The top quotes in politics this week:
“You want a kiss? We’ll I’m already married.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann telling a llama that she’s not interested.
“That’s a joke.” — President Obama explaining a sarcastic remark that didn’t get many laughs.
“It’s a circus. These people are clowns. They are wearing make-up.” — Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer commenting on the debt negotiations.
“You are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representatives.” — Rep. Allen West ripping into Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in an e-mail.
“I think our vice president put it better but I’m not going to use his words. This is a really big deal.” — First lady Michelle Obama introducing a new initiative to make healthy food more accessible.
“It’s much harder to succeed as a vocalist, and become one of the big names than it is to get elected president.” — GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain comparing singing to politics.
“But I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do.“ —Texas Gov. Rick Perry talking about 2012.
As usual, HuffPo’s Jason Linkins nails it…
So the word is out! The GOP field for the 2012 nomination is set. And the enthusiasm is pretty much not palpable. But why is that? By my reckoning, the current field includes:
- The Guy Who Invented ObamaCare (Mitt Romney)
- The Guy Who Imploded 48 Hours After Announcing (Newt Gingrich)
- The Guy Who Is The “Secret Progressive” (Jon Huntsman)
- The Pizza Guy (Herman Cain; if you’re not satisfied with your pizza, be sure to check out Cain’s right of return policy)
- The Guy With The “Google Problem” (Rick Santorum)
- America’s Most Beloved Libertarian (Ron Paul)
- America’s Most Beloved Libertarian On Weed (Gary Johnson)
- Maybe, America’s Top Internet Troll (Sarah Palin)
- Probably, America’s Top Michele Bachmann (Michele Bachmann)
- Two Dudes Who The GOP Have Made Into Apostates For Being Anti-Lobbyist and Pro-LGBT Rights, Respectively (Buddy Roemer, Fred Karger)
- And Finally, Ol’ What’s His Name, The Guy Who’s Not Mitch Daniels (Tim Pawlenty)
Hey, that includes three people (Romney, Gingrich, and Huntsman) who have, in the past, supported the individual health insurance mandate that’s now a taboo topic in conservative circles.
And so, the National Review‘s Rich Lowry is wondering, “Is This It?”
How’s this for an impressive Republican lineup?A likable former governor and TV personality; a two-term governor with an unmatched fiscal record; another former governor with the best education-reform credentials in the country; a rising star in the House; and a photogenic senator from the heartland.
They are Mike Huckabee, Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, Mike Pence, and John Thune. The Republicans sitting out the 2012 nomination battle would themselves make a formidable field. Indeed, more formidable than the actual entrants. The hottest place to be in Republican politics right now is sitting on the sidelines.