Vanessa Gibbs, was detained for a long time at the airport because her purse had a gun design on it: “And she [the TSA agent] was like, well, you know this is a federal offense because it’s in the shape of a gun; I’m like, but it’s a design on a purse. How is it a federal offense? …common sense, it’s a purse, not a weapon.” Although a well-placed duh may have been appropriate, Vanessa still made her point (and missed her flight).
President Barack Obama on the campaign trail: “I’m going to need another term to finish the job.”
President Barack Obama: “The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition. I’m not going to remind people of what I said not just during the campaign, but even on the night we won. I said real change, big change is hard. It takes time. It takes more than a single term. It may take more than a single president.”
President Obama: “Tonight, Senate Republicans chose to raise taxes on nearly 160 million hardworking Americans because they refused to ask a few hundred thousand millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share.”
Obama on the payroll tax cut: “Let’s just be clear: if they vote no, your taxes go up; if they vote yes, you get a tax cut.”
Obama: “Tell them [the republicans] not to vote to raise taxes on working Americans during the holidays. Tell them to put country before party. Put money back in the pockets of working Americans. Pass these tax cuts.”
Barack Obama: “We still have a health care system that has to get more efficient and that has to improve its quality. And so we’re going to have to implement the Affordable Care Act in 2014, and that means I’ve got to win in 2012.”
Obama on his kids: “Our kids are going to be fine. And I always tell Malia and Sasha, look, you guys, I don’t worry about you – I mean, I worry the way parents worry – but they’re on a path that is going to be successful, even if the country as a whole is not successful. But that’s not our vision of America. I don’t want an America where my kids are living behind walls and gates, and can’t feel a part of a country that is giving everybody a shot.”
From: Michelle Obama
Subject: Drew, I want to meet you
Date: December 1, 2011 11:14:22 AM EST
I’m excited for the chance to meet you and whoever you decide to bring to dinner.
I really hope you give this a shot.
Give $3 or whatever you can to be automatically entered for you and a guest to have dinner with Barack and me.
Hope to see you soon,
First of all, is this real? What if this was a text message from Herman Cain to his latest accuser? Would he not be considered having an affair with a message like this?
Vice President Joe Biden on Iraq: “We’re not claiming victory. What we’re claiming here is we’ve done our job the administration said it would do. To end a war we did not start, to end it in a responsible way.”
When asked if he would run for president in 2016, Joe Biden answered: “I am never ready to close the door on anything. I am intent on reelecting Barack Obama president of the United States of America. The rest will take care of itself.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “I don’t know what the middle class ever did to the Republicans that they’re so out to get them…whether it’s job creation, economic growth, the tax code and the rest – the deck is getting stacked against the middle class.”
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta: “National security is not just dependent on military power; It’s also dependent, [among other things], on the quality of life in this country – to educate our kids, to provide health care. All of that is part of our national security.”
DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “[Republicans] know they can’t win elections on the merits, so they’re trying to rig elections by blocking people’s access to the polls.” By blocking access, she means requiring a picture ID in order to vote, a measure which has recently been passed in several states.
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis: “Last year the unemployment rate was at 9.8%, this time around it’s at 8.6. Can we do better? Absolutely. That’s why I think the president’s plan to come up with some alternatives like extending the payroll tax, extending U.I. (unemployment) benefits are all going to help put people back to work.”
Former SEIU Chief Andy Stern who Obama had appointed to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility: “The conservative-preferred, free-market fundamentalist, shareholder-only model-so successful in the 20th century, is being thrown onto the trash heap of history in the 21st century. In an era when countries need to become economic teams, Team USA’s results-a jobless decade, 30 years of flat median wages, a trade deficit, a shrinking middle class and phenomenal gains in wealth but only for the top 1%-are pathetic. This should motivate leaders to rethink, rather than double down on an empirically failing free-market extremism. As painful and humbling as it may be, America needs to do what a once-dominant business or sports team would do when the tide turns: study the ingredients of its competitors’ success. ”
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius: “[The nation’s health] really is an issue of national security…[a healthy, productive work force] is an essential part of our prosperity.” Again, only a problem that government can conceive of and therefore only a problem that government can solve.
