Quotes of Note, 2002
It's all about political calculation! "White House officials have told Republicans that Bush is willing to accept the consequences if Lott loses the majority leader position, quits the Senate and allows Mississippi's Democratic governor to replace him, GOP officials say."
"Trent Lott is the Republican party's Monica Lewinsky."
"As we know, Democrats have had plenty of harsh words about Trent Lott's remarks at Strom Thurmond's birthday party. But Bill Clinton got in a more lighthearted dig. Our Jonathan Karl reports that the former president offered this line at a benefit last night at the Robert Kennedy Memorial -- quote. Mr. Clinton, he said: "When Robert Kennedy ran for president, we supported him. We're proud of it. And if he had lived and been elected, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years!'"
"Trent Lott: The gift that just keeps on giving. "
"A lesser breed was sliming Dems. And no one did it like the Fox & Friends crew -- the gang who run the worst 'news' show in the history of American television. A three-hour reading of con agit-prop, the program is a daily reminder of how low our 'press corps' has fallen."
"[T]he Mississippian with the styrene plastic hair-helmet has long specialized in racially ambiguous remarks. On his 'Talking Points' website, Josh Marshall posted an interview Lott once gave arguing that Jefferson Davis would have approved of the Republican platform. He's given speeches to one of those 'Southern Heritage' outfits calling itself the Kouncil of Konservative Kitizens, or something similar. Remember how upset GOP moralists got when a handful of immature mourners booed Lott at Sen. Paul Wellstone's funeral? Well, that's the kind of thing they were booing about."
Re. Trent Lott: "Cheerleaders ain't traditionally known for their brains."
"It is of course hideously disgusting that anyone would turn a BIRTHDAY PARTY into a partisan political rally."
"It's the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis."
"The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, an otherwise respectable newspaper, consists of a group of people who take their economic guidance from Ayn Rand, their political guidance from Newt Gingrich, and their moral guidance from John Fund."
"They're selling a hybrid product now that's news plus news-helper; whether it's entertainment or attitude or news that's marbled with opinion, it's different. Now, especially in the cable-TV market, it has become good economics once again to go back to a party-oriented approach to attract a hard-core following that appreciates the predictability of a right-wing point of view, but then to make aggressive and constant efforts to deny that's what they're doing in order to avoid offending the broader audience that mass advertisers want. Thus the Fox slogan 'We Report, You Decide,' or whatever the current version of their ritual denial is."
How should [Daschle] have replied [to Limbaugh's whining about Daschle's critique]? He could have noted how odd it is for Mr. Limbaugh, who avoided the Vietnam draft, to question the patriotism of an Air Force veteran like himself. Or he could have adopted the strategy of Senator John McCain, another frequent target of the radio demagogue's bombast. After comparing Mr. Limbaugh to a 'circus clown,' the Arizona Republican apologized. 'I regret that statement,' he told an interviewer on Fox News the other night, 'because my office has been flooded with angry phone calls from circus clowns all over America. They resent that comparison, and so I would like to extend my apologies to Bozo, Chuckles and Krusty.'"
"Mr. Starr was particularly exercised about liberals' being result-oriented, abandoning their principles to reach the outcomes they favor. But he would have made a more compelling case if he had not proceeded to abandon his and the Federalist Society's own oft-repeated commitment to judicial restraint to praise the Supreme Court for striking down the Gun-Free School Zones Act and the Violence Against Women Act in a burst of conservative activism."
"In the aftermath of the election, I received hundreds of e-mails from readers suggesting what Democrats might stand for today after standing for nothing brought them their Nov. 5 debacle. 'It need not be such a complicated question,'wrote one correspondent, cutting to the chase for many others. 'Stand up honestly and courageously for workers, consumers, voters, investors, people who breathe air and drink water and eat food. Do what's best for them. Big business can take care of itself.'
