The Demogogues & Dezinformatsia

PatriotPost.US The latest scare theme: "Just this week, we learned that one of the largest groups paying for [campaign] ads regularly takes in money from foreign corporations. So groups that receive foreign money are spending huge sums to influence American elections, and they won't tell you where the money for their ads come from. ... This is a threat to our democracy." --Barack Obama

"[Republicans] are fired up. They are mobilized. They see an opportunity to take back the House, maybe take back the Senate. If they're successful in doing that, they've already said they're going to go back to the same policies that were in place during the Bush administration. That means that we are going to have just hand-to-hand combat up here on Capitol Hill." --Barack Obama (We would avoid the hand-to-hand metaphor if we were him.)

It's all about him: "The campaign by itself didn't deliver the change that we need. It just gave us the chance to make the change happen. We've got a lot at stake right now. On Nov. 2nd, I'm going to need you just as fired up as you were in 2008. I hope you're ready to fight. ... Don't make me look bad, now." --Barack Obama

Whose money is it? "They want to borrow $700 billion dollars and then they want to give out taxes worth an average of $100,000 to millionaires and billionaires. And when you ask them, 'Where are you going to get this $700 billion?' they don't have answers. They don't know." --BO, class warrior

Ever the charmer: "We want to reward people who manufacture things in the United States, in Wisconsin, not to take them overseas to China and to other countries! [pause] You're the dullest audience I've ever spoken to. Do you realize how many jobs Wisconsin lost? It's staggering!" --Joe Biden

Campaigning for dummies: "[I]t's just too hard to explain [our policies]. It sort of a branding, I mean you know they kind of want the branding more at the front end." --Biden on why Democrats aren't polling well

Don't know much about economics: "It is the biggest bang for the buck when you do food stamps and unemployment insurance. The biggest bang for the buck." --House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-lusional)

Put on a happy face: "We're not losing. ... I feel that we will be in the majority and that I will be speaker of the House. But it's not about me, it's about the middle class." --Nancy Pelosi (D-nial)

Dezinformatsia That nutty Tea Party: "If we have a Republican Party that actually takes the White House, actually has control of Congress, but contains a large wing of these people, it's going to be incapable of making real choices. These are people who are as irrational as they seem in these ads. ... There are some seriously strange people running, thanks to the Tea Party. ... It's not just suspicion of government. We have people out there believing that this basically centrist moderate president we have is a socialist bringing Sharia law to America. None of that is rational." --New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

"I think that the Tea Party -- I think that that piece of the Republican Party is vapid. It has no ideas. It will lead us down a dangerous road. ... I think the reason they need to sort of run on the vapid claims about less government equals more freedom is because, at its root, what they are going back to is a Herbert Hoover vision of government -- pre-FDR -- saying, we want to take away the very pieces of government that created the middle class." --CNN's new host Eliot Spitzer, ignoring the fact that Hoover laid the foundation for government interference that FDR ran with later

Gut buster: "We have so many different voices. We're not trying to push Democratic talking points, as some people accuse us of." --MSNBC President Phil Griffin

This just in: "With the exception of core Obama administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters." --Time's Mark Halperin

"Obama has a considerable ego." --New Yorker columnist David Remnick

Sometimes they nail it: "The New York Times looked into the Chamber [of Commerce] specifically and said the Chamber really isn't putting foreign money into the campaign. ... But this part about foreign money, that appears to be peanuts, Mr. Axelrod, I mean, do you have any evidence that it's anything other than peanuts? ... If the only charge, three weeks into the election that the Democrats can make is that there's somehow this may or may not be foreign money coming into the campaign, is that the best you can do?" --CBS's Bob Schieffer to David Axelrod