"Do you know the Republican Party now can't wait to move on amnesty? Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor, they can't wait. Obama can't wait. After this cave on the shutdown or whatever you want to call it, the next move at light speed is gonna be for amnesty. The Republican Party is leading the way! It doesn't make any sense to me, not in the traditional political sense."
"I have never seen a major political party simply occupy placeholders, as the Republican Party is doing. There hasn't been any opposition, not any serious opposition."
"The fact of the matter is, a majority of people in this country have been dissatisfied for a number of years about the way the country is going, and you know and I know that the people in this country who are dissatisfied with the way it's going are not dissatisfied with the Tea Party. They are not dissatisfied with Ted Cruz or Mike Lee. They are the only opposition to what's been going on."
"The Republicans have done everything they can to try to make everybody like them, and what they've ended up doing is creating one of the greatest political disasters I've ever seen in my lifetime, simply because they failed to show up. Then when they finally did make a play of showing up, they didn't have the guts to stick with it."
"We gotta be fair. Harry Reid didn't get everything he wanted here, folks. We've gotta be honest. Harry Reid wanted a $1 trillion debt limit increase, and he didn't get it. He only got $986 billion. So he didn't get $14 billion of the $1,000 billion that he wanted. I'm sure those on our side will claim victory here for hanging tough."
"We're gonna borrow another $1 trillion! You know, we're gonna borrow a trillion more dollars to pay off money we've already borrowed. Boy, it's a great day in Washington."
"So Dingy Harry and Mitch McConnell were announcing on the Senate floor that they've reached agreement here to give Obama and the Democrats what they want, and then everybody go home. I don't know if the agreement was the Republicans can stay home after they go home, but they may as well."
"I want you to just keep in mind, Obama said raising the debt limit didn't mean that we're gonna go into more debt."
"In addition to gotcha points, which is what the Vitter bill is, the people at FreedomWorks and Heritage, the Tea Party groups, are acting on behalf of the American people. If members of Congress are gonna get their delay and waiver, why shouldn't you?"
"Obama got away with not being vetted. The people of this country have no idea who they elected. They were able to create fantasies about who Obama was. Many of them don't want to see the truth. Many of them don't want to think they goofed up."
"The Democrats and the media ran one of the most brilliant political tricks I have ever seen pulled off. That political trick convinced Republicans, and, more importantly, their brilliant moderate consultants, that criticizing any Democrat president would anger the independents."
"We've just had a total cave by the Republican Party, and they've totally agreed now to reopen the government, give Obama a trillion dollars, in effect, of new debt. Debt limit raised a trillion dollars. They got nothing for it. I mean, literally nothing"
"The Democrats can engage in the most reprehensible, mean-spirited, vile, vicious verbal attacks known in politics, and they get praised for it."
"Budget negotiations are essential for the checks and balances. This is why it's a constitutional requirement to have one. This is why the Democrats have sought to avoid it, it's because that's where legitimate checks and balances take place in our system, is during budget negotiations, without the power of the purse in the House. When Obama has that, he may as well be a king."
"Money is the mother's milk of everything, and it certainly is the mother's milk of politics."