"Even though there are all those melancholy thoughts, the way it's shaping up ... gives me more of a comfort than any time since 1963." — Julian Read, former press aide for Texas' then governor, who was in a convoy behind President John F. Kennedy when he was assassinated and finds remembrances cathartic.
"If the majority can change the rules, then there are no rules. It puts a chill on the entire U.S. Senate." — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., after Democrats used a process that let it unilaterally weaken the filibuster by simple majority vote, rather than the two-thirds margin usually used for major changes in chamber rules.
"The only way I'd be in favor of this is if the FCC mandated that all those who want to use their cellphones must sit next to families with screaming children." — Joe Winogradoff, a frequent flier, after the government considered lifting its longtime prohibition on making cellphone calls on airplanes.