89+ Best Charles Krauthammer Quotes

Charles Krauthammer who born in New York, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and commentator.

His weekly column appears in the The Washington Post and is syndicated in more than 400 newspapers and media outlets. Krauthammer is a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and The New Republic. Famous Charles Krauthammer quotes about life, politics, parties and house will continue to have an impact on the world and enrich your perspective.

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Top Charles Krauthammer Quotes

A three-year diet of rubber chicken and occasional crow. – Charles Krauthammer

If we insist that public life be reserved for those whose personal history is pristine, we are not going to get paragons of virtue running our affairs. We will get the very rich, who contract out the messy things in life the very dull, who have nothing to hide and nothing to show and the very devious, expert at covering their tracks and ambitious enough to risk their discovery. – Charles Krauthammer

The left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition. The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain controversies over and visits serious consequences from social ostracism to vocational defenestration upon those who refuse to be silenced. – Charles Krauthammer

To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil. – Charles Krauthammer

Better to be paralyzed from the neck down than the neck up – Charles Krauthammer

Consider the oddity of those drug commercials on television. Fifteen seconds of the purported therapeutic effort followed by about 45 seconds of a rapidly muttered list of horrific possible side effects. When the ad is over, I can’t remember a thing about what the pill is supposed to do, except perhaps cause nausea, liver damage, projectile vomiting, a nasty rash, a four-hour erection, and sudden death. Sudden death is my favorite because there is something comical about it being a side effect. What exactly is the main effect in that case? Relief from abdominal bloating? – Charles Krauthammer

Fox News is no monopoly. It is a singular minority in a sea of liberal media. ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, NPR, CNN, MSNBC vs. Fox. The lineup is so unbalanced as to be comical – and that doesn’t even include the other commanding heights of the culture that are firmly, flagrantly liberal: Hollywood, the foundations, the universities, the elite newspapers. – Charles Krauthammer

Washington is the only place in the world where a gaffe is when a politician accidently speaks the truth. – Charles Krauthammer

If you subsidize apples, you get more apples; if you subsidize unemployment, you get more of it. – Charles Krauthammer

Loyalty to the President is great, but loyalty to truth, integrity, and country is even better. – Charles Krauthammer

In explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon, always choose stupidity over conspiracy, incompetence over cunning. Anything else gives them too much credit. – Charles Krauthammer

There’s a reason why in New York Harbor we have the Statue of Liberty, not the Statue of Equality. – Charles Krauthammer

Some will protest that in a world with so much human suffering, it is something between eccentric and obscene to mourn a dog. I think not. After all, it is perfectly normal—indeed, deeply human—to be moved when nature presents us with a vision of great beauty. Should we not be moved when it produces a vision—a creature—of the purest sweetness? – Charles Krauthammer

If fences don’t work, why is there one around the White House. – Charles Krauthammer

I don’t really care what a public figure thinks. I care about what he does. Let God probe his inner heart. – Charles Krauthammer

Life and consciousness are the two great mysteries. Actually, their substrates are the inanimate. And how do you get from neurons shooting around in the brain to the thought that pops up in your head and mine? There’s something deeply mysterious about that. And if you’re not struck by the mystery, I think you haven’t thought about it. – Charles Krauthammer

Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic – purely symbolic – move in that direction. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation. – Charles Krauthammer

Whenever you’re faced with an explanation of what’s going on in Washington, the choice between incompetence and conspiracy, always choose incompetence. – Charles Krauthammer

When under attack, no country is obligated to collect permission slips from allies to strike back. – Charles Krauthammer

Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country – and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians. – Charles Krauthammer

After the Soviet collapse, Marxism is a relic, a pathetic anachronism reduced to its last redoubts: North Korea, Cuba, and the English departments of the more expensive American universities. – Charles Krauthammer

Great leaders are willing to retire unloved and unpopular as the price for great exertion. – Charles Krauthammer

I believe in what I believe, and I think after all these years I’ve heard a lot of arguments, and I’m convinced by the superiority of the arguments that are made on the conservative side. I think that’s a better way to run a society. – Charles Krauthammer

What made Obama unique was that he was the ultimate charismatic politician – the most unknown stranger ever to achieve the presidency in the United States. No one knew who he was, he came out of nowhere, he had this incredible persona that floated him above the fray, destroyed Hillary, took over the Democratic Party and became president. This is truly unprecedented: A young unknown with no history, no paper trail, no well-known associates, self-created. – Charles Krauthammer

