Politico’s Best quotes of 2010




In a business where sound bites can be game-changers, there was no shortage of memorable lines in 2010 — both serious and not.

A single moment — scripted or otherwise — can alter the public’s perception of a politician and, therefore, that pol’s trajectory. (Try as he might, Rod Blagojevich will never escape his “I’ve got this thing and it’s f——ing golden” moment, in the same way that Mark Sanford will always be associated with the Appalachian Trail.)

Here’s POLITICO’s list of 2010’s best Politi-quotes that will shape our view of certain individuals well into 2011.

“And secondly, when is it ever a good idea to tie up a woman and ask her to kneel before a false idol, your god, that you call Aqua Buddha?” — Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway

“I’m not a witch.” — Delaware Senate hopeful Christine O’Donnell

“This is a big f——ing deal.” — Vice President Joe Biden

“But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, ‘They are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims,’ I get worried. I get nervous.” — Juan Williams, formerly of NPR 

“I was struggling with the fact that so many black people have lost their farmland, and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land — so I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough.” — Shirley Sherrod, then-Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture, in remarks made at an NAACP event

“The rent is too damn high.” — New York gubernatorial wannabe Jimmy McMillan

“Don’t Retreat, Instead — RELOAD!'” — Sarah Palin

 “Some of you look a little more Asian to me.” — Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle

 “Excuse me! This is a senators-only elevator!” — Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning “I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.” — Maryland resident Velma Hart

‘I’m Not A Witch’ Quote Of The Year

Christine O’Donnell gets a dubious honor from Yale…

The New York Post

Christine O’Donnell’s TV ad declaration “I’m not a witch” during her U.S. Senate campaign topped this year’s best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian.

O’Donnell’s quote is cited by Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, who released his fifth annual list of the most notable quotations of the year. In the ad, O’Donnell was responding to reports of her revelations that she had dabbled in witchcraft years ago.

“It was such a remarkable unconventional quote to be a part of the political discourse,” Shapiro said.

The quote by O’Donnell, a tea party favorite running in Delaware, tied for first place with “I’d like my life back,” the lament made in May by BP’s CEO Tony Hayward after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

“People resented the fact that he was wanting to get back to his yacht races and other aspects of his normal life when those little problems were dwarfed by the magnitude of what people on the Gulf Coast were dealing with,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro noted that the top quotes stemmed from two of the biggest news stories of the year, the oil spill and the emergence of the tea party.

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A Look At Some Of Time Magazine’s Top 10 Lists For 2010

I really enjoy reading Time’s top 10 lists and wanted to share a few with you…

Top 10 Political Gaffes

Top 10 U.S. News Stories

Top 10 Overreported Stories

Politico’s Politi-Quotes 12-10-10


The week’s top 10 quotes in politics:

 “It’s alive! That’s just a joke guys, don’t worry.” – President Barack Obama, joking as he looked into a microscope while visiting a biotech classroom. 

“Ok I’m starting to scream at Obama on tv the way I used to with Bush – not a good sign.” – HBO’s Bill Maher, suddenly souring, via Twitter, on the president. 

“He is whining, and no one likes a whining president.” – Sen. Lindsey Graham, on Obama. 

“Tragedy comes in threes. Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edwards’s passing and Barack Obama’s announcement of extending the tax cuts, which is good, but also extending the unemployment benefits.” – Christine O’Donnell, philosophizing. 

“You blowhard!” – David Letterman, to Bill O’Reilly. 

“I’m not going to answer.” – Oprah Winfrey, on whether Sarah Palin is qualified to be president. 

“I have another dead horse to beat.” – A White House reporter, beginning his question to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs during a briefing. 

“I saw him the other day and I was amazed by it, he must be 300-plus, and that’s something he’s just gotta deal with because you’re not going to say, ‘I’m going to cut the budget,’ well, how about starting with supper?” – MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. 

“He’s stubborn.” – Gibbs, explaining how Obama has successfully stayed away from cigarettes. 

“I have heard that the TSA will be handling more packages this Christmas than the UPS.” – British Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald, joking about airport security.

Christine O’Donnell: Pearl Harbor, Unemployment Benefits Extension Both ‘Tragedies’

She’s baaaaack…and making the same type of asinine statements she made during the midterm campaign.

