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"[I propose to create a] Commission on Erections and Mounting.
- Richard M. Daley
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A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.
- Alben W. Barkley
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A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
- H. L. Mencken
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A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
- Texas Guinan
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A politician is a person with whose politics you don't agree; if you agree with him he's a statesman.
- David Lloyd George
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A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.
- James Freeman Clarke
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A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals. (NY Times, 20 Oct 69)
- Spiro Agnew
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An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
- T. S. Eliot
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An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.
- Simon Cameron
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Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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As far as me and the vice presidency is concerned ... I spent a number of years in a North Vietnamese prison camp in the dark and (was) fed scraps, and I don't know why I would want to do that all over again -- 2004 July 18, Rally in San Diego, on not wishing to replace VP Dick Cheney
- John McCain
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As people do better, they start voting like Republicans - unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing.
- Karl Rove
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Asking an incumbent member of Congress to vote for term limits is a bit like asking a chicken to vote for Colonel Sanders.
- Bob Inglis
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Being First Lady is the hardest unpaid job in the world.
- Pat Nixon
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Being lectured by the president on fiscal responsibility is a little bit like Tony Soprano talking to me about law and order in this country.
- John Kerry
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Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.
- Karl Rove
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Dear Jack. Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide. (in a letter to his son during the 1960 presidential campaign)
- Joseph P. Kennedy
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Don't sacrifice your political convictions for the convenience of the hour.
- Edward M. Kennedy
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Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
- Will Rogers
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Folk who don't know why America is the Land of Promise should be here during an election campaign.
- Milton Berle
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For fear of the newspapers politicians are dull, and at last they are too dull even for the newspapers.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
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Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
- P. J. ORourke
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Half a truth is better than no politics.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
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Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year? Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals.
- Karl Rove
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He is going around the country stirring up apathy. (on Harold Wilson)
- William Whitelaw
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He is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.
- Adlai Stevenson
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He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
- George Bernard Shaw
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He who slings mud generally loses ground.
- Adlai Stevenson
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He's a nice guy, but he played too much football with his helmet off. (About Gerald Ford)
- Lyndon Baines Johnson
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Here I am in the state of New Mexico. George Bush is still in the state of denial. New Mexico has five electoral votes. The state of denial has none. I like my chances.
- John Kerry
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I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.
- John Kerry
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I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.
- Margaret Thatcher
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I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
- Margaret Thatcher
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I am persuaded that in the case of elected officials, the overwhelming temptation is to conclude that it is more important for your constituents that you be reelected than that you deal honestly with them.
- James L. Buckley
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I didn't intend for this to take on a political tone. I'm just here for the drugs. (when asked a political question at a "Just Say No" rally)
- Nancy Reagan
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I do have certain feelings. My feeling is that whoever is in charge, I want him out. (on his political views)
- Lewis Black
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I do not admire politicians; but when they are excellent in their way, one cannot help allowing them their due.
- Horace Walpole
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I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli.
- George Bush
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I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
- Charles de Gaulle
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I have sacrificed everything in my life that I consider precious in order to advance the political career of my husband.
- Pat Nixon
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I must say the Senator's victory in Wisconsin was a triumph for democracy. It proves that a millionaire has just as good a chance as anyone else.
- Bob Hope
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I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don't encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, loyal and faithful and all those Boy Scout words, which would be great around a campfire but are lousy in politics.
- Newt Gingrich
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I was allowed to ring the bell for five minutes until everyone was in assembly. It was the beginning of power.
- Jeffrey Archer
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I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system.
- Mary Robinson
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I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
- Adlai Stevenson
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I would describe a demagogue as a politician who don't keep his promises. On that basis, I'm the first man to have power in Loozyana who ain't a demagogue. I kept every promise I ever made to the people of Loozyana. None of these ex's and belly achers that have been fightin' me down there ever kept his promises when he was in office. It was an unheard of thing in Loozyana until Huey P. Long got in.
- Huey Long
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I would not have gotten [to Congress] if I had not been as persistent as a hound dog worrying a bone.
- Gracie Pfost
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I would rather be beaten and be a man than to be elected and be a little puppy dog.
- Davy Crockett
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I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!
- Will Rogers
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I'm not a natural leader. I'm too intellectual; I'm too abstract; I think too much.
- Newt Gingrich
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I'm not a politician and my other habits are good.
