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The good and the bad...presented with permission from The Patriot E-Journal

web posted November 19, 2012

"[T]he key point about Barack Obama is not that he's a secret Muslim Kenyan Commie or whatever. Whether he was born in Honolulu or Mombasa or Stockholm or up on Planet Zongo, what matters ... is that in his general worldview he is entirely typical and perfectly representative of tens upon tens of millions of Americans. Tuesday's majority confirmed that. They don't need a 'conspiracy': They agree with him. That's the problem." --columnist Mark Steyn

"Men and women, whites and Hispanics, the young and the middle-aged: All of them want politicians to offer a practical agenda to create jobs, raise wages, and make health care and higher education more affordable. Most of them aren't wedded to liberal answers on those issues. They will take them over nothing, and that's what Republicans have been giving them." --columnist Ramesh Ponnuru

"We conservatives may never reach a consensus among ourselves as to the main factors that caused our election defeat, but surely we can agree that we must do a better job of selling our ideas." --columnist David Limbaugh

"So the administration would have us believe that only after the election was the president told by the FBI that an investigation with possible national-security implications -- involving no less than the director of the Central Intelligence Agency -- has been going on since the summer. We're also to believe that the director's resignation after the election and before congressional hearings on Benghazi is purely coincidental. Not only that, but when the most powerful man in the world learned of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, he immediately ordered that everything be done to secure all personnel at the site -- but apparently, everyone ignored him. So he did what any commander in chief would do under such circumstances -- he went to bed. Yes, they really do think we're that stupid." --attorney Peter Kirsanow

"A cover-up in the Obama administration? I know what you are thinking: No way; not the most transparent, patriotic administration ever. It must be an act of the gods or perhaps the Mayan calendar. But really, the recent resignation of General Petraeus from the position of director of the C.I.A. has to be related to Benghazi. Either that or to the Bermuda Triangle. Because here is another remarkable coincidence: Neither the FBI, nor United States Marines are responsible for the security of consulates and embassies. The C.I.A. is tasked with that job. ... Notice how quickly the deputy director who is replacing Petraeus is ready to stand before Congress next week and truthfully testify by saying, 'I don't know, Senator'?" --columnist John Ransom

"I'm committed to solving our fiscal challenges. But I refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced. I am not going to ask students and seniors and middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me, making over $250,000, aren't asked to pay a dime more in taxes. I'm not going to do that." --Barack Obama

"We can't accept an unfair deal that piles on the middle class and tell them they have to support it. We have to make sure that the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share." --Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) promising to pile on the middle class if Republicans won't ascent to raise taxes on the top brackets

"What the American people are looking for is cooperation. They're looking for consensus. They're looking for common sense. Most of all, they want action. I intend to deliver for them in my second term, and I expect to find willing partners in both parties to make that happen." --Barack Obama

"We take care of our own. We take care of our veterans. We take care of your families, not just by saluting you on one day, once a year, but by fighting for you and your families every day of every year. That's our obligation, a sacred obligation to all of you." --Barack Obama, says the guy who left the Americans in Benghazi to die

"Republicans face a choice, and the choice is theirs. If they want to drive off the fiscal cliff, that means they want to go into January demanding that people like Mitt Romney get a bonus tax break or nobody gets any tax relief." --Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

"Three states voted to legalize same-sex marriage, which is the civil rights cause of our times. One day we will look back and wonder how people could have been so willing to deny equal treatment under the law to a small minority." --CNN's Fareed Zakaria

"You know when you just showed that [election demographic] graph of the decline in the numbers, I thought, 'Maybe that's why [white people are] trying to eliminate all these abortions and stuff. They're trying to build up the race.'" --CBS's Nancy Giles

"Clinton has the leadership to be president" --The Buffalo News endorsing Hillary for president in 2016

"Can you think of a more qualified human being [than Hillary Clinton]? She lived in the White House for eight years with another president, she was a United States senator, and now she's got every world leader on speed dial, so there'd be no questions about her qualifications." --NBC's Willie Geist also endorsing Hillary

"Researchers don't fly off the handle and make dire predictions. In fact they have been underestimating the rate of climate change and global warming ever since it was discovered. And that's odd, because one of the frequent accusations made by climate science deniers is that scientists are too alarmist. If anything, this study and a recent presentation at the annual meeting of Geological Society of America, underscore that a little more Revere-like alarmism may be a really good idea. It's even patriotic." --DiscoveryNews' Larry O'Hanion