"That traditional party ethic is embryonically reflected in the domestic policy staples emerging so far among pundits and most Democrats running for president, Mr. Gore included: some kind of universal health insurance (bothersome details and price tags to come during primary season), a fast Democratic tax cut for the non-rich in lieu of the slo-mo Bush windfall for the upper brackets, fights for the environment and civil liberties and against hard-right judicial appointments and corporate malfeasance."
"Defenders of Ailes are coming out and say that Ailes was simply being a patriotic American who was offering Mr. Bush some advice during some troubling times.
"Fine. I'm willing to cut Ailes some slack (something he would never do for the left) were it not for the way he treated Bill Clinton at times America was facing some troubling times.
"Even before Woodward uncovered this advice giving, there were some in the mainstream media who gave Ailes the benefit of the doubt when he said that his alleged news channel would be 'fair and balanced.'However, for those of us familiar with this man's past, the 'fair and balanced'label is just another weapon in his ideological arsenal."
" I am at a loss to understand how a man who has attended Andover and Yale, and grown up in a patrician environment, can still project an image of a guy running a gas station in Texas. It scares me to believe that he is the ultimate decision maker for our country."
"One of the best ways to judge someone's moral and intellectual seriousness -- perhaps also their moral and intellectual caliber, but at least their seriousness -- is to see who they pick as their enemies, who they choose to pick fights with. Someone like David Horowitz is a great example of effectiveness of this method -- a sorry sort of guy, bubbling on churning rapids of cash, constantly casting about for some new lefty freak to mount a new crusade against, all mixed-up with aggrieved passion and outrage. The whole enterprise is about as grave and righteous as tricking retarded grade-schoolers out of their lunch money."
"Two days ago, I listed a couple sentences of cloying praise of George Chucklehead Bush by Michael Kelly as the howler of the month. I wrote this a bit too early.
"Did Rove mastermind a timely bait and switch, substituting Saddam Hussein for Osama bin Laden as Public Enemy #1? He did. Did the White House market what CNN bills as 'Showdown in Iraq' like an action/adventure film for political purposes? Absolutely."
"Leaving aside all of the other debating points about 'partial birth abortions,' in the end it wasn't signed into law by Clinton. Why? Because he demanded that there be an exception for the health and life of the mother and the Republicans wouldn't put one in there. Now we know how they feel about women and the fetuses they claimed to care so much about. They were unconcerned about the lives of both."
"Yes, sleaze has a bad name. It also has a new name: Bush. Shame on him."
"Everyone Bill Clinton campaigned for was defeated."
The three Bush "accomplishments" that account for last night's Democratic losses:
"In Bush's nation, government at home would exist only to punish, to prohibit, to confine and to execute; elsewhere it would exist to smite, to punish, to seize--and to execute. Should that nation really come to be, many people who now think of themselves as American citizens, including many who voted on Bush's side and those who convinced themselves nothing worth bothering themselves about was at stake, will find that they are not."
"The party is in its worst shape since 1928, and there's no FDR even remotely in sight. "
"Even a short-timer like me -- the span between my dive-in at the deep end of the TV news pool and my escape through the filter system was just 15 months -- quickly learned that 'election reform' is the equivalent of Fox's already-canceled 'Girls Club.'"
"George W. Bush is no Ronald Reagan.
"If Leona Hemsley was the queen of mean, Peggy [Noonan] is its princess."
"Oh well. Better ranting on Free Republic than perched on the roof, thinning out the neighborhood with a high powered rifle..."
"Just to hear Gingrich holding forth in that familiar old confident tone should have been a clue that he either didn't know what he was talking about or was lying."
"The political veteran in me knows that lying about a long-past drunken driving conviction -- or an affair -- is understandable, if not excusable. What is not excusable is misleading the country -- repeatedly, as The Post and others have noted -- about going to war. There is something odd about a White House that thinks misleading people about sex is a crime, but misleading us about war is good public policy."
