Pundit Wire

June 2012

June 1, 2012

“If I say something that ends up on the front page of Drudge, I haven’t done it right.”

- Elizabeth Edwards, on the role of the candidate’s spouse, quoted by Michelle Obama in a speech in Phoenix, AZ during the 2008 presidential campaign, May 29, 2008

June 2, 2012

“When we want to help the poor, we usually offer them charity. Most often we use charity to avoid recognizing the problem and finding the solution for it. Charity becomes a way to shrug off our responsibility.”

― Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty, 1999

June 3, 2012

“There are two things you need to avoid if you don’t want your movement to be doomed: one is violence, the other is taking advice from foreigners.”

- Serbian revolutionary Srdja Popovic, The Independent (UK), Sept. 11, 2011

June 4, 2012

“A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.”

- Justice John Paul Stevens, in his dissent of Citizens United, Jan. 21, 2010

June 5, 2012

“[P]retty soon the snake starts eating its own tail: We underfund public services, therefore public services don’t work, therefore we underfund them.”

- Columnists Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones, Nov. & Dec. 2011

June 6, 2012

“People tend to think in black and white. America is either in decline or it is ordained to be for ever the world’s greatest nation. Government is either paralysed or it is running amok, stifling liberty and enterprise and snuffing out the American dream.”

- The Economist, on the ‘binary delusion,’ May 12, 2012


June 7, 2012

“When you say politics, you conjure a whole bunch of associations: elections, campaigning, debates, fundraising. None of this exists in Russia! We are still fighting not for election victories but for having elections at all.”

- Garry Kasparov, a former World Chess Champion and political activist, on Russian ‘politics,’ Newsweek, May 14, 2012

June 8, 2012

“Public policy, in my judgment, should be based on the mainstream view, because to base it otherwise is to risk the well-being of the public against very long odds.”

– John Holdren, a White House science adviser, remarks House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing, Feb. 17, 2011, as reported in Politico, Feb. 18, 2011

June 9, 2012

“The saints, after all, became known as saints not because of their success in fighting political battles, or winning a few news cycles, or funding an anti-abortion super PAC. They were saints purely and simply because of the way they lived.”

- Political commentator Andrew Sullivan, on the negative use of religion in politics, Newsweek, April 9, 2012

June 10, 2012

“Getting the business community to understand how the political community in Washington works is not easy. Corporate executives look at Washington one way, and the political folks look at corporate executives another way.”

– Nicholas J. Glakas, President and CEO of The Washington Campus, CQ Weekly, Feb. 21, 2011

June 11, 2012

“Name a problem, and idealism loses to the brutal pragmatism of short-term self-interest every time: the massive federal budget deficit, the soaring cost of Social Security and Medicare, our foolish dependence on foreign oil, our heedless emission of greenhouse gases. We’ll do better—mañana.”

- William Falk, Editor-in-Chief, The Week, Feb. 18, 2011

June 12, 2012

“An earmark is in the eye of the beholder.”

- Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Politico, March 7, 2011

June 13, 2012

“The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers. In fact, those terms very rarely pass their lips. So it’s a very one-dimensional view. They view the economy through their own personal prism.”

- White House advisor David Plouffe, speaking at a Bloomberg breakfast, July 8, 2011


June 14, 2012

“Even though I have been in Washington for a few terms, I have not lost my ability to be outraged.”

– Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), the chairman of the House Republican Conference, on the budget disagreements, as reported by The Hill, April 8, 2011

June 15, 2012

“Since people learn from people they love, education is fundamentally about the relationship between a teacher and student.”

- Columnist David Brooks, The New York Times, March 22, 2012

June 16, 2012

“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, July 20, 2011

June 17, 2012

“Great nations don’t have to remind others of their greatness. They merely have to be great.”

- Columnist Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post, Jan. 30, 2011

June 18, 2012

“Democracy is noisy.”

- Sid Davis, the former NBC Washington bureau chief, Washington Whispers, U.S. News and World Report, May 17, 2011

June 19, 2012

“For change to occur, our leaders must understand that there is not only strength in compromise, courage in conciliation and honor in consensus-building — but also a political reward for following these tenets.”

- Olympia Snowe on why she was not seeking a 4th term in Congress, Washington Post, March 1, 2012

June 20, 2012

“It’s bad policy to speculate on what you’ll do if a plan fails when you’re trying to make a plan work.”

- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jan. 11, 2007

June 21, 2012

“You can’t turn the wind, so turn the sail.”

- Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary-General repeating an African proverb to Syrian President Bashar Assad during talks to end voice in the country, Time, March 26, 2012

June 22, 2012

“Clamoring for change is hollow unless you vote.”

- Democratic strategist Steve Schale, on Facebook, as reported by the Washington Post, Oct. 13, 2011

June 23, 2012

“I think we all have a responsibility to tamp down our rhetoric without tamping down our passion.”

- Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC), NPR, Jan. 14, 2011

June 24, 2012

“Just because he’s a Cuban-American from Miami doesn’t mean Mexican-American hotel workers in Las Vegas are going to vote for him.”

- Roberto Suro, former head of the Pew Hispanic Center, on choosing Marco Rubio as the GOP running mate, Newsweek, Dec. 5, 2011

June 26, 2012

“We often have a cultural fantasy about individuals. But collaboration is just as frequently the source of great things, and it’s less rarely recognized. Change doesn’t always happen because of one person, but that’s what makes for great biographies.”

- Emily Nussbaum, television critic for The New Yorker and a longtime feminist reporter, The New York Times, March 10, 2012

June 27, 2012

“Interventionism is inextricable from the American idea. If the United States retreats into isolationism, it ceases to be itself — a nation dedicated, however much it falls short, to a universalist ideal of freedom.”

- Columnist Roger Cohen, The New York Times, Aug. 30, 2011

June 28, 2012

“There really is no vacation from the world in which we live.”

- Former Sec. of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, on the constant threat of terrorism, The New York Times, Dec. 28, 2010

June 29, 2012

“I am convinced that unless America changes course, we will become the France of the 21st Century – still a great nation, but no longer the leader of the world.”

- Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, BBC News, Feb. 8, 2008

June 30, 2012

“We should not anticipate that every time countries come together that we are doing some revolutionary thing. Instead of hitting home runs, sometimes we’re going to hit singles.”

- President Barack Obama, The Washington Post, Nov. 14, 2010