Pundit Wire

July 2011

July 1, 2011

“The way to build a fair and just society is not through baby steps or incremental goals, but with big steps and big solutions… and an obvious backbone to match.”

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

July 2, 2011

“The high road almost always leads to political oblivion.”

- Columnist Dana Milbank, The Washington Post, Jun. 21, 2011

July 3, 2011

“It’s easy to audition for a cable show. It’s much harder to describe where you are going to take the country.”

- John Weaver, political advisor to presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, on the current GOP contenders, The Caucus, New York Times, Jun. 22, 2011

July 4, 2011

“Our political debates today are corrosive and not reflective of the belief that Abe Lincoln espoused back in his day: that we are a great country because we are a good country.”

- Former Gov. Jon Huntsman, speaking in Exeter, NH, Jun. 20, 2011

July 5, 2011

“Whether they intend it or not, their name suggests they believe that the current elected government in Washington is as illegitimate as was a distant, unelected monarchy. It implies something fundamentally wrong with taxes themselves or, at the least, that current levels of taxation (the lowest in decades) are dangerously oppressive. And it hints that methods outside the normal political channels are justified in confronting such oppression.”

- E.J. Dionne, on the Tea Party, op-ed in the Washington Post, July 3, 2011

July 6, 2011

“The fact that we are leaving most of the shooting to other countries does not mean that the United States is not involved in acts of war.”

- Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), remarks during the Senate panel vote on the U.S. military operation in Libya, June 28, 2011

July 7, 2011

“The good guys see the end coming and leave. You’re left with the B students.”

- Albert D. Wheelon, a former aerospace executive and Central Intelligence Agency official, on NASA budget cuts causing fear of decline, New York Times, July 3, 2011

July 8, 2011

“The time has come to make the difficult decision. Charity begins at home. We can no longer afford to rebuild Afghanistan and America. We must choose. And I choose America.”

- Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), in Senate floor speech, June 22, 2011

July 9, 2011

“…We came to a compromise that didn’t violate our principles. And that’s the key. You can’t ask people to violate their principles. And so there has to be a way to find principled outcome where people are also compromising.”

- Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), on party compromise between state legislators regarding the New Jersey budget battle, Meet the Press, June 26, 2011

July 10, 2011

“When I was young, we were taught in law school that corporations were creatures of the state, and had responsibilities to all their stakeholders – their shareholders, their employees, their customers, and the communities of which they were a part. Now, it’s only shareholders. I think that’s a pretty bad idea.”

- Former President Clinton, in a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago, as reported by Politico, July 3, 2011

July 11, 2011

“I am an ordinary woman who was called onstage at an extraordinary time. I was no different once I became first lady than I had been before. But through an accident of history, I had become interesting to people.”

- Former First Lady Betty Ford, as quoted by The New York Times, Jul. 9, 2011

July 12, 2011

“Press freedom does not mean that the press should be above the law. While it’s vital that a free press can tell truth to power, it is equally important that those in power can tell truth to the press.”

- British Prime Minister David Cameron, New York Times, Jul. 10, 2011

July 13, 2011

“…If people want the entertainer in chief, they should vote for somebody else.”

- Former Minnesota Governor and Republican candidate for president, Tim Pawlenty, when asked whether he’s too dull to be president, in an interview with David Gregory of Meet the Press, Jul. 10, 2011

July 14, 2011

“One thing that has disappointed me is the assumption on the part of so many that our political system is broken and that we’re incapable of making progress. The reality is that while politics can be very difficult, the myth that our system is dysfunctional is just that–a myth.”

- Vice President Joe Biden, in an interview with Washingtonian magazine, Jul. 2011

July 15, 2011

“We’ve come full circle since 1961, back to when we had yet to show we could launch people into space. We will be hitching rides from the Russians to go to the space station that is mainly ours.”

- Steven J. Dick, retired NASA chief historian, New York Times, Jul. 9, 2011

July 16, 2011

“Our nominating process is very conservative and not just in the political sense.”

- Saul Anuzis, former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, on the GOP being methodical and slow-moving on choosing a frontrunner for the 2012 race, Washington Post, Jul. 10, 2011

July 17, 2011

“If you’re not comfortable with delay, frustration and impatience, get out of the Senate. It’s the nature of the institution, but I think we’ve taken it to an art form.”

- Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Los Angeles Times, Jul. 3, 2011

July 18, 2011

“Whatever our views, the August 2nd deadline is certain and we cannot walk away from our obligation to the American people.”

- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), on raising the debt limit, The Hill, Jul. 9, 2011

July 19, 2011

“We should stand up and say, “We are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!””

- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at the annual Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey Day fund raising dinner in Connecticut, Apr. 28, 2003

July 20, 2011

“We need to do what we’ve always done so well and that is to get out there and compete and build and produce and the best way for us to not have a lower standard of living is to have a better standard of education. The rest of the world knows that and they are nipping at our heels.”

- Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), answering questions at a constituent lunch in Geneva, NY, Jun. 28, 2011

July 21, 2011

“History should be honest.”

- California Gov. Jerry Brown, signing a bill allowing gay history to be taught in CA public schools, Jul. 14, 2011

July 22, 2011

“This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this.”

- President Barack Obama, insisting on a long-term agreement to reduce the deficit in a meeting with congressional leaders, Jul. 13, 2011

July 23, 2011

“These programs are like vampires, you just can’t kill them. Just when you think they are dead, they manage to rise up.”

- Robert L. Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, on US subsidy programs, New York Times, Jul. 15, 2011

July 24, 2011

“Every serious economic analysis tells us we’ve reached the danger zone. And just kicking the can down the road? That can’t be. We’re better than that. We’ve got to be better than that.”

- Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), on raising the debt ceiling, Washington Post, Jul. 17, 2011

July 25, 2011

“This may be the act of a lone, mad, paranoid individual, but the far-right milieu creates an atmosphere that can lead such people down that path of violence.”

– Hajo Funke, a political scientist at the Free University in Berlin, on the right-wing fundamentalist charged in connection with the massacre in Oslo, New York Times, Jul. 23, 2011

July 26, 2011

“To back off now will not only fail to solve our fiscal challenge, it will confirm the cynicism people have about politics in Washington.”

- White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer on Speaker Boehner’s refusal to accept the debt reduction deal, The Hill, Jul. 9, 2011

July 27, 2011

“The thing that liberals never understand is that the person who defines the game, wins the game…”

– Erica Payne, president of the Agenda Project, on the Republicans framing the debt ceiling issue, Politico, Jul. 24, 2011

July 28, 2011

“There has been a catastrophic breakdown of the world’s collective responsibility to act.”

– Fran Equiza, regional director for Oxfam, on the UN announcement of a famine in Somalia, The Telegraph, Jul. 20, 2011

July 29, 2011

“It feels like they haven’t quite found a horse in this race.”

- Jamal Simmons, a veteran aide to several Democratic presidential campaigns, on the GOP not yet having a frontrunner, Washington Post, Jul. 10, 2011

July 30, 2011

“I don’t sign pledges — other than the Pledge of Allegiance and a pledge to my wife.”

- Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, on the GOP pledge to not raise taxes, New York Times, Jul. 17, 2011

July 31, 2011

“…I’m an old hockey player. I’ve been in more fights than the rest of these candidates combined.”

- Former Minnesota Governor and Republican candidate for president, Tim Pawlenty, when asked about his fortitude, in an interview with David Gregory of Meet the Press, July 10, 2011