Huffington Post

On a solemn December 7 marked with melancholy reminders of the 69th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and the tragic passing of Elizabeth Edwards, failed Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell deemed the potential reauthorization of unemployment benefits — as reached in a deal between Obama and GOP leadership — the day’s third and final “tragedy.”

“Tragedy comes in threes,” O’Donnell said at a publicity event in Virginia. “Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edwards’s passing and Barack Obama’s announcement of extending the tax cuts, which is good, but also extending the unemployment benefits.”

O’Donnell continued, explaining why Obama’s most important prize from the negotiations could be likened to a Pearl Harbor-like catastrophe.

“The reason I say this is a tragedy is because his announcement of economic recovery was more of a potpourri of sound bytes. It’s like he took a little bit of what each party wanted and put it together. It’s not a solid plan constructed on sound economic principles.”

Unsurprisingly, the comments didn’t sit very well, and O’Donnell was shortly thereafter forced to walk them back.

The Hill reports on O’Donnell’s about-face:

“That’s not what I meant at all,” said O’Donnell, who went on to explain that her opposition to the extension of unemployment benefits emanates from how the extension is paid for.”If we’re going to extend the jobless benefits we have got to cut spending programs and that’s the flaw in his announcement,” she said. “That’s the tragedy.”

It appears then that O’Donnell is approaching the matter much like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who have both declared their intentions to oppose the bargain because they believe the cost of reauthorizing unemployment benefits for 13 months is too expensive. Instead, they have argued tenaciously for the extension of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and ensuring a minimal estate tax, both which come with a higher price tag over the next two years.

Politico: [Last] Week In One-Liners


Last week’s top 10 quotes in American politics: 

“Well, I’m not going to —- though I’d love to be the spokesperson for Warren Buffett. … I bet that’s a good gig.” — White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, pondering a new career. 

“See, kids excited about vegetables and salad bars. I want the world to know: We can do this.” — First lady Michelle Obama, not giving up hope. 

“I just voted for Bristol on DWTS! She’s enduring a lot & should be proud.  It’s shameful the way she is being attacked. vote-800-868-3407.” — Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, cheering on Bristol Palin. 

“He’s my favorite Republican.” — “The View” co-host Joy Behar, on Mike Huckabee. 

“Could this be the moment that sets the world on fire?” — Fox News’s Glenn Beck, on the situation in Korea. 

“Keep your hands off my teabag, Mr. President.” — Rush Limbaugh, addressing airport security. 

“Good to be back at an auto plant, banging things!” — Vice President Joe Biden, touring a Chrysler factory in Kokomo, Ind. 

“Let me say, it feels pretty good to stop at least one shellacking this November.” — President Barack Obama, pardoning two Thanksgiving turkeys. 

“Go ahead, touch my junk.” — POLITICO columnist Michael Kinsley, offering his take on TSA screening procedures. 

“I want to kick Obama’s ass the next election and get a Republican elected.” — Meghan McCain, pondering a career in political consulting.

Did Sarah Palin really say that?

The Complete Palinisms


“2 PA school speech; I’ll intro kids 2 beauty of laissez-faire via serving them cookies amidst school cookie ban debate;Nanny state run amok!”—Tweet, Nov. 9, 2010.

“As always, proud to be American! Thanks, Commonsense Constitutional Conservatives,u didn’t sit down & shut up…u ‘refudiated’ extreme left.”—Tweet reacting to Republicans’ success in midterm elections, Nov. 3, 2010.

“I suppose I could play their immature, unprofessional, waste-of-time game, too, by claiming these reporters and politicos are homophobe, child molesting, tax evading, anti-dentite, puppy-kicking, chain smoking porn producers … really, they are. … I’ve seen it myself … but I’ll only give you the information off-the-record, on deep, deep background; attribute these ‘facts’ to an ‘anonymous source’ and I’ll give you more.”—In an e-mail to the Daily Caller, about Politico‘s use of anonymous sources in a story about Republican resistance to a Palin presidency, Nov. 1, 2010.

“What I think she could add to that even is to explain what the real witchcraft and voodoo politics and economics is, and that’s what’s going on in D.C. And that’s why she’s determined to get to D.C., to write some laws and get some truth in Washington D.C. so that our economy can get roaring back to life.”—On what was missing from Christine O’Donnell’s “I’m You” campaign ad, to Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Sept. 6, 2010.

