Paul Begala

(Paul Edward Begala)

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[Candidates are] more motivated by the fear of losing than the joy of winning. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
George W. Bush will always do better than you expect. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He can't spend all his time running his mouth; he's got to run the country. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I always remember I'm the monkey and he's the organ-grinder. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I hope Republicans keep right on pushing their Cro-Magnon agenda until they all lose. Then maybe we should save one of them for the Smithsonian: Republicanus Americanus—once roamed freely about North America … became extinct when they could not force a return to the Stone Age. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If you leave the Republicans alone in a dark room, you know that there are going to rob the Social Security Trust Fund. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
In the fullness of time, every President ends up hating his Vice President. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
It’s hard to be a front-runner in the Democratic Party. My party tends to destroy front-runners. Political Parties & Machines
Let’s not sacrifice the lives of our children to the 2nd Amendment Guns & Gun Control
Mr. Bush has eliminated the middle man and simply allowed lobbyists to run our government. Lobbying & Special Interests
Nobody seriously thinks Sarah Palin knows anything about nuclear weapons. I would not trust her with a microwave oven, much less a nuclear bomb. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Politics is show business for ugly people. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politics is the language through which a free society expresses itself Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
President George W. Bush inherited the strongest economy and the largest surplus ever in American history. He has blown both of them. I thought that one of the things he would be good at is inheriting but he wasn’t able to even do that well. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Running a country is much more difficult than running a campaign. Management & Managing Government
Again and again, I've seen Bush turn a blind eye as his henchmen have leveled zealous attacks against his political enemies - assaults which the president himself has sometimes directly encouraged.
Again, President Reagan was sort of an amiable presence out at the ranch by the last 6 months of his presidency. He had no effect on national policy at all.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the most investigated couple in American history - now the most thoroughly exonerated couple in American history. History
Bush began helping Enron in the eighties.
But I think what happened was that Clinton knew how to fight back. And the way he fought back was on the issues - being tough in staying on the things that mattered to people in their lives.
Defining the terms of the debate generally dictates who's gonna' win it.
I didn't spend a lot of time on national security the American people will be glad to know. Time
I don't like being a voyeur, looking into other people's marriages.
I grew up in Tom DeLay's district.
I mean, for all of his faults and the troubles in his marriage, Bill Clinton is still married to a girl he met in the library 25 years ago at school. Can we say that about many of our other leaders today in America, including on the right wing? Families, Children & Parenting
I think too many Democrats are too wimpy. But I think they're beginning to toughen up.
I try hard to be a good Catholic.
I used to go in at 5:30 or 6:00 so I could run.
I was the guy that told Bill Clinton he was going to win. I had gotten the final polling numbers. He had a comfortable lead. He was not going to lose.
If George W. Bush is given a second term, and retains a Republican Congress and a compliant federal judiciary, he and his allies are likely to embark on a campaign of political retribution the likes of which we haven't seen since Richard Nixon.
If it was about lying under oath - we actually know that Clinton certainly was deceptive, as most people would be about their sex lives - but, in fact, he did not lie.
I'm a Catholic, but I used to love going to Vacation Bible School with my fundamentalist friends. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm very sunny. You know, I'm always optimistic.
It must kill George Bush that John McCain is the most popular and Beloved Republican in America.
It seems to me the American people never really forgave the Democrats for being right about Vietnam.
It taught me that Clinton's instinct to make this about your life as a citizen, rather than his as a human being, was the right answer to these things. Life
Most politicians, when they meet with a guy like me, or a guy like Carville, tell you about how they can win.
My view was that the campaign had been a sacred thing, that it had been a real compact, because I was there and I saw the connection that Clinton made with people, and the connection that they made with him.
Never interrupt your opponent when he's destroying himself.
One of the problems we saw in the last presidential election in our party is that our nominee, while winning the election, which we ought never to forget, often lost sight of the difference between strategy and tactics.
See, I think if it just became who's sleeping with whom, then there's no reason to prefer one party over the other, 'cause the truth is we're all sinners. Truth
So one important lesson of Vietnam is, the first casualty of an unwise and unjust war are the American troops called on to fight it. Their service should be honored. War & Peace
There's the great line: the definition of a liberal is someone who's afraid to take their own side in a fight. And that's my problem with my fellow liberals.
This gets back to the fundamental lesson of political survival that Bill Clinton taught me, which is if you make it about the American people's lives instead of your life, you're going to be okay. Life