"[Thomas Jefferson] was a tall, cool, cerebral president who won re-election, who was actually really good at politics even though he didn't want to act as though he was. So there's some similarities with President Obama." --former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham

"What do we want? We want, we want, we want, we deserve, we deserve ... a return on our investment. What's good for us is good for everybody. What's good for blacks is good for everybody. We bled too much, we died too young, we cried too much, we prayed too long, now we want a return on our investment." --the "Reverend" Jesse Jackson on having delivered black support for Obama

"Obama took a bad situation and, in certain ways, made it worse. ... I find Obama scary in a way that I had not done in 2008." --Oliver Stone in his book, "The Untold History of the United States"

"What would we have done if FDR had not been our leader because he had an affair with Lucy Mercer? Think of the productive years that Clinton could have had if Monica Lewinsky hadn't derailed them. We've got to figure out a way that we give a private sphere for our public leaders. We're not gonna get the best people in public life if we don't do that." --liberal historian Doris Kearns-Goodwin

"Of all the falsifications that go on in the school systems in this world, Soviet history is falsified the most. I have spent many years researching this and similar questions and I have yet to find one crime -- yet to find one crime -- that Stalin committed. I know, they all say he killed 20, 30, 40 million people -- it's bulls---! [Nazi propagandist] Goebbels said that the Big Lie is successful and this is the Big Lie. This is the Big Lie: that the Communists -- that Stalin killed millions of people and that socialism is no good." --Dr. Grover Furr, English professor at Montclair State University

"[T]he most direct policy solution to the climate crisis is a carbon tax, offset by reductions in taxes on wages. By including the carbon tax in the solution to the fiscal cliff we can [get] away from the climate cliff. ... I do agree with those who are trying to stop the Keystone pipeline. The tar sands are just the dirtiest source of liquid fuel you can imagine. At a time when we are desperately trying to bend the emissions curve downwards it is quite literally insane to open up a whole new source that is much more carbon intensive and that makes the problem worse." --Al Gore, who knows a thing or two about insanity

"If you set me up like this again, I'll punch you out." --Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to Colorado Springs Gazette reporter Dave Phillips after the latter asked him an unfavorable question in an interview

"Cleveland police report that a convenience store robber in suburban Warren took the cash from the cashier and told him to vote for Obama. The robber is really sorry now. As soon as he put the cash in his pocket Obama declared him rich and took it all." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"Both parties in Washington now agree that our country is headed toward a 'fiscal cliff.' The bad news: We just elected a guy whose campaign slogan was 'Forward.' ... But the good news: President Obama says we will run out of gas long before we get to the cliff. So don't worry about it." --comedian Jay Leno

"The Pentagon has revealed that two Iranian fighter jets fired on an unarmed US Predator drone in the Persian Gulf. Just waiting for President Obama to claim it was because someone posted a bootleg copy of 'Top Gun' on YouTube." --Fred Thompson

"With all these affairs going on in the military, Bill Clinton's gotta be kicking himself for dodging the draft. I mean, look at what he missed. ... It sure seems to me that we have way too many generals taking orders from their privates." --radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh

"Maybe peace would have broken out with a different kind of White House, one less committed to waging a perpetual campaign -- a White House that would see a 51-48 victory as a call to humility and compromise rather than an irrefutable mandate." --Perpetual Campaigner Barack Obama on George W. Bush's defeat of John Kerry in 2004

"Well, maybe, I'm with the Eleventh Amendment so, ah, er, is it the Eleventh Amendment that, uh? Ha ha! Fourteenth is it? But whatever it is, I'm with the Constitution of the United States." --Nancy Pelosi, attempting to answer a question about taxing and spending

web posted November 12, 2012

"There are two important lessons imbedded in last night's debacle. We are losing the votes of young people. We are losing the votes of women. Why? The simple answer is that both groups have a disproportionate number who believe that the purpose of government is to 'supply my needs.' ... It would be astonishing that young people would go to government schools, then graduate to government colleges, or attend private colleges on government subsidies and come out with any conclusion other than 'the purpose of government is to provide for my needs.' Women are vulnerable to the siren call of 'government services' because of the sexual promiscuity of men. Men use, abuse, and abandon women. Divorced women and single moms abound because of the sin of men. We have more unmarried adults than married adults for the first time in American history. This fact has enormous political consequences." --constitutional lawyer Michael Farris

