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“Venezuela is a democratically elected government, and these people who keep protesting are sore losers.”
“I am fine with all the political opposition to Chávez, as long as it’s done legally; there is a method by which you can protest — but now, the opposition is increasingly behaving like the Republican Party here in the United States, where is it is trying to block, criticize, destroy any attempt at negotiation or trying to do business and get on with it. . . .
The recent manifestations in Venezuela, of the students . . . it seems to be reaching a new kind of violence . . . There seems to be a desire to reach out, to kill, to create disturbances in the street protests; students go down, and one has to believe that something is behind it . . . but if the chaos descends, then it will look terrible, because the western media has been so against Chávez, and Ecuador, and Bolivia.”
“[W]hat is it in the Republican DNA that makes them talk as if they’ve never talked with women? Why do they speak as if they are the party of cave dwellers who come out of their habitats every four years, say, or so, to grunt something so retro, so awkward, so Cro-Magnon as this?”
“Well, this — 2016 could be a crazy year. This could be like the 1964 election with Lyndon Johnson being portrayed this time by Hillary Clinton grabbing 60 percent of the vote, because she grabs the middle. She is a bit more hawkish than Obama. She is more establishment Democrat. She can grab the middle.
The Republicans run a wacko bird, as John McCain calls them. We have a sweeping election.”
“I can only do so many fun, awestruck stories about the weather and these extraordinary weather events without saying this is because of climate change. When we act like all this is fun, you know what we’re doing? We’re dancing on the deck of the Titanic.”
“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy. The extreme right wing down here (in South Carolina) finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”
“That’s why you’re left with Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. They’re not going to be elected president of the United States. So, now they got to go back to Jeb. Let’s go back to the Bushes again. Let’s try them one more time. And that’s what everybody is talking about right now. Republicans are not crazy. They’re not going to run a right-winger. The only guy that could have won — I think Christie would have been a hell of a candidate before this mess.”
“How do you think that the president can balance all the delicate foreign policy issues but take a decisive stand on human rights because so many people consider President Obama to be the first gay president?”