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Dispatches Quotables


(Pascal Deloche/DPA/Landov)

‘This isn’t a gender studies class; it’s the real world.’

Liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus to feminists who attacked Slate columnist Emily Yoffe for advising young women not to engage in binge drinking because doing so puts them at risk of rape. Many feminists said Yoffe was “blaming the victim” and calling on women to “sacrifice their freedom … so we don’t have to disturb the status quo.”

‘Not everything which is technically doable should be done.’

German chancellor Angela Merkel at a July press conference about U.S. surveillance of Germany. Merkel called President Obama in October over new reports that the U.S. government had tapped her cell phone. 

‘I’m infuriated because I was lied to.’

Deborah Cavallaro of Westchester, Calif., on President Obama’s assurances, while campaigning for Obamacare’s passage, that Americans who liked their health insurance policies would be able to keep them. The healthcare law is forcing millions of Americans into often much more expensive policies than they had prior to Obamacare.

‘We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify, and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage.’

U.S. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer on Democrats during the political battle over Obamacare. In 2009, Hoyer repeated President Obama’s promise: “I say all the time, with respect to their health insurance program that they now have: if you’ve got it, you like it, you keep it.”

‘People think we went too far, and you know, we’re devil worshippers and we must not be Christian folk. They’ve said all kinds of stuff. But we’re normal. We love Jesus. We celebrate Halloween.’

Jennifer Mullins of Mustang, Okla., on reactions to her family’s graphic Halloween display that includes splattered blood and dummies made up to look like victims of terrible accidents.