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Quotables

Issue: "Modern martyrs," Nov. 30, 1996

A fib within a falsehood wrapped in a fabrication.

Washington Post columnist RICHARD COHEN's Churchillesque description of the Clinton administration's bobbing and weaving about illegal campaign contributions. Mr. Cohen quoted the former British Prime Minister's famous quote about Russia--"a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma"--and wondered how old Winnie would describe the current administration across the pond.

One of the things I would urge you to do, remembering what happened to Mr. Jewell in Atlanta, remembering what has happened to so many of the accusations over the last four years made against me that turned out to be totally baseless, I just think that we ought to make sure we've got... the facts out.

PRESIDENT CLINTON in Australia making an analogy between the investigation of him and the arrest of security guard Richard Jewell for the Olympic Park bombing.

There seems to be no proof that Mr. Jewell had a connection with the bomb explosion. The president is hardly in the same posture with regard to these campaign contributions.

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From a Washington Post editorial criticizing as "disingenuous" Mr. Clinton's analogy.

Soon, sometime soon, the elites of the Republican Party had better find the courage to speak for the values of the people whose votes they count on on Election Day. My sense is, from traveling around the country, that the patience level is gone. Not another four-year cycle of this. Catch on now, GOP, or suffer the consequences.

Family Research Council head GARY BAUER, in a speech to the Heritage Foundation, announcing the formation of a new political action committee, the Campaign for Working Families. Mr. Bauer said the PAC will primarily target Democrats, but also Republican moderates and liberals.

They did 20 women in a few minutes: 'Ready, go; ready, go.'

Romanian citizen MARIA STAICU, describing the assembly-line abortions that go on in her country. The New York Times, in an article on Romania's "abortion culture," described the "pain and debasement she [Ms. Staicu] endured in 1991 when she had a legal abortion that left her determined not to go through it again."

Good. Now we can take credit for dumbing down the world.

Baltimore Sun reporter JACK GERMOND, after getting the news that the Washington weekly pundit program McLaughlin Group would be expanding into foreign markets. Mr. Germond resigned from the program last week.

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