“She’s going to have to learn very quickly to dismiss what some of her handlers want… She’s going to dismiss that, go with her gut get out there, speak to the American people, speak through Fox news and let the independents who are tuning in to you know what she stands for.”
—Discussing Christine O’Donnell’s media strategy with Bill O’Reilly in a Fox news interview, Sept. 15, 2010.

“CQ Politics – c’mon guys, get it right. No one told Christine to only speak to FOX news. C’mon now, print truth. Thanks very much.”
Tweet, Sept. 18, 2010.

“The Hill: get it right, please; I did NOT tell O’Donnell to only speak to Fox News. Where do u all get this stuff? Pls report truth. Thanks”
Tweet, Sept. 19, 2010.

“Spenard Builders called and they said, ‘We’re gathering a lot of people in the valley we’re goin’ to go up to the Lutheran church and the Baptist church and we’re going to start praying for our country.’ So we shut down City Hall for a while and we all ran up to the churches and we started prayin’ for America.”
—Describing her reaction to the terrorist attacks with Glenn Beck at a 9/11 memorial event in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2010.

“People show up to hear Glenn Beck. They show up because he has such an infectious eagerness to learn.”

“Freedom is worth fighting for and that’s why he is out doing what he does every day, and I’ll tell you he is out there on the front lines. He is on the front lines in a tough and a brutal leftist media world that takes their shots at him every single day. He reminds me of a lot of good Alaskans.”
—Introducing Glenn Beck at a Sept. 11 memorial event in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2010.

“… in this most perfect state in America, Alaska, where we are independent and we’ve got a pioneering spirit that more of America should hopefully get to look into this state and understand.”
—At a Sept. 11 memorial event in Wasilla, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2010.

“I did, I did! I’m so proud of myself. I have caribou blood under my fingernails still.”
—When asked by a fan whether she’d killed a caribou recently, at a Sept. 11 memorial event in Wasilla, Alaska, Sept. 11, 2010.

“Obama speech tonite may make u dig out ur old Orwell books so rewritten history can be deciphered, depending on who gets credit 4 Iraq surge.”
Tweet, Aug. 31, 2010.

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Meghan McCain: Christine O’Donnell Is ‘Out Of Her Frickin’ Mind’ (VIDEO)

Well, I think we all figured that out a while ago, Meghan…

Huffington Post

Meghan McCain, daughter of recently reelected John McCain, came out fists flying on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday, landing punches on the jaws of Christine O’Donnell, Bristol Palin and President Obama.

“I was never a fan of Christine O’Donnell,” McCain said of the losing Delaware Senate candidate whom she predicted — along with three other failed political hopefuls — would win on Tuesday. “She’s out of her frickin’ mind, so I’m glad she’s not in the Senate.”

It’s not the first time McCain has noticed O’Donnell’s apparent wackiness. Last month she conceded that the GOP contender was “seen as a nutjob.”

After making an aside about Sarah Palin, calling her reality show “unpresidential,” McCain then turned her sass toward the former Alaska Governor’s daughter and “Dancing With The Stars” contestant, Bristol Palin, and news that she hadn’t voted in the election.

“I guess it’s only important for Bristol Palin to vote for ‘Dancing With The Stars,'” McCain prodded. “Anyone that doesn’t vote, it’s just ridiculous.”

McCain also took a shot at President Obama for his interview with Ryan Seacrest this week, calling it “trashy.”

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Midterm Madness: The Year In Review (VIDEO)

Huffington Post – 11-2-2010

Welcome to Election Day, everyone! All year long, we’ve noted that America is facing a host of difficult choices and tough circumstances. Long wars, massive unemployment, a foreclosure crisis that seems to get worse and worse and an economic recovery that’s slow to emerge. How have your would-be lawmakers responded to this time in our lives? With the most infantile, substance-free campaign in memory.

We’ve been watching the campaign ads, the debates, and the interviews, and if there’s some undercurrent of gravitas and maturity and dignity to be found in the country, we’ve not been able to discern it amid all of the chickens and the demon sheep and the gunplay and the singing and the dancing and the barely concealed childish wrath that’s been allowed to masquerade as “conviction.”

If you happened to miss any of our previous chronicles of Midterm Madness, we’re here to help. Here’s the story of how we got to where we are today.

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