“Democrats have produced historic legislation in the area of … cutting taxes for 95 percent of the American people and millions of small businesses. And we have restored fiscal discipline to the Congress. … Numerous congressional experts call this the most productive Congress in a half century. This was only possible because our Members had the courage of their convictions and put the interests of the Country first. … We have no intention of allowing our great achievements to be rolled back. It is my hope that we can work in a bipartisan way to create jobs and strengthen the middle class.” – Nancy Pelosi, in a letter to House Democrats announcing her intention to run for “House Democratic Leader” (most of us would call it Minority Leader).
“Over the course of two years we were so busy and so focused on getting a bunch of stuff done that we stopped paying attention to the fact that leadership isn’t just legislation, that it’s a matter of persuading people and giving them confidence and bringing them together and setting a tone and making an argument that people can understand. We haven’t always been successful at that, and I take personal responsibility for that and it’s something that I’ve got to examine carefully as I go forward.” – President Barack Obama, on 60 Minutes Sunday night.
“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” – Cool Hand Luke, from the 1967 movie of the same name starring Paul Newman.