"Next Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, we're gonna be here -- and we'll have a little special treat on Thanksgiving Day here on the EIB Network. Something a little different."
"In a system like ours, when the majority can change the rules any time it wants, there aren't any rules. That's what that means, and that is what has happened."
"As of now, whatever number of Republican votes there are in the Senate mean nothing. In a sense, this is one of the most massive one-day assaults on voter suppression that we've ever seen. There are 45 Republican Senators, they were elected by millions of Americans, and they may as well not even be there. The votes of 45 Republicans in the Senate mean nothing now. Zilch, zero, nada. "
"In a system like ours, when the majority can change the rules any time it wants, there aren't any rules. That is what has happened."
"This stuff that the Democrats are pulling here, all of it, the filibuster, Obamacare, all of this stuff, I have to tell you, I'm an optimistic person and I have faith, and I may even be a little Pollyannish at times, and I understand that you have to make things happen. You just can't sit around and wait for 'em to happen, but I'm telling you, I think all of this is gonna come back and haunt these people."
"It's amazing when you see something on TV for years and then you go and see it in person. Its perspective is all different."
"Obama has been pushing to expand the court by three or four judges to give himself an unbeatable majority. The Republicans opposed that, and because of the filibuster rule, the Democrats were not able to do it. But now, with Dingy Harry going nuclear yesterday and getting rid of the filibuster, Obama can put as many liberal Democrat judges on the DC circuit court as he wants, thereby ensuring that he doesn't need a law to pass Congress."
"Gridlock is exactly what the Founding Fathers designed, as they put this together. The Founding Fathers realized that governments become tyranny in short order, and that's why the entire Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights, was a limit on government power."
"It's amazing. No matter what network you watch, they've got people on who claim to have been there that day, reporters, editors, assignment editors. They've got people who were there in the aftermath of the assassination. Well, I've been there in the aftermath. I was there last year."
"The founders were terrified of the tyranny of the majority. One of the reasons that the Senate was structured and founded the way it is, as opposed to the House, it was designed for gridlock. It was designed to stop massive new laws being passed and voted on daily. It was designed to stop the growth of government."
"The Republicans may as well not vote. Their votes mean nothing. The people that elected them have absolutely no representation in the Senate at all, other than their senator maybe getting to participate in hearings and ask questions of witnesses, you know, whoop-de-doo. It just means that the Senate no longer does advice and consent. It's simply consent. This is a rubber stamp for Barack Obama, what has happened."
"But the nuclear option gives the Senate the power to mean whoever is elected to the Senate as a Republican doesn't matter if they're in the minority. God could be a Republican senator and not matter."
"The Republicans may as well not vote. Their votes mean nothing. The people that elected them have absolutely no representation in the Senate at all, other than their senator maybe getting to participate in hearings and ask questions of witnesses, you know, whoop-de-doo. It just means that the Senate no longer does advice and consent. It's simply consent."
"I'm feisty today, folks. I can't help it. I've been really reining it in here."
"Charlie Rangel doesn't pay his taxes. He's living a lifestyle of somebody who makes 10 times what he earns, and he gets away with it. There's no problem whatsoever. And if you call him on it, you're a racist."
"Obama is not the messiah any longer. He is now your standard, ordinary, everyday politician who lies, who breaks promises, who's in it for himself, who can't do anything on his own. He's not qualified. All of this is becoming known, sadly, too late."
"I believe bad people end up getting theirs in the end. I just do."