I cannot remember a time when one faction of one party promises economic chaos when it doesn’t get everything it wants.
— President Obama, quoted by NBC News, on threats by some Republicans to force a government shutdown over Obamacare.
It’s almost as though it was the end of traditional power. I’ve been here for 20 years, and I’ve never seen so much of a repudiation of the conventional sources of power in the legislative or executive branch. It portends for a much more chaotic fall.
— Rep. James Moran (D-VA), quoted by the Washington Post, on the rank-and-file resistance to both President Obama and Speaker John Boehner on Capitol Hill.