The Penguins’ pick: 10 “best” political quotes of 2006

  1. Penguins Employee of the month“Show’s you what I know.” – George W. Bush on the results of the mid-term elections.
  2. “The reality is that the stability we thought we saw in the Middle East was a mirage.” – George W. Bush creating the results of the mid-term elections.
  3. “He leads in a way that the good Lord tells him is best for our country.” —  Marine Corps Gen. and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace on Don Rumsfeld and, inadvertently, on why a Supreme Deity is not always your best source of military advice.
  4. “Declassifying information and providing it to the public when it is in the public interest is one thing. But leaking classified information that could compromise our national security is something that is very serious, and there’s a distinction.” — Scott McClellan, past master of the syllogism and past White House spokesman.
  5. “What the president has said all along is that he wants to make sure that people who become American citizens have a command of the English language.” – Tony Snow, new White House spokesman and past master of irony.
  6. “He’s the only one qualified — that’s my opinion. He gets the job done. The guy has soul.” – Mrs. Ernie K. Doe on her husband running a post-mortem campaign for mayor of New Orleans. Despite his death, Mr. Doe still tells better jokes than John Kerry.
  7. “It seems a little silly to have an amendment on Fluff, but it’s called for by the silliness of schools offering this as a healthy alternative in the first place.” – Massachusetts State Sen. Jarrett T. Barrios taking a stand against Marshmallow Fluff in the state’s schools.
  8. “I’m protective of Fluff; I grew up on it.” – Massachusetts State Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein taking a stand against people who want to take a stand against Marshmallow Fluff in the state’s schools. She filed a bill to make the Fluffernutter the state’s official sandwich.
  9. “If I were not serving in this office, I would certainly prefer to go into one of the coffee shops run by Starbucks.” – Chinese President Hu Jintao giving the company an endorsement it would have been better without.
  10. “The image and brand of the GOP and conservatives has taken a hit and needs repair.” – Pollster and master of understatement Neil Newhouse to the Republican Governors Association.
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