Paul Begala quotes

  • Rick Perry is the perfect candidate for those who thought George W. Bush was just too dang cerebral. And Adios, Mofo is the perfect guide to his record, his rhetoric and his remarkable hair. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll vote.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Hair #Perfect #Laughing

  • Politics is show business for ugly people.
    -- Paul Begala

    #People #Political #Ugly

  • Culture has always been more important than politics. Sometimes culture is a mirror that reflects what is; sometimes it's a search-light pointing the way to what will be.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Light #Mirrors #Community

  • This gets back to the fundamental lesson of political survival that Bill Clinton taught me, which is if you make it about the American people's lives instead of your life, you're going to be okay.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Life Lesson #People #Political

  • I'm a Catholic, but I used to love going to Vacation Bible School with my fundamentalist friends.
    -- Paul Begala

    #School #Vacation #Catholic

  • If it was about lying under oath - we actually know that Clinton certainly was deceptive, as most people would be about their sex lives - but, in fact, he did not lie.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Sex #Lying #People

  • In our system, grand juries take every charge, every lie, and they try to sort the truth from the lies, and then they move forward into the system. And that's how the system ought to work. We should respect the secrecy of the grand jury so they can sort through what's true and what's not. And someone is leaking, and if they are leaking from the grand jury investigation, then that's a violation of the law.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Lying #Moving #Law

  • I think his deepest quality is empathy.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Thinking #Empathy #Quality

  • The media didn’t hand it to Obama; after all, the Number One cable news channel, Fox, is right-wing. The Number One newspaper, the Wall Street Journal, also has a right-wing editorial slant (and is owned by the same guy who owns Fox News). The Number One talk radio show is Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity is Number Two, and Glenn Beck is Number Three. When you control all the largest media outlets, it’s time to stop grousing about liberal media bias.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Wall #Media #Hands

  • I mean, for all of his faults and the troubles in his marriage, Bill Clinton is still married to a girl he met in the library 25 years ago at school. Can we say that about many of our other leaders today in America, including on the right wing?
    -- Paul Begala

    #Girl #School #Mean

  • I try hard to be a good Catholic.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Catholic #Trying

  • I think too many Democrats are too wimpy. But I think they're beginning to toughen up.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Thinking #Democrat

  • I didn't spend a lot of time on national security the American people will be glad to know.
    -- Paul Begala

    #People #National Security #Glad

  • But I think what happened was that Clinton knew how to fight back. And the way he fought back was on the issues - being tough in staying on the things that mattered to people in their lives.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Fighting #Thinking #Issues

  • Defining the terms of the debate generally dictates who's gonna' win it.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Winning #Defining #Debate

  • Never interrupt your opponent when he's destroying himself.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Opponents #Destroying

  • I was the guy that told Bill Clinton he was going to win. I had gotten the final polling numbers. He had a comfortable lead. He was not going to lose.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Winning #Numbers #Guy

  • It seems to me the American people never really forgave the Democrats for being right about Vietnam.
    -- Paul Begala

    #People #Vietnam #Democrat

  • It is a painful reminder that even the most well-intentioned among us sometimes act in ways that put children in danger of being abused or neglected.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Children #Way #Sometimes

  • So one important lesson of Vietnam is, the first casualty of an unwise and unjust war are the American troops called on to fight it. Their service should be honored.
    -- Paul Begala

    #War #Fighting #Important

  • Republicans want to punish work and reward wealth; hence the high payroll tax and the low dividend tax. Said one Bush economic adviser, if we can't help wealthy investors and screw working people, what's the point in being a Republican?
    -- Paul Begala

    #People #Want #Rewards

  • North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms has signed a deal with Random House to write his memoirs. Scholars will no doubt benefit from the reflections of a man who was wrong on every major issue for 40 years. Helms' aides say the proceeds from the book will be donated to the non-profit Jesse Helms Center where they apparently have more experience burning than publishing them.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Book #Writing #Reflection

  • You can drive yourself crazy trying to peer into a person's soul--or you can do the sensible thing: ask not what inner motives drive a politician's policy choices but instead whether those choices are good for the country.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Country #Crazy #Choices

  • If we are negative by nature, we Americans are more human than most. The Founding Fathers loved going negative. Heck, the Declaration of Independence is one long negative ad.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Father #Long #Independence

  • Ah yes! Conservatives. Some of the finest minds of the 12th Century.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Mind #Finest #Century

  • If George W. Bush is given a second term, and retains a Republican Congress and a compliant federal judiciary, he and his allies are likely to embark on a campaign of political retribution the likes of which we haven't seen since Richard Nixon.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Political #Campaigns #Likes

  • Well, I have a message for the nameless , gutless whimperers out there. Quit whining. Unlike some other shows, we here at CROSSFIRE actually present both sides of the issue. ... Look, if you want namby-pamby one-sided arguments go to Fox.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Issues #Looks #Want

  • Again and again, I've seen Bush turn a blind eye as his henchmen have leveled zealous attacks against his political enemies - assaults which the president himself has sometimes directly encouraged.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Eye #Political #Enemy

  • Again, President Reagan was sort of an amiable presence out at the ranch by the last 6 months of his presidency. He had no effect on national policy at all.
    -- Paul Begala

    #President #Lasts #Months

  • Bush began helping Enron in the eighties.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Helping #Enron

  • It must kill George Bush that John McCain is the most popular and Beloved Republican in America.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Song #America #Beloved

  • Bill and Hillary Clinton are the most investigated couple in American history - now the most thoroughly exonerated couple in American history.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Couple #Bills #American History

  • It taught me that Clinton's instinct to make this about your life as a citizen, rather than his as a human being, was the right answer to these things.
    -- Paul Begala

    #House #Citizens #Answers

  • See, I think if it just became who's sleeping with whom, then there's no reason to prefer one party over the other, 'cause the truth is we're all sinners.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Party #Sleep #Thinking

  • Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Law #Land #President

  • Always attack, Never defend.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Politics

  • I'm very sunny. You know, I'm always optimistic.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Optimistic #Sunny Day #Sunny

  • When your mission is to restore honor and integrity to the White House, you've got to be willing to use any means necessary.
    -- Paul Begala

    #Integrity #Mean #White

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