This Week In Quotes: July 16 – July 21

Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November. Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness. — Mary Frances Berry

I am not Barack Obama and I am not Nancy Pelosi. I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. — John Boehner

The Sherrod case is an example of some at Fox News trying to have more influence than it probably should. — Carl Cameron

Republicans have conceded too much. They’ve conceded too much politically. They have conceded too much in education. They’ve conceded too much in the arts and Hollywood. They’ve conceded too much in the arena of ideas. They’ve conceded states. They’ve conceded cities. They’ve districts like Ray McKinney’s in Georgia 12. — Newt Gingrich

But what about when the rules change? For nearly a century now, the rules have said that tough economic times make big government more popular. For more than 40 years it has been a rule that environmental disasters — and scares over alleged ones — help environmentalists push tighter regulations. According to the rules, Americans never want to let go of an entitlement once they have it. According to the rules, populism is a force for getting the government to do more, not less. According to the rules, Americans don’t care about the deficit during a recession. And yet none of these rules seem to be applying; at least not too strongly. — Jonah Goldberg

But is it really so outlandish to imagine that Bill Clinton, a creature spawned from politics like a golem from clay, had a better sense of political reality than the ivory tower intellectual currently occupying the White House? Clinton proclaimed the era of Big Government was over, and left office quite popular. Barack Obama said, in effect, “Oh no it’s not” and his presidency and his party are in freefall, despite an economic climate that, according to the rules, says he should be not only running the table but be popular for it. — Jonah Goldberg

The correct answer to why 11 million people came here illegally is that they can get away with it. — Mark Krikorian

We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples. As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them. — Trent Lott

Just sitting there, trying to watch this piece of human garbage spew his stuff on FOX, it’s worse than I thought! Please, Glenn, get on to the part where you, you know, fulfill your family tradition… (makes extended gunshot sound). — Mike Malloy

The Left has actually manufactured completely false evidence of racism at Tea Party events out here. I have yet to see any outrage over that. So, pardon me if I don’t play useful idiot and place a kick me, again, I’m stupid sign on my back as I’ve seen too many of the usual hand wringers on the Right already do in this matter. — Dan Riehl

(Fox News would) love to take us back to where we were many years ago. Back to where black people were looking down, not looking white folks in the face, not being able to compete for a job out there and not be a whole person. — Shirley Sherrod

A politician is a politician. You could change the color, the gender, even the party, and you are still left with a politician. That is not necessarily an evil thing. We must have politicians, I suppose, but like the metaphorical crazy aunt who is kept in the attic, a politician should be kept in his or her place, lest the house become chaotic. — Cal Thomas

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