Quotes of the Week

Looks like everything was done according to DPS policy. It's unfortunate some people died, but I guess the lesson is: Don't be running from the law.

Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville, quoted by the Associated Press after a DPS sniper fired on a pickup truck from a helicopter and killed two Guatemalan immigrants

It’s clear that with our losses in the Presidential race, and a number of key Senate races, we have a period of reflection and recalibration ahead for the Republican Party. While some will want to blame one wing of the party over the other, the reality is candidates from all corners of our GOP lost tonight.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, in a statement on Republicans' losses on Tuesday

This election proved that trying to expand a shrinking base ain’t gonna cut it. It’s time to put some compassion back in conservatism. The party needs more tolerance, more diversity and a deeper appreciation for the concerns of the middle class. 

Political strategist Mark McKinnon to The New York Times

I think we said the door was going to be left open, but there is a lot of work that has to be done. 2016 is multiple lifetimes away. 

Gov. Rick Perry speaking to a group of reporters at the Capitol

I think we can have immigration reform. Some policies we’ve advocated with, for instance, is doing away with the lottery and increasing the cap on high-skilled worker visas. 

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, on the prospects of Congress taking up comprehensive immigration reform next year

This may be the last election that we see two white men run against each other for president.

Matthew Dowd during ABC's election night coverage, apparently forgetting some key details