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1/1/2013 6:00:00 AM
2012 another good year for quotations
Mark Levy
National Columnist

Dear Readers: 2012 has come to a close, and unfortunately it appears the debates and controversies will continue into 2013.

One thing I'm thankful for is that politicians and pundits love to talk.

For your enjoyment, I present to you some memorable quotations from 2012.

Notice I didn't say prolific, historical, inspirational or words that should be etched in stone.

"I said yesterday we did not have the majority but we have the gavel ... excuse me, we don't have the gavel. We have our own gavel! We have something more important. We have unity. We do not have the gavel; we do not have the majority. But we have unity." - House Minority Leader Pelosi shortly after the November election.

How sweet, Ms. Pelosi would gladly exchange that phony baloney "unity" crapola for another chance to swing the House speaker gavel.

"I have no idea why any woman/minority can vote for Romney. You have to be stupid to vote for such a racist/misogynistic t-t" - A re-tweet by Obama Campaign Co-chair Eva Longoria.

This is a typical example of tolerance from the Hollywood left.

"I think that they are going to be able to sort it out." - President Obama on Nicki Minaj's "American Idol" feud with Mariah Carey.

I'm not upset with Obama for this quotation but with whoever would ask the president such a stupid question, although more voters probably based their decision on this question versus the president's poor economic policies.

"They hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy al-Qaida. Their No. 1 enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred - hatred for Obama." - Chris Matthews during MSNBC's debate coverage.

This pretty much sums up liberals' beliefs about conservatives. When it comes to Barack Obama, conservatives are incapable of honest policy disagreements; it must always be personal, racist and hateful.

"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business - you didn't build that." - President Obama on a campaign stop.

No matter how the left maligned the right for taking the president's words out of context, it's still a slap at business owners and reinforces Obama's big-government mentality.

"We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet (in Massachusetts). I went to a number of women's groups and said, "Can you help us find folks?" and they brought us whole binders full of women." - Mitt Romney during the second presidential debate.

Liberals took this opportunity for massive feigned indignation and launched another Republican "war on women" barrage.

Liberals can't have it both ways; they seek diversity at all levels of society, yet condemn a conservative for actually trying to proactively diversify his gubernatorial cabinet.

"My pawpaw had high cheekbones, like all of the Indians do." - Massachusetts Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren, defending her claim that she is a minority.

I guess because I have a beard, I can claim to be a descendant of Abraham Lincoln.

"He is going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, unchain Wall Street. He is going to put y'all back in chains." - Joe Biden campaign appearance in Virginia

Since we were told that Biden wasn't playing the race card despite the fact that the audience was primarily black, I guess all I can quibble with is a guy from Delaware suddenly using the term "y'all."

Here's to a quotable 2013.

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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

More Quotes

"Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too" Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, confusing serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who was born in Waterloo, Iowa with movie star John Wayne who was not.

"I will tell you: It's three agencies of government, when I get there, that are gone: Commerce, Education and the -- what's the third one there? Let's see. ... OK. So Commerce, Education and the -- ... The third agency of government I would -- I would do away with the Education, the ... Commerce and -- let's see -- I can't. The third one, I can't. Sorry. Oops." –Rick Perry, during a GOP debate, forgetting about his plan to cut the Department of Energy.

"I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed." —GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaking to unemployed people in Florida.

"There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate." Newt Gingrich, explaining why he cheated on his first two wives. He carried on the first affair while his wife was suffering from cancer, and the second while he was orchestrating Bill Clinton's impeachment.

"Yes. Yes I feel that strongly about it. If we can get the necessary support and it comes to my desk I'll sign it. That's all I can do. I will sign it." Herman Cain, speaking about a constitutional amendment banning abortion. Presidents, however, do not sign constitutional amendments, they're passed by congress and must be ratified by the states, and the president plays no role in the process.


Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Article comment by: Samuel Adams

Hey Marla, concerned and anonymous,

if you want a bunch of memorable quotes and insults go read Mark Shields, and Will Durst. What?

Yeah, thats right. Nothing memorable from those lying hacks.

Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Just wait till the sequestration debate starts in congress with the cuts coming from everyones favorites such as defense, domestic issues, the right wing will be trying to use their ace up the sleeve the debt ceiling to try and bluff a deal to their liking, but last time they and their teapublican puppets tried that game of bluff like a old poker player does when he has a losing hand they ran our national bond ratings from AAA to AA, guess they will try for a AA to A rating or lower if history is any lesson! The right wing is in self destruction mode, cannot see anything but their own agenda, and their true constituients are only 2% of the electorate and about 20% who I like to call the 2% wanna-bes who dream of hitting that 2% lottery! Hitting any lottery is a gamble and not a good way to live!

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Article comment by: Jon Longoria

Man, if this editoral doesn't epitomize the right wing of conservatism, truly I don't know what does?

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Article comment by: Be Fair

Mark can just trade around his own words of Republican, Conservative, Democrat, Leftist and they'll fit just as perfectly!

Geeeez! To think one party is better than the other is sheer stupidity. They all have good points and they all have bad points. The bad points is what has driven down their numbers because most of We The People have figured that out.

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

One has to read the small print at top of these quotes and quips Mark Levy partisan hack for the GOP, guess this merely is sing of things to come, but the partisan hacks on the far right wing tend to like to hide their true natures behind such quips as if their far right wing lunacy makes anymore sense than anyone elses! Mid term elections will determine if all these right wing vicctories remain or fall to the way side, a old corny saying is the sun does not shine on dogs tail all the time it has to shine on some other dogs tail some of the time!

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Article comment by: concerned citizen

You left out quite a few of Mitt Romney's quotes.(Isn't that kind of curious?)
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it."
" As president, I will create 12 million new jobs."
"Government does not create jobs."
"I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love."
Too bad this genuis didn't win the election!

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Article comment by: Marla Kiriakidis

Why are there only comments from liberal pundits? I've heard plenty of crap coming from the conservatives this year too. Your about as "fair and balanced" as Fox and MSNBC.

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