Michael Kinsley

American political journalist, commentator television host

Michael Kinsley (born March 9, 1951) is an American political journalist, commentator, television host, and pundit.


  • Conservatives are always looking for converts, whereas liberals are always looking for heretics.
  • A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth - some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say.
    • As quoted in Commentary: The gaffer speaks, The Times, April 23, 1988.
  • I have a saying: the scandal isn't what's illegal, the scandal is what's legal.
    • As quoted on Crossfire, CNN, Nov. 15, 1990.
  • Ambition can never be naked in a political campaign, it must be clothed in deceit.
    • As quoted in Time, Jan. 4, 2008

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