Quotes of the Week

It is disgraceful to compare a minor, at-fault fender bender to the life threatening sacrifices made by so many soldiers who have been wounded during battle.

HD-102 GOP challenger Sam Brown, criticizing the incumbent, Stefani Carter, for her account of a car accident that she described at a candidate forum as a "life altering" event

I’m getting this monkey off your back and you’re not going to even clap?

Speaker of the House John Boehner, questioning the muted reaction of his fellow House Republicans to his decision to allow a vote on a "clean" debt ceiling bill

It should have been a very easy vote. In my view, every Senate Republican should have stood together and said what every one of us tells our constituents back home, which is that we will not go along with raising the debt ceiling while doing nothing to fix the underlying out-of-control spending problem.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, disagreeing with the GOP strategy of agreeing on a "clean" debt ceiling bill

Only in Texas do candidates feel it necessary to vehemently deny claims that they are moderate, pragmatic or reasonable.

Rice University political scientist Mark P. Jones, on the modern state of the Texas GOP

I have made the Kool-Aid for many years for other Hispanics to come into the party — I made the Kool-Aid and people drank it. And I refuse to make that kind of Kool-Aid anymore. Not for this party. Not for these leaders.

Hispanic Republican leader Massey Villarreal, expressing his dismay with the tone taken by the GOP candidates for lieutenant governor on immigration