Notable Quotables - 10/20/2008
Evil GOP Is Endangering Obama
‚Äú[Senator Joe] Biden‚Äôs got Obama‚Äôs back, especially now after a couple of weeks of sharp character attacks from John McCain and Sarah Palin....attacks that stoked the anger at Republican rallies, where there have been reports of attendees yelling things like ‚Äėterrorist‚Äô and ‚Äėkill him.‚Äô [to Biden] Are you at all concerned in this home stretch for Senator Obama‚Äôs safety?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ ABC‚Äôs Terry Moran profiling Biden on Nightline, Oct. 13.
‚ÄúWhat about the tone of the campaign? Joe Biden said it‚Äôs ugly. In the primary, you also brought up Obama‚Äôs association with Bill Ayers, Reverend Wright. Where‚Äôs the line, and have the Republicans crossed it?...Some of this, there‚Äôs concerns about actually inciting violence.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ NBC reporter Ron Allen in an interview with Hillary Clinton shown on Today, October 13.
McCain‚Äôs ‚ÄúDisgraceful‚ÄĚ Campaign
‚ÄúIf he [Obama] loses the election because of that [his ties to Weather Underground bomber Bill Ayers], it‚Äôs disgraceful. If the Republicans make that the issue at the end, it‚Äôs a disgrace....They should not be trying to beat Obama based on the company he kept.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Newsweek‚Äôs Evan Thomas, Oct. 10 Inside Washington.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs hard to tell which one‚Äôs sinking faster, the stock market, or the tone of this campaign....The McCain campaign spent Monday blasting Barack Obama as a mystery man.... Using a new ad to pile on adjectives, ‚Äėdangerous,‚Äô ‚Äėdishonorable,‚Äô ‚Äėliberal,‚Äô and ‚Äėrisky.‚Äô...Trying to link Obama with controversial characters like the once radical anti-war advocate William Ayers and fiery pastor Jeremiah Wright.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Reporter Jeff Glor on CBS‚Äôs The Early Show, October 7.
‚ÄúIn the past couple of days, the Republicans have been laying it on thick. Chumming the waters....It‚Äôs a full-bore attack on Obama‚Äôs character, suggesting he‚Äôs yellow, disloyal and doesn‚Äôt belong....John McCain insisted he wasn‚Äôt going to run a campaign like this, and that‚Äôs left some of his supporters to wonder why he‚Äôs doing it now.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ ABC‚Äôs David Wright, October 9 Good Morning America.
‚ÄúI think the McCain campaign would be perfectly happy to see turnout lower than it would otherwise be and this may be one way to do it....There‚Äôs a theory that says ‚Äėmake the campaign ugly and people won‚Äôt turn out to vote.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ CBS‚Äôs Jeff Greenfield on the October 6 Evening News.
Palin: ‚ÄúAttack Dog‚ÄĚ Like Agnew
‚ÄúA campaign that‚Äôs turned down and dirty: Down in the polls, the McCain campaign has found a new attack dog....Yesterday she [Sarah Palin] took after Barack Obama in a style reminiscent of Spiro Agnew when he was Richard Nixon‚Äôs running mate.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ CBS‚Äôs Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation, October 5.
Co-host Ann Curry: ‚ÄúSarah Palin is now saying that the gloves are off. She‚Äôs linked Obama to domestic terrorism. She‚Äôs, she‚Äôs been bringing up Reverend Wright‚Äôs name.... Explain what‚Äôs happening here, Joe.‚ÄĚ
Senator Joe Biden: ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre losing. She‚Äôs been told to go out and pull out all the stops....‚ÄĚ
Curry: ‚ÄúIs this an ugly stop?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ NBC‚Äôs Today, October 8.
It‚Äôs Racist to Link Obama & Ayers
‚ÄúHer attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret....Palin‚Äôs words avoid repulsing voters with overt racism. But is there another subtext for creating the false image of a black presidential nominee ‚Äėpalling around‚Äô with terrorists while assuring a predominantly white audience that he doesn‚Äôt see their America?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Associated Press writer Douglass K. Daniel in an October 5 dispatch. Ayers is white.
Which Way Is It, CNN?
‚ÄúOur verdict here is false. There‚Äôs no indication that Ayers and Obama are palling around, or that they have had an ongoing relationship in the past three years. And also, there‚Äôs nothing to suggest that Ayers is now involved in terrorist activities.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúTruth Squad‚ÄĚ reporter Josh Levs on CNN‚Äôs Sunday Morning, October 5.
‚ÄúThe relationship between Obama and Ayers went much deeper, ran much longer, and was much more political than Obama said....For seven years, Bill Ayers and Obama, among many others, worked on funding for education projects, including some experiments supported by Ayers....For Obama, the chairmanship of the $100 million Annenberg board helped vault him from South Side Chicago lawyer to political player.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Correspondent Drew Griffin on CNN‚Äôs Anderson Cooper 360, October 6.
How Dare McCain Attack You?...
