Mark Shields

(Mark Stephen Shields)

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[In a political contest] If you are faced with the lesser of two evils, you have the evil of two lesser. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A banker can write a bad poem and no one thinks anything about it. But let a poet write a single bad check and he is in trouble. Business, Commerce & Finance
All great revolutions are led by aristocrats. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Backbiting and second guessing are endemic to losing campaigns. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Banks too big to fail are too big to be regulated or controlled by the Federal Government. Regulation & Deregulation
Bipartisanship is like marriage. It takes two to make it work. It only takes one to make it a failure. The President has been playing politics with foreign policy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Business’s objective is to maximize profits—not maximize benefits to the American worker. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Capitalism
Donald Trump treats the truth like a second home. He doesn't always live there. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Donald Trump's convictions have the shelf life of a used Kleenex. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
George W. Bush’s idea of leadership is, “I lead; you follow.” Leaders & Leadership
I wish I were as sure of anything as Charles (Krouthammer) is about everything. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If you only talk to people who agree with you, it’s easy to believe that you’re in the majority. Public Opinion & Polling
It’s almost impossible to love your country and hate your government. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
It’s awfully tough to score political points when you are on the defensive. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Leadership means getting people to do what they don’t want to do. Leaders & Leadership
Mayors make tough decisions; Senators make tough speeches. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Newt Gingrich has incredible intellectual flexibility. He has been on both sides of almost every issue. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Nobody who ever runs for President should be the leader of a party. Political Parties & Machines
Occupation leads to alienation. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Our Congress makes the UN look efficient by comparison Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
People who work for the Donald Trump admonistration do not know from day to day whether there job is there or what it is. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Senator Ted Cruz is a man who could alienate Mother Teresa in less than 35 seconds. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Ten Presidents have tried to do something about Cuba and the statis is quo. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
That’s like blaming the witch for the witch hunt. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Bush administration is not arguing that the President is above the law; they are arguing that the President is the law. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The economy must provide justice as well as prosperity. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The end of bad news is always good news. Media, Journalism & The Press
The ideologue says “whatever is right works.” The pragmatist says “whatever works is right.” Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The people working in the administration of this president [Donald Trump] do not know from day to day whether their job exists of what it is. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The problem with smear campaigns is that too often they work Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Republican Health Care Plan has three problems. It isn’t healthy, it is not caring and there is no plan. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Legislating & Legislative Process ;Congress & State Legislatures
The Republican party is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Donald Trump. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The Republicans had done two things in the last few years. They have made it easier to buy a gun and harder to vote. Voters, Voting & Elections
There is no known cure for the Presidential virus other than embalming fluid. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
We can’t be a great country unless we have great cities. Development & Growth
We have decriminalized Wall Street malfeasance. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
When our side wins it’s always because of national trends. When the other side wins, it’s always because of local conditions. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
When the economy is bad, the economy is the only issue. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Whenever the economy is bad, the economy is the only issue. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You can have Google or you can have privacy but you can’t have both. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
You can hide the caskets but you can’t hide the casualties. War & Peace
You can’t solve a problem by throwing money at it, but you can get a Senate majority by throwing money at it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
As Bill Clinton said so eloquently at the convention, during Vietnam there was a chance to serve; there was a chance not to serve.
Character is destiny and character is important to American campaigns.
Everybody who served in John Kerry's boat under his command, save one, has stood with him.
George Bush is trying to play it both ways.
George Bush says what John Kerry did was noble. Yet he sees him being savaged by his own supporters.
I didn't realize the president was such an historian.
I think any advocate who is effective has fully acquainted himself or herself with the legislator they are going to meet. Know what committees they are on, what issues they are interested in, all in an effort to build a bridge for communicating with them.
If I were John Bolton, I'd take great consolation in the words of my principal supporter on the committee, who gave a ringing endorsement, which was, There is no evidence that he has broken any laws.
In the 2004 presidential election, we saw a wonderful example of citizens making contributions. In fact, individual giving to both the Kerry and Bush campaigns was the highest in our nation's history. History
Iraq is in a civil war. There is no road in that country that is safe. War & Peace
John Kerry's biography was central to his campaign.
John McCain has become the de facto running mate of George W. Bush.
John McCain was victimized in the South Carolina primary.
Let's not pretend that all of a sudden, this is some new system.
Since the election, since the formation of a government, the death in Iraq has increased. The United States stands by, helpless to do anything about it. That's the reality, not George Bush's revisionist history! History ;Death ;Government
The advantage that hospitals have over other institutions is that hospitals are community-based. You can't outsource your work; you can't move your emergency department to Pakistan. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The important thing to understand about legislators is that there are dozens of competing interests and issues that occupy them. They are stretched thin.
The problem with smear campaigns is that too often they work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There is always strength in numbers. The more individuals or organizations that you can rally to your cause, the better.
There's no question that Stalin broke the agreements made at Yalta completely about elections that were supposed to be held immediately in Poland, and Eastern Europe was plunged into slavery as a consequence.
What you have is two men seeking the White House; they're both products of prominent New England families. They both went to private boarding schools. They both went to a prestigious university.
When the size of the group supporting your cause reaches a critical mass, any legislator or elected official has to pay attention.
When you run for president of the United States, everybody does the same thing in the campaign-they talk about veterans, how much they admire them, how grateful they are.
You can't have someone with a pinkie out there at the U.N. or any other place.
You've got people who didn't serve with John Kerry saying they did serve with John Kerry in the boat. With George Bush, we can't find anybody who did serve with him.