"This ongoing effort to defund or to delay is what has exposed Obama. That's what's created this groundswell of public opinion opposed to Obama. That's why Obama's at 37%. But the conservative commentariate, the establishment Republicans, say, 'Oh, no, no! That was childish, that was immature, that was risky.'"
"There's enough negativism and pessimism out there to swamp everybody, and there's more than usual lately. And if you're like me, you have to actively fight it in order to avoid being swept up by it."
"Optimism takes effort. It's why people have gotten rich writing books about how to do it. My old adage: You go to the library, you won't find a book on how to fail."
"If I ran the Republican Party I'd think I was on to something with the Tea Party. But I'm not running it, even though I'm said to."
"Cruz and Lee came along, and, in the process of trying to get what they wanted, were articulating conservatism for people. I signed on immediately because, to me, it's about ideas. But the delay people, I love 'em. I love 'em, too. Same objective. The point was to stop Obamacare. There were arguments about how best to do it."
"If it hadn't been for Cruz and Lee, we wouldn't be having this conversation about Obamacare or entitlement spending or the debt or the debt limit. We wouldn't see Obama's approval ratings plunging. We wouldn't be as focused on the failure of the Obamacare website as we are, I guarantee you."
"This is the country opposed to Washington. This is the country rising up. Look at the polling data on Obamacare. Massive numbers of people do not want it. Washington is enforcing it. Washington is forcing it on people."
"The sequester did not create the result the Democrats and Obama wanted. There wasn't enough pain. They want people suffering when the precious government is somehow shut down or when it's deprived of money."
"Liberals want people as dependent on government as they can make them, and that includes inflicting pain on them during a supposed shutdown."
"This shutdown should show us that the federal government already has too much damn power. You know, it's one thing to go out and inflict damage on your political opponents, but to go out and inflict pain purposely on the American people, regardless of their party affiliation?"
"Obama's at 37% approval! It means something. There's a reason for it. Even the people inside the Beltway, ostensibly on our side, don't understand what's going on in the country."
"The Democrats love the inflicting of pain, just like they love tax increases on the rich because they think that's gonna make them suffer. They love it -- and that's the nature, the human nature that Democrats and the left have cultivated among way too many people in this country."
"I'm not a professional politician. I don't want to be. I'm not intimately or intricately involved in the minutia of that. I understand it. I understand the people who are. I respect it. It's their business. I don't fund-raise, I don't help people fund-raise. That's of no interest to me. It's all ideas to me. It's pure ideas. I think ideas triumph, ideas trump, and if properly explained and properly persuasive, that's ultimately where victory is."
"Conservatism is not tax cuts. Conservatism is a way of life that is rooted in values and traditions that have contributed to the greatness of this country."