29 Priceless Paul Begala Quotes

Paul Begala is an American political consultant and commentator. Serving as an adviser to President Bill Clinton, Begala is the author of five political books. Here is a look at some of the best Paul Begala quotes to be aware of.

“Again and again, I’ve seen Bush turn a blind eye as his henchmen have leveled zealous attacks against his political enemies – assaults which the president himself has sometimes directly encouraged.”

“Again, President Reagan was sort of an amiable presence out at the ranch by the last 6 months of his presidency. He had no effect on national policy at all.”

“Always attack, Never defend.”

“Bill and Hillary Clinton are the most investigated couple in American history – now the most thoroughly exonerated couple in American history.”

“But I think what happened was that Clinton knew how to fight back. And the way he fought back was on the issues – being tough in staying on the things that mattered to people in their lives.”

“Culture has always been more important than politics. Sometimes culture is a mirror that reflects what is; sometimes it’s a search-light pointing the way to what will be.”

“Defining the terms of the debate generally dictates who’s gonna’ win it.”

“I didn’t spend a lot of time on national security the American people will be glad to know.”

“I don’t like being a voyeur, looking into other people’s marriages.”

“I mean, for all of his faults and the troubles in his marriage, Bill Clinton is still married to a girl he met in the library 25 years ago at school.”

“I think his deepest quality is empathy.”

“I think too many Democrats are too wimpy. But I think they’re beginning to toughen up.”

“If we are negative by nature, we Americans are more human than most. The Founding Fathers loved going negative. Heck, the Declaration of Independence is one long negative ad.”

“If you’re a limited government conservative, I feel your pain. Your man Mr. Bush has exploded the size of government, ballooned the deficit and increased government power so dramatically that he claims the right to eavesdrop on your conversations without a warrant.”
“I’m very sunny. You know, I’m always optimistic.”

“In our system, grand juries take every charge, every lie, and they try to sort the truth from the lies, and then they move forward into the system. And that’s how the system ought to work.”

“It is a painful reminder that even the most well-intentioned among us sometimes act in ways that put children in danger of being abused or neglected.”

“It seems to me the American people never really forgave the Democrats for being right about Vietnam.”

“It taught me that Clinton’s instinct to make this about your life as a citizen, rather than his as a human being, was the right answer to these things.”

“My view was that the campaign had been a sacred thing, that it had been a real compact, because I was there and I saw the connection that Clinton made with people, and the connection that they made with him.”

“Never interrupt your opponent when he’s destroying himself.”

“Politics is show business for ugly people.”

“See, I think if it just became who’s sleeping with whom, then there’s no reason to prefer one party over the other, ’cause the truth is we’re all sinners.”

“So one important lesson of Vietnam is, the first casualty of an unwise and unjust war are the American troops called on to fight it. Their service should be honored.”

“Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool.”

“There’s the great line: the definition of a liberal is someone who’s afraid to take their own side in a fight. And that’s my problem with my fellow liberals.”

“This gets back to the fundamental lesson of political survival that Bill Clinton taught me, which is if you make it about the American people’s lives instead of your life, you’re going to be okay.”

“When your mission is to restore honor and integrity to the White House, you’ve got to be willing to use any means necessary.”

“You can drive yourself crazy trying to peer into a person’s soul–or you can do the sensible thing: ask not what inner motives drive a politician’s policy choices but instead whether those choices are good for the country.”

Here is a discussion by Paul Begala as he shares his connection to AIPAC and shares his experience and expertise as a Democratic consultant.