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By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

The Sheldon Adelsons, the Koch brothers, the George Soroses, what we want to try to do is force them into the parties, not so that Kasich or whoever is going to straight to them and trying to kiss up to special interests, but so the parties have the power and they can direct the money.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

If Donald Trump does lose, being revealed as this bizarre personality, Ted Cruz is not going to be what Republicans are looking for in 2020.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

There is nothing more basic to our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

In the past, in order to continue as a candidate, a serious candidate, you had to be in the top three finishes in Iowa. You had to be in the top two out of New Hampshire. All our presidents elected in the past half-century finished either first or second in New Hampshire and in the top three in Iowa. That changed with the Citizens United, when we gave unlimited amounts of money.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

The person you're choosing is going to be 90 feet down the hall for four years. That's a pretty intimate and close relationship, and it better be somebody you're comfortable with, you like, you trust, you look forward to seeing, not someone you're coming up with creative ideas on how to avoid.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

Ronald Reagan four times accepted the limits in contributions of what he could take, what he could spend, and the public funding for the general elections. So I just think the idea that it didn't work, and didn't work - it did work. It worked brilliantly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

I think Donald Trump is not going to be impeached [in a ] month. Let's not close out possibilities.I do think that what's happening is great and that people are active and people are just involved in the democratic process.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

Once I accuse you of racist, I have demonized you, and it means any future collaboration, cooperation between us is a sign of my moral deficiency, if I would deal with someone like that. It's a terrible thing to do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

I'm not sure Betsy DeVos has ever spent a day in a public school. And I don't - I'm pretty sure Donald Trump hasn't.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

Mitt Romney was the man who stood up to Donald Trump early, hard, never wavered.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

The Democrats have to do what he did when [Rahm Emanuel] was chairman of the Democratic House Campaign Committee, recruit veterans, recruit football players, recruit business people. And I think that's what the job of the new party chair has to be.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

I think it's fair to say that Donald Trump was born without the embarrassment gene or the moral reservation gene.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

Now Republicans are a more interventionist party than they have been at any time since George W. Bush left office.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

The Republicans are looking at a country that is going to be a majority minority country in just over a generation. And they are an increasingly white party.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

When you think of pristine preservation of America, you immediately think of Tulsa and Oklahoma.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

President [John F.] Kennedy, after the Bay of Pigs, said to Turner Catledge of The New York Times: I wish you had written more, I wish you had investigated more, because it might have saved the country of the cataclysm of the Bay of Pigs.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, but whether, as Franklin Roosevelt said, we provide enough for those who have too little.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

I think Hillary Clinton - first of all, it's a great victory, acknowledge it. She has made history.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

I think she [Hillary Clinton] would be far superior to President [Barack] Obama, who is basically remote, aloof and not involved with - he doesn't deal with members of Congress.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

The White House, as Warren Harding said, and I think accurately, is an alchemist. We find out the strengths, the weaknesses and the smarts and the dumbs of whoever those occupants are under the pressure of the presidency.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

I don't hear any clear, coherent message [from Democrats]. I mean, when you're a party out of power, it's the time to be a national party chair.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

Donadld Trump loves loyalty.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

Kevin McCarthy, who is the House majority leader, was pretty open. He went out and recruited candidates. And the Republicans in the House have paid a price for it ever since, because they cannot pass anything comprehensive or real because of the Freedom Caucus, which is the child, the product, the progeny of the Tea Party.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

The problem is that every study I'm aware of, which is probably not that many, has indicated that a dollar spent in preparation and avoidance of natural disasters is worth $15 that is spent in relief. But there's no political payoff for preparation. So, who benefits? I mean, the governor or senator or the president? Bill Clinton at Oklahoma City, his performance there helped him enormously. And there really hasn't been any regulation that would, in fact, interfere with environmental disaster.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

The argument of those who are being criticized at any time, the civil rights movement forward, the anti-war movement forward, is, it's always outside agitators doing it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

Presidential trust is something, that's perishable and it's precious. And once a president loses it, it's not a question of whether it's conflict of interests laws or there aren't conflict of interests laws.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

