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