- Artemus Ward
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Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will.
- Mikhail Bakunin
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If elected, I will win.
- Pat Paulsen
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If Governor Fields is right, I am going to stand by him because he is right. If he is wrong, I am going to stand by him because he is a Democrat.
- Augustus O. Stanley
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If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
- Abraham Lincoln
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If Thomas Edison invented electric light today, Dan Rather would report it on CBS News as "candle making industry threatened".
- Newt Gingrich
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If you can't convince them, confuse them.
- Harry S. Truman
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If you liberals keep gettin' your way - we're all gonna hear one big loud flush. The sound of the U.S. of A. goin' straight down the toilet. - Archie Bunker
- Carroll O'Connor
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If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.
- Harry S. Truman
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If you want to be loved by everyone, don't go into politics.
- Teresa Heinz Kerry
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In Mexico, an air conditioner is called a 'politician,' because it makes a lot of noise but doesn't work very well.
- Len Deighton
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In my lifetime, we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. We've gone from John F. Kennedy to Al Gore. If this is evolution, I believe that in 12 years, we'll be voting for plants.
- Lewis Black
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In politics nothing is contemptible.
- Jean-Baptiste Colbert
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In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In politics, there is no use looking beyond the next fortnight.
- Joseph Chamberlain
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In the lexicon of the political class, the word "sacrifice" means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it.
- George Will
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In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism. (San Diego, 11 Sept 1970)
- Spiro Agnew
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In Washington, a man gets up to speak and doesn't say a thing, and the other men disagree with him for three hours.
- Milton Berle
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It is fast approaching the point where I don't want to elect anyone stupid enough to want the job. (on the US presidency)
- Erma Bombeck
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It is now well known, however, that men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married.
- C. Northcote Parkinson
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It is terrible to contemplete how few politicians are hanged.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
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It's our fault. We should have given him better parts.
- Jack Warner
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It's the most important decision I've had to make since 1978 when I decided to get a bikini wax. [On his running for California Governor]
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Latins for Republicans. It's like roaches for Raid.
- John Leguizamo
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Let them impeach, and be damned!
- Andrew Johnson
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Man is by nature a political animal.
- Aristotle
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Mick Jagger and I just really liked each other a lot. We talked all night. We had the same views on nuclear disarmament.
- Jerry Hall
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My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference.
- Harry S. Truman
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My definition of a redundancy is an air bag in a politician's car.
- Larry Hagman
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Never vote for the best candidate, vote for the one who will do the least harm.
- Frank Dane
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No man should be in public office who can't make more money in private life.
- Thomas E. Dewey
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Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.
- Kin Hubbard
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Now I know what a statesman is; he's a dead politician. We need more statesmen.
- Bob Edwards
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Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians.
- David Brinkley
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On one side you have book burners, Congressional wives and Pat Robertson. On the other side, you have vulgar comedians, foul-mouthed rap groups and Dennis Hopper—all your choices should be so easy.
- Sandra Bernhard
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One of my movies was called "True Lies." It's what the Democrats should have called their convention.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
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One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government.
- Donald Trump
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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
- Plato
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One thing I can say about George...he may not be able to keep a job, but he's not boring.
- Barbara Bush
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People say I steal. Well, all politicians steal. I steal. But a lot of what I stole has spilled over in no-toll bridges, hospitals . . . and to build this university. -- speech at Louisiana State University
- Huey Long
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People tell me that Senator Edwards got picked for his good looks, his sex appeal, and his great hair. I say to them, 'How do you think I got the job?
- Dick Cheney
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Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge where there is no river.
- Nikita Khrushchev
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Politicians are wonderful people as long as they stay away from things they don't understand, such as working for a living.
- P. J. O'Rourke
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Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good.
- George Will
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Politics has less to do with where you live than where your heart is.
- Margaret Cho
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Politics is an act of faith; you have to show some kind of confidence in the intellectual and moral capacity of the public.
- George McGovern
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Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
- Ronald Reagan
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Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
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Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
- Ronald Reagan
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Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.
- Lester Bowles Pearson
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Politics makes estranged bedfellows.
- Goodman Ace
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Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
- Henry Adams
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Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
- Ambrose Bierce
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Politics, when I am in it, it makes me sick.
- William Howard Taft
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Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
- Henry Adams
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Pretty much all I say politically is I encourage people to register to vote.