Obsession with self is the motif of our time. – Charles Krauthammer

Israel is the very embodiment of Jewish continuity: It is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago. You dig the soil and you find pottery from Davidic times, coins from Bar Kokhba, and 2,000-year-old scrolls written in a script remarkably like the one that today advertises ice cream at the corner candy store. – Charles Krauthammer

A one-hour workweek…would minimize the damage that Congress can do. – Charles Krauthammer

Take all your dukes and marquesses and earls and viscounts, pack them into one chamber, call it the House of Lords to satisfy their pride and then strip it of all political power. It’s a solution so perfectly elegant and preposterous that only the British could have managed it. – Charles Krauthammer

Post-Watergate morality, by which anything left private is taken as presumptive evidence of wrongdoing. – Charles Krauthammer

Where religion is trivialized, one is unlikely to find persecution. – Charles Krauthammer

If you control the White House and the Senate and the House, and you can’t get anything done, because you’re eight votes short of 60-percent, a reasonable thing to is… drop the nuclear option on you and then we’ll be able to pass our legislation. – Charles Krauthammer

They’re developing nukes. The nukes are buried. They’re intended to be in places that are highly reinforced. And this is a way of saying, we can get there. – Charles Krauthammer

I suspect from what they tell us this is an ISIS base, an ISIS tunnel, which tells you, number one that ISIS is more entrenched than we would have thought – you have this notion of ISIS being sort of a band of jihadists just running around, but this is pretty entrenched. – Charles Krauthammer

They have displaced the United States, and their entire foreign policy under Putin is to recover the glory and the territory and the influence of the old Soviet Union one piece at a time and it does that by taking away from the United States, it’s a zero sum game. – Charles Krauthammer

It’s a warning to Assad and the Russians and the Iranians. You no longer have a free hand. You’re going to pay a price. Next time it’ll be a bigger price. All of that is important. – Charles Krauthammer

Refusal to answer questions. No supreme court nominee answers questions who has any hope of getting on the court, the whole idea is not just to be calm and collected and knowledgeable, but to be nimble, he added. This is an exercise in obfuscation. – Charles Krauthammer

When democrats complain about not taking stands you go back to Ruth Bader Ginsberg who made it a principle of her nominating process that she would not in any way telegraph where she would stand on anything, ever since the Bork nomination and the fiasco of the attacks on him it’s understood your job up there is to dance, to express a fealty to the constitution. You will say you will be independent and that’s it and he did that beautifully. – Charles Krauthammer

His own FBI director is saying it and speaking on behalf of all the Department of Justice which is Trump’s own department of Justice which makes Spicer look ridiculous, because it’s his own department saying the president is wrong. But that’s the price of doing this kind of tweeting. – Charles Krauthammer

What he’s saying to the world and our own foreign policy establishment is we are not going to adhere to all the beliefs and myths of the last 50 years which is more nukes are bad, less nukes are good, that is not always true, and we are not going to be perusing nuclear reduction agreements with the Russians in the hungry way that Obama did and then end up with little and perhaps making us worse off. – Charles Krauthammer

Of course it can be moved, the idea that because we’re not going to drill, the oil or natural gas is not going to be produced is ridiculous, and it’s going to end up being produced in Nigeria or places all over the world where the environmental standards are infinitely less than they are in the U.S. – Charles Krauthammer

The Chinese are extremely sensitive about these nuances in diplomacy, they’ve been at it for four thousand years, and the rules were laid down by Kissinger and Nixon when they made the opening, and it was that we’d be allies of Taiwan, but we would have to observe certain rules… that Taiwan is part of China. – Charles Krauthammer

I think the president is concentrating truly, and I give him credit for this, on a smooth transition, his party is losing its mind. You have Harry Reid giving out these unbelievable statements… You’ve got the president setting a different example. – Charles Krauthammer

I do think he feels a debt to the Bushes. He didn’t have a lot of use for them, and he abused them, even in his inaugural address. But now he realizes what a gift it was, the way they treated him and the transition coming in, and I think he feels it’s part of his job, or he – something to aspire to, to replicate that. – Charles Krauthammer

President Obama understood that from the beginning, that’s why President Obama was so desperate to get Hillary elected. – Charles Krauthammer

So, with Obama off the scene, with Trump in the White House, executive orders are going to go on day one. – Charles Krauthammer

If nationally, if everywhere, [Trump] loses a point or two or three, which he certainly has, probably more nationwide, that shifts a whole bunch of states into different categories, unless there’s another revelation, another shocking Wikileaks, [the election] could stabilize it right where it is. – Charles Krauthammer

