HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Despite several landmark legislative wins this year, and a better-than-expected relationship with President Donald Trump, Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker. In recent interviews with three dozen people who know the speaker—fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and Republican lobbyists—not a single person believed Ryan will stay in Congress past 2018.”
Gov. Scott Walker says he would be “completely shocked” if House Speaker Paul Ryan did not run for re-election next year. Ryan on Thursday denied reports that he plans to leave Congress after the Republican tax bill is approved. Walker said Friday he spoke with Ryan and “he’s not going anywhere.” When asked if he were going to continue with his re-election campaign, Walker says he presumes that to be the case and “I’d be completely shocked if that were to change.”
The Associated Press
“Abortion, sodomy, and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Even our political process has been affected with baseless and false allegations which have become more relevant than the issues which affect our country. No longer is this about Republican or Democratic control. It has truly been said that there is not a dime’s worth of difference between them. It is about a Washington establishment which will not listen to the cries of its citizenry — and the battle rages on.”
Roy Moore refusing to concede his loss in Alabama’s US Senate election
“I would certainly say he should.”
President Trump when asked if Moore should concede
“Roy Moore won’t concede; says will wait on God to speak. God wasn’t registered to vote in AL but the ppl who voted did speak and it wasn’t close enough for recount. In elections everyone does NOT get a trophy. I know first hand but it’s best to exit with class.”
Former GOP Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is the father of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. In the race for one of Alabama’s seats in the U.S. Senate, Doug Jones received 50 percent of the vote to Roy Moore’s 48.4 percent. Recounts in the state are automatically called when a candidate wins by less than 0.5 percent.
“No one will believe a word we say, perhaps for a generation. Christianity’s integrity is severely tarnished.”
Christianity Today editor Mark Galli talking about evangelical Christian support for Roy Moore, despite credible accusations of sexual assault of teenage girls
“It’s a much more poisonous atmosphere. I don’t know if there’s causality or correlation, I leave that for others to determine. But I could not honestly say to someone that I like and think is a halfway decent human being, ‘Yeah, you ought to run for office’.”
Ed Gillespie, in his first interview since losing the Virginia governor’s race last month. The Republican was a guest on “The Axe Files” podcast with Democratic strategist David Axelrod.
“I allowed a workplace culture to take root in my office that was too permissive and decidedly unprofessional. I am profoundly sorry.”
U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, announcing he would retire when his term expires in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal
“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”
President Trump ripping the New York Democrat on Twitter after she called for him to step down amid allegations of sexual harassment
“A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush.”
The USA Today editorial board
“You can have my vote if you have sex with me.”
Former New Mexico state Rep. Thomas A. Garcia’s alleged response to Vanessa Alarid, a lobbyist, when she asked him if she could count on his support for a bill that could come down to a single vote. He then kissed her, and she pulled away. The next day, said bill failed by one vote and received a “no” from Garcia.
“Charges of harassment are cascading through statehouses across the country, leading to investigations, resignations of powerful men and anguish over hostile workplaces for women that for years went unacknowledged.”
The New York Times
“I would think they would need the ad revenue. I would think they need the ad revenue rather than turning it down and, as I understand, the ads they wanted to place said ‘the perfect gift for Christmas’ and had a picture of three wise men. If anybody needed three wise men, it’s metro and WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) so I mean they ought to put that in every single train car as far as I’m concerned.”
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) told reporters how he felt about D.C. Metro rejecting a Catholic Christmas ad because of its new policy against “issue oriented” ads.
“Paul Ryan revealed that he hasn’t eaten sweets in 10 years, and said that he’d rather eat grilled asparagus than a Snickers. Americans were like, “And we thought Roy Moore was a monster!”
Late night host Jimmy Fallon talking about the House speaker’s eating habits
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
New Analysis Shows Federal Tax Reform Could Add Over 65,000 Jobs to Wisconsin’s Economy and Boost Wages by Nearly $2.5 Billion
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
After Alabama, Democrats are poised to take the House and Senate. The GOP is dead.
Also, Star Wars. But…
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK