First lady Michelle Obama to her husband: “You had BBQ? You didn’t tell me you had BBQ.”
President Obama on 60 Minutes : “I’m not in the job of prognosticating on the economy. I’m in the job of putting in place the tools that allow the economy to thrive and Americans to succeed. Sometimes when I’m talking to my team, I – describe us . . . as . . . I’m the captain and they’re the crew on a ship, going through really bad storms. And no matter how well we’re steering the ship, if the boat’s rocking back and forth and people are getting sick and . . . they’re being buffeted by the winds and the rain and . . . at a certain point – if you’re asking, “Are you enjoying the ride right now?” Folks are going to say, “No.” And are they going to say, “Do you think the captain’s good – doing a good job?” People are going say, “You know what? A good captain would have had us in some smooth waters and sunny skies, at this point.” And I don’t control the weather.”
Jake Elwood (played by John Belushi): “I ran out of gas. I had a flat tire. I didn’t have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town…there was an earthquake, a terrible flood, IT WASN’T MY FAULT!”
President Obama: “Too many children can no longer expect to join the middle class, the president said, no matter if they work hard and play by the rules.” It is difficult to determine if these are his exact words. They are attributed to him, but without quotes. However, what this means is, what he has done so far for Americans has not worked.
President Barack Obama: “But I have a different vision.”
President Obama [file this under, it’s still Bush’s fault]: “The reason they still support me is because they understand what an incredible mess had been made as I was coming into office and we’ve been spending the last three years cleaning it up. The good news is that the economy is starting to strengthen. We’ve seen some positive signs. The unemployment rate has ticked down.”
President Obama: “Layoffs too often became permanent, not part of the business cycle. And these changes didn’t just affect blue collar workers. If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw many in your profession replaced by ATMs and the internet,”
President Obama on Supply-side economics: “It’s a simple theory – one that speaks to our rugged individualism and healthy skepticism of too much government. It fits well on a bumper sticker. Here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It’s never worked.” Apparently the president was still living in Kenya during the 1980’s and 90’s and 2000’s?
President Obama: “I would not ask anybody to do something that I’m not willing to do myself. I know that some of you might have been looking forward to some sun and sand. But the bottom line is that we are going to stay here as long as it takes to make sure that the American people’s taxes do not go up on January 1st.”
President Obama, making another don’t call this a fund-raiser speech: “Congress can’t end the year by taking money out of the pockets of working Americans. Now is not the time for playing politics. Now is the time to do what’s right for the American people.”
Department of Justice Attorney General Eric Holder: “We don’t hire people on the basis of political or ideological affiliations.”
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: “It’s not about what the American people are thinking; they support a payroll tax cut, whether they’re Democrats or Republicans or Independents,” she added. “It’s about the extremism of the Republicans in the House of Representatives that remains the obstacle to this tax cut.”
Nancy Pelosi: “I think the [Occupy movement] protesters have made a very strong statement: The status quo is unacceptable. I agree with that.”
Pelosi: “As families gather around their kitchen table deciding what they can afford, uh, uh, Christmas toys for their child—uh, holiday toys for their children, or Christmas presents for their family.”
Pelosi on Obama‘s Kansas speech: “it was a tour de force about who we are as a country in a non-partisan way.”
Pelosi: “I think that we must – we must – pass the unemployment insurance. I do not think it should be paid for because it is, again, it is something that people, that is paid into and now we should, for many reasons, not pay for it.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich. I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand pages of his stuff.” what she did not say much about is, she is not allowed to reveal any stuff which was not already made public; nor did she talk about the end result of this ethics probe.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid on why a vote on a jobs bill was put off: “We’re not going to do that at midnight tonight. We’re going to have the votes when you folks can write about it during a decent news cycle.”
Former House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer: “[passing unemployment insurance will allow the jobless] to continue participating in growing the economy and creating jobs…I believe that the Republicans don’t want to leave here without passing UI. That would be coal in the stockings of the American people. Not just [for] those who don’t have a job, but all of those who would be hurt by the additional burden that people who run out of unemployment would be in terms of food stamps, welfare payments, TANF [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families], and failure to help boost the economy.”