In the ads, Trump is saying she’s under criminal investigation. That revives everything that had been buried and banished when he gave her this sort of semi-exoneration in July. – Charles Krauthammer

Who ordered the duck is the big question which you would expect to hear at a dinner party, but not at the center of a national campaign, I was far more offended by the Veritas tape that showed the planning for the violence and then blamed it on Trump, he added. I think that’s at a high order of magnitude. – Charles Krauthammer

None of this is surprising. If somebody had asked you about Trump, ‘Do you think he talks like this in private,’ you would answer, ‘Of course, yes.’ But it’s hearing it. – Charles Krauthammer

Everybody knows that on every issue, she has a private position and a public. If they intersect, that’s nice. But if it doesn’t, that’s the way she operates. – Charles Krauthammer

But when you hear her say it, admit it, say it in a speech in public, it becomes evidence. – Charles Krauthammer

There is Hillary Clinton message, this is completely smothering Hillary Clinton campaign. What’s going to hurt Hillary Clinton, it reinforces the idea of Hillary Clinton being untrustworthy, living by a different set of rules. But that’s known, I think it’s baked-in, Krauthammer said. Krauthammer said the summary released by the FBI of its investigation into Clinton’s use of email server. – Charles Krauthammer

With any other candidate on the Republican side, this thing would be over, given the eight years of record, the failures abroad, the things that Pence raised about what’s happening in the Middle East, the news we got on the economy last week–the weakest recovery since 1949, the list is very long. – Charles Krauthammer

If the Republicans are now abandoning free trade, for the first time ever in our memory, we’re having a presidential campaign where neither side is for free trade. – Charles Krauthammer

Imagine the Mexicans looking at the cancellation of NAFTA, what effect it would have on them. – Charles Krauthammer

It really is a very strong statement from the court about the unbelievable overreach of this president and his administration, it’s not a decision that’s standing out on its own. This is the culmination of a string of decisions from the courts rebuking the president and his administration for time after time exceeding its authority and stepping over the authority of the other branches. – Charles Krauthammer

On Monday, a federal district court judge appointed by Obama made a ruling opposing, and essentially saying, calling illegal EPA regulations on fracking. The rebuke was a rather strong one. It was almost as if the judge was instructing a middle school class on the constitution, [The president is] a recidivist on this issue, and he needed to be slapped down again. – Charles Krauthammer

Afterwards, we decided to go after them. They were then driven out of their sanctuary, physically. We have not had a major attack on that scale from Al Qaeda since. you can harden all of the soft targets you want in America. You can keep all the Muslim immigrants you want away from our shores. It will make no difference. – Charles Krauthammer

It’s remarkable to me that we seem to completely ignore the one example, historical example… which would show us what works. Al Qaeda had four major attacks against US interests. – Charles Krauthammer

You can harden all of the soft targets you want in America. You can keep all the Muslim immigrants you want away from our shores. It will make no difference. – Charles Krauthammer

The real third rail of American politics is race and racism and if you’re accused of it by people in your own party, then it becomes something you can’t really shake off, he’s skirted around it for a long time… what it’s done is it’s opened him up to attacks from the inside in a way that hadn’t existed before and that I think could have a corrosive effect. – Charles Krauthammer

That flocking and uniting and lighting up for the ‘[Trump] train’ I think is at least on hiatus and it makes some of those who got on the ‘train’ thinking twice, that, I think, is the lurking danger because unless he can unite the rest of the party and can get at least a kind of neutrality out of other leading Republicans, it’s going to be hard. – Charles Krauthammer

And, he said he’s going to meet with Hillary. That will be the point at which he formally hands over his sword and will have negotiated a quid pro quo inside his own Appomattox. – Charles Krauthammer

This is less of a reverberating event, the fact is … Democrats are worried, and should be worried, simply because you cannot use the usual playbook against Donald Trump. – Charles Krauthammer

He’s revealing who he is. This isn’t some gaffe or accident, he had ample opportunity over the weekend to retract, to soften, to move away. Instead, he doubled down. – Charles Krauthammer

It is not just that those who have now decided to throw in support of party unity or whatever reasons have made a tactical mistake in getting behind him, they have to ask themselves, morally, is this the man you want to be the leader of your party? That’s what’s at stake here. That’s why it’s a bigger issue. – Charles Krauthammer

Ultimately, everyone knows, he’s going to have to endorse, but I think he played it well by saying, after his initial hesitation, ‘I’m not ready, I need to talk about this,’ saying he’s willing to step down if Trump asks him to step down as chairman of the convention. – Charles Krauthammer

