- The 1992 Republican platform: "But every part of that opportunity agenda has been thwarted by landlord Democrats in Congress. We ask the electorate: End the strangulation of divided government. Give Republicans the chance to move housing policy off the Democratic Party plantation into the mainstream of American life. "
- Rep. Bill Thomas, debating Steny Hoyer (D-MD) on congressional reform : "His party had 40 years to pass this kind of legislation. They never did. They talked a lot about it. They made innuendos at that time that it was a fair system. In fact, it was a plantation run totally by patronage" (Congressional Record, December 19, 1995, H15113).
- Rep. Bob Walker: "Then to have people come to the floor and to describe it as fair to the minority, "We gave you amendments, these are something that we have given you," let me tell the Members, giving us this as they strip us of our rights is nothing. It is like when the people in the South some years ago, I would say to the gentleman from South Carolina [Mr. Derrick], were stripped of their rights but were told how nice it was that `We give you a hovel to live down behind the plantation house'" (Congressional Record, June 24, 1992, H5105).
- Rep. Newt Gingrich: "I clearly fascinate them," Gingrich said of the Democrats. "I'm much more intense, much more persistent, much more willing to take risks to get it done. Since they think it is their job to run the plantation, it shocks them that I'm actually willing to lead the slave rebellion" (Washington Post, October 20, 1994).
Come on, guys, it's Opposition Research 101: Don't make charges that the other side can so easily throw back in your face.