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Quotables

Issue: "A reason to live," March 23, 1996

Truth is the most frightening prospect of all.

-Author JAMES B. STEWART, from the preface to his blockbuster, Blood Sport, a mainstream journalistic account of the myriad scandals, most particularly Whitewater and Travelgate, plaguing the Clinton White House. Mr. Stewart writes, "It now seems ironic that it was the Clintons themselves who set this book in motion.... I believe that Hillary Clinton, when we met in the White House, genuinely wanted to speak openly to someone she deemed to be fair-minded. But in the final analysis, the Clintons themselves proved no different than their predecessors, deeply enmeshed in a Washington culture so inured to partisan distortion and spin that truth is the most frightening prospect of all."

One thing I am grateful to Stewart for is keeping my role and that of the other members of the "right-wing" media pianissimo as he exposes the Clintons for the rogues that they are.

-American Spectator editor in chief R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

The phaser is not operational.

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-Trekkie BARBARA ADAMS, 31, an alternate juror in the Whitewater trial of James and Susan McDougal and Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, explaining to a newsman why her toy phaser would clear courthouse security. Ms. Adams, dismissed last week from the jury for granting an interview to television's American Journal, came to court every day wearing the black pants and maroon tunic of an officer of the starship Enterprise from the television show Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The way they're going about it, they're liable to build the roof first, the bathroom may be in the middle of the living room and you turn on the lights in the kitchen and the toilet flushes.

-Iowa congressman JIM LIGHTFOOT criticizing the Internal Revenue Service's troubled modernization plan. Congress is threatening to cut the agency's funds unless it comes up with a workable plan. The IRS has spent nearly $3 billion since 1986 to update a system that had been virtually unchanged since it was first automated in the early 1960s.

If Democrats think that stalling or stonewalling will make Whitewater go away, they are badly mistaken. The probe is not over, whether they try to call it off or not.

-A WASHINGTON POST editorial chastising Democrats in the Senate for using procedural delays to block congressional investigation into the Whitewater scandal.

Please lead us out of the wilderness.

-Political columnist ROBERT NOVAK paraphrasing restive House Republicans who met March 12 seeking confrontational leadership from the majority leader, who has been handed day-to-day operational authority by Speaker Gingrich.

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