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “Newt Gingrich was a Tea Party politician even before there was a Tea Party – he supported gutting funding for education and Medicare to fund a tax cut for millionaires and shut down the government over it and those are the same policies he supports today.”
Texan Representative Sheila Jackson Lee: “We saw what happened when Iran took hostages in 1979. A president lost his re-election. The prestige of the United States was challenged. I am not going to be taken hostage again to extend the Bush tax cuts when every economist says that it’s absolutely absurd forever and points to the fact that no jobs are necessarily created by extending the Bush tax cuts, at least on the top one percent of Americans, and when the opt one percent population polled have said that they have no problem with losing that ludicrous benefit forever and ever.”
Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson on Operation Fast and Furious: “I think this is another manufactured controversy by the second amendment, NRA Republican tea party movement.” Operation Fast & Furious took 2000 guns over the border into Mexico, which guns have killed 1 American and more than 150 Mexican citizens.
Attorney General Eric Holder: “I have no intention of resigning. I’m the attorney general who put an end to the tactics of Fast and Furious.”
Eric Holder on whether or not he had lied in his letter to Congress: “Well, if you want to have this legal conversation, it all has to do with your state of mind and whether or not you had the requisite intent to come up with something that would be considered perjury or a lie.”
Planned parenthood blog post: “Gingrich may have a reputation for “big ideas,” but his record on women’s health can best be characterized as backward and wrong. With his rapid rise in the polls, he’s catching our attention too-as a Featured Chump.”
Occupy Washington dude: “If this is the revolution, this is our Valley Forge.”
Liberal commentator Alexis McGill Johnson: “Occupy is just getting started.”
Domestic terrorist Bill Ayers: “And Occupy has already won, that is, the movement has changed the frame, redefined the discussion, and introduced a range of new ideas into the public square, for example: We are the 99%! Like every other movement in history, it was “impossible” the day before it burst onto the scene, and yet it seemed suddenly “inevitable” the day after.”
Occupy SF participant’s ad on Craig’s list: “I want a roommate to help set up a new camp and watch my back in case the NAzis with the GERMAN dog come back to kick me out. I also have a video camera we can share in case they harrass us.”
An Iowa State University lecturer Thomas Walker in a letter to the editor: “Why do Republicans care so much about the military? Because the military-industrial complex is dear to their simplistic laissez-faire fantasies: a bottom-line patriotism that excludes the people at the bottom.”
MSNBC‘s Michael Eric Dyson responding to Newt Gingrich call for poor children to be trained in unskilled labor so they learn a work ethic: “Well, first of all, those hustlers are working extremely hard. They may be unemployed, but they’re working to be sure.”
Lily the Muppet, at the National Press Club: “Sometimes we can’t always afford to buy all the food that we need. I mean, but we’ve been finding lots of ways that we can get help. . . Yeah, for example, at school I get a free breakfast and a lunch . . . part of the meal plan.”
The EPA defines environmental justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income, in the environmental decision-making process.”
Michael Moore: “I think is great about this is that by having ten million leaders and ten million spokespeople in every PTA, in every church, in every neighborhood, that’s how this movement’s grown so fast. It’s only twelve weeks old. It already has the support of the majority of Americans who say they agree with the principles of the Occupy Wall Street movement.”
Snoop Dogg: “They legalized alcohol, they legalized tobacco. What is it going to hurt to legalize this medicinal medical marijuana that’s used for purposes of (things like) cataracts?”
The Secular Coalition for America: “We want to have a wave of godless voters flood the halls of every congressional building to show all of America that secular and nontheistic Americans are here, that we expect our elected officials to represent our issues, and that we care about our country just as much as any American…[these efforts are necessary because] secular Americans often hide their nontheistic viewpoints and ideologies because they fear persecution.”
