This Week In Quotes: Special Triple Edition

I have a question. The word conservative can mean many things; there’s [sic] many definitions to it, but what does it say about about a group, CPAC, where the most popular speaker they had, the one who received the most rousing reception is a moron, Sarah Palin? I mean, she received a reception at that group that took the roof off the place. Sophomoric, nearly libelous, not amusing. What does it say about that group? — Mike Barnicle

(Obama) would much rather spend the money on food stamps than he would on a strong military or support for our troops. — Dick Cheney

You want to lose elections, stand for nothing. …And then of course, all of us remember President Dole and President McCain and President Romney. Now look, those are good men. They’re decent men, but when you don’t stand and draw a clear distinction; when you don’t stand for principle, Democrats celebrate. — Ted Cruz

When you see someone wealthy in their 30s and 40s, it’s largely a result of the decisions they made in their teens and 20s. — Jim Geraghty

This study by the New York Times, from 2012, found that the richest one percent work longer hours, being three times more likely than the 99 percent to work more than 50 hours a week, and are more likely to be self-employed. — Jim Geraghty

At some point, however, “leave us alone” became “bake us a cake. Or else! — Matt Lewis

Yes, the richest one percent have some genetic advantages in terms of intelligence. Yes, luck can be a factor. Yes, it helps to have connections. But the portion of the one percent who didn’t work hard to get there is fairly small and unrepresentative. (In 2007, wealth transfers (mainly inheritances, but also including gifts) made up, on average, 14.7 percent of the total wealth of the 1 percent.) — Jim Geraghty

Liberals’ belief in the inherent goodness of a far-reaching federal government drives them to avert their eyes from its wildest abuses, even when they are occurring right in front of them. Waste and mismanagement are ignored, dismissed, downplayed, and excused, because confronting them too directly would undermine the central tenet of their worldview: that the federal government is an irreplaceable tool for making the world a better place. — Jim Geraghty

A lot of kids rebel against God not because they hate him but because they hate the way their parents have painted him as a small and petty cosmic killjoy. — Doug Giles

Frankly, maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman, and others for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years operating under a Constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not. — Sheila Jackson Lee

As we’ve noted here before, Republicans use Senate rules to play a con game on the folks back home. In a nutshell, they first arrange things to ensure that Obama gets his way, then formally vote against him once they are certain that opposition is futile. — Andrew McCarthy

Chanting the “it’s just procedural” mantra, Republicans vote in favor of cloture, knowing this ensures that the massive borrowing and spending bills they purport to oppose will move to a final vote, at which point the Democratic majority will rubber-stamp them. When the final vote is taken, Republicans thunderously cast their impotent “nays.” Then, they go back home, wear the nays like battle scars, and tell constituents how vigorously they are fighting against Washington’s wicked ways. — Andrew McCarthy

But for the average person, many who didn’t have health insurance initially, they’re going to have to make some choices and they might end up having to switch doctors. — Barack Obama

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, young people can stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26. But once they hit 26, they’re on their own and a lot of young people think they are invincible. But the truth is, young people are knuckleheads, you know? — Michelle Obama

Immigration reform is important in our country. We have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping? We don’t need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers. — Democratic Candidate Alex Sink

Thus, an incredible 42 percent of the world’s millionaires are American (as opposed to 4 percent Chinese), and more than 40 percent of the world’s household net worth is based in America. — Sean Starrs

Emily, I want you to envision an inner city child. Could be African American, could be Hispanic, could be Native American, Asian, whatever, a minority. You’re talking to that child. That child doesn’t even know what a tomato is much less what you are talking about. I want you to convince that kid that he ought to think about farming. — Tom Vilsack

How could independents have the same view of the two parties and yet the Republican brand be about 10 points worse among all respondents?

The answer is clear in the data: Republican respondents had a much more negative view of their own party than Democrats had of their party.

A stunning 29 percent of Republicans had an unfavorable view of the GOP, while only 14 percent of Democrats had an unfavorable view of their party. Only 67 percent of Republicans had a favorable view of the GOP, while 85 percent of Democrats had a favorable view of the Democratic Party. — Stuart Rothenberg

Also see,

The Twenty Best Quotes of CPAC 2014

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