This Week In Quotes: Oct 29 — Nov 4.

I imagine that thrill is maybe not quite so tingly on your leg anymore. — Michele Bachmann to Chris Matthews

I’m delighted that the country will not be plagued by Senators Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell, and probably Joe Miller in Alaska. In a wave election a candidate has to beat the voters over the head with incompetence to lose, but these folks managed. — David Brooks

(Kanye West) called me a racist and I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘This man’s a racist.’ I resent it, it’s not true. — George W. Bush

“It’s great to be on MSNBC on a night like this.” — Eric Cantor on election night

Fun fact: people who don’t get elected can’t vote on legislation. Even if their principles are perfect. Politics isn’t just purity, it is strategy. — Brittany Cohan

Every Republican who won a tightly contested election should be sending a thank-you note to Angle and O’Donnell for taking all the fire from the mainstream media and keeping the heat off of them. — Ann Coulter

Talking about Obama, Cao sounds mournful, recalling how he had been invited to watch the Super Bowl with him (he missed it because he was caught in a blizzard) and had attended the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House. The last time the men spoke, he said, was when Mr Obama shouted out “Good to see you Joe” at a bill-signing ceremony in July.

But when I ask him about Obama’s attempts at bipartisanship, there was a flash of indignation. “He did talk about that,” Cao responds. “So I’m wondering why he endorsed my opponent and made an advertisement for him.”

As of last week, Richmond was the only candidate in the country for whom Obama cut a television ad. That was Cao’s reward for his attempts at bipartisanship in Washington. — Joseph Cao

This nation is on a course where if we don’t do something about it, get federal situation, the fiscal policy [under control], we’re Greece. We’re a banana republic. Our status as a nation is threatened by what we’ve got coming at us in the area of deficit and debt. And it’s only a few more years, at the most, that we have to work with here before the market says, ‘Sorry, your currency is something we can not continue to defend.’ — Judd Gregg

On nightline set matthew dowd on sen elect rubio surrounded by flags looking like a central american dictator. — Arianna Huffington

It’s absurd. We’ve lost our minds. We’re in a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don’t weigh in. It’s all short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics. — John Kerry

But here’s the thing about being honest: All the liars HATE you for it, and most of the people in the world are liars. They lie to their bosses, they lie to their families, they lie to themselves, they lie so much they don’t even know they’re lying anymore. If you have the courage to be honest—even a little bit—all those people will hate you for it, because their lie is reflected in your honesty. Oscar Wilde wasn’t kidding when he said, “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. —
Tucker Max

I suppose I could play (Politico’s) immature, unprofessional, waste-of-time game, too, by claiming these reporters and politicos are homophobe, child molesting, tax evading, anti-dentite, puppy-kicking, chain smoking porn producers…really, they are… I’ve seen it myself…but I’ll only give you the information off-the-record, on deep, deep background; attribute these ‘facts’ to an ‘anonymous source’ and I’ll give you more. — Sarah Palin

We all either work for rich people or we sell stuff to rich people. So just punishing rich people is as bad for the economy as punishing anyone. Let’s not punish anyone. Let’s keep taxes low and let’s cut spending. — Rand Paul

The early returns and overwhelming number of Democrats who are coming out — we’re on pace to maintain a majority in the House of Representatives. — Nancy Pelosi

Keep in mind, I mean, we’ve got to keep this thing in context here. We were — we were a party out of power. We were a party that, on the covers of magazines around this country, were called an endangered species. We were going to be regionalized, marginalized to the lower, you know, portions of the political spectrum….I appreciate all the numbers, 50, 60, 70. I just — my number is 39. Let’s get to 39, because then you can begin to put in place the governing structure that you’re going to need for your majority leadership in 2011. — Michael Steele

Responding to Alter, George Mason University economist Don Boudreaux agreed that interest-group liberalism has indeed been leavened by idea-driven liberalism. Which is the problem.

“These ideas,” Boudreaux says, “are almost exclusively about how other people should live their lives. These are ideas about how one group of people (the politically successful) should engineer everyone else’s contracts, social relations, diets, habits, and even moral sentiments.” Liberalism’s ideas are “about replacing an unimaginably large multitude of diverse and competing ideas . . . with a relatively paltry set of ‘Big Ideas’ that are politically selected, centrally imposed, and enforced by government, not by the natural give, take and compromise of the everyday interactions of millions of people.” — George Will

The progressive agenda is actually legitimated by the incomprehension and anger it elicits: If the people do not resent and resist what is being done on their behalf, what is being done is not properly ambitious. If it is comprehensible to its intended beneficiaries, it is the work of insufficiently advanced thinkers. — George Will

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