The week’s top ten quotes in American politics:
“Being a bully is not a leadership strategy.” – Presidential hopeful Herman Cain, reacting to news that Donald Trump would not pursue the presidency.
“Really, I’m just very shy.” – Cindy McCain, pushing back at charges that she’s a “Stepford wife.”
“You don’t go to a Georgia fan to get commentary on the University of Florida, because it’s not objective commentary.” – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, dinging critics of the Court’s decisions.
“They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods.” – Newt Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler, fighting back against the media coverage of his boss.
“Who?” - Sen. John McCain, pretending to not know Rick Santorum when asked for a reaction to Santorum’s criticism of the Arizona senator on the subject of torture.
“Donald Trump was sitting nearby. Everybody was laughing at Donald Trump and it was the most beautiful thing in the world. To have the bully of the world or whatever – it was fantastic. It was really great. I wanted to go up to him and go, ‘Didn’t you think any of that was funny?’ But you don’t want to engage with somebody that’s so grotesque.” – Actor Zach Galifianakis, describing his time at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“Another guy guv admits 2 cheating on his wife. Maybe we need more women governors. Guys: keep ur pants zipd” - Gov. Jennifer Granholm, reacting to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s family woes this week.
“If a man would take back a woman after such a betrayal, is he tough enough to lead the country?” – The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto, questioning Mitch Daniel’s fitness for office given his complicated personal life.
“Miss, I’ve been taking the subway longer than you’ve been born…You have no idea what the subway system used to be like.” – Mayor Michael Bloomberg, responding to a question about the number of panhandlers in the subways.
“When you can slide a full pitcher of beer down the bar 15 feet or more and have it land in front of the customer, you don’t worry about whether your bartending skills have gotten rusty.” - Rep. Bruce Braley, proving that he’s still got it.
- Tea Party Figure Head, Herman Cain Announces Presidential Run (lezgetreal.com)
- FiveThirtyEight: Who Benefits If Huckabee Doesn’t Run? (fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com)
- GOP Search Continues (online.wsj.com)
- Hugh Hewitt: Jon Bruning for United States Senate, plus Newt and Rick Santorum (hughhewitt.com)