"I wish it hadn't happened because it's not going to help us keep our majority."

'"Rep. Ralph Regula (R-Ohio), expressing his feelings on the Jack Abramoff scandal, quoted by the Associated Press, January 5

"He was dividing God's land, and I would say, 'Woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the E.U., the United Nations or the United States of America.'"

'"televangelist Pat Robertson, suggesting divine retribution as a possible cause of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's failing health, on The 700 Club, January 5

"There is a sort of an unwritten code in Washington, among the underworld and the hustlers and these other guys, that I am their friend.…I was a little hurt that this betrayal did happen."

'"former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, on being mugged at gunpoint in his kitchen, quoted in The Washington Post, January 4

"What the Republicans need is 50 Jack Abramoffs. Then this becomes a different town."

'"Grover Norquist, president of the lobbying group Americans for Tax Reform, quoted in The National Journal, July 29, 1995