Indeed, the only good thing about McCain is that he gave us a genuine conservative, Sarah Palin. He’s like one of those insects that lives just long enough to reproduce so that the species can survive. That’s why a lot of us are referring to Sarah as “The One” these days. — Ann Coulter election 2008 post-mortem.
So all of you wizards of smart on our side, all of you intellectualoids who think that Palin was a drag, the party loves Sarah Palin. The vast majority of conservative Republicans love Sarah Palin. Twenty percent of Republicans who say she hurt the ticket, you are probably the ones that need to go and walk and join across the aisle with the others that you find so much more palatable because they are able to communicate and they are writers and they are intellectual … The party loves her. — Rush Limbaugh’s election 2008 post-mortem.
We’re pretty jazzed up about what we’re seeing as movement in this election. We are witnessing, I believe, probably one of the greatest comebacks that you’ve seen since John McCain won the primary. — John McCain campign manager Rick Davis on a conference call with reporters.
Any serious Republican has to ask, ‘How did we get into this mess?’ — Former Republican house speaker Newt Gingrich on the 2008 presidential elections.
I guarantee you that two weeks from now, you will see this has been a very close race, and I believe that I’m going to win it. We’re going to do well in this campaign, my friend. We’re going to win it, and it’s going to be tight, and we’re going to be up late. — John McCain to Meet the Press moderator Tom Brokaw on his chances to capture the presidency.
We hope for a McCain-Palin victory, for the sake of the country. And also for the pleasure of seeing the dejection of the mainstream media, the incredulity of the leftwing triumphalists, and the humiliation of the pathetically opportunistic ‘conservatives’ who’ve been desperately clambering on board the Obama juggernaut. — William Kristol, Publisher, the Weekly Standard.
As a cold, political calculation I couldn’t be more pleased. — John McCain on his choice of Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate.
…There was a time when the mere invitation of an African-American citizen to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage and an insult. Today is a world away from the cruelty and prideful bigotry of that time - and good riddance. I can’t wish my opponent luck, but I do wish him well. — Presidential candidate John McCain at the Alfred E Smith Memorial Dinner.
John McCain, you’re walking a perilous line. If you do not stand up for all that is good in America and declare that Senator Obama is a patriot, fit for office, and denounce your hate-filled supporters when they scream out “Terrorist” or “Kill him,” history will hold you responsible for all that follows. — Former McCain supporter and military author Frank A. Schaeffer,
He keeps saying, ‘Who is Barack Obama?’ I would ask the question, ‘Who is John McCain?’ because his campaign has become rather disappointing to me. — Former Republican governor and McCain endorser William Milliken.
Whatever The New York Times once was, it is today not by any standard a journalistic organization. It is a pro-Obama advocacy organization that every day impugns the McCain campaign, attacks Sen. McCain, attacks Gov. [Sarah] Palin. — Steve Schmidt, a McCain campaign senior adviser, during a conference call with reporters.
In a crisis, voters want steady, calm leadership, not easy, misleading answers that will do nothing to help. Mr. McCain is sounding like a candidate searching for a political foil rather than a genuine solution. — Wall Street Journal Editorial Board on John McCain’s responses to the current financial crisis.
I am not making this up. This is someone who’s been in Congress for 26 years - who put seven of the most powerful Washington lobbyists in charge of his campaign - and now he’s the one who will take on the old boy network? The old boy network? In the McCain campaign, that’s called a staff meeting. — Senator Barack Obama on presidential candidate John McCain message of governmental change.