Quips, quotes, and highlights from podcasts across America 

The Week of March 18, 2021


“There’s more to being a conservative than just ‘owning the libs’ … I believe in a Republican Party and a conservatism that is about opportunity for everyone. We don’t do that with these fake controversies, these false choices we keep presenting people.”

— Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R), the Matt Lewis and the News podcast.


“It’s the absolutist-ness of the party I am in that is such a turn off to me. It’s so f***ing elitist. For something called progressive, it allows for zero progress. It’s all or nothing. No steps toward. All of f***ing nothing. Again, righteousness porn.”

–Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Podcast, on the state of the Democratic Party.


“My greatest fear and the hardest thing for me when I was at CBP was the death of children. And my greatest fear is children will die, and that’s what I think we have to make sure never happens. Sorry. It’s a – that’s a very emotional thing.”

— Former head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection John Sanders, NPR’s Politics Today podcast.


“Joe Biden, I love you… Get the f*** out of here with your small outdoor barbecues on July 4th nonsense. We are doing whatever we want once we’re vaccinated.”

— Tommy Vietor, Pod Save America, on Biden’s prediction about vaccinations.


“All the legal ballots were counted and at every juncture, I was ahead. They want to take this to a partisan political process because ‘might makes right.’”

— Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) on House Democrats considering a request to overturn the results of her election and seat her Democratic opponent, The Ruthless Podcast.


“I think Biden’s approval would have to be in a stronger place than it is now for Democrats to have much hope of minimizing or even gaining a few seats in the 2022 midterms.”

— Elections Analyst Geoffrey Skelley, The FiveThirtyEight Podcast.


“Why are you trying to go to the church where they say in the book, this doesn’t work like this? You ever seen a Catholic priest or Christian or Baptist or anybody… go inside the LGBTQ and tell them how to run their business?”

— Kevin Hodge, The Hodgetwins Podcast, on the Pope announcing Catholic priests cannot bless same-sex marriages.