"Trade, aid, tourism and pirated Hollywood movies are the proven weapons of mass destruction against totalitarianism, much more effective than sanctions and war, which only enshrine dictators and terrorists as the protectors of a people or nation's virtue. Inviting it to the table is still the best weapon for stuffing a mouse that roars."
"The bottom line is I don't trust this president and his advisors."
"Is Mr. Bush any more committed to a workable inspection regime than Saddam himself? It isn't easy to assess the intentions of an administration in which the State Department indicates one attitude and the Defense Department suggests the opposite, while the White House occupies a vague middle."
"The 'strict adherence' to the 'letter of the law' trumpeted by indignant Republicans is, in practice, about as strict as Newt Gingrich's monogamy. For them it isn't good enough that a Republican-dominated court voted unanimously to permit Lautenberg on the ballot. (Apparently Republicans appointed by Christie Whitman aren't Republican enough for Princeton legal scholar Robert George, whose bitter screed about their pro-choice views is posted on Forrester's Web site.) Petty consistency is all that matters."
"Do voters remember that when Saddam actually used 'weapons of mass destruction,'spraying nerve gas on Iranian soldiers and Kurdish rebels 15 years ago, the Reagan-Bush administration reacted by selling him more helicopters?
"Based upon the hard evidence I have seen, I do not believe the administration has yet made a compelling case for the invasion and occupation of Iraq."
"So if Raines and the Times were leading journalistic jihad against the Bush Administrations war on Iraq, dontcha think they might have put Gores speech in the lead on the front page? And what about the testimony of these three generals?"
"What is the penalty for putting false information on a driver's license application? My own brief look at Scottish Common Law tells me it amounts to Treason, but I'm no lawyer.
"On TV, Coulter conveys all the feminine warmth of a water moccasin, if you can imagine a pit viper with silicone implants."
"I think we should give John Ashcroft a big hand -- (pause) -- right in the mouth!.... The way things are going I'll probably be thrown in jail tomorrow for saying that, so I hope y'all will bail me out!"
"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."
"People in these mosques in THIS country that are praying, that are working, that are good Americans, that pay taxes here -- they're NOT evil people! They're good people -- and for YOU [Sandy Rios, spokesperson for right wing front group Concerned Women of America] to suggest that and Franklin Graham to suggest that is JUST WRONG, GODDAMNIT, IT IS WRONG!"
"It will never occur to [Ann] Coulter that in the vast crowd of us who appeared on television news in 1998, and focused entirely on the itinerary of President Clinton's genitalia, she was up near the front. It's a big crowd, and some of us tried to disperse it. But we're all there -- I'm including myself -- and as we head to purgatory for our sins, if not hell, we should all solemnly acknowledge that in fact there most obviously was something else to which we should have been paying attention, and didn't."
"It's especially flattering that several Freepers took the trouble to write. For many of them, completing a coherent sentence is no small challenge."
"When the Washington Times acknowledges that Republicans are worried about November, they are very, very worried about November."
"The White House is insisting on a Homeland Security bill with virtually all the civil service and collective bargaining rights of federal employees stripped out of it?... What [Mr. Bush is] doing here is just using the crushed, maimed and devastated of 9/11 to prop up Grover Norquist's federal workplace policy agenda."
"This regime-change stuff can be tricky. Apparently Georgie Porgie took a whack at it a couple of months ago in Venezuela and succeeded so well that he maintained in office a president so unpopular that he probably would have been forced out had it not been for the botched attempt at regime change. To make matters worse, a few of your more cheeky 'Ayrabs' are going around talking about a regime change in Washington, D.C. Is there anything more against the peace process than that?
"Coulter is appearing on TV shows now to peddle her book, and her hosts are too lazy, too incompetent, too bought-off and scared to challenge her crackpot dissembling. Last night, Bill O'Reilly's worthless performance qualified him for a spot down the row from Ted Williams. At Slate, meanwhile, Mickey Kaustoo lazy and indifferent to the public interest to dirty his hands with actual researchsays that a certain part of Coulter's book 'appears to be completely accurate. 'In fact, the part of the book to which Kaus refers is also absurdly misleading and bogus. We'll look at the topic in question next week (sneak preview offered below).
"On the topic of [Ann] Coulter, I do not think it impossible or necessarily unlikely that were she a leftist, Mr. Ashcroft would seek to imprison her for regular endorsements of mass violence and even political assassination. (She may be joking, but I can't tell and I doubt Ashcroft could either.) Were she an immigrant, there is no question that she would be jailed and probably held incommunicado and in solitary confinement. That she is taken seriously by anyone with access to a television camera or a printing press is one of the most shaming scandals of American public life in recent memory."
"Ms. Coulter argues that the point of my cartoon "was simply to convey all the proper prejudices of elitist liberals against ordinary Americans." Actually it was exactly the opposite. The vast majority of people who read my cartoon live in places like Dayton and Austin and Athens and Des Moines and Missoula and Milwaukee and Buffalo and Savannah and Springfield, and while they may not believe that twenty-first century Americans are God's chosen people, and while they may find cause to disagree with Republican policies and priorities, I think they'd be very surprised to learn that they are anything but ordinary Americans."
"President Junior has kept at least one campaign promise. He said he'd run
"Since Ashcroft became attorney general, the Justice Department has been three times more likely to seek death for black defendants accused of killing whites than for blacks alleged to have killed nonwhites, according to the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project, which was established by the courts to monitor capital cases."
"I attribute [the dollar's slide] to lack of confidence in the management of affairs by the United States, its unilateralism, the pursuit of national self-interests and not living up to the responsibility of being the dominant financial power in the world, not taking care of the system."
"Coulter could probably have a day much more to her liking by skipping the TV and heading straight for the radio, tuning in to hear Rush Limbaugh talking about 'feminazis' or G. Gordon Liddy giving instruction on the most effective way to kill federal agents ('aim for the head'). She could pick up the Washington Times or the Op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal. She could change channels to Fox News and listen to the headlines of the day from Brit Hume. Or tune in to Alan Keyes on MSNBC or Bill O'Reilly (though, Coulter tells us, he's not really a conservative since he's against the death penalty)."
"None of this would be happening if Colin Powell were still around."
"Trying to portray Mr. Bush as a serious scholar is about as believable as earlier efforts to paint him as a selfless statesman who heeds no polls, adheres always to principle, and indulges in nothing so base and "Clintonian" as political calculation. Citizens who wish to preserve such illusions should avoid reading the PowerPoint presentation by White House chief political adviser Karl Rove about Republican electoral strategies and prospects."
"President Bush wants to change the Department of Defense back into a War Department.... Who is this guy, Napoleon?"
"He's as purposeful as a wind-up toy boat with a bent rudder doing circular putt-putts in the bathtub."
"[Bush] did nothing to warn the American people because he needed this war on terrorism.... His daddy had Saddam and he needed Osama. His presidency was going nowhere.... This guy is a joke...sleazy and contemptible."
"This Bush administration believes that it is not accountable to the American people, and that it is above scrutiny if not the law. It has a 'Father Knows Best'(and let's hope the father is not Bush Sr.) view of government. And, for political reasons, not the least of which deals with the congressional elections this fall -- where Republicans hope to re-capture control of the Senate and retain control of the House -- Bush and his colleagues do not want the full truth to be known."
"On cue, Vice-president Cheney entered stage right with his now familiar bluster, insisting upon secrecy and insinuating that to doubt George W. Bush is to doubt America. Well, it's not going to play this time."
"We have a real problem with [the 'Phoenix' memo not reaching Bush and Mohammad Atta acquiring a student visa]... these are real screw-ups, real foul-ups... Are they being covered up by these generalized warnings?"
"I think it's shameful that they didn't warn the American people. It appears the government has placed the financial interests of the airline industry above the survival of the citizens"
"Three photos of Bush for $150.00 donation to Freepers -- kinda like hittin' the trifecta!"
"He's such a good liar, he could walk in right now and he could convince me in five minutes he never hit me. He is the best liar I've ever seen."
"Of today's 25 news stories [in the hard-right neophyte New York Sun], 18 came from the AP, one from the Daily Telegraph and one from Bloomberg News. Of the five Sun originals, one was a three-graph anonymous brief. This is not what those in the business world call a 'value-added product.' "
"And so, in my State of the -- my State of the Union -- er, State -- my speech to the nation -- whatever you want to call it, speech to the nation -- I asked Americans to give 4,000 years -- 4,000 hours over the next -- the rest of your life -- of service to America. That's what I asked -- 4,000 hours."
"The single-minded commitment to framing the debate ('It's the economy, stupid') and the 'instant response' counterpunching methods developed in James Carville's war room during the first Clinton campaign need to become part of the Democrats' DNA."
"Maybe one day soon a li'l ol' steel magnolia will march up the White House steps, brush aside those Secret Service hunks, sweep into the Oval Office, dump tomes on that glistening desk, and lecture Georgie on the dangers of being such a pompous dunce. Hopefully, one of those books will be a copy of the US Constitution, now under siege by both terrorists and the protectors of the people. Maybe Georgie, now that hes in between sophomoric speeches, could be stirred into studying the real things that make his country great --like the belief that all men (and nations) are created equal, despite differences in color, creed, facial hair, or per capita incomes."
"This is a message from a Fox News senior vice president to staff, dated November 28, 2001: 'Let's not get sidetracked worrying about the plight of Afghans this winter, or how many children are undernourished. We can help that country as soon as they cough up the guys who killed 5,000 Americans. When in doubt, take a look at the WTC collapsing.'"
"I'm tired of this right-wing sidewind! I've had it! America's economy is suffering unnecessarily. Important American values are being trampled.
"Mr. Bush doesn't seem to know that since the routing of the Taliban his moral clarity has atrophied into simplistic, often hypocritical sloganeering. He has let his infatuation with his own rectitude metastasize into hubris....Even then, the 180-degree reversal from the administration's previous inertia was not motivated by the bloody imperatives of the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians but by their inconvenient disruption of Mr. Bush's plans to finish his father's job in Iraq. A cynic might go so far as to say that 'Saddam Hussein is driving U.S. foreign policy' --which, as it happens, is what Benjamin Netanyahu did tell The New York Post on Tuesday."
"The President's politics are so fundamentally immature that when confronted with a real world of hard choices he is floundering. So George Bush ends up caught in the crossfire between the wise -- Colin Powell and Condolleeza Rice -- and the dangerous -- Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle. The latter are an arrogant, angry crew and God help us all if they triumph."
"If we assess the foreign policy accomplishments of the Bush administration since Sept. 11, the scorecard is quite dismal. There are some people in the Bush administration who have the same mentality as Arafat or Sharon. I can name names, like Ashcroft, Cheney and Rumsfeld, although that is considered impolite....Although the terrorist threat is real, and we must defend against it, we are going about it the wrong way. What makes the situation so dangerous is that nobody dares to say so. The nation is endangered, therefore it is unpatriotic to criticize our leader. That is not what has made this country great. The strength of this country lies in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights and the freedom of speech and thought."
"Last weekend, the A.P. reported Bush aides saying on background that our president was 'frustrated' after his telephone call to Sharon. I asked another 'senior administration official' about that, and was firmly told 'no such thing.' Such staff doubletalk ill serves the president and the press."
"Watching FOX [News Channel]? That's like watching the Cartoon Network! FOX is nuts."
"Don't you think it would be more important to go to Jerusalem first?"
"The GE/Gates Net [MSNBC ] actually features a show called Alan Keyes Is Making Sense. To whom? Moonies freebasing LSD?"