"All that for nothing. It was the billion-dollar election that did not decide one single ... thing. ... Another four years with no hope of change. In this environment with this economy and all the gravely important matters pressing against the very existence of this country, it should have been a tsunami election. ... Just about the only thing the election wasn't about was the economy, which everyone agrees was the only thing voters actually cared about. People tend to really care about the economy when real unemployment reaches double digits, welfare rolls fatten by one-third, politicians rack up $16 trillion in debt and the largest tax hike in the history of the world looms just weeks away. Yet that obviously is not what decided this election. Politicians were too busy talking all about Big Bird, rape and dancing horses." --columnist Charles Hurt

"At this point, only a sweeping new grassroots rebellion on the model of the Tea Party could change things. ... Obama is willing to pay the price of national division for the sake of making the transformative changes he seeks. ... [B]ecause the public has never truly seen the changes he's enacted put into practice, Obama has an exceedingly tenuous mandate. But he doesn't care. All Obama wants to do is to squeak by, after which he plans to depend on shifting demographics to cement his sweeping transformation in place. The question is, have Americans really changed as much as Obama thinks, or will the actual arrival of his long-delayed first-term agenda in his second term set off a populist movement that brings his plans to a halt?" --columnist Stanley Kurtz

"My counsel to you tonight: Please, do not be bitter. Do not fall prey to the Beltway blame game. Do not get mired in small things. Do not become vengeful creatures like our political opponents who voted out of spite instead of love of country. We still have boundless blessings to count -- and to secure. I remain a proud, unrepentant believer in the American Dream. And I know you do, too. Freedom will endure because we will keep fighting for it. We can't afford not to, friends." --columnist Michelle Malkin

"Americans missed an opportunity to change course. And now the years ahead will be bitter and difficult. Our politics will be a zero-sum game, where benefits for some mean cuts to others, and a president who promised unity will inaugurate a new era of division. But it need not be an era without hope. The same principles that built this Republic can save it again. Indeed, those timeless principles are the only solution, the only vision. Our fault, as a nation, was to forget the lessons of our own success. Having triumphed in a global, decades-long struggle against collectivism and totalitarianism, we refused to celebrate that victory, failing for twenty years to teach its lessons to the next generation. And as Andrew Breitbart often reminded us, the most important battles must be cultural ones, because culture and media inevitably shape the political choices we make together. That war must begin anew. And it begins now. ... The war is a fight for the hearts, minds, and souls of the American people -- waged every day, in culture as in politics. In 2000, the left reacted to its peculiar loss by venting its rage against the Constitution, vowing to eliminate the Electoral College. It never did so, but never abandoned its broader ambition fundamentally to transform the nation's constitutional foundation. Our reaction must be the opposite: to re-affirm our commitment to the Constitution, though it means losing this battle, and to find the courage for the long struggle that lies ahead." --Breitbart's Joel B. Pollak

"We conservatives ... do not accept bipartisanship in the pursuit of tyranny. Period. We will not negotiate the terms of our economic and political servitude. Period. We will not abandon our child to a dark and bleak future. We will not accept a fate that is alien to the legacy we inherited from every single future generation in this country. We will not accept social engineering by politicians and bureaucrats who treat us like lab rats, rather than self-sufficient human beings. There are those in this country who choose tyranny over liberty. They do not speak for us, 57 million of us who voted against this yesterday, and they do not get to dictate to us under our Constitution. We are the alternative. We will resist. We're not going to surrender to this. We will not be passive, we will not be compliant in our demise." --radio talk-show host Mark Levin

"[S]mall things beat big things [Tuesday]. Conservatism, in my humble opinion, did not lose.... It's just very difficult to beat Santa Claus. ... People are not going to vote against Santa Claus, especially if the alternative is being your own Santa Claus. Now, everybody is jumping on Romney's chain today, getting in his chili. Look, he may have not been the most optimal candidate, but he's a fine man. He would have been great for this country. Mitt Romney and his family would have been the essence of exactly what this country needs. But what was Romney's recipe? Romney's recipe was the old standby: American route to success, hard work. That gets sneered at. ... In a country of children where the option is Santa Claus or work, what wins? And say what you want, but Romney did offer a vision of traditional America. In his way, he put forth a great vision of traditional America, and it was rejected. It was rejected in favor of a guy who thinks that those who are working aren't doing enough to help those who aren't. And that resonated." --radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh

