Quotes of the Week

I just don’t want the party to be toast.

Steve Munisteri, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, on the need to court Hispanic voters, in the Austin American-Statesman

We’ve got to give our political organization a very serious proctology exam. We need to look everywhere.

Haley Barbour, quoted in The New York Times on what the GOP needs after last week's election

We had Republican candidates who got very high profile and said some very stupid things; I think that really tainted the party.

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, on CNN

How can we convey what I believe is the true image, that Republicans actually do care about people of all races, ethnicities and classes in America?

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn to Politico

I have come to one firm conviction after these many years of trying to figure out the plain truth of things. The best chance for achieving peace and prosperity, for the maximum number of people worldwide, is to pursue the cause of liberty.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul during his farewell speech on the House floor on Wednesday

Keep me from going over my own fiscal cliff.

Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, closing a recent fundraising letter

Louie, I love you, too.

U.S. Rep. John Boehner during his acceptance speech Wednesday after being re-elected as House speaker, during which U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, nominated Newt Gingrich

It’s kind of like paying your vet after your dog dies. You still have to pay the vet bill. But, you know, your dog is dead.

Cynthia Wiedemann of Fundraising Solutions, telling D Magazine that former U.S. Senate candidate Craig James still owes money to vendors like her