"Hold me responsible for this debacle. I'm responsible."

-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, testifying before Congress on the problem-plagued rollout of Obamacare's insurance exchanges, October 30

"I don't think it's ever good to keep the government closed when your job is to run the government."

-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the federal government shutdown, NBC News, October 9

"Now let us dine on RINO flesh."

-conservative donor Steven Baer in an email message to conservative activist leaders and Republican members of Congress on the final night of the shutdown, October 17

"Keeping the BCA [sequester] spending levels is a huge success. And I know because Democrats hate it."

-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the deal to end the shutdown, National Review, October 17