The Best of Notable Quotables; December 25, 1989

Vol. Two; No. 26

Damn Those Conservatives Award

"I’ve known Barney Frank since  was in college. He’s a man of surpassing integrity that I’ve never known to be questioned. I think he’s a master politician, which people forget. He’s also a magnificent Congressman, and above all, there is nothing in this episode that counters any of those other images, and I would expect him to survive this smear in good standing."

-- Boston Globe Washington Bureau reporter and columnist Tom Oliphant on Inside Washington, August 26.


"And if his moving speech today does not restore those decencies he so wistfully remembered today, then perhaps history will remember that at least he tried."

-- Reporter Jim Wooten on Jim Wright’s resignation announcement, ABC’s World News Tonight, May 31.

"You two fill the voids left by those who were casualties of an ethics war Republicans started."

-- NBC Today show co-host Bryant Gumbel to Rep. Richard Gephardt and Rep. William Gray, June 15.

"Politics didn’t just turn ugly. It evolved from a nasty presidential campaign that featured the GOP’s famous Willie Horton ad."

-- Reporter Eric Engberg on the CBS Evening News, May 29.