- Emmylou Harris
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Public life is regarded as the crown of a career, and to young men it is the worthiest ambition. Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure.
- Pat Nixon
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Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his. (During 1980 presidential campaign)
- Ronald Reagan
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Run for office? No. I've slept with too many women, I've done too many drugs, and I've been to too many parties.
- George Clooney
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Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
- Charles de Gaulle
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Since you have chosen to elect a man with a timber toe to succeed me, you may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.
- Davy Crockett
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Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid.
- Kin Hubbard
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Somebody gets to be smart and somebody gets to be dumb. If we win, it'll be because of the president. And if we lose, it'll be because of me.
- Karl Rove
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The American political system is like fast food - mushy, insipid, made out of disgusting parts of things and everybody wants some. (Parliament of Whores, 1991)
- P. J. O'Rourke
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The art of politics consists in knowing precisely when it is necessary to hit an opponent slightly below the belt.
- Konrad Adenauer
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The best reason I can think of for not running for president of the United States is that you have to shave twice a day.
- Adlai Stevenson
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The Court made an exception, however, in the case of candidates contributing to their own campaigns because of the rather reasonable presumption that a candidate is incapable of corrupting himself.
- James L. Buckley
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The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.
- P.J. O'Rourke
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The first Presidential debate was down in Florida. Residents spent all day putting plywood on their televisions.
- David Letterman
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The greatest thing the Democrats have ever done for me was to defeat me for the governor of Tennessee.
- Roy Acuff
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The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.
- Adlai Stevenson
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The introduction of religious passion into politics is the end of honest politics, and the introduction of politics into religion is the prostitution of true religion.
- Douglas Hogg
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The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.
- William Westmoreland
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The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they've been appointed and thinking they've been anointed.
- Claude Pepper
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The most conservative man in this world is the British trade unionist when you want to change him.
- Ernest Bevin
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The only difference I ever found between the Democratic leadership and the Republican leadership is that one of them is skinning you from the ankle up and the other, from the neck down.
- Huey Long
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The only people who say worse things about politicians that reporters do are other politicians.
- Andy Rooney
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The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.
- Will Durant
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The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep.
- George Stephanopoulos
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The Republicans are the party of bad ideas. The Democrats are the party of no ideas.
- Lewis Black
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The trouble with Senator Long is that he is suffering from halitosis of the intellect. That's presuming Senator Long has an intellect.
- Harold L. Ickes
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The Vice-Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.
- Bill Vaughan
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The wind doesn't bother me. I'm in the US Senate.
- Bob Dole
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There are no generalizations in American politics that vested selfishness cannot cut through.
- John Gunther
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There is one sure way of telling when politicians aren't telling the truth—their lips move.
- Felicity Kendall
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There ought to be one day -- just one -- where there is open season on senators.
- Will Rogers
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There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.
- Will Rogers
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This is the first convention of the space age - where a candidate can promise the moon and mean it.
- David Brinkley
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To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles.
- Anonymus
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To those critics who are so pessimistic about our country, I say: Don't be economic girly men. (2004 Republican National Convention, August 31, 2004)
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
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To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States.
- George W. Bush
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Today, the L.A. Times accused Arnold Schwarzenegger of groping six women. I'm telling you, this guy is presidential material.
- David Letterman
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War is nothing more than the continuation of politics by other means.
- Carl von Clausewitz
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We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
- Aesop
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We lost everything. We even won our own constituency.
- Maryon Pearson
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We mean by 'politics' the people's business - the most important business there is.
- Adlai Stevenson
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We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.
- Kin Hubbard
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We're half the people; we should be half the Congress.
- Jeannette Rankin
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What people fail to appreciate is that the currency of corruption in elective office is, not money, but votes.
- James L. Buckley
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When a politician is in opposition he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
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When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
- Clarence Darrow
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When I was on my way to the podium a gentleman stopped me and said I was as good a politician as I was an actor. What a cheap shot!" (2004 Republican National Convention, August 31, 2004)
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Why am I running for president? Well, my wife, Cindy, says it is because I sustained several severe blows to the head in prison camp.
- John McCain
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You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
- Mario Cuomo
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You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on. -- (spoken at a Washington Dinner, March 2001)
- George W. Bush
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You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think.
- Milton Berle
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