Pundit Wire

September 2012

September 1, 2012

“I have a theory, too, that the best and only answer to a smear or to an honest misunderstanding
of the facts is to tell the truth.”

-Richard Nixon, speech titled Checkers, broadcast live on television, Sep 23, 1952

September 2, 2012

“We’ve entered a period where there isn’t a single narrative about anything. ‘Feminism’ has given way to what other women have termed ‘feminisms’ — all the various ways that we seek justice and equality.”

- Latoya Peterson, editor of the blog Racialicious, The New York Times, March 16, 2012

September 3, 2012

“Collective bargaining has always been the bedrock of the American labor movement. I hope that you will continue to anchor your movement to this foundation. Free collective bargaining is good for the entire Nation. In my view, it is the only alternative to State regulation of wages and prices – a path which leads far down the grim road of totalitarianism. Those who would destroy or further limit the rights of organized labor – those who would cripple collective bargaining or prevent organization of the unorganized – do a disservice to the cause of democracy.”

-President John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States: 1961-1963, a Special Labor Day Message as the Democratic Presidential Candidate, September 5, 1960

September 4, 2012

“I got into Stanford because of affirmative action. I scored 1,210 on my SATs, which was lower than the median matriculating student, but I did fine in college and in law school. I’m a strong supporter of affirmative action because I’ve seen it work in my own life.”

-Mayor Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio: 2009-present. The Washington Times, September 1, 2012

September 5, 2012

“It feels a little embarrassing to run ads that are saying, ‘Let me tell you all about me.’ We are going to do it, but you probably won’t see me folding laundry.”

-Elizabeth Warren, Democratic candidate for the United States Senate, at a campaign stop in Canton, Massachusetts. Boston Globe September 2, 2012

September 6, 2012

“We knew that solving our biggest challenges would take more than one year, or one term, or one President. We know we’ve still got a lot of work to do, but we are determined to get it done. We are determined to finish the job. We’re determined to finish the race, and that’s why I’m running for a second term.”

-President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States: 2013-present, Remarks at a Campaign Event in Charlottesville, VA, August 29, 2012

September 7, 2012

“People are people, at bottom they have souls, they have a brain, they can hear the sound of something honest, they hate artifice, they can smell it. When you speak to slices of the American people you are slicing America into pieces. Which means you are part of the problem.”

-Peggy Noonan, former speechwriter to Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, and columnist at The Wall Street Journal, on her blog at The Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2012

September 8, 2012

“What the world needed, and it didn’t have, was a phone that had the capabilities of a computer. Apple designed an entirely new product—a phone, a Web browser, and a music player. It was a phone design that the world had never seen. Physical keyboards would become a thing of the past. It required an entirely new hardware system. It required an entirely new user interface. That interface had to become completely intuitive.”

-Harold McElhinny, Lawyer for Apple, from opening statement at trail against Samsung, Ars Technica, July 31, 2012

September 9, 2012

“Maybe young women don’t wonder whether they can have it all any longer, but in case any of you are wondering, of course you can have it all. What are you going to do? Everything, is my guess. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. It will be complicated, but rejoice in the complications. It will not be anything like what you think it will be like, but surprises are good for you. And don’t be frightened: you can always change your mind. I know: I’ve had four careers and three husbands.”

-Nora Ephron, American Journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director, and blogger, Commencement address at Wellesley College, quoted in New York Times, July 27, 2012

September 10, 2012

“We’ve always assumed that presidential elections in our country tend to be very close; we don’t think this one’s going to be any exception, but … we think that was enhanced coming out of both of our conventions.”

-David Plouffe, Senior White House Adviser, discussion of the 2012 Democratic convention, CBS’ Face the Nation, Sep 9, 2012

September 11, 2012

“Our ability to remain a diverse, pluralistic country where we not only accept but embrace people with different beliefs and backgrounds will forever stand as an enduring rebuke to the failed ideology that drives Al Qaeda.”

-Tom Daschle, American University 9/11 Then and Now, 2011

September 12, 2012

“Judgments aren’t the same as facts. Instinct is not science.”

-Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in a speech to the Labour Party Conference, Sept. 28, 2004

September 13, 2012

“In politics, purity is the enemy of victory.”

-Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2011

September 14, 2012

“I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of goodwill. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability.”

-Martin Luther King Jr., Letter From Birmingham Jail, 1963

September 15, 2012

“If you’re scared then you shouldn’t be in politics.”

-Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), on the need for elected officials to have an interactive relationship with their constituents, CNN State of the Union, Jan. 16, 2011

September 16, 2012

“I might as well be myself. Everyone else is taken.”

-Oliver Stone, film director, The New York Times, Sept. 10, 2010

September 17, 2012

“What happened this week in Cairo, in Benghazi and many other parts of the region was a result, a direct result, of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated, that the U.S. government had nothing to do with, which we have made clear is reprehensible and disgusting.”

-Ambassador Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the United Nation in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” September 16, 2012

September 18, 2012

“I can’t think of a time when the reckless actions of a few private citizens have cost us so much – in American lives, tax dollars and credibility around the world. Just because we have the freedom to say what we want doesn’t mean saying whatever we want is just or prudent.”

-Farah Stockman, Columnist, The Boston Globe, September 12, 2012

September 19, 2012

“I think the American public has gone from really almost white-hot anger in 2010 to an anxiety knowing their government needs to work.”

-Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD 5), in an interview on BuzzFeed Politics, September 10, 2012

September 20, 2012

“I really don’t like women who try to be men. All these politicians, I think they’re horrendous. We could have a brilliant future, but we have this terrible male vision of destroying everything. They’d better sort themselves out and become more womanly.”

-British fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2012

September 21, 2012

“Apple is unique in the world in that it can radically change tack on its loyal fans. They will gripe and moan but will eventually be happy with their changed fortunes. Whether they like it or not. No other company on the planet can behave with such arrogance and get away with it. Or can claim such loyalty.”

-Toby Shapshak, Columnist, Times Live, September 17, 2012

September 22, 2012

“A new Gallup poll shows that only 1 in 10 Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. A 10 percent approval rating is about the same approval rating that rabies has.”

-Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Kimmel Live, August 15, 2012

September 23, 2012

“It’s very rare I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person. Usually, people want to take a picture with me, sit next to me, talk to me. … That has not been the case at this event.”

-President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, at a fundraiser in New York City hosted by Michael Jordan, among others, August 22, 2012

September 24, 2012

“Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process — a way of solving problems.”

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

September 25, 2012

“I understand that unless you have a government of laws, rather than a government of people, you cannot protect dissent. And I understand, as a woman who probably would have been burned in the marketplace for witchcraft only about 200 years ago, that I need the First Amendment more than anybody does. And that even if I am repelled by child pornography or Bob Guccione’s productions, that I have to protect those things, because essentially it’s in my self-interest to do so.”

-Erica Jong, speaking at the ACLU Biennial Conference in New York City on censorship, June 22, 1995

September 26, 2012

“You can’t be loved for long if you’re not feared.”

-Chris Matthews, on the perception of JFK, The Huffington Post, Oct. 26, 2011

September 27, 2012

“Success is not about who never fails. It is about who can spring – or even stagger – back up.”

-Samantha Power, in a commencement address at Pitzer-Claremont College, May 22, 2008

September 28, 2012

“People want to cut the childish political posturing. With the problems facing the country, our campaigns have become an embarrassment to democracy.”

–Former Rep. John Porter, on negative campaigning and dirty politics, Politico, Oct. 4, 2010

September 29, 2012

“I occasionally used to day-dream about a ‘one-nation’ Tory U.S. president, a second Eisenhower of a sort. Little did I know he would be a black man with a funny name.”

-Columnist Andrew Sullivan, on Obama, The Atlantic, Dec. 19, 2010

September 30, 2012

“The insane have achieved political respectability while the sane act too good for it all. The irrational celebrate while the rational act bored and above-it-all.”

-Columnist Maureen Dowd, The New York Times, Sept. 19, 2010