Jan 15, 2007
(Vol. Twenty; No. 2)
Nancy Pelosi, the Exciting
"Look, it's a very historic day on Capitol
Hill. Nancy Pelosi the first woman to become Speaker of the House. I'm
excited as a woman to see that happen."
- NBC's Meredith Vieira on Today, January 4.
"We can't let
this historic day pass without mentioning Susan B. Anthony who fought so
hard for the right of women to vote....Now there are a record 90 women in
this new Congress, including for the first time ever, the Speaker of the
House. Wouldn't Susan B. Anthony be proud? Or maybe she'd ask, 'What took so
- Katie Couric ending the January 4 CBS Evening News.
Reporter Dana Bash: "A moment to savor - Nancy Pelosi seized the
gavel and, with it, power for the Democrats. An ambitious agenda, but today,
history - the first female Speaker, second in line to be President."
Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "For our daughters and our granddaughters,
today we have broken the marble ceiling."
- CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, January 4.
Rushing to Tout Ford's
"Gerald Ford hits the Bush administration with
a broadside. Before he died, he called the war in Iraq, 'a big mistake' made
by some of the men he brought into power."
- Charles Gibson opening ABC's World News, Dec. 28.
last word: President Gerald Ford opposed the war. Why did he keep it a
secret until after his death?"
- Substitute anchor Campbell Brown on the December 28 NBC Nightly News.
Co-host Matt Lauer: "Good morning. 'A big mistake.' That's what the
late President Gerald Ford called the Bush administration's justification
for going to war in Iraq, in a revealing interview held until his death."
Former President Gerald Ford [audio tape]: "And I just don't think we
should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is
directly related to our own national security."
Lauer: "And his criticism didn't stop there..."
- Opening NBC's Today, December 28.
Host George Stephanopoulos: "What
struck me about Ford is not only did he not speak up, but according to [Bob]
Woodward, at least, he never spoke to Cheney or Rumsfeld or the President
even privately about this."
Time Washington bureau chief Jay Carney: "That is
unpardonable, and it reminds me also that there were figures - because had
Gerald Ford, whether or not movement conservatives respected him - had he
spoke out at the time, it would have had an impact."
- Exchange on ABC's This Week, December 31.
Former Nixon White House aide John Dean:
"[The Democrats are] going to have to stand up and find their spine and go
toe to toe with these people, or they're not going to be back in 2008."
Keith Olbermann: "The far end of what you suggest, obviously, would
be impeachment, but the merits of that are at best arguable. I think we can
probably both recall an occasion in which impeachment actually bolstered a
President's popularity. But you wrote recently about impeaching not a
President or a Vice President, but members of the Cabinet. How would that
work? And is it a practical thing?"
- MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Jan. 3.
"Hooray" for Al Gore
"Al Gore, who is now in contention as a
possible presidential candidate and who is leading a campaign to recognize
the potential danger of global warming. Hooray that he is back."
- Newsweek's Eleanor Clift announcing her choice for "Best
Comeback" in The McLaughlin Group's "2006 Year-End Awards"
program, December 24.
One Poll, Two Spins
"Looking ahead, optimism reigns. Seventy-two
percent of Americans feel good about what 2007 will bring for the country,
and an even larger 89 percent are optimistic about the new year for
themselves and their families, according to the poll."
- AP writer Nancy Benac in a December 30 dispatch headlined "AP Poll:
Americans Optimistic for 2007."
"Another terrorist attack, a warmer planet, death and destruction from a
natural disaster. These are among Americans' grim predictions for the United
States in 2007....Six in 10 people think the U.S. will be the victim of
another terrorist attack next year....An identical percentage think it is
likely that bad guys will unleash a biological or nuclear weapon elsewhere
in the world."
- AP's Darlene Superville in a December 31 dispatch, "Poll: Americans see
gloom, doom in 2007." Both reports were based on the same AP-AOL survey of
1,000 adults conducted in mid-December by the Ipsos polling firm.
Bob Wants His Tax Increase
"President Bush said last week that he wanted
to work with the Congress to balance the budget in five years. But he also
rejected any tax increases, and obviously he's not in a mood to reduce
spending on the war. Is it possible to balance the budget under those
conditions?...Can you do it without raising taxes?...President Bush seems to
almost be daring Democrats to not fool with his tax cuts, to leave his tax
cuts in place. Do you see it that way?"
- Host Bob Schieffer questioning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on CBS's
Face the Nation, January 7.
Brent Bozell III
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