If [Ryan] steps down, he’s not responsible. He’s not implicated, assuming the Trump campaign ends up [faring] badly in November. If [Ryan] does stay, that means Trump has not decided to act against him. – Charles Krauthammer

Trump gratuitously went after a Latina, woman governor, popular, and the chairman of the governors’ association. As a matter of what looked like vengeance. It makes no sense politically. – Charles Krauthammer

[Her argument] is a rather tepid one. I’m not against it, I’m not for it. His is strong. – Charles Krauthammer

This is a sham marriage and the reason is simple: good will on both sides, Paul Ryan is a conservative; has been all his life and is committed to certain conservative principles. – Charles Krauthammer

Paul Ryan is a conservative; has been all his life and is committed to certain conservative principles. – Charles Krauthammer

I think it’s true that there are tactical reasons for Ryan doing this to protect his members, the more cynical comments have been about [Ryan] looking for his own run for 2020, in the future; he is trying to appease his donors. I think that is rubbish. – Charles Krauthammer

The Republicans have experienced the biggest ideological earthquake of a major party in our lifetime. Fifty, 60 years of conservatism has now yielded to a leader who is not a conservative, but who is a populist. That’s a big deal. And I think what the Ryan statement is… if the party is now going to be split between the leader, the populist, and the old-line conservatives… he wants to establish a center of power and a kind of home for the conservative wing. – Charles Krauthammer

Cruz is not the warm and cuddly type. – Charles Krauthammer

That’s what it all hinges on. It’s not a very strong argument in this particular year where the issues that divide voters is not ideology but insider Dom. How much are you inside, how much are you anti-establishment, and how populist are you? – Charles Krauthammer

It’s extremely late…. We’re really at a point now where this is the end game, there is no tomorrow, really. This is a last attempt to try to stop the momentum. – Charles Krauthammer

That could have a psychological effect. Everyone says it’s all about numbers, numbers, numbers, it’s about what the people want in a broad sense. And if you stop him in one place… I think you could have a fight on the floor that looks like it’s a legitimate fight. – Charles Krauthammer

If you get the five-state sweep on Tuesday, you have a candidate on a roll coming into Cleveland. If he’s on a roll… he could be 50 [delegates] away, maybe even 100 away. There will be a sense the people want him; you have to go with the people. That’s what the momentum will mean. – Charles Krauthammer

That is a New York massacre. – Charles Krauthammer

The policy here is irrelevant. It is about the encroachment of the president on powers that aren’t his, as it was said by the attorney who is bringing the case, Ken Paxton of Texas, the president himself has admitted over and over again that this is outside his powers. – Charles Krauthammer

We could have a case where you could have a Republican president who believes in abolishing the capital gains tax, congress says no, and he then prioritizes IRS collections and says don’t collect the capital gains tax, doing exactly what Obama is doing. – Charles Krauthammer

This is a constellation of events all having to do with women and watching him on an issue that is central to the conservative movement having no idea how to answer. – Charles Krauthammer

The president said that the South Americans are securing their nuclear materials…. I’d been up late nights unable to sleep thinking about the South American nuclear issue, the president is operating in a world that is detached from ours. – Charles Krauthammer

Obama gave the terror bombing 51 seconds of his speech today in Havana. I thought the whole story of his presidency and its foreign policy was seen in the split screen, on one side, you had the video footage of the attack in Belgium. This is the real world. And on the other side was Obama, in the fantasy world he inhabits, where Cuba is of some geopolitical significance in his mind. – Charles Krauthammer

If Cuba disappeared tomorrow in a volcanic eruption like Santorini, nobody would notice geopolitically. – Charles Krauthammer

The Belgians are completely outmanned, the Europeans have no way of tracking, and… we are completely in the blind. We don’t know what we don’t know. – Charles Krauthammer

Now the question is, which of the two will it be? It’s not going to be Kasich, there is no way you’re going to reach down to the third in line. – Charles Krauthammer

The idea that the president said today ‘this isn’t about ideology it’s about competence’ is nonsense. All of that was destroyed with the [Robert] Bork nomination. The most highly competent, qualified nominee probably ever, [was] struck down entirely on ideology and when Obama was in the Senate, he filibustered [Justice Samuel] Alito, who he admitted had all the qualifications. – Charles Krauthammer

It looks as if Cruz has gotten a lot of the Carson support in Iowa, but Trump appears to have gotten a lot of it nationally. – Charles Krauthammer

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