Who said it?

1. “We don’t have the ability, both according to CRS nor politically . . . to put a total stop and defund ObamaCare. It would be nice if we did.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) (Gary Cameron/Reuters) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) (Gary Cameron/Reuters)

2. ” Well, I’m confused. Are you going to block consideration of the bill? Basically, the first issue is, are you going to allow consideration of the bill? And you can filibuster that after — if you lose that, then a simple majority could take out ObamaCare. So, are you going to allow consideration of the bill, have an up-or-down vote on defunding ObamaCare, or are you going to block them from even taking a bill which you support?”

3. “Look, the art of winning the political battle is exerting leverage on the other side. You get them to do what you want them to do. The problem with the de-fund Obamacare movement so far is in that they’re holding government shutdown as their leverage. But they’ve sort of been saying, given that that could hurt them if it actually happens, they’ve sort of been saying, ‘Give us what we want or we’re going to shoot ourselves in the foot.'”

4. “It’s very hard to write regulations that will keep people from acting foolishly, particularly when acting foolishly has proven very profitable over the preceding few years. Humans, they all think they’re Cinderella at the ball, and they think, as the night goes along, the music gets better and the drinks flow, they all think they’re going to leave at two minutes to 12 and of course there’s no clocks on the wall and they’re still dancing, so it will happen again.”

5. “It’s just when it came to us agreeing to the strategy and Ted Cruz and others bailing on us, that it was a boiling point where all of came out and said that this is absolutely ridiculous. You can’t talk to the American people, you can’t talk to our bases on this strategy and then completely roll over. Thank God he wasn’t there fighting at the Alamo.”

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