The Compliant Obama Press Corps:
Former White House correspondent, now NY Times columnist Frank Bruni:”The candidates who surged before [Gingrich] are to varying degrees yahoos. They proved it anew last week. Michele Bachmann seemed to be under the impression that we had an embassy in Iran, and Rick Perry was definitely under the delusion that the voting age in this country is 21 instead of 18.”
Frank Bruni, a month ago, on Herman Cain: “Let us pause here to make a necessarily severe assessment: to say that Herman Cain has an imperfect grasp of policy would be unfair not only to George W. Bush in 1999 but also to Britney Spears in 1999. Herman Cain seems like someone who, quite frankly, has never opened a newspaper.”
Time Magazine’s Ezra Klein: “…you could argue that the United States’s debt burden is the product of an insufficiently large welfare state – at least with regard to health care.”
ABC‘s Christiane Amanpour question for Republican candidate Jon Huntsman: “People are trying to figure out how you’re going to really break out — because you are at the bottom of the pack — despite the fact that some independents, for instance, in New Hampshire call you the sanest one running. Our George Will has said that you deserve a “searching second look” from conservatives. Ross Douthat of the New York Times calls you the most electable conservative remaining in the race. And yet, as I say, what you’re offering does not seem to be resonating. It appears that the Newt Gingrich [holds up her fists], sort of bombast and brash in your face against Obama, is what’s resonating.”
Amanpour: “All right, let me ask you about where this campaign is going. I read to you a few comments from people before, including one who called you the sanest one still running. But it appears that you are reversing some of your own eminently sensible positions. For instance, on climate change you in August, tweeted that, “to be clear, I believe in evolution and I trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.” You’ve been tweeting about the sort of rightward swing, you’ve been jabbing at the base. And yet, in the last week, you sort of rolled that bit back on climate change. You sort of said that there isn’t enough science. I mean, what are you doing?”
Jake Tapper, who is usually a credible newsman despite his left-wing bias: “…But will Republican voters pick a nominee who can beat him? It’s the latest sign [that] Mitt Romney is Elmer Fudd to Newt Gingrich’s Bugs Bunny and it’s wabbit season.”
MSNBC host Chuck Todd: “Is this the single best week in the Obama re-election effort?”
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: “Now Newt is that survivor of the who-else-you-got thing and it’s – they simply are prepared and they’re a predominantly Christian group these voters. Their Christian religion guides them to forgiveness. Christianity was invented for forgiveness. Religions weren’t great at forgiveness before Christianity, and we came to the point that we realized, `Hey, everyone’s going to go to Hell if they can’t be forgiven at some point here, and so Christianity came along and said you can be forgiven. So everything Newt is being forgiven for by these voters is a violation of one of the Ten Commandments. They simply cannot bring themselves to forgive an individual mandate in health care. That is not in the Ten Commandments. There is no provision in Christian forgiveness for enacting an individual mandate for health care in Massachusetts, and so Mitt Romney is condemned by these voters to his 25 percent.”
MSNBC weekend host Chris Hayes: “I think every day that we take less oil out of the planet Earth is a win.”
MSNBC‘s Chris Matthews: “How did the party of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt and General Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan descend into a diabolic clown show? When did P.T. Barnum grab hold of the Tea Party and New York money and mix it into this witch’s brew of a TV Debate headed by Donald Trump? How did this clown show of Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich find itself with the `Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ as its grand ringmaster? How did the King of the Birthers become the midwife of right-wing presidential politics? And what sin did someone commit to unleash this torrent from hell on a once-serious political party?”
MSNBC job application: “Must have thorough knowledge of political and progressive news.”
ABC stumbles upon the defining issue of 2012.
ABC’s Jake Tapper: “One thing I wanted to settle is that $10,000 bet that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney tried to wager with Rick Perry. Rick Perry said, “I read your first book, and it said in there that your mandate in Massachusetts should be the model for the country.” Romney disputed that and offered to bet him $10,000. We do think actually that Governor Perry was not quoting exactly what Romney had said. What he actually had written that was removed from later editions of the book is we can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country. But the big issue, I think, is the fact that Mitt Romney was trying to wager a $10,000 bet in a debate in Iowa. The median income in this country means that $10,000 is roughly three months income. And even though he was just joking around, I think that that probably did not help him. And even if he’d won the letter of the bet, by making the bet, as Matthew Dowd pointed out earlier, he probably lost the (INAUDIBLE).”
