Just identify the quotes with the person, or people, who uttered them, and, as Don Rickles is fond to say, you win a cookie.
1) “Mr. DeLay always makes decisions with the best interests of his constituents in mind.”
2) “What the Republicans need is 50 Jack Abramoffs. Then this becomes a different town.”
3) “The Bush team’s careful and deliberate approach to leadership is the exact opposite of the Clinton team. The feeding frenzy which started even before Clinton was inaugurated, and continued to the final pardon, was perhaps best exemplified by the reckless and unprofessional handling of his responsibility to appoint honorable public servants.”
4) “I know Jack Abramoff. They (Abramoff and another unnamed lobbyist) are Republicans; they were Republicans before they were lobbyists … I think they want to see a Republican re-elected in the White House in 2004 more than anything.”
5) “Do I have K Street friends? Yes, I do. Do I have relationships with them? Yes. And every one of them is an ethical relationship.”
6) “We often turn to God only when we feel like nothing else can be done. And, in the Bible, God rebuked nations who only turned to Him in their most extreme moments of need. That has been our tradition in the United States. When¬ever we find ourselves in a situation where we get to the end of our own resources, we turn to God.”
7) “I will tell you, the contrast between when I was last here and today … is pretty dramatic. It may be hard for you to see, but from when I first came here to today, New Orleans is reminding me of the city I used to visit.
“It’s a heck of a place to bring your family. It’s a great place to find some of the greatest food in the world and some wonderful fun.”
Good batch of quotes this round. And here are the answers:
1) Kevin Madden, Tom DeLay spokesman
2) anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist (quoted by the National Journal in 1995)
3) admitted felon/lobbyist Jack Abramoff, in a May 2, 2001, article in the Hill newspaper, as reported by Melanie Fonder (“Lobbyists Approve of Bush’s Businesslike Style”)
4) Ed Gillespie, then chairman of the Republican National Committee, on an Oct. 15, 2003, CNBC broadcast
5) Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), seeking to replace Tom DeLay as House Majority Leader
6) Rev. Rob Schenck, founder and president of the National Clergy Council? (quoted by AgapePress, a news service operated by the American Family Association, on Jan. 4 after the West Virginian coal mining tragedy)
7) President George W. Bush upon returning to New Orleans for the first time in three months (Jan. 11). However President Bush did not meet with any of the people actually displaced by the hurricane, estimated by FEMA at 2 million.
Did you win? Did you know? Did you connect the dots?
I hope so.