January 9, 2010

An honest politician is…


FAMOUS ATTRIBUTED QUOTE:

“An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.”
       Simon Cameron (1799-1889)
       American politician
       Attributed quote (which he probably didn’t say)


COMEDIAN’S COUNTERQUOTE:

“An honest politician is one who’s never been caught.”
       Joey Adams (1911-1999)
       American comedian   
       From his column “Strictly for Laughs”
       The New York Post, January 5, 1999


CALDWELL’S COUNTERQUOTE:

“An honest politician is either a hypocrite — or he is doomed.”
       Taylor Caldwell (Janet Miriam Taylor Caldwell; 1900-1985)
       British-born American novelist
       From her novel Captains and the Kings (1972)


CURMUDGEON’S COUNTERQUOTE:

“An honest politician is regarded as a sort of marvel, like a calf with five legs, and the news that one has appeared is commonly received with derision.”
       H.L. Mencken (Henry Louis Mencken; 1880-1956)
       American journalist, editor, language maven and curmudgeon
       In his book The American Language (1919)


COLUMNIST’S COUNTERQUOTE:

“In the good old days, an honest politician was one who lied only when he had to. But now lies are becoming the accepted language of government at the highest levels, the theory being that sooner or later the people of the country will become so confused and disillusioned that they will just mind their own business, and leave governing to well-placed liars.”
       Richard Reeves (b. 1936)
       American newspaper columnist
       “Bush & Co. Are Turning Washington into a Liar's Club”
       From his syndicated column, December 17, 1989

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