Saturday, January 21, 2006

“We need an idea guy in our [Republican] leadership.”

If there is one thing that really bugs me, it’s political TV show hosts who don’t let their guests complete their answers to questions. HA!
Quotable Quips:

Chris Matthews: Are you going to bring back the zeal of 1994 [Ed. Note: The Republican Revolution, Contract with America]?

Cong. John Shadegg [R-AZ]: I’ve got the zeal.

Matthews: Is Newt Gingrich a reformer or a problem for the Republicans? [There is that “Reformer,” word again that we hear from time to time in the Illinois GOP: Certainly we hear it from former Senator Pat O'Malley and Lt. Gov. candidate Steve Rauschenberger but not so much from Team Topinka-Edgar-Birkett. Remember when Gov. Edgar said last fall there is no schism in the Illinois GOP between reformers and non-reformers. See here].

Shadegg: Well—

Matthews: Is [former House Speaker] Newt Gingrich news?

Shadegg: Well, Newt Gingrich was a reformer when he took power?

Matthews: How about now?

Shadegg: I quite frankly don’t listen to Newt Gingrich a lot right now. He is a very bright guy. But let me make a-

Matthews: You’re afraid of the guy, aren’t you?

Shadegg: No-

Matthews: He’s trouble, isn’t he?

Shadegg: We need an idea guy in our leadership.

Matthews: Right.

Shadegg: And, neither of my opponents are idea guys. We had an idea guy in Newt Gingrich. We had an idea guy in Dick Armey [a former Professor of Economics]. I happen to disagree with Newt on some of the positions he has taken-

Matthews: You know what is funny in Washington. There are some people who are really smart at advising other people and they are no good at advising themselves.

Shadegg: That might be Newt Gingrich.

Matthews: I think so. Anyway, thank you very much Cong. John Shadegg, running for, a candidate for House Majority Leader, an old zealot’s guy from 1994, bring back the Compact…
Cong. Shadegg [R-Arizona], on MSNBC’s Hardball with Host Chris Matthews, January 19, 2006, discussing his contest with Cong. Roy Blunt [R-Missouri] and Cong. John Boehner [R-Ohio] for House Majority Leader.
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