Recently homeless woman with 12 children in Tampa, her husband having been arrested: “Somebody needs to pay, all my children…Somebody needs to be held accountable, and they needs to pay.” There is one organization which pays for her rent now and her furniture, but according to the news report, that is not enough.
Democrat Congresswoman Donna Edwards to Occupy D.C. people, as part of a chant: “It’s not fair, it’s not right; It’s time for us to occupy America.”
Occupy D.C. protestor leading a chant: “I just rode the elevator.”
Handwritten sign of a solitary protester perched on a railing at the edge of Zuccotti Park: “You Can’t Occupy An Idea.”
The Compliant Obama Press Corps:
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, who poses as a “conservative blogger” for WaPo: “Well, I think part of the conservative media operates in opposition to what they see as the liberal media. That is their cause, that’s the way they gather an audience. That’s entertainment for many of their viewers, and I think sometimes that overrides their other function or their other role which is news coverage, news analyzation, and the rest. So, I think we’ve had a lot of sort of defensive media from the right. I actually think that is changing however somewhat over the last few weeks. And the last few days, rather. And I think you see a more critical vein now that he is rising in the polls, now that there is a lot of questions about his past, now that his past representation of Freddie Mac, now that his positions on global warming, on the individual mandate are coming out, you’re seeing a much more critical voice begin to emerge.”
PBS’s Mark Shields: “The Republican field – Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman – stand between a landslide reelection victory of Barack Obama if Newt Gingrich is the nominee. If Newt Gingrich is the nominee, it will not be a competitive race. It will be a landslide. It will be a walk to reelection at a time when the nation needs a major debate.”
Colby King, Washington Post: “I like everything that is going on right now [in the Republican primarry]. God answers Democratic prayers. And so, I hope if we just hold on, Newt will make it, and make it to the nomination. That would be just beautiful [because Newt can be easily defeated by Obama, was his point, agreeing the Shields].”
Time Magazine columnist Joe Klein: “Newt probably is a more serious contender than Herman Cain was. Cain was clearly just a parking place, and especially after we started to attack Cain; then, you know, Republicans — populist Republicans — decided to support Cain just to send us a message.”
ABC’s David Kerley on Herman Cain possibly ending his campaign: “[Cain] called himself the CEO of self. Is he about to fire himself? Has the Cain train made its last run? We are getting some indications from supporters and some staff members that he may end his campaign, no final word. One Web site is suggesting that Mrs. Cain wants him out, and he has said that Mrs. Cain could decide to reduce the Republican field by one candidate.” This is “news” with a heavy insertion of ridicule.
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir: “But if Herman Cain is proven to be lying and drops out of the race, doesn’t that also disqualify him from holding a position in the local church? …[The church doctrine says this] ‘Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel.’ If Mr. Cain withdraws from politics, then he must surely resign his position in the church, because one thing is for certain: Hypocrites can lie in the pew, but they should never lead from the pulpit.”
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: “And, Jake, stand by, because we also have some news from Herman Cain. Yesterday, he gave this interview to the Manchester Union Leader where he said, and this was a surprise, that his wife didn’t know anything about Ginger White, the girlfriend that we spoke to earlier this week.” In case you do not get this, Ms. White has never been proven to be Cain’s girlfriend. If text messages and emails make someone your girlfriend, then Stephanopoulos has a several dozen of them.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, reacting to Herman Cain suspending his campaign: “Well, first of all, what is the fundamental strategic goal to the entire bizarre charade? . . . Fundamentally, this entire bizarre song-and-dance was about making sure he could keep getting donations and for making an exit from this campaign that preserves his status as a highly-paid [more derisive laughter] motivational speaker . . . Herman Cain is really sort of the perfect example of what, I think it was Mark Halperin, called the freak show.”
NBC’s Brian Williams: “The Newt Gingrich that a lot of folks will remember from his speakership days back in the ’90s was back on display making statements about controversial issues that left some of his critics slack-jawed. Our report from NBC’s Chuck Todd.”
NBC’s Chuck Todd: “Former Speaker Gingrich was quintessential Newt in Iowa today, making broad assertions and diving into issues that haven’t been front and center, like child labor laws and the work habits of the poorest Americans.”
