you to disregard all the opposing counsel has said. I think they’re delusionary. I think they’ve had something funny for lunch in their meal, I think they should be handcuffed, chained to a fence and flogged, and all of their hearsay evidence should be thrown the hell out. And if they lie again, I’m going to go over there and kick them in the crotch.”
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“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”
Thomas Jefferson
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“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
John F. Kennedy
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“Citizens who associate themselves with the military arm of the enemy government, and with its aid, guidance and direction enter this country bent on hostile acts, are enemy belligerents.”
Supreme Court, 1942
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“The battle for the mind of Ronald Reagan was like the trench warfare of World War I: never have so many fought so hard for such barren terrain.”
Peggy Noonan
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“Stability? Stability is for free nations.”
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“You know, a simple way to say it is that the coalition ought really not to determine missions. Missions determine coalitions.”
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“Where are all the Left-wing Bloggers? You’d think they’d be everywhere, given that Blogger technology is essentially in sync with leftist economic theories; ie, it’s given away to The People for free, and often collapses.”
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“Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs.”
P. J. O’Rourke
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“Muhammad brought down from heaven and put into the Koran not religious doctrines only, but political maxims, criminal and civil laws, and scientific theories. The Gospels, on the other hand, deal only with the general relations between man and God and between man and man. Beyond that, they teach nothing and do not oblige people to believe anything. That alone, among a thousand reasons, is enough to show that Islam will not be able to hold its power long in ages of enlightenment and democracy, while Christianity is destined to reign in such ages, as in all others.”
Alexis de Tocqueville
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“It is the common failing of totalitarian regimes that they cannot really understand the nature of our democracy. They mistake dissent for disloyalty. They mistake restlessness for a rejection of policy. They mistake a few committees for a country. They misjudge individual speeches for public policy.”
Lyndon Johnson
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“Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionaries.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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“In an atmosphere of liberty, artists and patrons are free to think the unthinkable and create the audacious; they are free to make both horrendous mistakes and glorious celebrations.”
Ronald Reagan
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“I always figured the American public wanted a solemn ass for president, so I went along with them.”
Calvin Coolidge
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“I’m not smart enough to lie.”
Ronald Reagan
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“I do not like broccoli and I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. Now I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.”
George Bush
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“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.”
P.J. O’Rourke
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“The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.”
P.J. O’Rourke
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“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
H. L. Mencken
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“The advance planning and sense stimuli employed to capture a $10 million cigarette or soap market are nothing compared to the brainwashing and propaganda blitzes used to ensure control of the largest cash market in the world: the Executive Branch of the United States Government.”
Phyllis Schlafly


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