Pundit Wire

May 2011

May 1, 2011

“Our ideals and our optimism make Americans impatient, but our history, our experience, should make us patient at the same time. We, of all people, realize how long and difficult the path of democracy really is.”

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

May 2, 2011

“We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority.”

- Barack Obama, presidential debate, October 7, 2008

May 3, 2011

“The fun of this is that there are so few things like it where it’s, to some degree, a roast of the most powerful person in the world which is such a risky proposition for a comedian. But it’s also such as terrifically American undertaking that this night exists at all.”

- Seth Meyers, ‘Saturday Night Live’ actor and featured comedian at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, Politico, April 29, 2011

May 4, 2011

“Our ‘can do’ attitude is both a blessing and a curse.”

– Coast Guard Adm. Robert Papp, on the Coast Guard’s “do more with less” ethos due to budget cuts, in his ‘State of the Coast Guard’ speech delivered at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, reported in CQ Weekly, Feb. 21, 2011

May 5, 2011

“Hope is not a strategy.”

- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), on the Obama administration’s foreign policy, State of the Union, CNN, Apr. 24, 2011

May 6, 2011

“Never underestimate the human capacity for delusion.”

- Columnist Roger Cohen, The New York Times, Apr. 29, 2011

May 7, 2011

“Everybody does seem a little more entrenched these days. But if you read…great biographies of Washington or Adams, you find out they were pretty entrenched then too. People forget that Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr had a shootout over policy differences.”

- Former President George H.W. Bush, on party compromise, in an interview with Time, May 9, 2011

May 8, 2011

“The normal press cycle is to put a company on a pedestal and then knock it down. It’s much more interesting that way.”

- Biz Stone, Co-Founder of Twitter, written on his personal blog, April 14, 2011

May 9, 2011

“The real secret about diplomats is that we’re trained to say something, when there is nothing to say, and to say nothing when there is something to say.”

- Former Ambassador Jon Huntsman, in a commencement speech at the University of South Carolina, May 7, 2011

May 10, 2011

“It takes two things to make a political lie work: a powerful person or institution willing to utter it, and another set of powerful institutions to amplify it.”

- Rick Perlstein, contributor, Mother Jones, May/June 2011

May 11, 2011

“The next decade cannot be a decade of confrontation and contention. It cannot be east vs. West. It cannot be men vs. women. It cannot be Islam vs. Christianity. That is what the enemies of dialogue want.”

- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, speaking at the US Islamic World Forum in Qatar, Feb. 18, 2006

May 12, 2011

“You are what you eat. And in politics, you are where you get your money. Presidents and politicians get their money from people who want something.”

– Former Gov. Buddy Roemer (R-LA), Politico, March 3, 2011

May 13, 2011

“We are still the America that does the hard things, that does the great things. We’re the nation that always dared to dream. We’re the nation that dared to take risks.”

- President Barack Obama, speaking to troops at Fort Campbell, KY, May 6, 2011

May 14, 2011

“What TV was to John Kennedy, Facebook is to Obama.”

- Dan Lyons, technology editor, Daily Beast, April 20, 2011

May 15, 2011

“We cannot continue to see the Middle East in the context of 9/11. We must see it in the context of 2011.”

- Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), in remarks at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Mar. 17, 2011

May 16, 2011

“Politics is too important to be left to the politicians.”

- Samantha Power, in a commencement address at Santa Clara University, May 20, 2008

May 17, 2011

“I do not suspect that Jefferson or Madison ever envisioned Congress honoring the 2,560th anniversary of the birth of Confucius or supporting the designation of National Pi Day.”

- Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), The Los Angeles Times, Nov. 25, 2010

May 18, 2011

“Democracy is a messy all-or-nothing business. That’s why I love it. You can no more be a little bit democratic than a little bit pregnant.”

- Columnist Roger Cohen, The New York Times, Mar. 29, 2011

May 19, 2011

“The biggest threat Medicare faces right now is the status quo.”

- Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), on the need to reform Medicare, The New York Times, May 14, 2011

May 20, 2011

“Running for president is like having sex: You don’t do it once and forget about it. It has a high, high recidivism rate.”

– James Carville, former campaign manager for Bill Clinton, Politico, Oct. 7, 2010.

May 21, 2011

“There are people who can set an audience on fire, but saying they’re a great speaker and saying they ought to be president are usually two different things.”

- David Keene, former chairman of the American Conservative Union, National Journal, March 26, 2011

May 22, 2011

“While we work on the macro issues, we want to make sure the macaroni-and-cheese issues are at the table, and we speak for them.”

- Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), on making sure that the Senate addresses often-hidden women’s issues, CNN, Dec. 27, 2010

May 23, 2011

“This is not idealism or naivete. It’s a hard-headed recognition that a genuine peace is the only path that will ultimately provide for a peaceful Palestine as the homeland of the Palestinian people and a Jewish state of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people.”

- President Barack Obama, on the Israel-Palestine peace process, speaking at AIPAC, May 22, 2011

May 24, 2011

“Israel deserves America’s friendship in reality – not just in rhetoric.”

- Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), speaking at AIPAC, May 22, 2011

May 25, 2011

“Our ideals and our optimism make Americans impatient, but our history, our experience, should make us patient at the same time. We, of all people, realize how long and difficult the path of democracy really is.”

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

May 26, 2011

“Democracy or breakdown in Syria would change the whole Middle East overnight.”

- Columnist Paul Krugman, on the current unrest in Syria, The New York Times, May 22, 2011

May 27, 2011

“The war on terror is fundamentally an indirect war. . . It’s a war of partners . . . but it also is a bit of the war in the shadows.”

- Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers, The Washington Post, Dec. 28, 2007

May 28, 2011

“Fox gave the tea party the oxygen to prosper.”

- Chris Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax, New York magazine, May 22, 2011

May 29, 2011

“There is a lightning quickness to the speed at which candidates can build and accidentally dismantle their own campaigns. If candidates don’t figure out their place in the new digital world of politics, they will be destroyed by it.”

- Bill Burton, Democratic strategist, USA Today, Mar. 17, 2011

May 30, 2011

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

– Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), State of the Union, CNN, May 29, 2011

May 31, 2011

The G8 is “finishing the unfinished business of Europe in the post-Cold War era.”

– Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, the National Security Council’s senior director for European Affairs, The Washington Post, May 27, 2011