George Stephanopoulos: “David Muir, what is the Romney camp saying about that?”
David Muir: “Well, it’s funny that you ask that, George. I’ve already sent out emails to many of our contacts with the Romney campaign. … (INAUDIBLE) … But it’s interesting we’re talking about the $10,000 bet. A columnist for the Des Moines Register has already penned a column saying not too many caucus goers here in Iowa would ever place a $10,000 bet, even if it was a sure thing. So when we ask Americans a couple of days from now, they likely won’t even remember, what issue this was about, but they will remember the $10,000 figure.”
Amy Walter, ABC news political director: “This was supposed to be a debate where Newt Gingrich was the one under the line of fire, but, instead, it really was Mitt Romney who made most of the headlines, and not all of them were very good. Obviously, the $10,000 bet being the top one here.”
Yes, that is the most important issue of the day, the great take-away from 2 hours of debate, that Mitt Romney made an off-handed bet of $10,000. Obama would NEVER do that. Let’s elect Obama.
Liberals from the past:
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “No matter who you are. You can be Mitt Romney [Newt – ed] with three marriages and a disastrous speakership, kicked out of the speakership, being reprimanded by the House of Representatives and fined and all that stuff, it doesn’t matter if you sing the right tune, with the right tone these days. Is that what’s going on? In other words, they’re just as guilty of what we have been accused of in the past on the progressive side, of being – of swooning over good rhetoric.”
Chris Matthews on Newt Gingrich: “Why does a guy with a diabolic grin – and I’m being completely objective here – a guy who doesn’t look like a presidential candidate, looks too nasty for one, why is the nasty guy doing the best of all the candidates right now? The one who is so obviously nasty?. . . They want somebody who looks nasty like Jack Palance from Shane . . . some nasty guy that the dogs walk away when they see him. You know what I’m talking about?”
Islamic Preacher Mustafa al-Adawi: “A woman can only wear high heels for her husband but she is not to do so outside her house.”
Sheikh Mahmoud Amer issues a fatwa prohibiting Muslims from voting for Coptic candidates or their Muslim counterparts who do not pray on regular basis: “It is forbidden by Islam to vote for them and whoever does that will be committing a grave sin.”
A Preacher on a Gaza Friday sermon on Hamas Al-Aqsa TV: “Our banner is “There is no god but Allah,” our slogan is “Allah Akbar,” our mantle is “Death to the Jews and to America.” The Prophet said: “Judgment Day will not come until you fight the Jews – you to the east of the river, and they to its west. Then the stones and the trees will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” Egyptian Child Preacher Assem Al-Askari: “we must thwart the civil strife which the jews and Americans are constantly plotting and elect a just ruler.” “
Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said the Gingrich remark was “the most racist statement I’ve ever seen…[this is] how really despicable things can get”
Liberals making sense:
Congressman Joe Manchin, about a bill that would extend the Social Security tax cut for another year: “Why would we do this? Why would we double down on a policy that didn’t work?”
Joe Manchin, of Congress’s approval rating: “We are at 9 percent approval rating and we are rapidly losing the support of even our family members.”
Newsman Bob Shieffer: “You have to go all the way back to Jimmy Carter to find a president whose approval rating was this low at this point in his presidency, but this goes beyond that….what really jumps out in this poll is that 75% of the people now believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction and, kinda worse, as far as I’m concerned, 66% say they have no clear idea right now what the president wants to accomplish if he is reelected.”
Michael Moore: “Wall Street has their man and his name is Barack Obama.”
So-called conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks: “I agree with Mark the Republican Party has gone very far right, but if they are singing the hymnal of FOX News, why do you sing to the hymnal of MSNBC? Why don’t you do something more centrist?”