Newt Gingrich on video: “Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works.”
Todd: “Those remarks came as Gingrich tried to clarify his claim at Harvard two weeks ago that child labor laws are quote, truly stupid.”
Yeah, that’s exactly what is going on; Newt Gingrich is out to overturn the child labor laws.
CBS‘s Jan Crawford: “Now, Gingrich is going to be hit hard for his ties to corporate interests, the ethics allegations, and charges he faced when he was Speaker of the House- you know, even his personal relationships- his adulterous affairs. So this ad just shows what he’s got to face in the weeks ahead, and his opponents are ready to attack, to start eroding that frontrunner status.” This was only one of several Republican and Newt bashing quotes during this relatively short segment.
Chris Matthews to Barney Frank: “Let me ask you about good and evil…do you believe that there’s some people like Newt Gingrich that personify one side of this Manichean struggle in our life?”
Barney Frank: “I really dislike Gingrich and disapprove of him…I wouldn’t call him evil…in Gingrich’s case, there is an unusually preponderance of the bad qualities.”
New NPR President Gary Knell: “I think the important thing here is that our audience does not feel that we are promoting a political agenda. So these questions come in whether there is going to be an impression of a political agenda if reporters, journalists or producers are also advocating political positions. And I think part of joining a news organization is the need, I think, to present a fair and balanced view and not have that sacrificed in some way, where people can perceive bias.”
As an aside, I listened to NPR Saturday morning, and Obama’s agenda and point-of-view was promoted clearly and without any sort of criticism; while Herman Cain, in the next segment, was presented in a very negative light.
Former secretary of state Zbigniew Brezinski: “The West today is somewhat corrupt, uneasy about its own value system. The United States is becoming rapidly one of the most socially unjust societies in the world. And that is raising basic questions about the relevance of the West to a world that is now universally awakened.”
MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell: “I agree with just about everything that Dr. Brzezinski has said, except that I’m not as optimistic as you are about the Eurozone [Brzezinski had predicted that Europe will solve its financial crisis]. The disparities between rich and poor is this country are the underlying tension. You see the exaggerated forms of it on both sides. With what we saw with the Tea Party, the objection to a social compact on health care a couple of years ago. And then, the emergence of the Occupy movement. That’s a real movement. There is real passion and anger there.”
Kevin Boyle, from the New York Times this week: “Imagine a political movement created in a moment of terrible anxiety, its origins shrouded in a peculiar combination of manipulation and grass-roots mobilization, its ranks dominated by Christian conservatives and self-proclaimed patriots, its agenda driven by its members’ fervent embrace of nationalism, nativism and moral regeneration, with more than a whiff of racism wafting through it. No, not that movement. The one from the 1920s, with the sheets and the flaming crosses and the ludicrous name meant to evoke a heroic past. The Invisible Empire of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, they called it. And for a few years it burned across the nation, a fearsome thing to -behold.”
Markos “Kos” Moulitsas: “For a while, Republicans were talking about class war. ‘We can’t have class war.’ But what they’re realizing is that people kind actually do want a class war, they want to go after the rich. So that wasn’t working, so this is, I guess, Plan B.”
Keith Olbermann: “Yeah, to say nothing of the fact that there has been a class war in progress for 30 years and it was waged by the rich on the poor.”
Liberals from the past:
President Obama, from 2009: “I will be held accountable. I’ve got four years and . A year form now, I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some progress, but there’s still going to be some pain out there . If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”
President Obama, in November 2009: “I think that we’ve restored America’s standing in the world, and that’s confirmed by polls.”
From Grrlmissbhaven (typical liberal blog) almost immediately after Gabby Giffords was shot: “It appears that Sarah Palin and Glen Beck‘s rhetoric really does work. Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D) was shot in the head by terrorist Jared Loughner. She is still in critical condition. A nine-year-old girl was shot, a Federal Judge, and a few on-lookers were shot and killed, with an additional amount of others injured. The gunman is (not surprisingly) tied to a White Nationalist group known as the American Renaissance, an anti-immigration, anti-semitic, anti-anything that isn’t white and stupid kind of group…This tragedy is a clear example of partisanship gone too far. Right-wing media is demanding that its angry white citizens “take America back” from the supposed leftists in our country (ironically Gabrielle Giffords was considered more of a Blue Dog Dem.) The prayers of Sarah Palin and Glen Beck have been answered. “Don’t retreat- reload” has trumped political debate and compromise. What these kind of people want is another Civil War. It also makes one wonder what this means for the election of 2012. How can Republicans redeem themselves when their party has been tainted racists and bigots who use the 2nd Amendment as an excuse to rid the country of those who don’t believe in their views? How long before someone else entranced by Fox News decides to take matters into their own hands and decide what’s right for America not only by killing a politician, but American citizens all together?”
And, of course, there was a large map of the districts that were “targeted” for takeover, which was, of course, code, that white conservatives should take up arms and go kill the Democratic representatives and senators in that district.
From Rmuse in 2010 posted on Politics USA: “For the past 21 months, and during this election cycle, there is an increase in hate and vitriol from groups like the Tea Party (led by Jim DeMint et al) that are directly tied to the Ku Klux Klan`s ideology. There are members of the Tea Party who are not blatant racists, but for the most part, teabaggers espouse a return to a white-only America that is in direct contrast to the Constitution and freedoms it guarantees for all Americans. Unlike the KKK, teabagger groups mask their bigoted philosophy with notions of protecting liberty and returning to the strictest interpretation of the Constitution. Regardless the teabag rhetoric, at the core is a hatred of gays, immigrants, Jews, people of color, and non-Christians, which is exactly the same philosophy of the KKK.”
The Rev. Walter Fauntroy, a former non-voting delegate who represented the District of Columbia: “We are going to take on the barbarism of war, the decadence of racism, and the scourge of poverty, that the Ku Klux — I meant to say the Tea Party. You all forgive me, but I — you have to use them interchangeably.”
Rachel Maddow, of MSNBC on the TEA party’s response to Tom Tancredo calling for literacy tests for voters: “[However] it was hard to tell exactly what the sounds meant because they were sort of a little bit muffled by the white hoods [they were wearing].”
Radio personality Randi Rhodes: “Gingrich, of course, is identified by the Washington Post as a man of ideas – oh yeah, he’s got ideas. Uh -so do ax murderers, so do Dick Cheney, so did George Bush – but so what? I’ve been railing on this piece of human waste for the past couple of nights now because I know Gingrich! You know- I – I spent enough time around this freak when he was a member of Congress from um the congressional district right next door to us and I’ve been to enough public functions in Atlanta over the past 20 years to have gotten, in a sense, to know what this smelly bastard is like. And he really is vile! I say smelly because he’s got breath that would knock a buzzard off a crapwagon from 100 yards. He really is a bad man!”
Mike Malloy, previously employed by CNN: “Republicans really don’t wanna be talking about character, ’cause when it comes to Mitt Romney, it raises questions of why did he tie his dog to the roof of his car…When you’re talking about Newt Gingrich, it has to do with being a serial adulterer…When it comes to Herman Cain, it has to do with all of this stuff that’s coming out. When it comes to Rick Santorum, strange things like bringing home a miscarriage and putting it on the mantel for the kids to look at. Strange character stuff in the Republican Party.”
Retiring Rep. Barney Frank: “Mitt Romney is the tin woodman without the heart, and Rick Perry is the scarecrow [who has no brain]…Newt’s the Wizard of Oz.”
Liberal civility (a blast from the past)
Chant leader: This is what civility looks like.
Chanters: This is what civility looks like.
Iranian cleric Sharif: “Today, 70% of married American women say that they would be happier if they had a dog and a Toyota instead of a husband…[some Americans] would rather marry animals and robots than a human being.”
Kuwaiti preacher Sheik Nayef Hajjaj Al-Ajami, on Kuwait TV: “Brothers and sisters, you should read history books, so you my know the history of this people, and so you may know that the Jews of the past were evil, and the Jews of today are even worse. They are ungrateful, they distort the word [of Allah], the worshipers of the golden calf, the slayers of the prophets, the enemies of the divine prophecies, the scum of mankind, who incurred the curse and wrath of Allah, and whom Allah transformed into apes and pigs and into taghut worshipers.”
