The Rise and Fall of the Political Catchphrase

December 2, 1993

William Kristol, former aide to Dan Quayle and aspiring Republican power broker, outlines a G.O.P. strategy on health care in a widely read memo: "Republicans should scrupulously avoid endorsing the President's depiction of a nation beset by fear over health care."

December 8

Rumored G.O.P. presidential candidate Dick Cheney tries out a new talking point: "I don't believe there is a crisis in our health-care system."

January 2, 1994

Bob Dole, Senate Minority Leader, weighs in on Meet the Press: "My view is that I think there isn't a health-care crisis."

January 9

Pat Moynihan, iconoclastic Democratic Senator...

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