This is a video in a video; the comments come from successive shows at different times:
Bill O’Reilly [on his show]: “Our pal Jon Stewart is following the various Christmas controversies very closely. Now, there is no question that Mr. Stewart is going to hell.”
Jon Stewart [on his show]: “I know. But here’s what you and your minions don’t understand, O’Reilly. Your hell doesn’t scare me. I make my living watching FOX News eight hours a day. I’m already in hell! Boom! Boom! Your move, O’Reilly.”
O’Reilly: “My move, Stewart? All right, here’s my move. How can you watch eight hours of FOX News every day and still be a pinhead?”
Anchor: “[On a] scale of one to ten,…what’s your frustration level [with Republicans].”
Obama: “It’s off the scale. When you think about the challenges we face as a country, most of these challenges are solvable pretty quickly.”
A man from the audience: “I have never heard one Muslim condemn Islamic jihad or terrorism. I see Islamic jihad as one of the greatest threats to America and the western world. Are you going to continue to give Islam and Islamic jihad in this country a pass like everybody before you continues to do? The only people that call Islam a religion of peace are the Muslims, and they are the most violent religion in the world.”
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney: “…they take a very different view of Islam than the Muslims I know…They are peace-loving and America-loving individuals. I believe that very sincerely. I believe people of the Islamic faith do not have to subscribe to the idea of radical, violent jihadism.” As an aside, there have been 18,120 radical Islam attacks since 9/11.
The Daily Caller: “Hi, I wanted to get your thoughts on Operation Fast & Furious and whether you thought that was a legitimate reason for, maybe, Eric Holder to step down?”
New York Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez: “Um, I—“
Daily Caller: “You’re not familiar with it?”
Velazquez: “No, no.”
Daily Caller: “Okay.”
CNN’s Candy Crowley: “Let me try to button this up just by saying a couple things. First, I know the President has in fact imposed some tougher sanctions and has in fact said nothing is off the table when it comes to Iran and its nuclear capabilities, but I have to.”
Rick Santorum: “Candy, hold on. Hold on. Stop, Candy. That’s just not true. Ask Robert Menendez and ask all the folks in the United States Senate who want to impose the real sanction that will make a difference on Iran and the President has opposed it. Now that’s just a fact. He also has recognized the state of Syria, called Assad a reformer, has continued to have an embassy there when in fact this is a real thug that is a real threat to the state of Israel and to the stability of the region. And again here’s the interesting link. It is a client state of Iran. The greatest area he’s appeased is Iran which is the greatest threat, and here he is recognizing Assad, setting up an ambassadorship with a client state of Iran who is a great funder of Hezbollah, a threat to Israel and the region. You go to Egypt. Again, he supported the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists as it turns out into overthrowing an ally in Egypt. There is a consistent pattern of contingencies that have come up under this administration where he has opposed the freedom fighters and has gone with the radical Islamists. That is a problem for the security of Israel and our country.”
Representative Daniel Lungren (R-CA): Secretary Stockton, are we at war with violent Islamist extremism?
Mr. Stockton, Assistant Defense Secretary for Homeland Defense: No, sir. We are at war with al-Qaida, its affiliates –
Lungren: OK, I understand that. My question is, is violent Islamist extremism at war with us?
Stockton: No, sir. We are being attacked by al-Qaida and its allies.
Lungren: Is al-Qaida – can it be described as being an exponent of violent Islamist extremism?
Stockton: They – al-Qaida are murderers with an ideological agenda –
Lungren: No, I – that’s not my question. That wasn’t my question. My question was, is al-Qaida acting out violent Islamist extremism?
Stockton: Al-Qaida is a violent organization dedicated to overthrowing the values that we intend to advance –
Lungren: So is it yes or no?
Stockton: Can I hear the question again? I’ll make it as clear as I can. We are not at war with Islam. And it is not –
Lungren: I didn’t ask that – I did not ask that, sir. I asked whether we’re at war with violent Islamist extremism. That’s my question.
