14 Dec

Soundbites-02-sized“What I won’t miss are the 20 people in their pajamas who go on anonymously and feel that the world is just dying for their snarky, stupid comments.”

– Republican Representative Steve LaTourette telling what he won’t miss when he retires from the House of Representatives in January

“I find both Mr. Ryan’s and Mr. Rubio’s media expertise mildly harrowing–look at the prompter here, shake your head here, lower your voice there, raise it here, pick up your pace in this section. An entire generation of politicians in both parties has been too trained in media, and to their detriment. They are very smooth but it doesn’t make them seem more convincing, it makes them seem phonier. My old boss [Mr. Reagan] had actually been an actor, but he didn’t seem like a phony. He talked like a normal person at a podium, with a nice voice, and occasionally stumbling. It’s not bad to be human when you’re trying to appeal to humans.”

– Columnist Peggy Noonan

“It is standard procedure for presidential campaigns to arrange and prepay for meals, bus travel, and charter flights, then bill the news outlets afterward for their share of the cost. In order to travel with the candidate, reporters and their editors must agree upfront to pay for the cost of the trips, as determined by the campaign. But many of the bills from the Romney campaign — which have continued to trickle in since Election Day — are much higher than during other campaigns.”

– McKay CoppinsĀ in an article on Buzzfeed

“The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican.”

– President Obama

“January 1st is not the end of the fight. It’s the beginning of the fight.”

– Grover Norquist, apparently resigned to federal taxes going up

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