Thursday, January 8, 2009

Mitt, Mike, and Sarah travel down memory lane

Global Politician lists the 99 "Most Memorable, Interesting, and Outrageous Political Quotes of 2008", and we've categorized the quotes from and about the 2012 candidates, as well as GP's rank of the quote and our personal favorite, in bold italics.

Mitt Romney:

7. “The idea of Bill Clinton back in the White House with nothing to do is something I can’t imagine.”

96. “They would prefer it if I would simply distance myself from my religion, say that it is more a tradition than my personal conviction, or disavow one or another of its precepts. That I will not do. I believe in my Mormon faith and I endeavor to live by it. My faith is the faith of my fathers. I will be true to them and to my beliefs.”

Sarah Palin:

39. “The risk John McCain took last Friday is comparable to the 72-year-old ex-fighter pilot knocking back two shots and flying his F-16 under the Golden Gate Bridge. McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his co-pilot was the biggest gamble in presidential history.” - Pat Buchanan

40. “[John McCain has chosen a running mate] … whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion.” - South Carolina Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler

41. "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? Lipstick." - US vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin at the Republican convention.

44. "The most qualified? No! I think they went for this, excuse me, political bulls**t about narratives." - Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speechwriter, caught on air on MSNBC during a commercial break dissing Sarah Palin as the VP pick

45. "This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America. Our opponent is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country. Americans need to know this." - Sarah Palin, accusing Barack Obama of associating with Bill Ayers, a founder of radical Weather Underground, which was involved in several bombings in early 1970s

46. “I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, ‘wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?’ Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.” -Sarah Palin

57. “I can’t begin this great effort without honoring the achievements of Geraldine Ferraro back in 1984, and of course, Senator Hillary Clinton who did show determination and grace in her presidential campaign. It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America, but thankfully as it turns out the women of America aren’t finished yet and the voters will shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.” - Sarah Palin in Pennsylvania during her second stop on the campaign trail as the Republican vice presidential candidate

60. If there are allegations based on questions or comments that I made in debate prep about NAFTA, and about the continent vs. the country when we talk about Africa there, then those were taken out of context. That’s cruel, It’s mean-spirited. It’s immature. It’s unprofessional and those guys are jerks if they came away with it, taking things out of context and then tried to spread something on national news. It’s not fair, and it’s not right.” -Alaskan Governor and former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin on whether or not she thought Africa was a “country”

61. "I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is. Even if it’s cracked up a little bit, maybe I’ll plough right on through that and maybe prematurely plough through it, but don’t let me miss an open door.” - Sarah Palin on running for president in 2012.

Mike Huckabee:

89. "That was Barack Obama. He just tripped off a chair. He's getting ready to speak and somebody aimed a gun at him and he -- he dove for the floor." - Mike Huckabee after his speech to the National Rifle Association was interrupted by a loud noise.

90. “It tastes like squirrel.” - Mike Huckabee on what squirrel tastes like.