Matthew Dowd quotes

  • The president broke his bond with the public. Once that bond was broken, he no longer had the capacity to talk to the American public. State of the Union addresses? It didn't matter. Legislative initiatives? It didn't matter. P.R.? It didn't matter. Travel? It didn't matter.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Broken #President #Unions

  • As the inevitable discussion proceeds in the months ahead, this memo should provide both perspective and a reality check. President Bush's approval numbers will again fall back to more realistic levels fairly quickly. All were quite successful on Election Day.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Fall #Successful #Reality

  • Democrats have a problem if they go one way and don't emphasize the rule of law and only have compassion. The Republicans have a problem if they only go with the rule of law. There has to be a balance.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Compassion #Law #Balance

  • What Donald Trump is, is not movement of change, it's a reaction to global change, it's a total reaction to global change. It's transformational change in the world done by transportation, technology and all that. And people, most of Donald Trump's voters want to go back.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Technology #People #Want

  • You can't keep changing the rules based upon who holds political power.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Political #Political Power

  • If you give up freedom to get security, you deserve neither.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Giving Up #Ifs #Security

  • Well, Americans expect our president to be human beings, and as imperfect as all of us are. They expect us to make mistakes and all that. But one thing the American public likes is, if you make a mistake, you do that, you cross that line that they expect you to behave under, then you apologize or then you correct that behavior and said you have learned, you are going to do better, you are going to achieve better, and you are going to serve a higher purpose than that.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Mistake #President #Purpose

  • As you know, in this democracy, in order to have a healthy democracy, we have to get to the common good. But the only way to get to the common good is if we have a common set of facts, which we don't seem to have today, and we have a common level of decency. And my problem with the president and what happened today and why I think it affects the country as a whole is, first, we bring up our kids better than this. We teach them not to do this. We tell them not to do this, and it is not the right standard of behavior.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Country #Kids #Thinking

  • To me, polls are like approval ratings for presidents are like an offensive line, right. And if an offensive line is weak, that means the defense is empowered and emboldened.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Mean #Approval Rating #President

  • I may be a little old-fashioned, but I actually believe that if you live and work in our house and you work on our payroll and you take oaths, then integrity matters in elections.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Integrity #Believe #House

  • This is an issue that has an exceedingly high number of threads in it. It involves race, it involves culture, it involves crime, it involves justice.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Race #Numbers #Issues

  • Let's keep in mind that Donald Trump didn't win because of himself. He won in spite of himself. A quarter of his voters voted for Donald Trump believing he wasn't presidential and he didn't have the temperament, but they had hope that he would grow into the office and become more presidential. That doesn't seem to have happened, and I don't think it will happen for a 71-year-old man.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Believe #Winning #Men

  • If Hillary Clinton wins the race, she will win it with the most diverse coalition that anybody's ever been elected by in presidential history.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Winning #Presidential #Clinton

  • Washington always has a high level of hypocrisy, right, but I think the level of hypocrisy that has come out of the United States Senate on both sides of the aisle is amazing.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Thinking #Hypocrisy #United States

  • What makes America great is peaceful protests and exercising your constitutional rights.
    -- Matthew Dowd

    #Exercise #Rights #America

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