Pundit Wire

September 2010

Monday, 9/13
“This is my one small contribution to the history of our times, to tell the history of our times in the language of our times.”

– Reverend James B. Simpson

Tuesday, 9/14
“Once in a while you have to bite the hand that reads you.”

- Tina Brown Exeutive Editor Tattler, Vanity Fair, New Yorker 13 May 91

Wednesday, 9/15
“If you cannot communicate to people how much you have done, and how hard it’s been, and how important it’s been to them, you are going to have people who are disconnected. Some people very plainly need more information, and if we don’t get them that information, they really may not vote for us.”

– Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, The New York Times, August 2, 2010

Thursday, 9/16
“Every campaign’s a door and you don’t know what’s behind it when you kick it in.” – James Carville, on Washington officialdom NY Times 2 Sep 95 (Book – P. 46 Quote #937)

Friday, 9/17
“It’s the American way, if you don’t vote, you don’t get to whine.”

– Dan Rather, CBS News, November 7, 2000

Saturday, 9/18
“If we judge each other by the worst of the other’s behavior and by the best of our own, where are we going?”

– Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf on Larry King Live, CNN, September 8, 2010

Sunday, 9/19
“What a joy it is to see really professional media manipulation.”

– William Safire, on Sec. of State Henry Kissinger’s media relations, quoted by Walter Isaacson in Kissinger, Simon & Schuster, 93 (from book pg. 525)

Monday, 9/20
“I’m praying for an earthquake election in November that will shake Washington to its core. I’m doing all I can to make it happen. And everyone who has been working toward this goal can be sure: All of Washington can hear you now.”

- Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), The Washington Post, Sept. 19, 2010

Tuesday, 9/21
“What’s success for the Tea Party Express? I would say we’ve already achieved it because today you can’t find a candidate running anywhere in America — Republican or Democrat — that doesn’t sound like they belong to the Tea Party movement.”

- Sal Russo, Chief strategist, Tea Party Express, The New York Times, Sept. 19, 2010

Wednesday, 9/22
“If a political season can jump the shark, we have an eye-popping new exhibit for Sea World.”

- Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post, September 15, 2010

Thursday, 9/23
“The most exciting thing is that…by selection and arrangement of words and sentences and language, rhythms, and patterns, can make somebody feel exactly the same thing somewhere else at another time, and cry.”

- Andrew Malcom, columnist On writing a NY Times human interest column Publisher’s Weekly 17 Apr 87 (Book – P. 523 Quote # 10023)

Friday, 9/24
“It’s a free country, but the noisiest people get the coverage.”

- Chris Matthews, cable TV commentator, on Hardball with Chris Matthews, August 25, 2008

Saturday, 9/25
“To “choose” dogma and faith over doubt and experiment is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid.”

- Christopher Hitchens from God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (p. 278)

Sunday, 9/26
“The whole thing is class warfare.”

- Bill O’Reilly on tax debate and tea party politics, Sept. 14, 2010, interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

Monday, 9/27
“We can come back here, next year, as we have for the last 60, and make long speeches about it. We can read familiar lists of grievances. We can table the same resolutions. We can further empower the forces of rejectionism and hate. Or we can say that this time will be different, that this time we will not let terror or turbulence or posturing or petty politics stand in the way.”

- President Barack Obama, speech to the UN General Assembly, Sept. 23, 2010

Tuesday, 9/28
“Can you say senator instead of ma’am? It’s just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title.”

- Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Politico, June 17, 2009

Wednesday, 9/29
“How did we get to the point where one of our two major political parties isn’t even trying to make sense?”

- Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Sept. 23, 2010

Thursday, 9/30
“We campaign in poetry, but when we’re elected we’re forced to govern in prose.”

- Mario Cuomo, Speech at Yale University, New Haven, Conn., Feb. 15, 1985