Michael Kinsley Quotes


19 Michael Kinsley quotes:



"I have always enjoyed the myth of The New Republic's golden age. The magazine is still very much in the Washington mix. It doesn't necessarily move the debate, but I think it can stir things up."
"This agreement with America Online will introduce millions of additional people to the fastest way to get smart about the news and events of the week."
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"A couple of weeks ago, the court ruled that states cannot exempt themselves from federal laws against the medical use of marijuana."
"A Supreme Court decision that concessions of this sort were unconstitutional would have taken them off the table and actually increased the effective sovereignty of elected officials."
"Almost any government activity can also be seen as taking property "without just compensation." The basic model of an unconstitutional "taking" would be if the government threw you out of your house."
"Conservatives and liberals alike have been waiting for this moment for a third of a century."
"He hasn't said whether he remembers the episode itself - or, if he doesn't, whether that is because it never happened or because it happened too often to keep track. More important, he hasn't said what he thinks about it all from the perspective of 2003."
"He's nice enough not to want to be associated with a nasty remark but not nice enough not to make it. Lacking the courage of one's nastiness does not make one nice."
"In any event, the proper question isn't what a journalist thinks is relevant but what his or her audience thinks is relevant. Denying people information they would find useful because you think they shouldn't find it useful is censorship, not journalism."
"In those days, the late 1970s, one of the leading politicians was a soon-to-be uncle by marriage of Arnold Schwarzenegger, named Ted Kennedy."
"It wouldn't be fair to say that conservatives cherish property the way liberals cherish equality. But it would be fair to say that the takings clause is the conservatives' recipe for judicial activism just as they say liberals have misused the equal protection clause."
"Of course, conservatives always claim to be against judicial activism."
"One answer is that the town's elected officials thought that the project served a public purpose and that the various subsidies and favors were worth the price. But they may or may not have thought this."
"The "takings" clause of the Fifth Amendment is for conservatives what the equal protection clause of the 14th is for liberals."
"The case decided on Thursday, though, seemed promising to takings fans because it wasn't about compensation. It was about the requirement that any government taking must have a "public purpose."
"The equal protection clause was a handy tool because just about anything the government does or doesn't do can be framed as treating people unequally."
"The logic is often far-fetched - how does medical marijuana affect interstate commerce? - and some conservatives would like judges to start throwing out federal laws wholesale on commerce clause grounds. The court once again said no thanks."
"They can't take your house and give it to the mayor's mistress, even if they pay you for it. But they can, apparently, take your house and tear it down to make room for a development of trendy shops and restaurants, a hotel and so on."
"Unless you do something aggressive (about housing) soon, you're going to get into trouble deeper and deeper, faster and faster."
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