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Republican Quotes of the Week

October 20, 2006

The Republican implosion over Iraq, the Foley scandal and the North Korean nuclear crisis has produced yet anothe bumper crop of conservative quotes, quips and catastrophes. A small sampling from the talking heads of the right:
"He [Rumsfeld] leads in a way that the good Lord tells him is best for our country."
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Peter Pace, October 19, 2006.
"House Democrats plot to establish a Department of Peace, raise your taxes, and minimize penalties for crack dealers."
House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), October 18, 2006.
"If you look at the general overall situation [in Iraq], they're doing remarkably well."
Vice President Dick Cheney, October 17, 2006.
"As we go through the city of Baghdad, it was like being in Manhattan."
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), October 17, 2006.
"The stakes are too high for that kind of illogical behavior."
President Bush, regarding Iraq war criticism, October 17, 2006.
"Dennis Hastert didn't kill anybody."
Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT), October 13, 2006.
"I am, you know, amazed that this [Iraq] is a society which so wants to be free that they're willing to - you know, that there's a level of violence that they tolerate."
President Bush, October 11, 2006.
"To link me to George Bush is like linking me to an Oscar."
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, October 11, 2006.
"There must be no question among the administration, the Congress and the Iraqi unity government that staying the course is neither an option nor a plan."
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), October 10, 2006.
"I don't care if we offend our allies in the Middle East."
Senator Rick Santorum, October 10, 2006.
"It's a silly question."
Tony Snow, asked whether President Bush had many any mistakes in handling the North Korea crisis, October 10, 2006.
"Why should I care about North Korea?"
Candidate George W. Bush, to advisor Saudi Prince Bandar, 1999.
"We will not tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea."
President Bush, May 23, 2006.
"I got paid in stock options which were worthless."
Senator George Allen (R-VA), regarding undisclosed Xybernaut stock options once worth $1.1 million, October 10, 2006.
"My first sin each night is the failure to forgive the [San Diego Union Tribune]."
Convicted Republican Congressman Duke Cunningham, October 6, 2006.
"It seems to me that the situation [in Iraq] is simply drifting sideways."
Senator John Warner (R-VA), October 5, 2006.
"A submarine could take this place out."
President Bush, at the dedication of the Clinton Presidential Library, November 2004.
"I change constitutions, I put churches in schools."
Karl Rove, November 2004.
"Just get me a f**king faith based-thing."
Karl Rove, as reported on October 15, 2006.


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