‚ÄúJohn McCain has unloaded on you in the last 72, 96 hours, as has Sarah Palin. McCain saying, essentially, ‚ÄėWe don‚Äôt know who Barack Obama is, where he came from. I‚Äôm an open book. He‚Äôs not.‚Äô Were you surprised that he didn‚Äôt bring it up last night at the debate?...Sarah Palin has come at you because of the Bill Ayers connection. Are you going to have to address that again?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Charles Gibson‚Äôs questions to Barack Obama during an interview shown on ABC‚Äôs World News, October 8.
...How Dare You Attack Obama?
‚Äú[Why] have you focused so in what you‚Äôve had to say on Senator Obama‚Äôs character? Talked about the fact that we don‚Äôt know him, that he‚Äôs come out of nowhere, that he‚Äôs not an open book....You don‚Äôt think he‚Äôs been thoroughly vetted, having gone through all the primaries he did, all the campaigning, running for President as long as you have ‚ÄĒ two years?...You‚Äôre comfortable that this should be a focus in the last days of the campaign?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Gibson to John McCain the next night.
Headline: Palin Not Embarrassing
‚ÄúEveryone was waiting to see how the political newcomer would do tonight and perhaps the headline is Governor Sarah Palin did not embarrass herself or her running mate as some Republicans might have feared and some Democrats might have hoped.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ CBS‚Äôs Katie Couric during live coverage following the vice presidential debate on October 2.
Disparaging Palin‚Äôs ‚ÄúBrain Power‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIs this [vice presidential debate] about her brain power?... Do you think cute will beat brains?...Do you think she‚Äôd do better on the questions on Jeopardy or the interview they do during a half-time?...My suspicion is that she has the same lack of intellectual curiosity that the President of the United States has right now and that is scary!‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ MSNBC‚Äôs Chris Matthews during the 7pm EDT Hardball on October 2, a couple of hours before the debate.
‚ÄúCan we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president. She is a feisty, charismatic politician who has done some good things in Alaska. But she has never spent a day thinking about any important national or international issue, and this is a hell of a time to start....For John McCain to have chosen this person to be his running mate is fundamentally irresponsible.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Newsweek international editor and CNN host Fareed Zakaria in his Oct. 6 column, ‚ÄúPalin Is Ready? Please.‚ÄĚ
Sarah Palin = Huey Long
‚ÄúHere‚Äôs what‚Äôs disturbing: Either she didn‚Äôt know, because actually the legislative role [of the Vice President] is just about zero as Biden says, or scarier she has a little bit of Huey Long in her. The kind of ‚ÄĒ you could see her being a demagogue, saying ‚ÄėI got to do this, the rules are in the way, to heck with the rules, let‚Äôs do it.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Newsweek‚Äôs Evan Thomas reacting to Palin suggesting at the debate that a vice president has a legislative role, on Inside Washington, October 3.
George Goes ‚ÄúTwo for Two‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúObama is two for two....He definitely won tonight. I think, again, he showed over the course of this debate, over the course of the two debates, he is answering the number one question Americans have about him: Does he have the experience it takes to serve effectively as President? Over the course now of three hours of debates, he is answering that question minute by minute.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ ABC‚Äôs George Stephanopoulos grading the presidential debate on Nightline, October 7.
‚ÄúDebonair‚ÄĚ vs. ‚ÄúMenacing‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúBarack Obama is gifted in his birth by a wonderful smile. He has a wonderful way of disengaging or disarming attacks on him, even when they‚Äôre ferocious. John McCain, when he smiles, has a somewhat menacing quality.... Barack Obama comes off as debonair, even under attack.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ MSNBC‚Äôs Chris Matthews during live coverage following the October 7 presidential debate.
He‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe One‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ Not ‚ÄúThat One‚ÄĚ
CNN‚Äôs Jeffrey Toobin: ‚ÄúHe [McCain] is just not doing very well in these debates. I don‚Äôt mean to belabor this point, but that moment when he said ‚Äėthat one‚Äô and referred to Obama that way, I think that‚Äôs going to be memorable and I don‚Äôt think that‚Äôs going to be a happy memory.‚ÄĚ
Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs like ‚Äėthat woman,‚Äô you know, that we‚Äôve heard ‚Äėthat woman,‚Äô I mean a lot of people are saying that was the kind of language that was very condescending, very patronizing....‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Live coverage following the presidential debate Oct. 7.
Obama & Biden = Knowledge
Chris Matthews: ‚ÄúWhat are you looking for tonight?‚ÄĚ
Unidentified college student: ‚ÄúI‚Äôd like, I‚Äôd like a display of knowledge and expertise.‚ÄĚ
Matthews: ‚ÄúSo you‚Äôre on the Obama side, right?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ MSNBC‚Äôs Hardball, October 2.
PUBLISHER: L. Brent Bozell III
EDITORS: Brent H. Baker, Rich Noyes, Tim Graham
MEDIA ANALYSTS: Geoffrey Dickens, Brad Wilmouth, Scott Whitlock, Matthew Balan, Kyle Drennen and Justin McCarthy
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE: Michelle Humphrey
INTERN: Lyndsi Thomas