Pundit Wire

March 2013

March 1, 2013

“The real two-party system in America is the Meanies and the Weenies. The Meanies want to take away your benefits, and the Weenies want to compromise with them.”

-Former Congressman Alan Grayson, Newsweek, Dec. 5, 2011

March 2, 2013

“Class warfare might make for good politics, but it makes for bad economics.”

-Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), on Fox News Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011

March 3, 2013

“Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it.”

-Feminist Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch, published in 1970

March 4, 2013

“Pope Benedict is officially retired. Apparently there was some last-minute tension at the Vatican because they wouldn’t give the Pope his security deposit back.”

-Craig Ferguson, Comedian, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, February 28, 2013

March 5, 2013

“The austerity economics on which we’ve embarked is a cruel hoax — cruel because it hurts those who are already hurt the most; a hoax because it doesn’t work.”

-Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, on his blog, robertreich.org, March 3, 2013

March 6, 2013

“The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class. It is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity.”

-Anna Julia Cooper, activist, pages 26 & 27, United States Passport

March 7, 2013

“I miss Michelle Obama‘s early years, when she was beautiful, a little awkward, maybe a little ambivalent about her new role, as a sane person would be. Now she is glamorous, a star, and like all stars assumes our fascination.”

-Peggy Noonan, columnist, The Wall Street Journal, March 2, 2013

March 8, 2013

“The death penalty is a human system, created by human beings, run by human beings. That means there is human error built into it. A human system is not capable of perfection. Government does nothing flawlessly. Government cannot flawlessly kill people. If you give government the power to kill people, you are giving government the power to make mistakes killing people, and government will make those mistakes.”

-Lawrence O’Donnell, on MSNBC’s The Last Word, September 22, 2012

March 9, 2013

“They support democratic institutions in Kyrzakhstan and Georgia, mindful from our own experience that it takes a long time to get democracy right, and that it rarely happens right away.”

-John Kerry, Secretary of State, mixing up Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, in a speech at The University of Virginia, February 20, 2013

March 10, 2013

“It’s just become increasingly uncomfortable for me to endorse an event [CPAC] that is in some ways excluding and in many ways marginalizing this core group of gay conservatives.”

-S.E. Cupp, Conservative commentator, on why she has withdrawn from the CPAC conference, MSNBC Live, March 1, 2013

March 11, 2013

“I think the American people expect more from us than cries of indignation and attack. The times are too grave, the challenge too urgent, and the stakes too high–to permit the customary passions of political debate.”

-John F. Kennedy, 1960 Democratic National Convention Acceptance Speech, 7/15/1960

March 12, 2013

“My mission isn’t to convert you, or even to convince you of anything. It’s to protect you.”

-Bill O’Reilly, Newsweek, 9/26/2011

March 13, 2013

“You need a lot more than vision — you need a stubbornness, tenacity, belief and patience to stay the course.”

-Edwin Catmull, The New York Times, 10/5/2011

March 14, 2013

“I think that it is high time for the United States Senate and its members to do some soul-searching — for us to weigh our consciences — on the manner in which we are performing our duty to the people of America — on the manner in which we are using or abusing our individual powers and privileges.”

-Margaret Chase Smith, Declaration of Conscience Speech to Congress, 6/1/1950

March 15, 2013

“Things are never as complicated as they seem. It is only our arrogance that prompts us to find unnecessarily complicated answers to simple problems.”

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

March 16, 2013

“Paying for our veterans is a cost of war. War is expensive.”

-Patty Murray, CNN’s “State of the Union,” 5/29/2011

March 17, 2013

“The things that divide us are not new, yet there’s a sense now that the glue that held us together for more than two centuries has thinned and cracked with age. That it was allowed to thin and crack, that the modern era wore it out.”

-Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal, 10/29/2011

March 18, 2013

“More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.”

-Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General, UN Millennium Message, 12/30/1999

March 19, 2013

“We can ask the same question of the gleaming towers of Wall Street or the City of London – and the powerful men and women who tinker with the money system which drives world trade. Who is this system for?”

-Anita Roddick, British businesswoman, human rights activist and environmental campaigner, in a speech titled “Trading With Principles,” delivered at the International Forum On Globalisation’s Tech-In, 11/27/1999

March 20, 2013

“We got three years from a hurricane and we’re still sitting here waiting? It’s like they have their foot on our neck and they’re saying, you’ll get up when I say get up.”

-Shirley August, East Texas Resident, New York Times, 10/1/2011

March 21, 2013

“I think you earned every dollar. You should get to keep every dollar that you earn. That’s your money; that’s not the government’s money.”

-Michele Bachmann, Member of Congress (R-MN), Republican Presidential Primary Debate sponsored by Fox News and Google, 9/22/2011

March 22, 2013

“We are not clairvoyant.”

-James R. Clapper Jr., National Intelligence Director, at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives, 2/10/2011

March 23, 2013

“Whatever connotations it once had, the word ‘moderate’ has now come to mean “liberal” or even “left-wing” in American Politics. It has been a long time since ‘moderate’ Republicans were regarded as important, centrist assets by their party. Nowadays, they are far more likely to be regarded as closet lefties and potential traitors. ‘Moderate’ Democrats, meanwhile, no longer exist: In their place, we have ‘conservative’ Democrats.”

-Anne Applebaum, Columnist, Washington Post, 10/26/2010

March 24, 2013

“The reality is that a powerful man having a wife to take care of him professionally and socially while keeping a mistress to care for him emotionally and sexually fits right into the traditional culture that Gingrich is always blathering about bringing back.”

-Amanda Marcotte, Blogger, Slate, 1/23/2012

March 25, 2013

“Passover is our tradition, and I like to keep up with that. Our ancestors couldn’t eat bread, and it’s nice for us to celebrate that every year by going through their struggles.”

-Marsha Cohen, The Gainsville Sun, 4/8/2006

March 26, 2013

“But there’s no quibbling with the fact that having the Commander-in-Chief on your side makes dealing with the bullies — whether they’re at school, on the Internet, at Thanksgiving dinner, or on a darkened street in Chelsea — a hell of a lot easier.”

-J Bryan Lowder, On President Obama’s statement supporting gay marriage, Slate, 5/10/2012

March 27, 2013

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

-Noah Feldman, The New York Times, 2/13/2011

March 28, 2013

“If they quote you, make damn sure they heard you.”

-Barbara Bush, Newsweek, 11/30/1992

March 29, 2013

“Nuance doesn’t get retweeted.”

-James Ponieqozik, Time, 3/26/12

March 30, 2013

“Leaders who wage wars are disconnected from their people.”

-Kati Marton, The New York Times, 4/19/2011

March 31, 2013

“Power is mass multiplied by cohesion.”

-Edward Luttwak, Tablet Magazine, 9/6/2011