The Republican Party is busy gearing up for the 2010 congressional races, holding a huge fundraiser last night in Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 people showed up to put $14.5 million in GOP coffers. Most of the talk centered on President Obama's stimulus plan to fix the American economy, a plan that keynote speaker and possible 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said has "already failed." Here's what else they were saying at the event, and the Democratic response:
"Bureaucrats managing companies does not work, politicians dominating the economy does not work."
-- Newt Gingrich, keynote speaker
“(Republicans) would rather bank on failure than work with Democrats. They have no new ideas.”
-- Ryan Rudominer, spokesman, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
"We are becoming a weak nation. (Obama is a) false prophet. Republicans need to find their way back to power to free the nation from this Obama oppression.”
-- Jon Voight, master of ceremonies
“I’m still just reveling that someone from Hollywood made a speech like that. I hope you’re going to be able to find work after this. I really enjoyed that.”
-- Sen Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R) Kentucky, on Voight's speech
“The people who generate the most buzz are the most polarizing, divisive and problematic leaders for the Republican Party. The worst thing they could do would be to focus on energizing their base and dredge up this hyper-partisan, polarizing politics Obama ran against and won on.”
-- Dan Gerstein, Democratic strategist
"When you consider that the federal government is about $11 trillion in debt, and we're borrowing more to spend more ... it defies any sensible economic policy any of us ever learned through college... [Spending in a recession] defies economy practices and principles that ya 'you gotta quit digging that hole when you are in that financial hole.'"
-- Gov. Sarah Palin, (R) Alaska, to FOX News before the event