Primary Colors (1998)
[Watching the final scene of "Shane" on television]
Henry Burton: Come back, Shane! Run for president!
Richard Jemmons: I'm blacker than you are. I got some slave in me, I can feel it.
Gov. Jack Stanton: [handing Picker the scandalous information concerning his dealings with Reyes] This is the only copy left. I want you to have it because it might help you to know what someone else may find. I shouldn't have looked for it. I'm really sorry.
Gov. Fred Picker: Fuckin' cocaine. You know, I was really so successful at everything I did. Business, politics, hell, I could handle anything... except cocaine. Only I didn't know that because of cocaine. That's what really fucked up my marriage. It wasn't anything else. And...
Gov. Fred Picker: I did go to bed with 'Renzo once or twice. Hell, it was just a coke thing. I could do anything, so I did that too.
Gov. Fred Picker: I'm seeing a really nice woman now... I suppose I have to tell her.
Gov. Fred Picker: Hell of a price to pay, isn't it?
Gov. Jack Stanton: Well, maybe no one will find out.
Gov. Fred Picker: Well, you did... in a day. I should never have said yes to Mrs. Harris. But I liked what Harris was doing, and I thought I'd give it a week, and it just took off. Once I did that blood thing, God...
Gov. Jack Stanton: [interrupting] ... but that was great politics.
Gov. Fred Picker: Yeah... amazing, wasn't it? Jack, I'd like to thank you for coming here, the honorable way you have. I was wrong to stay in. I just hope that maybe when I quit, they won't hit it as hard. And my boys, I really don't want them to know about 'Renzo. The problem is, the bottom line is, I'm going to be a national joke... and I'm going to have to explain it all to my boys... either way. Because no matter what I do, the press is still going to find out the rest of it, aren't they?
Gov. Jack Stanton: If they think it will sell one newspaper, yes.
Gov. Fred Picker: [breaking down] Oh, my God.
Gov. Jack Stanton: [putting his hand on Picker's shoulder] If there's anything I can do... anything... that can make it a little better...
[stands and leaves as Picker weeps]
Jack Stanton: We can do incredible things. We can change this country. I'm gonna win this thing. Look me in the eye, Henry, and tell me that you don't want to be a part of it.
[about Jack Stanton]
Libby Holden: He's poked his pecker in some sorry trash bins.
[with a gun in her enemy's crotch]
Libby Holden: I am a gay lesbian woman! I do not mythologize the male sexual organ!
[on the fealty of political bosses]
Richard Jemmons: That's what these guys do. They love you and then stop lovin' you.
Libby Holden: From now on you can call me the "Dust Buster." I'm stronger than dirt.
Richard Jemmons: I got a python in here...
[Richard unzips his pants and exposes himself to Jennifer at campaign office in front of everyone]
Jennifer Rogers: [awkwardly] I've never seen one that... old... before
[Richard is stunned]
Howard Ferguson: [softly] Come on, Richard... let's just park that Mustang back in the garage
[leading him away]
Gov. Jack Stanton: I'm going to tell you something really outrageous. I'm going to tell you the truth.
Susan Stanton: Your grandfather was a great man. Jack Stanton could also be a great man, if he wasn't such a faithless, thoughtless, disorganized, undisciplined shit.
Jack Stanton: [about the cellphone] You wouldn't have found it if I hadn't thrown it out the car!
Susan Stanton: That's how history is made, Henry - by the first-timers.
Susan Stanton: Isn't that the thing experience teaches you? Not to get burned?
Henry Burton: Does anyone ever learn that?
Susan Stanton: Not the best people.