Liberals making sense:
President Obama: “It has been three wrenching years for this country.”
President Barack Obama: “More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could find rest only in a stable, among the cattle and the sheep. But this was not just any child. Christ’s birth made the angels rejoice and attracted shepherds and kings from afar. He was a manifestation of God’s love for us.”
Bill Clinton: “[Gingrich is] articulate and he tries to think of a conservative version of an idea that will solve a legitimate problem…I think he’s doing well just because he’s thinking, and people are hungry for ideas that make some sense.” Dick Morris suggests that this is an orchestrated quote because Democrats want Newt to be running against Obama.
Two liberals, in the news field, making sense (this is a shock to me):
MSNBC host Chris Matthews: “In terms of just a pleasant outlook for the year, this President, Barack Obama, would want to prefer, it seems to me, looking forward to a series of genteel debates with Gov. Romney where he’s sort of predictable and he’ll throw his Sunday punch but you know what it’s going to be. Whereas Newt will have 40 or 50 follow-up punches, you won’t know where they’re coming from, and they may be thought up on the spot. Go ahead. Your thoughts.”
Jennifer Donahue, Huffington Post: “I totally agree. I think that Newt Gingrich turns on a dime. He’s a great debater. He’s not afraid to really go for the jugular. But he doesn’t do it in a very negative way either. So I think he actually could do it and dismantle Obama and make it very difficult for Obama to be, to defend his record. And I also think that Gingrich has the capacity to lead on television which Romney doesn’t. And Romney also doesn’t connect in person.”
Mehgan McCain comparing Michel Bachmann to Sarah Palin (there is no reason to list Mehgan as a conservative): “I actually think she is more, just more smarter, I think that she’s more, um, you know, on foreign policy, I just think all of the things she’s done the debates I’m just very impressed. And I just think she’s older and more established and, you know, she’s been a member of Congress for a very long time.”
Adam Carolla about the Occupiers: “We are now dealing with the first waves of participation trophies. . . `I feel so f- good about myself. Everybody’s a winner, no one’s a loser…There’s something coming up in this country that didn’t used to exist, and it’s envy…They’ve been shamed by life because they haven’t been prepared for life. They’ve had so much smoke blown up their collective a–, by the time they get out in the real world and they realize the real world doesn’t give a f- where you’re from or what your mommy said you were or how pretty you are…we’ve created a bunch of f___in’ self-entitled monsters.”
President Obama at a fundraiser with a preponderance of Jewish donors: “I try not to pat myself too much on the back, but this administration has done more in terms of the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration. And that’s not just our opinion, that’s the opinion of the Israeli government. Whether it’s making sure that our intelligence cooperation is effective, to making sure that we’re able to construct something like an Iron Dome so that we don’t have missiles raining down on Tel Aviv, we have been consistent in insisting that we don’t compromise when it comes to Israel’s security. And that’s not just something I say privately, that’s something that I said in the U.N. General Assembly. And that will continue.”
An unnamed pro-Israel insider: “The problem with the president is that he’ll say anything to donors for the sake of a couple bucks. But fortunately most Americans aren’t living on Mars–and they’ll be aghast at the ridiculousness of the president’s remarks.”
Charles Krauthammer:”It is not and I’m sure Obama knows it. If he doesn’t, he’s delusional. And this is really chutzpah. This president has done more to delegitimize and undermine Israel’s position in the world than any other president and he did it by arriving on the scene and imposing and demanding of Israel a freeze on settlements, including the building of the Jewish homes in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem of all places, something that had never been precondition in 17 years of negotiations.”
Tax pledge guy, Grover Norquist: “The idea that if you take a dollar out of the economy and then — from somebody who earned it, either through debt, or through taxes — and give it to somebody who’s politically connected, that there are more dollars around, that if you stand on one side of the lake and put a bucket into the lake, and walk around to the other side in front of the TV cameras, pour the bucket back into the lake and announce you’re stimulating the lake to great depths. We just wasted $800 billion on stimulus spending that added to debt, that killed jobs”
Grover Norquist: “[the Democrats believe that] the peasants aren’t sending enough cash in for the king to spend.”