web posted November 5, 2012

"The Obama administration created a wholly fictional storyline [on Benghazi], and devoted its full resources to maintaining it. I understand why Mitt Romney chose not to pursue this line of argument in the final debate. The voters who will determine this election are those who voted for Obama four years ago and this time round either switch to the other fellow or sit on their hands. In electoral terms, it's probably prudent of Mitt not to rub their faces in their 2008 votes. Nevertheless, when the president and other prominent officials stand by as four Americans die and then abuse their sacrifice as contemptuously as this administration did, decency requires that they be voted out of office as an act of urgent political hygiene." --columnist Mark Steyn

"The four Americans killed in Benghazi lived and died by the same code as thousands of Americans in Afghanistan. And that code overrode loyalty to one's own people in favor of appeasing Muslims. The two former SEALS broke that code, violating orders by going to protect the consulate and were abandoned in the field by an administration that prioritized Muslim opinions over American lives. From the post-American diplomatic perspective, the lives of a few Americans, who knew what they were getting into, was a small sacrifice to make when weighed against the potential of turning the entire Muslim world around." --columnist Daniel Greenfield

"America's mainstream media has shown little interest in the atrocities in Libya as it focuses on silly distractions like what Mitt Romney really, secretly, truly, in his little capitalist heart made of coal, may have meant when he used the incomplete phrase 'binders full of women' in the heat of an intense presidential debate. Not much media attention has focused on the fact that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's handpicked chairman of the Department of State's investigation of the Benghazi atrocities is an apologist for Islamic terrorism who has a cozy relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism." --columnist Matthew Vadum

"Rude, insulting language about Romney ('bullsh----r') from the president. Vulgar sexual innuendo, aimed at seducing young women to vote for him. The vice president asking a bereaved parent about the size of his murdered son's testicles. It's quite a spectacle. ... I think [Obama's] cracking, and the inner nastiness and vulgarity are on display. He's losing, and he's angry, and he can no longer sustain the pretense of elegance and coolness. ... He thinks he is so charismatic, and so wonderful, that if we see him in all his splendor, we will love him as he so loves himself." --columnist Michael Ledeen

"The conversations that I've had with all the governors indicate that at this point there are no unmet needs. I think everybody is taking this very seriously. We've got pre-positioned all the resources that we need. But right now the key is to make sure that the public is following instructions." --Barack Obama

"We're going to have a full agenda in the second four years, but people shouldn't underestimate how much we can get done." --Barack Obama

"We should have one Secretary of Business, instead of nine different departments that are dealing with things like giving loans to SBA or helping companies with exports. There should be a one-stop shop." --Barack Obama

"Any time a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans who were serving our country get killed, we have to figure out what happened and fix it. But I do take offense with some suggestion that, in any way, we haven't tried to make sure that the American people knew as the information was coming in what we believed." --Barack Obama

"[I]t's hard to negotiate additional treaties when I'm off campaigning and doing all kinds of stuff." --Obama explaining why he told Russia's Dimitri Medvedev he'd have "more flexibility" following the election

"I'm drawing a blank on the Second Amendment, but I think it's the weapons, isn't it? The NRA? ... Why in the hell do we have to have machine guns? And don't touch that, because NRA will come and put you on the black list." --Rep. Rub??n Hinojosa (D-TX)

"You can't erase what you've already done. [Republicans] voted to extend tax cuts for the very wealthy, giving a $500 trillion [sic] tax cut to 120,000 families." --Joe Biden

"My concern is that Karl Rove and 17 angry old white men are trying to buy the election. And that's the truth." --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the consummate angry old white man

"He did not end, as he promised he would, 'our chronic avoidance of tough decisions' on fiscal matters. But Mr. Obama is committed to the only approach that can succeed: a balance of entitlement reform and revenue increases. Mr. Romney, by contrast, has embraced his party's reality-defying ideology that taxes can always go down but may never go up." --The Washington Post endorsing Obama

"It's the Republican policies that are much more likely to make us end up like Greece." --New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

"[The Obama campaign is] depending on [early voting], they are talking about it, counting on it, absolutely right. It does have an impact. But it also leaves Mitt Romney in an awkward situation. Because anything he does might look so blatantly political and almost needy, because he's just not in the equation when the country's under siege from a massive storm." --MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski

"What happens if we get to Election Day and they don't have power? Which you need for many of these election booths, for the voting booths, which you need for people to get to the polls. Is there any precedent for doing something such as postponing a national election?" --NBC's Andrea Mitchell

"Disaster coordination is one of the most vital functions of 'big government,' which is why Mitt Romney wants to eliminate it. ... [FEMA] was put back in working order by President Obama, but ideology still blinds Republicans to its value. Many don't like the idea of free aid for poor people, or they think people should pay for their bad decisions, which this week includes living on the East Coast. ... Does Mr. Romney really believe that financially strapped states would do a better job than a properly functioning federal agency?" --New York Times editorial, "A Big Storm Requires Big Government"

"[Hurricane Sandy is] nothing compared to the storm we'll face if you don't make the right decision in this election." --Bill Clinton (He's got a point if voters re-elect Obama.)

"Soon enough we'll need to get back to work on the most important campaign of our lifetime." --Obama campaign manager Jim Messina

"As the oceans and atmosphere continue to warm, storms are becoming more energetic and powerful. ... As the hurricane approached the East Coast, it gathered strength from abnormally warm coastal waters. At the same time, Sandy's storm surge was worsened by a century of sea level rise. Scientists tell us that if we do not reduce our emissions, these problems will only grow worse. Hurricane Sandy is a disturbing sign of things to come. We must heed this warning and act quickly to solve the climate crisis. Dirty energy makes dirty weather." --Al Gore

"Has anyone apologized to [Al Gore] yet? He was right [about global warming]." --former Obama "green czar" Van Jones

"I don't know why everything has to be a partisan issue. Why can't everyone of all political persuasions come together and hate Democrats?" --humorist Frank J. Fleming

"I don't know if you've heard that Don't Ask-Don't Tell is back. It's Obama's new policy on Benghazi -- Don't ask me and I won't tell you." --comedian Jay Leno

"The White House e-mails on September 11th were leaked, identifying the al-Qaeda attack on the U.S. consulate as it happened. It had nothing to do with a mob reaction to a video as claimed by the White House. If Barack Obama had been president seventy years ago he would have blamed the attack on Pearl Harbor on an anti-Japanese newsreel." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"In Wisconsin, Michelle Obama encouraged people to vote early because your 'toilet may be overflowing' on election day. Wouldn't surprise me, considering Obama's put the entire economy down it." --Fred Thompson

"As they say in my business, I'm gonna -- I'm gonna give you the whole load today." --Joe Biden, who does indeed specialize in the business of whole loads of cow manure

"The question of this election is not are you better off than you were four years ago. We all know the answer to that. The real question is will this country be better off four years from now?" --Barack Obama

"Let's win this motherf---er." --special assistant to the president Kareem Dale, rallying volunteers at the Democratic National Committee headquarters Thursday

"We're coming down to the 11th hour. We're facing a violent storm. It's nothing compared to the storm we'll face if you don't make the right decision in this election." --Bill Clinton just before Sandy hit the East Coast

"Well, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is back -- not for gays in the military, it's President Obama's new policy for questions about Libya. Don't ask, don't tell." --comedian Jay Leno

web posted October 29, 2012

"There were hits and misses and mishaps in the three presidential debates, but what is most important is that voters now know Mitt Romney. ... The media for many long months allowed the Obama campaign to define Mitt Romney. They obsessed last summer over his tax returns, let an Obama aide suggest Romney might be a felon, and paid scant attention when an Obama super PAC outrageously said Romney caused the wife of a laid-off steel plant worker to die of cancer. Now that Americans have seen the Democratic and Republican nominees for president side by side on three occasions ... they can better decide who Mitt Romney is. What they saw was not a monster or extremist but someone ready and able to lead as soon as the voters give him the job. Of all the things Romney said in the debates, what may end up going into the voting booths in the minds of Americans are the phrases, 'I've done it before, I'll do it again ... I've done it my entire life.' He was referring to 'leadership in Washington that will actually bring people together and get the job done' because he did it with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature as governor of Massachusetts. And he was referring to doing 'what it takes to balance budgets,' as he did in running and helping start up and fixing businesses -- more than 150 of them. A presidential debate is not a boxing match, with three judges deciding the winner based on punches landed. ... After seeing him for so long, side by side with the president and unfiltered by the media, voters now know the truth: Mitt Romney can bring competence back to the Oval Office." --Investor's Business Daily

