How about a little Sunday preview of the latest edition of Notable Quotables? There's a very current mix of quotes on everything from ObamaCare and the Paul Ryan budget to conservative racism charges and Katie Couric's turn at the morning news table of ABC. Dig in:
Take Two Tingles and Call Me In the Morning
Chris Matthews: Did you see this coming? Would you be still -- would you be surprised if they strike it down?
Chuck Todd: I'd still be surprised if it's overturned.
Matthews: Were you surprised that this was even a prospect? I was totally unprepared because of the way people talked. I never heard it discussed politically as a prospect, that they actually might get his [Obama] major achievement just ripped off the books. I have a broad section of friends and colleagues and not one of them saw this coming. Not my co-workers like Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, and Lawrence O’Donnell. My old boss Jimmy Carter? Not one of them thought the individual mandate could be ruled as anything but constitutional. I’m flabbergasted!"
– Chris Matthews discussing prospects of Supreme Court overturning ObamaCare on The Chris Matthews Show, April 1.
The Magical Myth Regurgitator
"Congressman Bobby Rush was escorted off the House floor for wearing a hoodie. It violated House rules against wearing hats. This looks a little ridiculous, to stick so literally to tradition when we really need to get rid of some old traditions: like racism. It reminds me of the Tea Party spitting on black congressmen all over again."
- Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson on Up with Chris Hayes, April 1.
Cocky Katie's Smack Talk
“Did you hear NBC went out and picked up Sarah Palin to compete with me on morning TV? Did they somehow missed how I smoked her the last time? Chanel always beats Wal-Mart.” -- Katie Couric talking up her week co-hosting Good Morning America to Howard Kurtz of the Daily Beast, April 1.
Olbermann Writes His Own Career Obituary
"At the end of the day, I was unwilling to continue the buffoonish, over-the-top liberal caricature invented for me by MSNBC executives. Certainly, that was the cartoon that Current desperately wanted to be true, but it was never me. Pull back the made-for-TV curtain, and you'll find someone who voted for George W. Bush twice, thinks the Iraq war made us safer, and who once donned a fake moustache and wool cap to protest ObamaCare in 2009. But those aren't views that make you a media star, so I agreed to play a character on a left-wing comedy show. But how could anyone think that was serious?"
-- Keith Olbermann in an April 1 Washington Post op-ed explaining his departure from Current TV.
It's Always the Nerdy-Looking Ones
"I find it disgusting that a Democratic senator, Ron Wyden of Oregon, supports Paul Ryan's radical right-wing scheme to privatize Medicare. Folks, I may get in trouble for this, but I gotta say it: Ron Wyden is a slut." – Ed Schultz on The Ed Show, April 1.
Eleanor Clift's Movie Mockery
"Paul Ryan's budget is brutal and mean-spirited. But what do you expect from a guy who considers 'The Hunger Games' a comedy?" -- Eleanor Clift on The McLaughlin Group, April 1.
Even ESPN Brings the Bias
"Too bad Roger Goodell isn't the commissioner of politics. He could suspend Republicans like Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and Jim DeMint for their bounty program of racist attacks on President Obama." -- Former Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, April 1.