Sarah Palin on the corruption of Congress trading on stocks based upon legislation that has not yet been passed: “It’s an entire system of public servants feathering their own nests.” Palin was very instrumental in removing corruption from both the left and the right in her home state of Alaska.
Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich: “Can you really stand four more years of this?”
Newt Gingrich: “Obama can’t get elected in a clean, direct, honest campaign.”
Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich: “[President Obama is] legitimately and authentically a Saul Alinsky Radical.”
Rick Santorum: “America is a moral enterprise.”
Retired Israeli Major-General and former national security chief Giora Eiland on explosion in Iranian nuclear site: “There aren’t many coincidences…When there are so many events, there is probably some sort of guiding hand, though perhaps it’s the hand of God.”
Allen West: “The first thing I got sworn into was the Congressional Black Caucus. Now you talk about being fun – being the only black Republican in the Congressional Black Caucus, but I did kind of get a warm welcome. John Lewis . . . John Lewis from Atlanta, Georgia – same neighborhood that I grew up in down there . . . great time. And so I’m walking up behind John Lewis and he really let me feel like this is a family man, because I kept hearing him talk about some guy named Uncle Tom. There was Maxine Waters and I thought, “Man, Maxine Waters must really have a sweet tooth because she kept talking about Oreos. and Double Stuffs at that. So I figured this was gonna be nice. I’ve got a family oriented guy here with John Lewis. I got someone who likes Oreo Cookies with Maxine Waters, but I’ll tell you what, it’s been a good experience being there with the Congressional Black Caucus.”
NJ Governor Chris Christie on Obama and the Super-Committee: “I was angry this weekend, listening to the spin coming out of the administration, about the failure of the super-committee, and that the president knew it was doomed for failure, so he didn’t get involved. Well then what the hell are we paying you for? It’s doomed for failure so I’m not getting involved? Well, what have you been doing, exactly?”
[Obama fundraising events compared to those of Clinton and Bush at the same time]
Herman Cain on reassessing his campaign: “Since I’ve been campaigning all week, I haven’t had an opportunity to sit down with her [his wife] and walk through this with my wife and my family. I will do that when I get back home on Friday. I am not going to make a decision until after we talk face to face.”
Caller on the Dennis Miller program on the Herman Cain train: “There’s too much steam on the windows and not enough in the engine.” Quoted from memory.
NewsBusters senior editor Tim Graham: “We have a media elite that wants to run the presidential nominating process and not let the people make the decisions. I’m tired of that, I think that a lot of people are tired of that. They ought to let the process unfold and they ought to actually do journalism instead of constantly — All they’ve done for the last three days, they haven’t advanced the story about who is Ginger White? Is she a viable person, somebody we can understand? They haven’t been doing the journalism. All they do is have these horse race conversations about who’s up, who’s down, and who’s going to get out. It’s tiresome. People want more than that.”
Dennis Miller on Barney Frank: “I think he’s Nancy Pelosi with a spittle problem.” Okay, with Miller, may I ought to have a Conservative Civility subgroup.
Rush Limbaugh: “Every policy Obama has is designed to grow government and shrink the economy.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The assumption wherever you go — ABC, CBS, NBC, New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, USA.com, wherever you go, the assumption is Obama’s gonna be reelected and the assumption is that the Republican nominee, whoever it is, is an idiot, is a flawed character, something terribly wrong about every one of them.”
Rush Limbaugh: “That’s all the Sunday shows are about, is which Republican can we pick apart with negative ads or opposition research to make it easier for Obama to win.”
Rush Limbaugh: “If everybody could just come to grips with who liberals are, what they do, how they operate, it would be over. But somehow they’ve cornered the market on the fact they are compassionate. They’ve cornered the market on appealing to people with emotion, which is a much easier link to establish than thought.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Reagan‘s negatives? He was a bumbling buffoon; he was dangerous; he was a cowboy; he was a bad actor; he was unproven; he was unstable. He was everything that they’re saying about every one of our candidates except Romney.”
Rush Limbaugh: “I have the hardest time coming to grips with the fact that people born in this country hate it. I just can’t get my arms around that. Of all the other places in the world you could be, of all the other places in the world that need to be changed, improved, this is the last place. It’s not perfect. Nothing ever is.”
