Pundit Wire

April 2012

April 1, 2012

“The personal things should be left out of platforms at conventions…You can argue yourself blue in the face, and you’re not going to change each other’s minds. It’s a waste of your time and my time.”

- Former First Lady Barbara Bush, on the question of abortion, Time, Aug. 24, 1992

April 2, 2012

“Feeding the media is like training a dog. You can’t throw an entire steak at a dog to train it to sit. You have to give it little bits of steak over and over again until it learns.”

- Andrew Breitbart, quoted by David Weigel in Slate, Mar. 1, 2012

April 3, 2012

“Working yourself to death used to be the lot of the laboring masses. Now it is the ultimate luxury of the ultra-rich.”

– Columnist Rebecca Dana, Newsweek, Mar. 19, 2012

April 4, 2012

“…Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.”

- President Ronald Reagan, in a speech at Liberty State Park, New Jersey, Sep. 1, 1980

April 5, 2012

“Climate change has become a wedge issue. It’s today’s flag-burning or today’s partial-birth-abortion issue.”

- Roger Pielke Jr., a University of Colorado professor, The Washington Post, Aug. 19, 2011

April 6, 2012

“The maneuvers of Newt’s campaign is kind of like closely observing the maneuvers of the Belgian navy. It’s interesting, but it may not be that important.”

– Mike Murphy, Republican political consultant, “Meet the Press,” May 22, 2011

April 7, 2012

“We were expecting a messiah to be our President. We were creating an illusion about what was happening in America and we were going to be disillusioned sometime down the road.”

- Rev. Luis Leon, of Foundry Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2011

April 8, 2012

“From cable television to the Internet, we are now living with a political class which has a financial and cultural interest in conflict rather than in governing. The result: Every incremental development is invested with apocalyptic significance.”

- Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, The Washington Post, Nov. 7, 2010

April 9, 2012

“Education seems to be an elixir that can bring us a healthy body and mind throughout adulthood and even a longer life.”

- Margie E. Lachman, a psychologist at Brandeis University who specializes in aging, The New York Times, Jan. 19, 2011

April 10, 2012

“Nothing’s final until everything’s final.”

- Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), on the deficit reduction process, The Washington Post, May 13, 2011

April 11, 2012

“Society has to accept that women of my generation have sexual lives that are going to leak into the public sphere. Sooner or later, this is a reality that has to be faced, or many young women in my generation will not be able to run for office.”

- Krystal Ball, The Huffington Post, Oct. 11, 2010

April 12, 2012

“The justices are human — and the more we let them be human, the better job they will do.”

- Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, on condemning political extracurricular activities of justices, The New York Times, Feb. 13, 2011

April 13, 2012

“People are interested if you tell stories well and relevantly.”

- Christiane Amanpour, on foreign correspondence, keynote speech at the Edward R. Murrow Awards Ceremony, Sept. 13, 2000

April 14, 2012

“From now on, it will be unremarkable for a woman to win primary state victories, unremarkable to have a woman in a close race to be our nominee, unremarkable to think that a woman can be the President of the United States. And that is truly remarkable.”

- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, concession speech to Barack Obama, June 7, 2008

April 15, 2012

“Nuance doesn’t get retweeted.”

- James Ponieqozik, TIME TV critic, on the challenges of arts criticism in the age of social media, TIME, March 26, 2012

April 16, 2012

“Not for the first time in history — and not just American history — fear itself is at the root of a rabid outbreak of populist rage against government, minorities and conspiratorial ‘elites.’”

- Columnist Frank Rich, New York Times, Oct. 17, 2010

April 17, 2012

“The key for the candidate is simply to get through the debate without saying anything dumb. It’s worse than theater. It’s really bad theater. It’s off, off broadway. And it would close after a night.”

- University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato, on the devolution of political debates, Politico, Nov. 1, 2010

April 18, 2012

“At the end of our lives, we will not be judged by the highest public office we attained in our lifetime, if that were true the current president (George W. Bush) would hold as much esteem as Franklin Roosevelt in our country, and Nelson Mandela in his. That cannot be the case. Rather, we will each be judged by the mark we’ve left on others.”

- Elizabeth Edwards, in a speech at the Consumer Watchdog’s Rage for Justice Dinner, Jun. 8, 2007

April 19, 2012

“Whoever rebranded rich people as ‘job creators’ should a) win some kind of award and b) get to work on rebranding nuclear power.”

- Political writers Charles P. Pierce and Mark Warren, Esquire, Feb. 2012

April 20, 2012

“Marveling over a presidential candidate’s arrogance is like noting that a hockey player wears skates. It states not just the obvious but the necessary.”

- Frank Bruni, New York Times, Dec. 18, 2011

April 21, 2012

“Every company is now sitting on electronic quicksand. It may look like solid ground, but one wrong move and you’re up to your chin.”

- Howard Rubenstein, New York PR guru, on consumer dissatisfaction as a growing force in the digital age, USA Today, Nov. 2, 2011

April 22, 2012

“The problems with ideologies is that you’ve got all the answers in advance, so evidence is irrelevant, experience is irrelevant, how the competition is doing is irrelevant.”

- Former President Bill Clinton, in an interview in the Financial Times, Oct. 14, 2011

April 23, 2012

“More appealing are candidates who have sinned and sought redemption, who have wrestled with their dysfunctions and come out no worse for the wear — or at least not too embarrassed to carry on in public life.”

- Columnist Meghan Daum, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 26, 2011

April 24, 2012

“Campaigns are defined by moments.”

- Matt Rhoades, Mitt Romney’s campaign manager, in an email to supporters, Aug. 12, 2011

April 25, 2012

“Freedom is a messy affair, and sometimes people get their feelings hurt but we think the trade-off is worth the aggravation.”

- Columnist Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post, Sept. 13, 2010

April 26, 2012

“Diplomacy, if properly practiced, is not just talking for the sake of talking.”

- Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice, in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Jan. 23, 2008

April 27, 2012

“Lawmakers ought to consider why it takes a crisis to reach – even briefly – a greater degree of political harmony.”

- Former Sen. Tom Daschle, The Washington Post, Nov. 7, 2010

April 28, 2012

“Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity and the mother of truth.”

- Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo, in a statement to the Nobel committee, Dec. 10, 2010

April 29, 2012

“In a world awash in information, knowing how to question and challenge our own certainties are the most important disciplines anyone can master.”

- Amanda C. Pustilnik, law professor at the University of Maryland, The New York Times, Dec. 16, 2011

April 30, 2012

“Purity in martyrdom is for suicide bombers.”

– Mitch Daniels, Indiana Governor, on the dangers of ideological purity in party politics, speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb. 11, 2011