10* of the Top Quotes of the Week in CA Politics
From The Commish taking a big swing at eMeg to Hurricane Carly aiming a low blow at the the sheepish Dudley Do Right, this week easily scored as the most entertaining to date of 2010, simply because of the surfeit of great quotes flying across the internets. Here are 10 of the best things anybody said about California politics. [Make it to the end for the contest challenge.]
1-“Usually that sort of thing occurs in a one-on-one conversation. It takes a true imbecile to put it in writing.”
— Former federal prosecutor Donald Heller offering a lawman’s perspective on eMeg strategist Mike Murphy’s ham-handed effort to force Steve Poizner from the governor’s race.
2-“Part of this is politics.”
— Michael Semler, Sac State political science professor with a lofty thought about the Poizner-Whitman political extortion clash. Ya think?
3-“There are some things that sound easy, but you might as well send somebody a get well card.”
— Speaker Nancy Pelosi, suggesting Hallmark is to be preferred over trying to pass health care reform in pieces.
4-“My goal is to get things noticed.”
— Fred Davis, guerrilla ad man for Hurricane Carly Fiorina, on the viral sensation of his Demon Sheep ad attacking Tom Campbell..
5-If she emerges from the primary she’ll find that California voters of all parties will reject her brand of strong-arm politics.”
— An unctuous John Burton, who would disembowel relatives just for saying the word “Republican,” objects to Meg Whitman’s brand of campaigning.
6-“Kamala Harris opposes the death penalty. In fact, she refused to seek the death penalty even for a convicted cop-killer. She also refused the death penalty for an illegal immigrant gang member who murdered an entire family. This murderer was on the streets only because Harris had released him when he was arrested a few weeks earlier. And he was able to stay in San Francisco despite being arrested because Harris opposes deporting illegal immigrants, even after they commit violent crimes.
“She also created a program that trains illegal immigrants for jobs in the U.S. One illegal immigrant from her program robbed and then tried to murder his victim.”
— Description of San Francisco D.A. and Democrat attorney general wannabe Kamala Harris from poll question by primary rival, Assemblyman Ted Lieu. We think they were testing her negatives.
7– ‘Let’s say what we mean, mean what we say.”
— Meg Whitman, in her new TV ad, which she was forced to change after being caught exaggerating about how long she’s lived in California.
8– “I think some of these Neanderthals, is what I’d have to call them, who want to turn the clock backwards, don’t fully understand the job-creation potential that AB32 and our climate-change laws in California will be able to stimulate . . .
— Undeclared Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Jerry Brown, talking about his soon-to-be-formal GOP opponents on KGO Radio.
9-“No matter where you go in the world, people still want to come to California. There’s no one screaming, like, ‘I can’t wait to get to Iowa.‘
— The diplomatic Gov. Schwarzmuscle, endearing himself to folks in the Hawkeye State.
10-“After reading the ridiculous charges made by Steve Poizner during today’s strange press conference, all I can say is that I’m starting to worry about the Commissioner’s mental condition.”
— Meg Whitman senior adviser Mike Murphy responding to charges that he tried to extort Poizner out of the governor’s race (see #1 above)
* We lied. Here’s one more quote we couldn’t resist:
“Our campaign will forever be a demon sheep free zone.”
— Chuck DeVore, trying to raise money off Carly’s awful ad.
CONTEST HERE! To the Calbuzzer who posts an even better quote than the ones we have here before Monday — two coveted Calbuzz buttons! Totally arbitrary judging by Dr. P.J. Hackenflack.
February 4, 2010
“The three-strikes-law sponsor is the correctional officers’ union and that is sick!”
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy criticizing California sentencing policies and crowded prisons Wednesday night. – Sacbee
“…But make no mistake, from my point of view EDC should be treated like any other paid lobbyist for the Tranquillon Ridge deal; you are getting money for supporting the project. What the environmental groups in Sacramento should do should be based completely on what they think about the merits of the proposal.
“As I say, on merits, I think it’s a “bad deal” for the environment, and lobbyists used to dealing with the “fix is in” type of proposals (and this is one of them) will be legitimately skeptical that opening up new drilling in state waters is going to lead to a good long term result.”
— Environmental attorney Gary Patton, of the Planning and Conservation League, to Linda Krop of the Environmental Defense Center.
“She leaned [sic] the company to profitability … She moved, she shaked [sic], she accomplished!”
–“Carly Fiorina: The Biography”, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CiWffrTfQ4 (posted 2/1/10)
From the Department of the Bleedingly Obvious:
“Here in Sacramento, insurance industry contributions traditionally go to Republicans, not to Democrats, who usually vote on the side of consumers — though not without exception,”
–Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco)
Tony Seton of Monterey http://www.setonnotes.com/TXT2010/Poizner240.htm writes: Steve Poizner at a campaign event in Marina on Thursday. Talking about how he would secure our borders, he promised to send in the National Guard. “And if that’s not enough, I’ll send the CHP.”