On Smirk's Clinton-bashing: "He'll learn at some point that you have to face problems rather than to blame others -- and the only thing more glaring here than his lack of leadership is his lack of knowledge."
BLAST FROM THE PAST! Chickenhawks in review:
"President Bush is facing angry Arab nations, angry Middle East combatants, angry European allies, and angry terrorists bent on destroying America. At this point I wouldn't be surprised if he asks Florida for another recount 'Let's give this sucker to Al Gore.' "
"There needs to be a focused, coalition effort in the region
"In a little over a year in office, Bush has allowed the Israeli-Palestinian crisis to explode from a small brush fire to a raging conflagration; squandered the global goodwill toward the United States after Sept. 11; set back the cause of moderates in Iran with a comic-book invocation of "evil"; endangered key allies in South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Egypt; failed to pursue vital peacekeeping and nation-building efforts in Afghanistan; clumsily pushed the Arab world into greater solidarity with Saddam Hussein; put forward a potentially dangerous new first-use nuclear doctrine; and filled our European allies with contempt and rage at our heavy-handed unilateralism."
WHAT WAS HE SMOKING? "You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob? What is the matter with them? I suppose it is because most of them are psychiatrists!"
BLAST FROM THE PAST:"As a matter of general principle, I believe there can be no doubt that criticism in time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government ... too many people desire to suppress criticism simply because they think that it will give some comfort to the enemy to know that there is such criticism. If that comfort makes the enemy feel better for a few moments, they are welcome to it as far as I am concerned, because the maintenance of the right of criticism in the long run will do the country maintaining it a great deal more good than it will do the enemy, and will prevent mistakes which might otherwise occur."
"When Ted Olson got in front of Congress during his confirmation for Solicitor General, and gave extremely misleading answers to questions about his involvement in the Arkansas Project, he was doing precisely what he had tried to trap Clinton into doing for years. I mean, that level of hypocrisy was really astounding."
"Journal editorialist John Fund, a close political adviser of house speaker Newt Gingrich, announced to the group that impeachment was not a matter of evidence of wrongdoing but of 'political will' by the right."
"These are the guys who proclaim, 'We report. You decide.' I simply decided to let them report. The result wasn't real journalism, merely an incredible simulation."
"You've been a drunk, a thief, a possible felon, an unconvicted deserter and a cry baby... for the sake of all that is decent and sacred take leave immediately and bring some honor to your all-important family name."
"The real differences around the world today are not between Jews and Arabs; Protestants and Catholics; Muslims, Croats, and Serbs. The real differences are between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; between those who look to the future and those who cling to the past; between those who open their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists."
Ari's big mouth: "Press secretary blunders don't get much more colossal than that. Three baddies.
"The campaign of character assassination waged [against President Clinton] by the right was a singular, unprecedented effort. Nothing like it exists on the left. What I object to on the right is the obsessive hatred, the bigotry, and the personal savaging of their opponents, all achieved through an echo chamber of talk radio, the Internet and Rupert Murdoch's media outlets. That kind of well-funded disinformation campaign has no analog on the left. "
HELEN THOMAS: Ari, why would this administration choose a man for couter-terrorism who is so associated with the dark side of the Iran-Contra scandal, Admiral Poindexter?
"They stand with us in this incredibly important crusade to defend freedom, this campaign to do what is right for our children and our grandchildren."
BLAST FROM THE PAST! "We are a loyal member of your team and are prepared to do whatever fits your strategic plan...In public policy, it matters less who has the best arguments and more who gets heard -- and by whom."
"Having Dick Armey offer [a campaign finance reform bill] calls to mind the line about Doris Day: 'I knew her before she was a virgin.' "
"As important as identifying Iraq, Iran and North Korea for what they are, we must be equally bold in identifying other evils that confront us, for there is another axis of evil in the world: poverty and ignorance; disease and environmental disorder; corruption and political oppression."
