Quote of the Week nominees

Bush and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson

“… the notion that [Former Treasury Secretary] Henry Paulson is a hero is complete and utter madness because TARP would never have been necessary if someone, anyone who wasn’t a greed-addled incompetent like Paulson had actually been regulating the economy in the last years of the Bush adminstration. If anyone besides Paulson had been running Goldman Sachs earlier in this decade — if a person with a serious brain injury had been in his place, for instance, or a horse, or a head of lettuce — we’d all be better off today, because there wouldn’t be so many toxic Goldman-underwritten mortgage-backed CDOs on the market.”
Matt Taibbi

“The Commander-in-Chief has decreed that these [new torture] photos must be suppressed for us to be Safe, and that presidential decree should end the debate.  Anyone who refuses to comply is causing Americans generally and especially Our Troops to be slaughtered (‘release would be tantamount to a death sentence to some who are serving our nation’ — ‘Transparency, and in this case needless transparency, should not be paid for with the lives of American citizens’).  You don’t need to know what’s in these photos; we’ve seen them and you can trust us that they must remain secret.”
– a sarcastic Glenn Greenwald

Since there is no doubt that we have a history of anti-abortion domestic terrorism, and since we know that evangelicals already support torture for everyone, when do we get to start waterboarding this guy? Does he have any children whose testicles can be crushed? Will we keep him up for weeks on end in stress positions in extremely cold rooms to get him to break? Beat him? All the right made a very good show of how shocked and appalled they were when this man killed Dr. Tiller, so surely they will not object. So when do we get to start torturing this guy?”
– a sarcastic John Cole

I love me some quality sarcasm!


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  1. Ian

    Quote #1, lets see, if you strip out all the insults and histrionics, could be written as: “Paulson made a lot of bad decisions and did more harm than good”. Brevity is the soul of wit.

    Quote #3 is pretty terrible all around.

    So I guess #2 wins by default.

  2. Chris

    Dude… if you strip out the insults and other accoutrement, #1 loses all its charm.

    #’s 2 and 3 are almost tied in my book. I give Greenwald the edge because he’s a better writer.

  3. Ian

    3 is ignorant and inflammatory.

    1 has no charm. It’s lazy and trying to sound like a zing, but it has little to no actual substance. Its a “high brow” “your mama” joke.

    So yeah, Greenwald wins I guess.