De beste sitatene fra 2010

    National Journals “The Hotline” gjennomfører daglig en kåring av dagens beste sitat. De har nå samlet sammen de beste av disse sitatene fra året som har gått, og jeg har tatt meg den frihet til å plukke ut mine favoritter fra denne listen – og kan dermed presentere kremen av kremen:

    Topp 5:

    1. «I’m Scott Brown. I’m from Wrentham. And I drive a truck.» — Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-MA), Boston Globe, 1/20.
    2. «I want to do what is in my heart. But other influences have some effect, to a degree.» — FL Gov. Charlie Crist (I), Wall Street Journal, 7/20.
    3. «Look, I was a controversial guy as your president» — Ex-Pres. George W. Bush, to a TX audience, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 9/11.
    4. «You remember, 2008? That was fun, right?» — Pres. Obama, trying to energize CA Dem donors, release, 4/20.
    5. «I think we should take a page out of her playbook and take a nine iron and smash the window out of big government.» — MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) comparing frustrated voters to Elin Woods, The Atlantic, 2/19.

    Andre gode sitater:

    • «That’s what’s been lost this year … that whole sense of changing how Washington works.» — Pres. Obama, AP quoting People magazine, 1/13.

    • «Majority rule, we call it.» — Speaker Nancy Pelosi, supporting Senate reconciliation of the health care bill, Los Angeles Times, 1/28.

    • «No one is talking about reconciliation.» — Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid, on health care reform, mult., 2/25.

    • «It’s important for our lieutenant governor to be someone who loves dogs. I think that’s a great way to win the election.» — IL Gov. Pat Quinn (D), Chicago Sun-Times, 2/28.

    • «He solved mysteries and caught the bad guys, pretty impressive — especially for a dog.» — Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid, in a fundraising appeal, on a RNC Powerpoint comparing him to «Scooby Doo,» New York Post, 3/11.

    • «No politics involved with this, whatsoever.» — FL AG/GOV candidate Bill McCollum (R), on his health care lawsuit, Sarasota Herald Tribune, 3/23.

    • «A decision like that is one you make at the last possible moment, I guess.» — Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R) on whether he’ll run in ’12, AP, 4/2.

    • «Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.» — Pres. Obama, mult., 4/14.

    • «Oh I don’t think it’s a lot of people. I heard it from one guy.» — FL Gov. Charlie Crist (R?), on contentions that he’s «betrayed» the GOP, Tampa Tribune, 4/21.

    • «I probably shouldn’t say this. But I have thought from time to time that I might have helped the country more if I’d stayed a Republican.» — Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), Allentown Morning Call, 4/28.

    • «It’s beautiful … It’s gorgeous.» — SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan, commenting on a gun Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) displays in his office,, 5/13.

    • «I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-gay rights. I’m pro-immigration. I’m against guns. I believe in Darwin.» — NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg on why he’s not going to run for WH in ’12, AP, 7/17.

    • «So I suppose next week they’ll take another poll and ask, would you be less likely to vote for Andrew Romanoff if you found he was biting the heads off of squirrels?» — CO SEN’s Andrew Romanoff (D), on push polls, Colorado Statesman, 7/30).

    • «I guarantee that I can talk most anything to death.» — Sharron Angle, on her filibustering abilities, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/3

    • «Democrats don’t know how to celebrate» — Sen. Chris Dodd, on why Dems aren’t touting their achievements, New York Times, 8/14

    • «There are two things that are unprecedented in American political history, the $100 million plus that Whitman has paid on her campaign, most of it from her own pocketbook, and two, the virtually no effect it’s had» — CA GOV’s Jerry Brown (D), Los Angeles Times, 8/31

    • «What I’m encouraged about most is that I don’t have to be the contentious person all by myself any longer» — Sen. Jim DeMint, Wall Street Journal, 9/2

    • «What’s his political base? His base is having $10 million» — Ex-Daley aide Monroe Anderson, on Rahm Emanuel‘s mayoral chances, Newsweek, 9/21

    • «I think every speech should begin with a shot of tequila» — CA SEN candidate Carly Fiorina, to a group of Latino business leaders, Los Angeles Times, 10/9

    • «Less bad is never good enough» — VP Joe Biden, Bloomberg, 10/13

    • «I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me» — Sharron Angle, to the Hispanic Student Union, Las Vegas Sun, 10/18

    • «Don’t ask people when you’re not going to get an honest answer. Why would you do that?» — Rep. Barney Frank, asked if he sees Dems keeping the House, Bloomberg, 10/22

    • «I hope I’m judged a success. I’m gonna be dead, Matt, when they finally figure it out» — George W. Bush, to NBC’s Matt Lauer, 11/8

    • «There are things in there that inspire me, and there are things in there that I hate like the devil hates holy water. I’m not going to vote for this thing» — Sen. Dick Durbin, on the deficit reduction commission report, a month before voting for it, mult., 11/10

    • «In a way it’s like ‘The Sound of Music’ but without the romance, the Nazis or the music» — New York TimesAlessandra Stanley, on «Sarah Palin’s Alaska»

    • «You’re the main reason we lost.» — Ousted Rep. Allen Boyd, to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, National Journal, 11/16

    • «I own a home here in the city of Chicago — which I look forward to moving into soon» — Rahm Emanuel, defending himself from charges he is not a resident, Chicago Tribune, 11/19

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