Stockton: No, we’re at war with al-Qaida and its affiliates.
Lungren: Well, al-Qaida – how does al-Qaida define itself? Are they dedicated to violent Islamist extremism?
Stockton: Al-Qaida would love to convince Muslims around the world that the United States is at war with Islam.
Lungren: I didn’t say that.
Stockton: That’s a prime propaganda tool.
Lungren: Sir –
Stockton: And I’m not going to aid and abet that effort to advance their propaganda goal.
Lungren: No, no, my question is, is there a difference between Islam and violent Islamist extremism?
Mr. Stockton: Sir, with great respect, I don’t believe it’s helpful to frame our adversary as Islamic with any set of qualifiers that we might add, because we are not at war with Islam.
Rep. Lungren: I understand that. I never said we were at war with Islam. One of the questions we’re trying to deal with is the radicalization of Islam, is the radicalization of Islamic youth. And if we can’t distinguish between violent Islamist extremism and Islam, then all this stuff about behavioral indicators doesn’t mean anything.
County Commissioner Joe Hall of Athens, TX, when a atheist group from Wisconsin comes to town demanding that he take down the nativity scene: “We’ll remove it when hell freezes over. It’s not going to happen.” Remember, this is Texas. At least he didn’t order his deputies, “Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes.”
Retired Army colonel Rep. Allen West, about being attacked by the liberal press: “You know, we have a saying in the military: You don’t receive flak unless you’re over the target.”
Congressman Allen West from his FB page: “Obviously President Barack Hussein Obama believes in a “guarantee of happiness” and that he, along with his liberal disciples, are the arbiters of fairness. America is about equal opportunity, not the liberal progressive mantra of equal achievement. Nice try Mr. President but teleprompters and poll tested messages do not equal visionary leadership. Sorry. I know, that ain’t fair!”
Newt Gingrich: “Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, who are historically part of the Arab community.” Let me add to this that, the original Palestinians, called Philistines, were mostly or all Greek (we don’t know exactly; but there is no straight line that can be drawn between the original Philistines and the Palestinians today.
Anti-OWS Protesters hold signs: “Occupy A Desk” at the American Job Fest at Zuccotti Park.
Rush Limbaugh on MFGlobal paying Bill Clinton $50,000 a month as an advisor: “Doesn’t Bill Clinton have enough money by now?”
Charles Krauthammer: “[Obama, in a recent speech] talked about how we got here. He gave a nice historical rundown except that he left out a critical three years – his presidency. It’s as if it didn’t exist. It’s as if we jumped from ’08 to today. This speech was intended to say that “Everything that’s happened in the last three years has nothing to do with my administration or its policies – economic stagnation, debt, high unemployment. It is a result of the malice of the rich,” and he talked about that at length. This is a classic example of how little it takes to stir the erogenous zones of liberals. You give them a speech with social justice, a little bit of class war, you wrap it up in the patina of intellectualism in what is essentially a speech that exonerates anything he’s done and obviously not done and says all of our problems today are the result of the plutocrats. That’s why he’s more a Hugo Chavez than he is a Teddy Roosevelt in this speech.”
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who has been holding hearings on the radicalization of Muslim-Americans within the U.S.: “There are a significant number of people who have enlisted in the military or are in the military who we believe have Islamic ties, who are tied to radical movements and who could be potential terrorists themselves. It is a growing, growing concern.”
Brent Bozell of Media Research Center: “We do our homework here; if not, we make it up.”
Rush Limbaugh: “All Obama knows is he can’t run on his record, so he’s gotta try to make you think that anybody who opposes him represents the people who destroyed the country.”
Dennis Miller: “[Lincoln Chafee] has more nervous tics than a Bagdad parking lot valet.”
John Bolton, quoting a friend of his: “Pakistan is the only government composed simultaneously of arsonists and firefighters.”
Greg Gutfeld: “You know how Eskimos have 1000 words for snow? Obama has 1000 words for class warfare.”
