* “So they go in strange paradox, deciding only
to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for
fluidity, all powerful to be impotent.”–Winston Churchhill in 1936, another time when Britain was wavering
about its future.
* “The European Union is our national
scapegoat.”–British Tory M.P. Sam
Gyimah, giving context to Brexit.
* “The Iran nuclear deal was laboriously
negotiated with full international support for the sanctions that were then
leveraging Iran, but now it is the United States, not Iran, that is isolated.
… The Administration’s insistence on ostracizing Iran has yielded diplomatic
initiative in the Middle East to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who more wisely deals
with friends and foes alike.”–Paul
Pillar, senior fellow at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown
University and former national intelligence officer for the Near East and South
* “We still have a window of American
pre-eminence before us, in which we can help shape international order to
safeguard our interests and values, before others shape it for us. What that
requires is the revival of American diplomacy as our primary tool for
navigating a more crowded, complicated and competitive world.”–William J. Burns, president of the
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former deputy secretary of state
and U.S. ambassador to Russia.
* “The dirty secret of European welfare states
is that they tend to be business friendly.”–Roger Cohen, New York Times.
* “The Woodstock of the Republican
Party.”–Comedian Bill Maher’s
characterization of CPAC.
* “Probably the best way to get the truth would
be to put the president under oath.”–House Intelligence Committee
Chairman Adam Schiff.
* “It takes two to bamboozle: the illusionist
and the enraptured.”–Frank Bruni,
New York Times.
* “I mean, I am always prepared to walk. I’m
never afraid to walk from a deal. And I would do that with China, too, if it
didn’t work out.”–Donald Trump.
* “It’s undeniable that (Republicans’)
fire-and-brimstone debt rhetoric was nothing but a pose, an attempt to
weaponize the deficit as a way to block and undermine President Barack Obama’s
agenda. The moment they had a chance, the very politicians who grandstanded
about the need for fiscal responsibility rammed through a huge tax cut for
corporations and the wealthy–a tax cut that is the main reason for the
exploding budget deficit.”–Paul
Krugman, New York Times.
* “The U.S. labor market is still in good
shape. Slower job growth was expected after huge average gains of better than
250,000 over the preceding four months. Job growth should bounce back in March
and through the rest of the year.”–Gus
Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial, after data showed that the
country created 20,000 new jobs in February. More than 300,000 had been added
* “I think he’d have a big advantage because of
his name recognition and because of the imprimatur of the Obama vice
presidency.”–The Rev. Al Sharpton,
in assessing the possible presidential candidacy of Joe Biden.
* “I do not favor giving up liberty for a false
sense of security.”–Sen. Rand Paul,
R-Ky., a libertarian and a physician, on his rejection of mandatory
* “If Ron DeSantis really cared about expanding
access to affordable health care, he would back Medicaid
expansion.”–Florida Democratic Party chair Terrie Rizzo.
* “Know the process, know the players,
understand what motivates the various actors and develop a strategy to advance
your objective or defeat ill-conceived proposals.”–Former State
legislator Paula Dockery’s advice to
newly elected officials on how to be effective.
* “There is really no established science on
most things, you’ll find.”–Florida state Sen. Dennis Baxley, who is pressing for legislation that would allow
schools to teach alternatives to certain scientific theories.
* “We take security very seriously.
Unfortunately, in 2019, all our devices and accounts are susceptible to being
spokeswoman for Mayor Bob Buckhorn, in acknowledging that someone had taken
over the mayor’s Twitter account and posted a number of vile tweets.
* “She is prepared to be our mayor. She has
trained for this moment.”–Bob
Buckhorn, in endorsing Jane Castor for Tampa mayor.
* “We’ve got a couple more years of state
money, we’ve brought down costs and we’re seeing ridership increase. Let’s keep
doing this until we’re in a position, big picture, where we can (start) up
service with multiple boats.”–St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, on the Cross-Bay Ferry, which has a 40 percent
increase in ridership half way through its six-month season.