Some men change their party for the

Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.  ~Winston ChurchillGCLE

He didnt say that was reading what

He didn’t say that.  He was reading what was given to him in a speech.  ~Richard Darman, director of the Office of Management and Budget, explaining why President Bush wasn’t following up on his campaign pledge that there would be no loss of wetlands

I like the smell of a dunged

I like the smell of a dunged field, and the tumult of a popular election.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Politics is the gentle art of getting

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.  ~Oscar Ameringer

Politics i dont know why but

Politics – I don’t know why, but they seem to have a tendency to separate us, to keep us from one another, while nature is always and ever making efforts to bring us together.  ~Sean O’CaseyCUL

Conservative n a statesman who is enamored

Conservative, n:  A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s DictionaryMHC

Under democracy one party always devotes its

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.  ~H.L. Mencken, 1956

It is not in the nature of

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected.  The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.  ~George E. MacDonaldMHC

If we got one tenth of what was

If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.  ~Will Rogers

The democrats seem to be basically nicer

The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery.  They’re the kind of people who’d stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire.  I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy.  The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn’t bother to stop because they’d want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club.  ~Dave BarryPCR

Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently

Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason.  ~José Maria de Eça de Queiroz, translated from PortuguesePol?ticos e fraldas devem ser todos trocados com frequencia e todos pelo mesmo motivo.

They say women talk too much if

They say women talk too much.  If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.  ~Clare Boothe LuceRMH

Before you can begin to think about

Before you can begin to think about politics at all, you have to abandon the notion that there is a war between good men and bad men.  ~Walter LippmannCUL

Political campaigns are designedly made into emotional

Political campaigns are designedly made into emotional orgies which endeavor to distract attention from the real issues involved, and they actually paralyze what slight powers of cerebration man can normally muster.  ~James Harvey Robinson, The Human Comedy, 1937LCD

A man thatd expict to thrain lobsters

A man that’d expict to thrain lobsters to fly in a year is called a loonytic; but a man that thinks men can be tur-rned into angels by an iliction is called a rayformer an’ remains at large.  ~Finley Peter Dunne, Mr. Dooley’s Philosophy, 1900LCD

If the person you are trying to

If the person you are trying to diagnose politically is some sort of intellectual, the chances are two to one he is a Democrat.  ~Vance Packard

There are only two great currents in

There are only two great currents in the history of mankind:  the baseness which makes conservatives and the envy which makes revolutionaries.  ~Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt, Journal, 12 July 1867; SH

Any american who is prepared to run

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.  ~Gore VidalPCR

In golf you keep your head down

In golf, you keep your head down and follow through.  In the vice presidency, you keep your head up and follow through.  It’s a big difference.  ~Dan QuayleCG

An election is coming universal peace declared

An election is coming.  Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.  ~George Eliot, Felix Holt, Chapter 5  (Thanks Julie!)

Every two years the american politics industry

Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country – and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.  ~Charles Krauthammer

I think its about time we voted

I think it’s about time we voted for senators with breasts.  After all, we’ve been voting for boobs long enough.  ~Clarie Sargent, Arizona senatorial candidate

A conservative is a man with two

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt, radio speech, 26 October 1939

I am working for the time when

I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns, and women join the unqualified men in running our government.  ~Cissy FarentholdRMH

Take our politicians theyre a bunch of

Take our politicians:  they’re a bunch of yo-yos.  The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with an encyclopedia of cliches the first prize.  ~Saul Bellow