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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: You're Not the Boss of Me Now

“Well, the Democrats will be taking power in Congress soon, and they are starting to flex their new-found power.”

“In the interview, [Senator Barbara] Boxer also promised to end Bush administration rollbacks on environmental rules if they are not supported by science.

‘Any kind of weakening of environmental laws or secrecy or changes in the dead of night - it's over,’ Boxer said. ’We're going to for once, finally, make this committee an environment committee, not an anti-environment committee. ... This is a sea change that is coming to this committee.’"
-Associated Press, December 5, 2006

“Unfortunately, saying anything that could be seen as critical of the Administration has a rather predictable result.”

“The Bush administration is considering doing away with health standards that cut lead from gasoline, widely regarded as one of the nation's biggest clean-air accomplishments. Battery makers, lead smelters, refiners all have lobbied the administration to do away with the Clean Air Act limits.”
-Associated Press, December 6, 2006

“Yep. Nobody tells the Administration what they can and cannot do. Nobody. And I guess that explains some of this…”

“Ten U.S. troops were killed in Iraq on Wednesday, a major blow on the same day a high-level panel in Washington recommended gradually shifting U.S. forces from a combat to a training role.
The latest deaths raised to at least 30 the number of U.S. troops who have died this month. At least 69 troops were killed in November and 105 were killed in October — the highest amount for a month since January 2005.
At least 2,918 service members have been killed since the war started in 2003, according to an Associated Press count.”
-Associated Press, December 6, 2006

“After all, people have been telling the Administration to change what they are doing for a while now. Most recently it was the Iraq Study Group, with James Baker, an old friend of Fearless Leader’s father, in the point position.”

“’We do not recommend a stay-the-course solution,’ Mr. Baker said pointedly at a question-answer session accompanying the report’s release. ‘In our opinion, that is no longer viable.’ Those remarks were sure to be interpreted, at least by administration critics, as a rebuke to President Bush.”
-New York Times, December 6, 2006

“I guess that is ok though because the Administration hasn’t been using a stay-the-course option anyway..”

“Well, listen, we’ve never been stay the course, George. We have been – we will complete the mission, we will do our job and complete the goal, but we’re constantly adjusting tactics, constantly.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush on “This Week”, October 22, 2006

“Nope. Never.”

“We’re not going to lose in Iraq. As a matter of fact, we will win in Iraq so long as we stay the course.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, July 11, 2006

"This conflict is a long way from over. It's going to be a battle that will last for a very long time. It is absolutely essential that we stay the course."
-Vice-President Richard ‘Dick’ Cheney, July 21, 2006

“I think the thing you do, number one is, you bring to justice those who are guilty of breaking laws. And certainly this is not a government that condones rape, murder, or the abuse of human rights. The second thing you do is you stay the course..”
-White House Spokesman Tony Snow, July 10, 2006

“Anything that you think you are reading is an illusion..”

“HANNITY: A lot of debate has no emerged over the phrase ‘stay the course,’ and what that actually means. ‘Well, the President is backing away from staying the course.’
RUMSFELD: Aww, that’s nonsense.
HANNITY: He’s not backing away from staying the course?
RUMSFELD: Of course not. The concern was that it gave opponents the chance to say, ‘Well, he’s not willing to make adjustments,’ and of course, just the opposite is true.”
-Interview with Sean Hannity and Donald Rumsfeld, October 24, 2006

“The Administration: Impervious to Reality since 2001.”


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