Rush Limbaugh: “American exceptionalism is not a braggadocious term. American exceptionalism is not a superiorist term. American exceptionalism is an acknowledgement that this country was an exception to the way people lived, to the way people were forced to live.”
Rush Limbaugh: “There’s no news anymore. The media don’t even make any pretense. There’s not even any mainstream press. It’s just a giant White House public information office.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The short answer of what’s happening in Europe: it’s the war between the takers and the makers, and it’s the same thing happening here, folks. It is a forerunner of what we face, faster than we think, if something doesn’t change.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Who would have ever believed that we would have elected a president who could literally pass such a freedom-killing piece of legislation called Obamacare? Who would have believed that we would have elected a president who has purposely, systematically destroyed how many millions of jobs in the private sector for one reason, to grow the government.”
Rush Limbaugh: “This election is about the individual versus the state. This upcoming election is about the public sector versus the private sector. This upcoming election is about state control of property versus individuals controlling their own private property. This is an election of the makers versus the takers, and what hangs in the balance really is the American way of life.”
Rush Limbaugh: “This is serious. There are people in our country who think that this election will determine, in the long run, whether we remain a free people or not.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The Founders were not perfect. There is no human being who is perfect. There’s no perfect plan. Just like there’s no utopia. Yet these standards somehow end up being applied to us, our candidates, conservatives, where does this come from, where does this start?”
Rush Limbaugh: “The Constitution’s premise is that human beings with too much power will abuse it and imprison and tyrannize people. The whole point of it was based on the imperfection of people, and yet here we are apparently looking for the perfect — and I’m not running, so it’s not gonna be findable.”
Rush Limbaugh: “We finally reached a point here, ladies and gentlemen — and this is something I have been warning you people about for two-plus decades — where liberals are comfortable citing communism as the endgame.”
Rush Limbaugh: “What has been going on in this country since 2008 is not capitalism. Capitalism is not responsible for what’s happened to this country since 2008. Barack Obama is. Capitalism does not need to be defended. Capitalism is not responsible for all of this unemployment and economic degradation. Capitalism has not been tried the last three years.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The job universe from January, 2009 when Obama was immaculated to the present is down about 2.5 million jobs. There are 2.5 million fewer jobs in our country in the two and a half, almost three years now, that Obama has been in orifice — and that’s the dirty little secret.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Would somebody explain to me where is the valor in sitting on your butt taking money from other people? Where is the honor, where is the greatness, where is this entitlement that allows people to get up every day and think they are owed something because of some mysterious crime against them that’s gone on all of their lives.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The New York Times today in an article on Barney Frank called him ‘prickly,’ and I think they probably meant that as a compliment given that the New York Times said it. Can you imagine what would happen if I described Barney Frank as ‘prickly’?”
Rush Limbaugh: “We have articles out there all over the place today in the conservative world again about Newt and Cain and how horrible they are. We don’t have any stories anywhere about how bad Obama is, how bad Obama has been. We don’t have any story about how bad Pelosi and Reid or any of that is.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Why are we sending kids to college if work is such a tainted concept? We’re sending them to college for indoctrination. We’re educating then with worthless degrees. They come out not knowing how to do anything, and they blame people who have gone a different route.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Somebody tell me what is wrong with wanting to teach somebody the concept of work and being paid for it. What’s wrong with it?”
Rush Limbaugh: “Work in the old days was something honorable. To want to get a job… I shined shoes when I was 13. That was my first job. I made $50 in three months shining shoes at a barber shop, and my dad was beside himself with pride. He was excited.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Look at Occupy Wall Street, look at who they’re mad at. They’re mad at the people that build things, they’re mad at the people that accomplish things, they’re mad at the people that achieve things, and think those people somehow ought to be made to give it all up. When it used to be that those were the people that were admired.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, going on the attack on behalf of Mitt Romney: “Speaker Gingrich has never run anything. And he’s been a legislator. I have to tell you, I don’t think being a legislator is the best calling card. Look at the guy we have in the White House now. He never ran anything and was a legislator.”
Conservatives not making any sense:
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney: “I am proud to announce the support of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski.” Ms. Murkowski has a 68% American Conservative Union voting record (by comparison, John McCain’s is 96%).