If an abduction is reported, it is dealt with in the same way as a kidnap.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

There is no tougher job in America than being a cop on the beat in a major city in this country, big and brawling.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

If I were John Bolton, I'd take great consolation in the words of my principal supporter on the committee, who gave a ringing endorsement, which was, There is no evidence that he has broken any laws.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

By a 2-1 margin, voters believe that Donald Trump would change business as usual in Washington, but by almost as large a margin, they believe that Hillary Clinton would be better in a crisis and less of a decisive margin she cares about people like them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

Russia is a country that has supported, propped up the worst of anti-democratic regimes in the Middle East, that has practiced - mistreated its own press, mistreated its own civil society, and economic intimidation of its neighbors, including invasion of its neighbors.I mean, this is the one country on the face of the earth with the capacity to obliterate the United States.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

Donald Trump is sounding the same theme he has sounded since May or June of 2015.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

I believe devoutly that the national election is the closest thing we have to a civic sacrament of democracy. And I really do think that heed must be paid, and when people make a decision, those who are on the other side, including me, accept it, for that reason.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

The single worst campaign slogan I have ever heard, is Hillary's Clinton, "I'm with her," it means nothing. It absolutely means nothing to anybody. I mean, it's about appealing - and it says nothing about anybody's life, about the country.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

It's tempting to remember that the Tea Party had a peak and then the Republican Party establishment sort of beat it back down. And so these things are won in a day.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

Campaigns are fun. Campaigns are police escorts, they're airplanes, they're crowds, they're balloons, they're bands, a lot of fun. You speak in vague generalities. You get applause for slogans. And then governing comes. And governing is tedious and it's difficult an it's time-consuming and it demands your attention. And policy isn't vague generalities. It's specifics and it's based on knowledge.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

The Republicans, they are in the danger of rooting for the country to fail. They look bad that way, I mean, and I want to say to them, cheer up, Republicans. Eventually, things will get worse.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

Donald Trump is an independent presidential candidate who ran on the Republican label. He really did. He took it over. He transformed it into his image, in his likeness.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

You have to understand that Republicans are on lockstep on one issue. They will not raise taxes. Democrats are in lockstep on another issue, pro-choice in all cases on abortion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

American education will be determined by the quality of American public education, and that's public schools that are available.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

We're not being invaded by undocumented immigrants who are coming to kill police officers and commit crimes. And I don't think most Americans think it's true.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

The Republicans have, with some pride - George W. Bush won the White House by promising to restore dignity to the Oval Office. And they were or presented themselves as the family - the party of family values.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

We had the clip of [Donald] Trump saying: I'm not president of the globe. I'm president of the United States.[Ronald] Reagan would have never said that. [Dwight] Eisenhower would have never said that, because he would have said, yes, I'm president of the United States, but it's in our interests to be securing a world order.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

They're still a subject beholden to special interests, but at least they have a national constituency. At least they have to think about national majorities.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

From 1976, Judy to 1996, we had six presidential elections. And it was run under the Campaign Finance Reform Act of 1974. In all six of them, every candidate agreed to limits of what he could collect in contributions and what he could spend in seeking a nomination. And they all abided by it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Shields

Drones are sort of the perfect weapon for a country that doesn't want to go to war. It only - there's no fingerprint. There's no direct involvement. There's human beings killed on the other end. You never see them. You don't have to worry about them. You don't have to meet their widows. It's sort of an antiseptic warfare.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Shields

John McCain has become the de facto running mate of George W. Bush.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

The lobbying over China most favored nation trading status was disgusting. There's no way in hell that MFN would have passed in '95, '96, '97, '98, '99, 2000 if all these companies hadn't come in flooding and making campaign contributions and ask for people's support. That drove the debate. Every year was the allure of corporate dollars flooding into members' bank accounts.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

The uncritically admiring supporters and friends of the prime minister [Benjamin Netanyahu], in whose ranks I certainly don't include David [Brooks], but include Charles Krauthammer, the columnist, and Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, insist on comparing him to the incomparable leader of the British forces in country in part of - during World War II.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Shields

There's never been a sense of public service about Donald Trump.