"This election will be my first chance to vote, and I want to be confident in my choice. Everyone thinks it’s so controversial for Hillary to be in the running, but where are the openly gay presidential candidates? Don’t get me wrong, fag hags are great, but why have the hag when you can have the fag?" – Chris Crocker, Time‘s viral video of the year winner.
"Rush doesn’t think for himself. That’s not necessarily a slap because he’s not paid to be a thinker — he’s an entertainer. I can’t remember the last time that he has veered from the talking points from the DC/Manhattan chattering class. If they were praising Huckabee, he would be too. Also, I have to think that he’s dying to have Hillary in the White House. Bill Clinton made Rush a megastar. Having another Clinton back in power would make him the Leading Voice of the Opposition once again," – a Huckabee ally explaining Limbaugh’s aversion to the former governor of Arkansas.
"You know, being gay was much more fun when it was illegal… At least it was exciting. Now it’s like a great big boy band, several million strong" – Rupert Everett. I think most gay men would prefer the banality of the boy band to the terror of the law-enforced closet.
"For most of this campaign season, I doubted that Obama really was that new something. Now I’m not so sure he isn’t. Whoever Barack Obama is, there’s no doubting the genuineness of his phenomenon. And maybe, who knows, that’s all that matters…
An important component of this phenomenon is that the Obama crowds are surprisingly free of the usual anti-Republican venom. As much as anything, his rise is a reflection of the country’s increasing boredom with partisan hatred.
"I’m so tired of the president just talking to one part of the country, or one group," says Malia Scotch-Marmo. "I was in my twenties with Reagan, but I felt he talked to me, even though we were all Democrats. It would be great to have a black president. It would be great for kids to see. It would be a nice mind shift," – Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone.
"It might be too late for Hillary. This is all over the black blogs and on black radio. Her campaign was wrong to do this. It’s tacky to go after him for using drugs in high school and college. It’s another thing to claim that somehow, that makes him a drug dealer. Of all the politicians who have come out and admitted experimenting with or using drugs at some point in their life, I’ve never ever heard of one being assued to have also been a drug dealer. Liberals love to rag on the Republican party and their use of the “southern strategy”, but how is what Hillary’s people doing any different. It’s not different at all. In fact, it’s worse. At least the republican party doesn’t pretend to be friendly towards people of color.
From what I’m hearing, this is hurting her in the black community. This apology means nothing. Her guy never should have said what he said and implied what he did, period," – a commenter on the NYT blog, The Caucus.
"Can you tell me: did you in your researches come across the name of Wm. F. Buckley Jr., editor of a New York, neo-McCarthy magazine named National Review? He has been showing me great & unsought attention lately & your article made me curious. Has he been supernaturally “guided” to bore me? It would explain him," – Evelyn Waugh, in a letter to Tom Driberg.
"The rule of law, the very foundation for a free society, has been under assault, not only by criminals from the ground up, but also from the top down. An administration that lives by evasion, coverup, stonewalling, and duplicity has given us a totally discredited Department of Justice. The credibility of those who now manage the nation’s top law enforcement agency is tragically eroded. We are fortunate to have its dedicated career workforce, especially its criminal prosecutors, who have faced the unprecedented politicization of decisions regarding both personnel and investigations," – the Republican Party platform, 2000.
"It doesn’t embarrass me one bit to let you know that I believe Adam and Eve were real people," – Mike Huckabee, 1990. And where was the Garden Of Eden? Missouri?
"What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security," – Milton Mayer, "They Thought They Were Free".
"Just because Neal Boortz is the public face of the FairTax does not make it batshit crazy," – Balloon Juice’s Michael D. He even defends it as well.