Norman Ornstein Quotes


16 Norman Ornstein quotes:



"Lots of members have been appalled at the kind of Gilded Age mentality of the party. Others felt like they had to take one for the team."
"But, after the terrible lapses that occurred here, they are going to be on the defensive, and the ability to push other things onto the agenda will be limited."
Author: Ornstein Quotes Category: Ability Quotes
"When you have a dramatic expansion of the ability of individual members to direct federal funds or to designate contracts, you are creating the most fertile environment for corruption imaginable."
Author: Ornstein Quotes Category: Ability Quotes
"There's a sense that there is a culture of cronyism and corruption and incompetence"
"The pivotal moment in the 1992 campaign was when [the first President] Bush said, 'The economy is not as bad as you think it is'. If this president reaches a point where he's suggesting the same thing -- and that's not far from where they are now -- then they have a problem."
"Congress as a whole needs to step back and look at the way it conducts its business. It's not just lobbyists influencing members of Congress, it's members of Congress shaking down lobbyists for money."
Author: Ornstein Quotes Category: Business Quotes
"It's the most expansive vision of the executive power of a president in our lifetime. To suggest that (Congress has) given him a blanket authority to do what he has done is a vast stretch."
Author: Ornstein Quotes Category: Congress Quotes
"It's a self-perpetuating system involving interests, members of Congress, people in the executive branch and patronage positions and so on."
Author: Ornstein Quotes Category: Congress Quotes
"If you passed a steroids bill now while letting the deficit careen out of control and not doing much to get Iraq on track, they would attract a lot of ridicule for spending their time on it,"
Author: Ornstein Quotes Category: Control Quotes
"If you passed a steroids bill now while letting the deficit careen out of control and not doing much to get Iraq on track, they would attract a lot of ridicule for spending their time on it."
Author: Ornstein Quotes Category: Control Quotes
"I think it's clear we're in damage control now."
Author: Ornstein Quotes Category: Control Quotes
"It's a disaster for DeLay. They've not only formally started the process, but this is a public petition."
Author: Ornstein Quotes Category: Delay Quotes
"There's no question that it will hurt him and it will hurt him significantly. He's still getting the solid support from his base. The question now is whether his performance with the hurricane begins to affect his performance with his base."
Author: Ornstein Quotes Category: Hurt Quotes
"Even those people in the leadership who've done commendable jobs may find themselves in the cross hairs just because it's possible there will be a more widespread desire for change."
Author: Ornstein Quotes Category: Jobs Quotes
"Even if the reality is, there's nothing more that he could have done back in Washington or anywhere else ... the symbol matters."
Author: Ornstein Quotes Category: Reality Quotes
"My understanding is that now, after taking soundings, he's thinking about running for leader."
Author: Ornstein Quotes Category: Running Quotes



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