▪ “I’d covered an election four times, and it didn’t appear that there was going to be anything wildly different about this one.” — Jon Stewart explaining why he quit “The Daily Show.”
After 16 years, Stewart said he wasn’t getting the same level of satisfaction hosting the show as he once did.
▪ “He folded like a cheap shotgun.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill describing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio backing off immigration reform amid criticism from his party’s conservative wing.
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McCaskill, a Democrat, said she was unimpressed with Rubio’s move. “That's old politics,” she said of his backing away from the immigration reform bill that he co-sponsored with other Republicans and Democrats. “That's not what we need right now. That is the stalest trick in the book. That is shirking on your principles because of the political necessities of your party.” Rubio, she said, doesn’t necessarily represent “some generational change.” (link courtesy of johncombest.com).
▪ “I am glad I don’t have that kind of tough choice this time.” — McCaskill expressing relief that Democrats apparently won’t have to make another Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama pick in 2016.
McCaskill famously chose Obama over Clinton in 2008, making waves within her own party. She did so after getting pressure from her kids, who urged her to back the Illinois senator.
▪ “We played Pictionary. We played 20 Questions. We played Trivial Pursuit.” — Lavonne Takatz, a worker in the Wentzville, Mo., office that processed Affordable Care Act applications.
The contractor that runs the office paid more than 13,000 hours of overtime to catch up with a backlog created by computer problems after the initial sign-up period. Yet, whistleblowers alleged that Wentzville workers played games or read books because they had little to do.