The difference between me and them is that I'll look at Jesse Jackson and I'll see four Jesse Jacksons, and they'll just see one, the clown ambulance chaser.— Chris Matthews
The most scandalous Chris Matthews quotes that will activate your desire to change
Once it was suggested that Saddam Hussein might give his weaponry to terrorists, or might use weapons himself in the region, then it became hard for the Democrats to say, 'Well, that can't happen.'
I mean, if somebody said to me, junior year of college, you can go anywhere, your old man's paying for it, I'd have been gone in a flash. But I had to work. Every summer my mother would say, 'Get that job and hold on to it until August 30.'
Five years from now, 10 years from now, there's going to be a huge Islamic population in the world, they're going to be nationalistic, they're going to be religious, and they're going to be militant.
It looks to me like the Republican Party`s in no mood to give them [voters] a reasonable choice with this clown show going on right now from the likes of, well, Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump. What a duo.
Toastmasters changed my life. They really did. Put me on the stage. I don’t know what I would have done without that positive boost.
Reagan was all about America, and you talked about it.
Obama is, 'We are above that now. We're not just parochial, we're not just chauvinistic, we're not just provincial. We stand for something.' I mean, in a way, Obama's standing above the country, above - above the world. He's sort of God. He's going to bring all different sides together.
Sarah Palin - now don't laugh - is writing a book.
Not just reading a book, writing a book. Actually, in the word of the publisher, she's 'collaborating' on a book. What an embarrassment! It's one of these 'I told you,' books that jocks do.
I don't believe he had a responsibility to even answer that question - you have no responsibility to answer personal questions that people have no right to ask you.
And then there's Israel - a lot of people support Israel, and it's important to Israel to take out Iraq. So it's all mixed together. It's a combination of motives.
I'm not just gonna go after the black Jesse Jackson they all want to make fun of, but I know the wrong people are gonna laugh at that. I don't want to play to that crowd. I don't.
Then the administration tied it in to the regional dispute between Israel and its enemies, as if that's about international terrorism. No, it's not.
I don't know why his lawyers didn't tell him, 'You don't have to answer any questions about your private life, Mr. President. Let them sue you. Take the heat. You don't have to answer.'
Just look at who won the third debate between Bush and Gore.
I knew Bush won, because people liked him more. People just didn't like Gore. But all the journalists thought Gore won big, he cleaned the guy's clock.
Right now, the old guys, the old farts, if you will, are still running the show, and the women haven't gotten their place yet at all.
We've always had a dual role in the region - friend of Israel, and honest broker. We've given up the honest broker role completely.
You don't know whether he's thought through how this is going to affect the Middle East.
We've got to recognize that when we march into Iraq, we're setting up the card tables in front of every university in the Arab world, the Islamic world, to recruit for al-Qaida.
It doesn't serve an American interest.
It really doesn't really serve Israeli interests - it serves the interests of the political party that's getting the votes of the settlers on the West Bank.
My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often.
People don`t like getting dirty or living in an environment that`s been contaminated and is covered in hazardous waste.
The big lie is that the people who make a lot of money were the only ones that worked hard.
Sarah Palin is an empty vessel ready to be filled by ideology that she doesn't even understand, and that is really scary. Nothing is more frightening than an empty vessel in power.
Once having said no to Donald Trump, Mitt Romney can't go back and say, I changed my mind, I'm bowing to the pressure from you.
Hillary Clinton follows a cardinal rule in politics - don't commit to a decision before you have to.
John Paul II spoke to the commoner and to the king, to the tyrant and to the democrat in that same language of freedom.
Republicans woke up Sunday with an undeniable reality.
Donald Trump's the clear front-runner now for their party's nomination. Trump, celebrated, of course, his big win in South Carolina.
I tell my staff, we're riding a tour bus around, and we're going to stop and look at some weird stuff - but we're taking our viewers around safely. They're just looking out the window at it. I'm trying to create a sense of comfort for my center audience.
While Jeb Bush finds himself mired in the muck of an intramural fight in his own party over his remarks about the Iraq War, Hillary Clinton is sticking to the low-key strategy, and it looks like it`s working.
The overall campaign launch is designed to break through the clutter and reach out to consumers. At the end of the day, consumers are the ones who benefit from the convenience and value never before seen in a free checking account.
I can't find a reason to be for this war. I've looked, and I can't, so I'm not.
The last person to be beatified by Pope John Paul II was Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 2003.
A couple of Donald Trump people, including his vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, and of course, Dr. Ben Carson, have both come out in the last days, hours, practically, and said they believe President [Barack] Obama is a legitimately elected president of the United States.
You could see Newt Gingrich, who`s a member of Donald Trump`s country club, already getting together and talking about the new episode of "The Apprentice," with the poor kids in the city.This was a very smart thing to do. He shows that he is the grown-up in the Republican Party.
Unity is the most important thing on the road to stamping out terror.
You need global rules of law and order, and they have to be enforced. Start with that principle.
Jeb Bush has being slammed by his own party for a very messy response to questions about his brother's war in Iraq. He should have been ready for this one.
I'm so glad we had that storm last week.
I think that the candidates who are doing it [not debating] are doing a great disservice to the party. It`s a sign of an unhealthy institution.
I think in places like Pennsylvania, there`s folks who want our next president to talk like a hawk, but fly like a dove.
I still think a reasonable question is, would we be better off with [Muamar] Gadhafi and Bashar al-Assad still in there and Mubarak still there and Saddam [Hussein] there than the crap we have got looking at us now?
Let's not forget, Sarah Palin may not have a golden touch, but she gave Christine O'Donnell candidate a big touch that got her over the top.
I never know what all of these guys are thinking, but Marco Rubio sounded desperate, like, We've got a leak in the dike, we got to stop this thing.
When I hear Rand Paul, who is much younger, saying wars are verkakte, I agree with him.
In life, as in death, Pope John Paul II was one of the most visible people on Earth.
Hillary Clinton does very well in Pennsylvania generally.
I think she connects with the working white people and all kinds of people that normally would have a problem with the modern Democratic Party.
[Hillary] Clinton was able to assemble a winning Democratic coalition out here, beating Sanders among African-Americans, women, among women, and voters from union households, so, unions, women, African-Americans.
Any jackass can talk about bombing Iran.
You know, there were 29 Democratic votes for censure in the Senate.
And if the Republicans had any sense, they would have censured him before the '98 midterm election, and they would have won the election.
Jean [Kennedy Smith, JFK's sister] told me she thinks the whole sports angle has been overplayed, that politics was central to him. This nonsense that he only went into politics because his older brother Joe was killed is not true. He was determined he was going to be in politics, but he would have waited his turn.
Most politicians have to find a way past that allergy.
They have to find a way to go door to door, person to person, or else they don't win.