Donald Trump: “[Obama is] arrogant. And he’s got no reason to be arrogant.”
Rush Limbaugh: “This man’s got 45 million Americans on food stamps, for crying out loud. He’s accumulated more debt than any prior president by a large margin and he’s only three years in, and he’s lecturing us, we’re the problem?”
Rush Limbaugh: “Imagine if Obama had been president during the time of the invention of the automobile. What woulda happened? He woulda shut it down. Because look what it did to the horse and buggy industry.”
Rush Limbaugh: “If you just substitute the word ‘proletariat’ for every time Obama said ‘worker’ or ‘middle class’ in his speech, if you subject ‘bourgeois’ or ‘capitalists’ for the rich, this same speech could have been given by Lenin a hundred years ago.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Our national debt equals what we have spent on the war on poverty. What does that tell you?”
Rush Limbaugh: “Capitalism and self-interest has fed and clothed and driven — however and whatever you want to describe — more people than charity ever has.”
Rush Limbaugh: “I want you people who believe Obama to go around the world for me. I want you to find any socialist, Marxist, communist country and I want you to find for me a prosperous, thriving, happy middle class.”
Rush Limbaugh: “We’re not adding jobs. We’re reducing jobs. The workforce is shrinking. There is no way that we are adding jobs, folks.”
Rush Limbaugh: “I’ll tell you what the Republican Party still lives by, what still scares ’em, what they think is destined to be repeated every election is Goldwater. Don’t doubt me, it’s in their DNA. That’s what conservatives will do to a Republican presidential candidate. If you run a conservative, you’re gonna get Goldwatered. That is why they didn’t like Reagan.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Did you notice how the media and the rest of the Democrat Party are saying that if we end the payroll tax cut, it will, quote, cost working families a thousand dollars? They never talk that way [about other tax cuts].”
Rush Limbaugh: “The Republican Party is not a conservative movement. The conservative movement is independent of the party. It is in the party, and the effort that’s underway to take control of it.”
Rush Limbaugh: “In three weeks and one day the 100-watt incandescent lightbulb will be illegal. In three weeks and one day it will be illegal to sell a 100-watt incandescent lightbulb. And who did this? Federal government. The federal government, under the auspices of a hoax, mankind global warming.”
Rush Limbaugh: “Democrats never want to elevate people at the bottom, they just want to shrink it from the top.”
Rush Limbaugh: “The people who aren’t paying income tax are the people running around saying that everybody else isn’t paying their fair share. That’s the real irony of this.”
Conservatives from the Past:
Crossroads ad from earlier this year; a female voice: “Sometimes it’s hard to sleep. I’m worried I guess about our jobs, our home, how everything costs more, even mom’s health care. How will we ever retire? Lately I worry a lot about my kids. What’s their future going to be like? I supported President Obama because he spoke so beautifully, but since then things have gone from bad to much worse. He said spending hundreds of billions on a stimulus would create more jobs, but now all we’ve got is a lot more debt and more people out of work. Instead of fixing health care, my mom’s Medicare will be cut, and our health insurance premiums went up. Our country’s got this huge debt, and Obama says raise taxes and keep spending more? Doesn’t Washington know we can’t afford more taxes and debt? If they don’t figure it out, it’s going to be even tougher for our kids. There’s got to be a way to take away President Obama’s blank check.”
Conservatives not making any sense:
Glenn Beck: “If you have a big government progressive, or a big government progressive in Obama. ask yourself this, Tea Party: is it about Obama’s race? Because that’s what it appears to be to me. If you’re against him but you’re for this guy, it must be about race. I mean, what else is it? It’s the policies that matter.”
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul: “Just think of what happened after 9/11. Immediately before there was any assessment there was glee in the administration because now we can invade Iraq.”
Bernie Goldberg: “The media played fair with Herman Cain; it was a legitimate story.” Yes, they treated this nothing like they treated the John Edwards or Bill Clinton scandals. The media virtually ignored most of their scandals and the coverage attacking Bill Clinton’s harem was more extensive than the coverage of the accusations.