All Told, Citizen Cain Edition
“A poet once said “Life can be a challenge/Life can seem impossible/ But it’s never easy when there’s so much on the line.” Herman Cain, quoting the theme song from Pokémon, the Movie in a GOP presidential debate—and doing so without any hipster irony, thank you very much.
“I am the Koch brothers’ brother from another mother. Yes!” Herman Cain, quoting Rush Hour 3, and again sans irony. (More on the Koch brothers here and here.)
“To not know that…China…has nuclear weapons and has had them since the 60s is really a problem. It means you haven’t read the newspapers for half a century.” Chris Matthews on Meet the Press, regarding Herman Cain’s insistence that China is trying to acquire nuclear weapons, something they’ve had since 1964.
And, the best take on Candidate Cain—Sim City and Pokemon inclusive—is here, on video from The Rachel Maddow Show.
All Told, Random Politickery Edition
“We went to the company and we said ‘Look, you can’t have any illegals working on our property. I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake. I can’t have illegals.’” Mitt Romney, at the GOP debate, 18 October, 2011.
“My constituents are not in Washington. They’re out across America.” Jim DeMint, senator from South Carolina, whose constituents of course are neither in Washington or across America—they’re in South Carolina.
“Sorry. Oops.” Governor Rick Perry, “stepping in” the abyss of forgetfulness at the CNBC debate Wednesday night, 9 November. (Yeah, here’s the video… you know you wanna look.)
Related: The “I just can’t get enough of this” interlude: Governor Perry in New Hampshire, 28 October 2011.
All Told, Intervention, Iraq, and Afghanistan Edition
“…nobody [commanders on the ground] uses the word ‘victory’ or ‘success’ anymore. The new phrase you keep hearing is ‘Afghan Good Enough.’” Thom Shanker
“Nobody wants peace because everybody profits from war.” Nir Rosen
“…there are not solutions that you can dream up in Washington, there are no universal structures or lessons which you can apply from Bosnia to Afghanistan…Context is everything…what you need above all are people who understand the language, understand the culture, have spent 20-30 years working in these communities.” Rory Stewart
[Iraq] “could have been a place that participated in the Arab Spring and I think it would have been probably much more positive if we’d come in support of that rather than trying to impose that.” Rory Stewart
“And if we actually plant our flag more forthrightly in principles rather than pragmatic security, the world will listen.” Simon Schama