Best Quotes From the Sunday Shows – 12.29

ABC’s “This Week” –  “Well, with respect, I actually don’t think it was a case of my having influence at all.  I think it’s a case of the American people having influence.” -Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his influence over the House Republican conference during the shutdown.

CBS’s “Face the Nation” – “This is the most serious hemorrhaging of American secrets in the history of American espionage.  Look, we’ve had other spies.  We can talk about Hanssen and Aldrich Ames.  But their damage, as bad as it was, was fairly limited.” -Former NSA Director Michael Hayden on Edward Snowden’s “treason.”

“Fox News Sunday” – “[I]t will probably pass, the three-month proposal put forth by Reid and Heller is something that will move forward.” -Scott Brown, on extending federal unemployment benefits.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” – “There’s just no chance this was an Al Qaeda attack. if, by Al Qaeda, you mean the organization founded by Osama Bin Laden.” –NYT‘s David Kirkpatrick on the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

CNN’s “State of the Union” -“Look, what’s going to happen in 2014 was your question? He can either go down or he can go up.” -Ana Navarro’s rather safe prediction on Obama’s political fortunes in the new year.