[Paul Ryan] voted for the Bush stimulus, along with the Bush tax cuts, the Bush wars, the Bush security spending binge, the Bush prescription drug benefit, the Bush highway bill that included the Bridge to Nowhere, and the Bush bank bailout. Fiscal conservatism!
— Michael Grunwald (TIME)
[If] you take a trillion dollars…out of the…federal budget, that would shrink GDP over 5%. That is by definition throwing us into recession or depression.
— Mitt Romney
There are ideological contradictions aplenty, which leads me to conclude that the notion of America as a conservative or moderate or liberal country is a fiction created by those of us who sit on top of Mount Opinion.
— Joe Klein, during a cross-country road trip to take the country’s political pulse (TIME)