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Democrats always were a cheap lot. They never had much money to operate on.... They would rather make a speech than a dollar. They cultivate their voice instead of their finances.

WILL ROGERS, Never Met a Man I Didn't Like

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.

OSCAR LEVANT, quoted in Values of the Wise: Humanity's Highest Aspirations

I am not a member of any organized party -- I am a Democrat.

WILL ROGERS, quoted in Phillips' Treasury of Humorous Quotations

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then get elected and prove it.

P.J. O'ROURKE, Holidays in Hell

The Statue of Liberty means everything. We take it for granted today. We take it for granted. Remember the Statue of Liberty stands for what America is. We as Democrats have to remind ourselves and remind the country the great principles we stand for. This is a place of protection. This is not a country of bullies. We are not an empire. We are the light. We are the Statue of Liberty.

JERRY SPRINGER, This American Life, Jan. 30, 2004

When you see all that rhetorical smoke billowing up from the Democrats, well ladies and gentleman, I'd follow the example of their nominee; don't inhale.

RONALD REAGAN, speech, Aug. 17, 1992

As a rule, large capitalists are Republicans and small capitalists are Democrats, but workingmen must remember that they are all capitalists, and that the many small ones, like the fewer large ones, are all politically supporting their class interests, and this is always and everywhere the capitalist class.

EUGENE V. DEBS, International Socialist Review, 1900

I never said all Democrats were saloonkeepers. What I said was that all saloonkeepers are Democrats.

HORACE GREELEY, quoted in Phillips' Treasury of Humorous Quotations

I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends ... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.

ADLAI STEVENSON, speech, Sep. 10, 1952

I will admit it has rained more under Republican administrations, that was partially because they have had more administrations than Democrats. There is no less sickness, no less earthquakes, no less progress, no less inventions, no less morality, no less Christianity under one than the other. They are all the same. It won't make 50 cents difference to a one of you. Unless you're foolish enough to bet on it.

WILL ROGERS, Never Met a Man I Didn't Like

The original sin of Republicans is greed. Everyone understands greed. Everybody wants to get theirs. The original sin of Democrats is pity. Greed is more attractive, and a better motivator, than pity.

JOHN SCALZI, quoted in Ted Rall's Wake Up! You're Liberal!

I think that the Democratic Party and progressives generally have gotten confused in getting trapped in this debate about are you liberal or are you centrist? I'm not interested in being a centrist or rushing to the middle, in the sense of just splitting the difference with a radically ideological Bush administration. And that’s how I think we got into trouble in many instances, was we just kept on splitting the difference until you find out you don't stand for anything, you just keep on compromising.

BARACK OBAMA, Tavis Smiley Show, Oct. 23, 2006

A gathering of Democrats is more sweaty, disorderly, offhand, and rowdy than a gathering of Republicans; it is also likely to be more cheerful, imaginative, tolerant of dissent, and skillful at the game of give-and-take. A gathering of Republicans is more respectable, sober, purposeful, and businesslike than a gathering of Democrats; it is also likely to be more self-righteous, pompous, cut-and-dried, and just plain boring.

CLINTON ROSSITER, Parties and Politics in America

Liberalism is dead, so dead that Democrats have all become moderate Republicans, and the heavy hand of Big Government is now limp and damp and trembly.

GARRISON KEILLOR, Time Magazine, April 2, 1996

So is there a difference between Democrats and Republicans? Sure. The Democrats say one thing ("Save the planet!") and then do another--quietly holding hands behind the scenes with the bastards who make this world a dirtier, meaner place. The Republicans just come right out and give the bastards a corner office in the West Wing. That's the difference.

MICHAEL MOORE, Stupid White Men

Democrats legislate; Republicans investigate.

LYNDON B. JOHNSON, quoted in Hillary Rodham Clinton's Living History

There are a whole lot of religious people in America, including the majority of Democrats. When we abandon the field of religious discourse—when we ignore the debate about what it means to be a good Christian or Muslim or Jew; when we discuss religion only in the negative sense of where or how it should not be practiced, rather than in the positive sense of what it tells us about our obligations toward one another; when we shy away from religious venues and religious broadcasts because we assume that we will be unwelcome—others will fill the vacuum. And those who do are likely to be those with the most insular views of faith, or who cynically use religion to justify partisan ends.

BARACK OBAMA, Audacity of Hope

Republicans are very good at describing things in black and white; Democrats are very good at describing the 11 shades of gray.

JOSEPH C. WILSON, speech, Feb. 15, 2005

When the Democrats are attacked for [inciting class warfare] they shrink back. They don’t say what obviously should be said, "Yes, there is class warfare. There has always been class warfare in this country." The reason the Democrats shrink back is because the Democrats and the Republicans are on the same side of the class war. They have slightly different takes. The Democrats are part of the upper class that is more willing to make concessions to the lower class in order to maintain their power.

HOWARD ZINN, Identity Theory interview, Jan. 10, 2001

Now, in contrast to how Republicans kowtow and sign pledges to, even the rather extreme elements of their base—Democrats like to roil and aggravate and alienate theirs. It is sometimes called “punching the hippy.”

RACHEL MADDOW, The Rachel Maddow Show, Jul. 7, 2011

The Democratic Convention is $27 million in debt. They had to cancel the kick-off event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. A speedway is the perfect place for the Democratic Convention. You go around in circles, turn left every few seconds, and you end up right where you started.

JAY LENO, The Tonight Show, Jun. 29, 2012

Democrats ... can't seem to get anything done even when they control both houses of Congress, the presidency, and Bruce Springsteen.

BILL MAHER, The Huffington Post, Sep. 11, 2009

A Democrat is just like a baby. If it's hollering and making a lot of noise, there is nothing serious the matter with it. When it's quiet and doesn't pay much attention to anything, that's when it's really dangerous.

WILL ROGERS, Never Met a Man I Didn't Like

If by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal", then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."

JOHN F. KENNEDY, Profiles in Courage


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