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    I try hard to be a good Catholic.
    — Paul Begala
    I mean, for all of his faults and the troubles in his marriage, Bill Clinton is still married to a girl he met in the library 25 years ago at school. Can we say that about many of our other leaders today in America, including on the right wing?
    — Paul Begala
    I didn't spend a lot of time on national security the American people will be glad to know.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: time  people  american 
     
    I think his deepest quality is empathy.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: empathy  quality 
     
    Bush began helping Enron in the eighties.
    — Paul Begala
    I'm a Catholic, but I used to love going to Vacation Bible School with my fundamentalist friends.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: friends  bible  school 
     
    This gets back to the fundamental lesson of political survival that Bill Clinton taught me, which is if you make it about the American people's lives instead of your life, you're going to be okay.
    — Paul Begala
    In our system, grand juries take every charge, every lie, and they try to sort the truth from the lies, and then they move forward into the system. And that's how the system ought to work. We should respect the secrecy of the grand jury so they can sort through what's true and what's not. And someone is leaking, and if they are leaking from the grand jury investigation, then that's a violation of the law.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: truth  work  lies  respect  law  true 
     
    Rick Perry is the perfect candidate for those who thought George W. Bush was just too dang cerebral. And Adios, Mofo is the perfect guide to his record, his rhetoric and his remarkable hair. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll vote.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: thoughts 
     
    I think too many Democrats are too wimpy. But I think they're beginning to toughen up.
    — Paul Begala
    Again and again, I've seen Bush turn a blind eye as his henchmen have leveled zealous attacks against his political enemies - assaults which the president himself has sometimes directly encouraged.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: enemies  eyes  enemy  political 
     
    Defining the terms of the debate generally dictates who's gonna' win it.
    — Paul Begala
    When your mission is to restore honor and integrity to the White House, you've got to be willing to use any means necessary.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: integrity  honor 
     
    There's the great line: the definition of a liberal is someone who's afraid to take their own side in a fight. And that's my problem with my fellow liberals.
    — Paul Begala
    Never interrupt your opponent when he's destroying himself.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: interrupt 
     
    The Bush Republicans' policies are, the antithesis of patriotic. And so we urge Democrats to reclaim patriotism - to call on all Americans to pull together. And, yes, to sacrifice. Rich people will have to do with fewer tax cuts. Middle class people will need to drive less and switch to more fuel efficient cars . And poor folks - especially young ones - will have to reduce out-of-wedlock pregnancies and other indicia of social pathology.
    — Paul Begala
    Bill and Hillary Clinton are the most investigated couple in American history - now the most thoroughly exonerated couple in American history.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: american 
     
    Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: law 
     
    Politics is show business for ugly people.
    — Paul Begala
    If my wife hears one more report that I'm joining Hillary's campaign I'm going to have to go in the Pundit Protection Program.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: wife  protection 
     
    I'm very sunny. You know, I'm always optimistic.
    — Paul Begala
    Always attack, never defend.
    — Paul Begala
    It taught me that Clinton's instinct to make this about your life as a citizen, rather than his as a human being, was the right answer to these things.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: human  right  instinct 
     
    It must kill George Bush that John McCain is the most popular and Beloved Republican in America.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: america 
     
    See, I think if it just became who's sleeping with whom, then there's no reason to prefer one party over the other, 'cause the truth is we're all sinners.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: truth  sinner 
     
    Culture has always been more important than politics. Sometimes culture is a mirror that reflects what is; sometimes it's a search-light pointing the way to what will be.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: culture  politics 
     
    [Tea Party goers are] just a bunch of wimpy, whiny, weasels who don't love their country.
    — Paul Begala
    Again, President Reagan was sort of an amiable presence out at the ranch by the last 6 months of his presidency. He had no effect on national policy at all.
    — Paul Begala
    The difference between Martin Sheen and George W. Bush is Martin Sheen is actually convincing when he acts like he's president.
    — Paul Begala
    If George W. Bush is given a second term, and retains a Republican Congress and a compliant federal judiciary, he and his allies are likely to embark on a campaign of political retribution the likes of which we haven't seen since Richard Nixon.
    — Paul Begala
    You can drive yourself crazy trying to peer into a person's soul-or you can do the sensible thing: ask not what inner motives drive a politician's policy choices but instead whether those choices are good for the country.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: choice  crazy 
     
    It seems to me the American people never really forgave the Democrats for being right about Vietnam.
    — Paul Begala
    If we are negative by nature, we Americans are more human than most. The Founding Fathers loved going negative. Heck, the Declaration of Independence is one long negative ad.
    — Paul Begala
    Ah yes! Conservatives. Some of the finest minds of the 12th Century.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: mind  conservative 
     
    North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms has signed a deal with Random House to write his memoirs. Scholars will no doubt benefit from the reflections of a man who was wrong on every major issue for 40 years. Helms' aides say the proceeds from the book will be donated to the non-profit Jesse Helms Center where they apparently have more experience burning than publishing them.
    — Paul Begala
    Republicans want to punish work and reward wealth; hence the high payroll tax and the low dividend tax. Said one Bush economic adviser, if we can't help wealthy investors and screw working people, what's the point in being a Republican?
    — Paul Begala
    tags: people  work  help  economics  tax 
     
    So one important lesson of Vietnam is, the first casualty of an unwise and unjust war are the American troops called on to fight it. Their service should be honored.
    — Paul Begala
    It is a painful reminder that even the most well-intentioned among us sometimes act in ways that put children in danger of being abused or neglected.
    — Paul Begala
    tags: children  child  danger 
     
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