Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Follow the Greenback Road," Jan. 25, 1997

Newt Gingrich's problem, I've always thought, he's like Lenin. They both made a revolution by shooting people--Newt shot Democrats, Lenin shot everybody--and then they didn't have sense enough to stop shooting once they won. So, I mean, once you win, you say, 'Okay, now I've shot all your relatives, but you're a good guy, let's work together.' Instead, Newt shut down the government and kept on trying to shoot Democrats.

ABC news reporter SAM DONALDSON on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Where are the women's groups?

JOSEPH CAMMARATA, a lawyer for Paula Jones in the sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton, wondering why no feminist organization submitted a legal brief to the Supreme Court supporting Ms. Jones's position.

[It] would be damaging to the office of the presidency and to the country.

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Women's Legal Defense Fund president JUDITH LICHTMAN explaining why her organization believes the sexual harassment lawsuit should not proceed. Ms. Lichtman was described in a Washington Post story as &quotone of [Anita] Hill's cheerleaders" during her campaign against the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

But nobody was distracted from that... thing... in the middle of all the handsome rhetoric, floating like a rat in a punchbowl.

Washington Post writer LLOYD GROVE, who attended the Supreme Court oral arguments in the Paula Jones case. He was commenting on the juxtaposition of the filth of the allegations against President Clinton and the &quotedifying arguments about the separation of powers, the demands of presidential duty, and the imperatives of jurisprudence."

They always taught me one thing: Play by the rules.

House Democratic Whip DAVID BONIOR, on what his athletics coaches always taught him, in an interview with the Associated Press about his obsession with Newt Gingrich. High-level staffers who work for Mr. Bonior could face legal trouble over their role in advising the Florida couple who may have illegally recorded a telephone conversation involving Mr. Gingrich. An aide to the congresswoman who first possessed the recording alleged two Bonior staffers urged that the tape be handed over to Ethics Committee member Jim McDermott. Rep. McDermott resigned from the investigation amid allegations he committed a felony by divulging the tape to reporters.

We have overplayed our hand. The Democrats are now committing felonies in order to catch Gingrich on a minor technicality.

Democratic campaign consultant BRIAN LUNDE, quoted by Washington Times reporter Donald Lambro. Mr. Lunde blamed bitter members of the Democratic leadership who &quotcannot accept the fact that we lost the House."


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