"I'd say you were a carnival barker -- except that wouldn't be fair to carnival barkers! A carny will at least tell you up front that he's running a shell game!"
"The whole country is broke and bogged down in some dubious foreign war that our children will be paying off for another 99 years. Our national economy is in ruins, Harvard-trained crooks have destroyed the roots of investor confidence, public-school systems from Maine to California are downsized to death by greedheads, our baseball-loving President comes back to work after a weekend of unspeakable football adventures with a nasty-looking puncture wound on his face.
"What [Enrongate] is about, and what the public will get to hear and read about in wrenching detail over the coming months, is how business gets done down in Texas. How a small group of business leaders exert enormous clout over Bush and his team in getting the rules changed to their benefit. It will explain why Bush has locked up presidential records, locked out any voices opposed to his pro-business agenda and rammed through an expensive economic plan that wiped out the budget surplus but to date hasn't had any positive effect on the economy."
BLAST FROM THE PAST! Henry Kissinger to then-President Nixon, who suggested George H. Bush as a secret emissary to China: "Absolutely not. He is too soft and not sophisticated enough. Bush would be too weak."
"I've been in this town 50 years. I've seen many secretaries of the treasury.... With all due respect to you, you're not Alexander Hamilton."
BLAST FROM THE PAST! "Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done."
"There's a culture of government corruption. I've never seen a better example of cash-and-carry government than this Bush administration and Enron.... We have an Enron government."
"[Florida governor Jeb Bush] came up in a little black convertible sports car.... He was wearing a baseball cap, he drove into the parking lot of the Sheridan, stuck his arm straight up in the air with his middle finger up and his back to us. It was a bird, he shot us a bird, Mad Grandmothers, Young Democrats and a child!"
"When contemplating college liberals, you really regret once again that John Walker is not getting the death penalty. We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed too. Otherwise they will turn out to be outright traitors."
"Mr. Duncan, Enron robbed the bank, Andersen provided the getaway car, and they say you were at the wheel."
"Bush asks us to swaller the idea that NOT giving another $300 million tax cut to the richest one percent of Americans 'would be a disaster for the American economy.' Someone tell him that the disaster has already happened, partly due to tax cuts. Enron, Bush's favorite tax cut beneficiary, had not paid any income tax in four of the past five years, and the IRS, under Bush's watch, is offering amnesty to 95 companies that illegally avoided paying taxes that could have potentially meant $16 billion in revenue.
"Despite Republican complaints about defense policy during the Clinton administration, the military that has prevailed so easily in Afghanistan was bequeathed to Mr. Bush by his predecessor in excellent condition."
"I don't want to Enron the people of the United States."
BLAST FROM THE PAST! "I know it would be devastating to all of us but I wish we would get caught. We're such a crooked company."
"Since it has lately become respectable to discuss his elevation to the nation's highest office as a matter of divine will, Mr. Bush’s deep determination to empty the Treasury into the pockets of friends and supporters may likewise signify the unknowable agenda of the Almighty...The implications of all this are obviously profound. If the President is indeed guided by Providence in lavishing additional billions upon those who already enjoy so much material abundance -- even while the numbers of unemployed, uninsured and homeless soar -- then his ascension may represent a millennial reversal of heavenly policy."
"...a cruise missile is more important than Head Start."
These guys -- Joe McCarthy, Bill O'Reilly -- die like everyone else. And when they do, their legacy is one of damaging the spirit of good things, and they become rather broken, pathetic figures. And that is going to happen to him."
"I will give our new president the same level of support and encouragement that was given to the current administration by such luminaries as Tom DeLay, Trent Lott, Rush Limbaugh, Richard [Mellon] Scaife, Ted Olson, [Paul Greenberg] and, of course, George W. himself. In other words, I will badmouth the president daily, I will work in whatever small way I can to defeat and undermine his programs and agenda, I will believe every scurrilous lie told about him and I will criticize and ridicule his wife and children at every opportunity."
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