The Best of Notable Quotables; December 15, 1997

Vol. Ten; No. 25

John Glenn Award (for Ensuring the Hearings Got Lost in Space)

"John Huang isn't the poster boy for what ails money and
politics   Steve Forbes is...Forbes represents the purest, most
offensive challenge to the idea that money should equal
speech...Must we really accept a doctrine that lets a vain twit
pour Daddy's millions into so much flat tax propaganda that it
lands him on the cover of Time and Newsweek and influences the
national agenda? Forbes has been encouraged by what money can buy
and won't go away. If anything's sinister about campaign finance
nowadays, it's this..."
"Thus the key question: Is Steve Forbes constitutional? The court
might tell us that Forbes' fetishes are among those ugly things
we have to tolerate in a free society. In any event, this is the
kind of conversation that might begin to fix our campaigns, not
witch hunts for red perils that don't exist."  

--U.S. News & World Report Senior Writer Matthew Miller in a July 17 op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer. [107 points]


"The UFO comparison is apt in his case. He is considered flaky
and a bit of a crackpot, even though a nice guy. Some crackpots
are nice."  

--Time columnist Margaret Carlson on House Government
Operations Committee Chairman Dan Burton, referring to Hillary
Clinton's comment that attention to Whitewater "reminds me of
some people's obsession with UFO's and the Hale-Bopp comet." Apr. 12 CNN Capital Gang. [48]

"President Clinton's best defense for any campaign fundraising
excesses or irregularities by Democrats appears to be that the
Republicans do it too. And even more."  

--NBC's Jim Miklaszewski, Feb. 19 Today. [47]