I also am late at reporting on Thursday’s AmSpec newsmaker breakgast, this one with Robert Novak. Herewith, then, some interesting quotes from Novak that I haven’t seen reported elsewhere:
Politicians are more often TOO responsive, not too unresponsive: “Too many of them take the temperature all the time. What they are supposed to do is lead and inspire.”
On presidents he has covered, he was mostly scathing, except for Reagan. Nixon “was a bad man and a poor president.” Carter “was a liar.” Ford “never understood the Cold War.” Clinton “posed as a centrist…but he was a reflexibe liberal. A big-government liberal.” Ike was “stodgy and fuddy-duddy.” Three recessions in his eight years occurred largely because Ike refused to cut taxes.
“The founding fathers tried to devise a government that didn’t work very well, and they damn well succeeded. [Which is a good thing because] governmental power is still the thing I worry about most.”
“I think the American people are better than their leaders.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?