The Best of Notable Quotables; December 20, 1993

Vol. Six; No. 26

I Still Hate Ronald Reagan Award

“I don’t shield my politics in this book, as I do in much of my journalism, as I’ve been disciplined to do. The Reagan years oppressed me because of the callousness and the greed and the hard-hearted attitude toward people who have very little in this society, so all of that came together at around age 40 for me.”

New York Times editorial page editor and former Washington bureau chief Howell Raines in an interview discussing his book Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis, on the PBS talk show Charlie Rose, November 17.


“Reagan got his taxation program through, which was to cut taxes to the bone. Mr. Clinton’s going to get his program through, which is to raise taxes to the sky. And let us hope, Cokie, that it doesn’t turn out to have a similar fate. What Reagan did was destroy the economy!”

– Sam Donaldson on This Week with David Brinkley, March 28.

“For members of Ronald Reagan’s Administration, the metamorphosis has been traumatic. Just a few years ago, they commanded Washington. They were privy and powerful, setting the country’s intellectual and moral compass. Their mission was called noble. But after they left, their crusade was rejected, their ideology repudiated much as the Russians have repudiated communism. They were accused of making greed into the country’s unofficial religion. Their fall was far and fast and the crash was painful.”

– Opening of New York Times reporter Lindsey Gruson’s news story on conference of former Reagan officials, April 25.