"[T]he mantle of ... leadership for promoting the principles of peace has fallen to America. We didn't ask for it, but it's an honor that we have it. But for us to be able to promote those principles of peace requires us to be strong, and that begins with a strong economy here at home, and unfortunately, the economy is not stronger. ... [W]e have to stand by our principles. And if we're strong in each of those things, American influence will grow. But unfortunately, in nowhere in the world is America's influence greater today than it was four years ago." --Mitt Romney

"[F]rom the very beginning, the president, in his campaign some four years ago, said he'd meet with all the world's worst actors in his first year. ... And then the president began what I've called an apology tour of going to -- to various nations in the Middle East and -- and criticizing America. I think they looked at that and saw weakness. ... Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators." --Mitt Romney

"This nation is the hope of the earth. We've been blessed by having a nation that's free and prosperous thanks to the contributions of the Greatest Generation. They've held a torch for the world to see, the torch of freedom and hope and opportunity. Now it's our turn to take that torch. I'm convinced we'll do it." --Mitt Romney

"[S]peaking as the son of a Marine Corps officer and the brother of a Navy officer, I think Obama's 'horses and bayonets' wisecrack wasn't his biggest miscalculation. All that did was lose him the military vote in the Norfolk area and thus, most likely, the state of Virginia. Rather, it was the weird way he kept conflating the war-fighting purpose of the military with 'taking care' of the veterans after they come home. Military personnel deeply resent the implication, so earnestly peddled by the bed-wetting civilians at the New York Times, among others, that returning vets are just a PTSD psycho hair-trigger away from going postal. They're soldiers, Mr. President, not crybabies." --columnist Michael Walsh

"DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz seems to reside in a different reality than the rest of us. After the debate [Monday] night she said: 'What I was surprised about ... during the entire section of the debate on the Middle East, Mitt Romney didn't bring up Israel once and I think it just shows he isn't committed to Israel as he says he is and has really only used the issue as a political opportunity.' The only problem for Wasserman Schultz is that a mere glance at the transcript of last night's debate shows that Romney mentioned Israel eleven times. ... Debbie Wasserman Schultz's attempt to spin the president's abysmal record on Israel is unbecoming, and let us hope that Florida's Jewish community will take note of Mitt Romney's actual statements in the debate in their state." --National Review's Nathaniel Botwinick

From Barack Obama's debate performance Monday night: "[T]he 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War's been over for 20 years. But, Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s." --Barack Obama ("So he's Reagan, Eisenhower and Coolidge all rolled into one? Sounds way too good to be true, but one can only hope." --WSJ columnist James Taranto)

"First of all, the sequester is not something that I proposed. It's something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen. ... [Gov. Romney] mentioned ... that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military's changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of 'Battleship' where we're counting ships." --BO

"Nothing Governor Romney just said is true, starting with this notion of me apologizing. This has been probably the biggest whopper that's been told during the course of this campaign, and every fact-checker and every reporter who's looked at it, Governor, has said this is not true." --BO

"[W]e've got to make sure that we reduce our deficit. Unfortunately, Governor Romney's plan doesn't do it. We've got to do it in a responsible way, by cutting out spending we don't need but also asking the wealthiest to pay a little bit more." --BO

"What we can't do is go back to the same policies that got us into such difficulty in the first place. And that's why we have to move forward and not go back." --BO

"You know, over the last four years, we've made real progress digging our way out of policies that gave us two prolonged wars, record deficits and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. And Governor Romney wants to take us back to those policies." --BO

"Michelle and I will be fine no matter what happens [in the election]." --Barack Obama

"We always try to look for the phrase or expression that will live forever out of these. Tonight has to be 'horses and bayonets.' ... It was specifically about the military, the governor's assertion we have fewer ships as a Navy since, at any time since 1916. A very sharp comeback from the president." --NBC's Brian Williams

"Dear conservatives -- NO ONE GIVES A SH-T ABOUT FAST & FURIOUS. Manufactured issue, was a mistake and was resolved." --leftist Fox News contributor Sally Kohn

"I think [Republicans] hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy al-Qa'ida. Their number one enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred -- hatred for Obama. ... This isn't about being a better president. They want to get rid of this president. That's their number one goal and they're willing to let Romney go to the hard center, even if it's to the left on issues, as long as they get rid of this guy." --MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who hit his head hard on the center of something

