Pundit Wire

July 2012

July 1, 2012

“We have to educate our way to a better economy.”

- Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, on the importance of education, Meet the Press, Sept. 26, 2010

July 2, 2012

“Surely the United States Senate is big enough to take self-criticism and self-appraisal. Surely we should be able to take the same kind of character attacks that we ‘dish out’ to outsiders.”

- Margaret Chase Smith, Declaration of Conscience speech to Congress, June 1, 1950

July 4, 2012

“Democracy doesn’t begin at the top; it begins at the bottom, when flesh-and-blood human beings fight to rekindle what Arlo Guthrie calls ‘The Patriot’s Dream.’”

- Bill Moyers, The Nation, Nov. 2, 2011

July 5, 2012

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”

Malcom X, speech titled “Prospects for Freedom in 1965,” Jan. 7 1965

July 6, 2012

“Geopolitics is all about leverage. We cannot make ourselves safer abroad unless we change our behavior at home.”

- Thomas Friedman, The New York Times, Dec. 5, 2010

July 8, 2012

“Surely the United States Senate is big enough to take self-criticism and self-appraisal. Surely we should be able to take the same kind of character attacks that we ‘dish out’ to outsiders.”

- Margaret Chase Smith, Declaration of Conscience speech to Congress, June 1, 1950

July 9, 2012

“It’s the most godawful human activity that doesn’t involve physical pain. It’s high tension, and it’s boring and difficult work–begging people for money and debasing yourself.”

- Retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), telling Men’s Journal what he really thinks about the campaign trail, as re-reported by Campaigns & Elections, May/June 2012

July 10, 2012

“Conservatives excel at competition between groups—your team, your nation, your tribe—while liberals care more about fairness within a group.”

- Liberal writer Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine, Nov. 20, 2011

July 11, 2012

“After September 11, it became unpatriotic to question any homeland-security or defense spending, and that let things get out of control.”

- Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), on the growing national debt, National Journal, Jan. 22, 2011

July 12, 2012

“I joined the army to save a life. I didn’t want to sit on a base.”

- Specialist Veronica Alfaro, medic and convoy vehicle driver in Iraq, on women in military combat, as reported in the New York Times, Aug. 16, 2009

July 13, 2012

“All progressives since Theodore Roosevelt wanted [health care reform], all democrats since Harry Truman fought for it, and only Barack Obama got it. … this is his huge accomplishment.”

- Douglas Brinkley, presidential historian, on Obama’s presidency thus far, Rolling Stone, Oct. 2010 issue

July 14, 2012

“If chronic Facebook or Twitter posting is not an exercise in neurosis, then nothing is.”

- Benedict Carey, The New York Times, April 1, 2012

July 16, 2012

“We politicians, I believe, have colluded far too long with the media. We rely on them. We seek their favor. We live, we die politically because of what they write and what they show, and sometimes that means we are not courageous or spineful enough to stand up when wrong has occurred.”

- British MP Chris Bryant, The New York Times, July 10, 2011

July 17, 2012

“More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases… We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future.”

- Barbara Charline Jordan, 1976 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address, delivered 12 July 1976, New York, NY

July 18, 2012

“Democracy is the most realistic way for diverse peoples to resolve their differences, and share power, and heal social divisions without violence or repression.”

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

July 19, 2012

“People are eager to hear a moral message, but you cannot build politics on a moral message only.”

- Czech revolutionary Jan Urban, NPR, Dec. 18, 2011

July 20, 2012

“The sounds of silence are a dim recollection now, like mystery, privacy and paying attention to one thing — or one person — at a time.”

- Columnist Maureen Dowd, The New York Times, Dec. 6, 2011

July 22, 2012

“You can’t in the end keep the waves from crashing over you when politics change. In the end, the voters vote, and the votes are more important than the districts.”

- Jeffrey M. Wice, a veteran Democratic redistricting lawyer, CQ Weekly, March 7, 2011

July 23, 2012

“Is there any other democracy where the voters are as spoiled as they are in the United States? Especially, of course, in certain states, such as Iowa and New Hampshire, where the old joke is literally true about the citizens who say they haven’t yet formed an opinion about a candidate because they’ve only met the fellow a few times.”

- Michael Kinsley, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 6, 2012

July 24, 2012

“We post photos of the Halloween costumes and the mustaches made of cupcake frosting. We don’t record the tantrums—and that’s as it should be. But we shouldn’t mistake that for reality. It’s stagecraft.”

- Libby Copeland writing about Facebook, Slate, Dec. 16, 2011

July 25, 2012

“World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor, it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement.”

- President John F. Kennedy, in a commencement address at American University, June 10, 1963

July 26, 2012

“The promise of our country is that the rules are fair. If you work hard and play by the rules, you can earn your share of America’s blessings.”

- Geraldine Ferraro, Vice Presidential Nomination Acceptance Address at the Democratic National Convention, July 19, 1984

July 27, 2012

“The left is genetically disappointed, with or without Obama.”

- Liberal radio host Bill Press, Politico, Oct. 28, 2010

July 28, 2012

“Internationalism means that we can see into the dark corners of the world, and hold those companies to account when they are devastating forests or employing children as bonded labour. Globalisation is the complete opposite, its rules pit country against country and workers against workers in the blinkered pursuit of international competitiveness.”

- Anita Roddick, speech titled Trading With Principles, delivered at the International Forum On Globalisation’s Tech-In, November 27, 1999

July 30, 2012

“The voters who will decide the 2012 election do not live on a left-right spectrum…Instead, the world of moderate, independent swing voters lives on an up-down spectrum, moving between deference to elites and expressions of populist anger.”

– Political commentator Paul Begala, Newsweek, Jan. 23, 2012