Bush began helping Enron in the eighties.— Paul Begala
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Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool.
When your mission is to restore honor and integrity to the White House, you've got to be willing to use any means necessary.
Politics is show business for ugly people.
I'm very sunny. You know, I'm always optimistic.
If George W. Bush is given a second term, and retains a Republican Congress and a compliant federal judiciary, he and his allies are likely to embark on a campaign of political retribution the likes of which we haven't seen since Richard Nixon.
It taught me that Clinton's instinct to make this about your life as a citizen, rather than his as a human being, was the right answer to these things.
Again and again, I've seen Bush turn a blind eye as his henchmen have leveled zealous attacks against his political enemies - assaults which the president himself has sometimes directly encouraged.
So one important lesson of Vietnam is, the first casualty of an unwise and unjust war are the American troops called on to fight it. Their service should be honored.
I think too many Democrats are too wimpy. But I think they're beginning to toughen up.
It must kill George Bush that John McCain is the most popular and Beloved Republican in America.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the most investigated couple in American history - now the most thoroughly exonerated couple in American history.
Rick Perry is the perfect candidate for those who thought George W.
Bush was just too dang cerebral. And Adios, Mofo is the perfect guide to his record, his rhetoric and his remarkable hair. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll vote.
Again, President Reagan was sort of an amiable presence out at the ranch by the last 6 months of his presidency. He had no effect on national policy at all.
Defining the terms of the debate generally dictates who's gonna' win it.
If it was about lying under oath - we actually know that Clinton certainly was deceptive, as most people would be about their sex lives - but, in fact, he did not lie.
I'm a Catholic, but I used to love going to Vacation Bible School with my fundamentalist friends.
Well, I have a message for the nameless , gutless whimperers out there.
Quit whining. Unlike some other shows, we here at CROSSFIRE actually present both sides of the issue. ... Look, if you want namby-pamby one-sided arguments go to Fox.
I didn't spend a lot of time on national security the American people will be glad to know.
There's the great line: the definition of a liberal is someone who's afraid to take their own side in a fight. And that's my problem with my fellow liberals.
I try hard to be a good Catholic.
Most politicians, when they meet with a guy like me, or a guy like Carville, tell you about how they can win.
Republicans want to punish work and reward wealth;
hence the high payroll tax and the low dividend tax. Said one Bush economic adviser, if we can't help wealthy investors and screw working people, what's the point in being a Republican?
I mean, for all of his faults and the troubles in his marriage, Bill Clinton is still married to a girl he met in the library 25 years ago at school. Can we say that about many of our other leaders today in America, including on the right wing?
Ah yes! Conservatives. Some of the finest minds of the 12th Century.
[Tea Party goers are] just a bunch of wimpy, whiny, weasels who don't love their country.
I don't like being a voyeur, looking into other people's marriages.
I used to go in at 5:30 or 6:00 so I could run.
See, I think if it just became who's sleeping with whom, then there's no reason to prefer one party over the other, 'cause the truth is we're all sinners.
I grew up in Tom DeLay's district.
I think his deepest quality is empathy.
One of the problems we saw in the last presidential election in our party is that our nominee, while winning the election, which we ought never to forget, often lost sight of the difference between strategy and tactics.
But I think what happened was that Clinton knew how to fight back.
And the way he fought back was on the issues - being tough in staying on the things that mattered to people in their lives.
My view was that the campaign had been a sacred thing, that it had been a real compact, because I was there and I saw the connection that Clinton made with people, and the connection that they made with him.
The difference between Martin Sheen and George W.
Bush is Martin Sheen is actually convincing when he acts like he's president.
If you're a limited government conservative, I feel your pain.
Your man Mr. Bush has exploded the size of government, ballooned the deficit and increased government power so dramatically that he claims the right to eavesdrop on your conversations without a warrant.
It seems to me the American people never really forgave the Democrats for being right about Vietnam.
Culture has always been more important than politics.
Sometimes culture is a mirror that reflects what is; sometimes it's a search-light pointing the way to what will be.
In our system, grand juries take every charge, every lie, and they try to sort the truth from the lies, and then they move forward into the system. And that's how the system ought to work. We should respect the secrecy of the grand jury so they can sort through what's true and what's not. And someone is leaking, and if they are leaking from the grand jury investigation, then that's a violation of the law.
North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms has signed a deal with Random House to write his memoirs. Scholars will no doubt benefit from the reflections of a man who was wrong on every major issue for 40 years. Helms' aides say the proceeds from the book will be donated to the non-profit Jesse Helms Center where they apparently have more experience burning than publishing them.
Never interrupt your opponent when he's destroying himself.
It is a painful reminder that even the most well-intentioned among us sometimes act in ways that put children in danger of being abused or neglected.
The Bush Republicans' policies are, the antithesis of patriotic.
And so we urge Democrats to reclaim patriotism - to call on all Americans to pull together. And, yes, to sacrifice. Rich people will have to do with fewer tax cuts. Middle class people will need to drive less and switch to more fuel efficient cars . And poor folks - especially young ones - will have to reduce out-of-wedlock pregnancies and other indicia of social pathology.
If my wife hears one more report that I'm joining Hillary's campaign I'm going to have to go in the Pundit Protection Program.
Always attack, never defend.
You can drive yourself crazy trying to peer into a person's soul--or you can do the sensible thing: ask not what inner motives drive a politician's policy choices but instead whether those choices are good for the country.
If we are negative by nature, we Americans are more human than most.
The Founding Fathers loved going negative. Heck, the Declaration of Independence is one long negative ad.
I was the guy that told Bill Clinton he was going to win.
I had gotten the final polling numbers. He had a comfortable lead. He was not going to lose.
This gets back to the fundamental lesson of political survival that Bill Clinton taught me, which is if you make it about the American people's lives instead of your life, you're going to be okay.