"I think Obama is in it because he feels a higher calling. Not that he likes doing it but he really feels like he can do something better for the country. ... [I]'m not quite sure why [Romney] wants to be president other than the fact that it seems like the next thing he should be doing with his life." --MSNBC's Alex Wagner

"Keep in mind: The whole upper tier of Ohio state government is in the hands of the GOP now. In very close voting they have the power to influence what votes are counted and how. ... Remember Ohio, Bush v. Kerry in 2004 and Florida, Bush v. Gore in 2000." --former CBS anchor Dan Rather

"This shouldn't be a race. The only reason it is, is because Americans are impatient on things not made before yesterday and they don't understand why the economy is not totally hunky-dory again." --Bill Clinton, once again not really helping Obama

"[Y]our president, he didn't point fingers. He didn't place blame. Instead, he got to work, because he was thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother. See, and that's why he cut taxes for small businesses and for working families because he believes that in America, teachers and firefighters should not pay higher tax rates than millionaires and billionaires." --Michelle Obama

"Where is global warming in this #debate? Climate change is an urgent foreign policy issue." --Al Gore tweeting his frustrations

"We have a very specific agenda about how we'd like to move forward. On the other hand what you hear from Mitt Romney are a bunch of chapter heads with no chapters and a plan to spend $7 trillion more in tax cuts and more money for the Pentagon than they're even asking for. So if there's anyone whose running without a real plan here, it's Gov. Romney, and to the extent he has one it's going back to the same policies from the last administration." --Obama adviser David Axelrod

"On Nov. 7 we're going to party hard." --Michelle Obama

"Villagers, I don't endorse politicians. Not my thing. However, Obama is the light & the future. Keep going towards the light. Put America first." --actor Russell Crowe

"I'm not sure that I would've been President Obama's nominee if I weren't a woman." --Justice Elena Kagan

"So the big issue for Democrats: binders full of women. They've clung to a number of distractions so far, but this is probably the least coherent. When I heard Romney [in the town hall debate] use the phrase 'binders full of women,' I immediately made fun of it because it was so inartful. But the Democrats contention now is that its actually offensive somehow. How... they can't really explain. They seem to act like Romney wants to physically put women in binders... but even they know that doesn't really make any sense. So it's somehow offensive Romney was looking at resumes of women... because its pandering? So the party who treats women like vaginas that vote and need nothing more than some free birth control thrown at them are offending by pandering?" --humorist Frank J. Fleming

"After [Monday] night, I suspected Obama's solution to the Benghazi attack would be to send in more teachers. That seems to be his solution to everything." --radio talk-show Rush Limbaugh

"The Wall Street Journal reports that more and more Americans are moving overseas to look for career and business opportunity. Thousands are fleeing abroad. Now people in other countries will know what it's like to lose their American jobs to a foreigner." --comedian Argus Hamilton

"The FEC reports that Obama's campaign took out a $15 million loan from bailout recipient Bank of America. Wow... BoA just can't stop making bad investments, can they?" --Fred Thompson

"So far for Halloween, sales of Obama masks are 30 percent higher than the sales of Mitt Romney masks. That makes sense. I mean, what's scarier than four more years of this economy?" --comedian Jay Leno

"One thing I think Americans should be proud of: When Tunisians began to protest, this nation, me, my administration, stood with them earlier than just about any other country." --President Barack Obama, conflating himself and the country

"You know, kids have good instincts. They look at the other guy and say, 'Well, that's a bulls--tter, I can tell.'" --Obama, using the typical tactic of socialist propaganda -- accuse your opponent of your own most prominent vulnerability

"[D]uring the entire section of the debate on the Middle East, Mitt Romney didn't bring up Israel once and I think it just shows he isn't committed to Israel as he says he is and has really only used the issue as a political opportunity." --DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, ignoring that Romney mentioned Israel 14 times

Piers Morgan: You made the point to me in the break there, more American servicemen have --
Ted Turner: -- are dying now --
Morgan: -- from suicide --
Turner: -- from suicide over there than are dying in combat.
Morgan: That's shocking, isn't it?
Turner: Well, what -- no, I think it's t-- I think it's good, because it's so clear that we're programmed and we're born to love and help each other, not to kill each other, to destroy each other. That's an aberration. That's left over from hundreds of years ago. It's time for to us start acting enlightened.



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