The week in review in quotes
The hell that was the Friday evening commute gave me time to ponder what was said or written over the last week that shouldn't be overlooked or forgotten. (Mind you, I walked.)
Nate Silver of 538.com on Sarah Palin's palm card:
Is it a big deal that Palin wrote some notes on her hand? No, not really. Lots of politicians carry notes with them (if not, as in Palin's case, literally on them). If this were Mitt Romney, it wouldn't have been a particularly big story. Nevertheless, politics is inherently contextual, and this was something that was bound to play into every negative caricature of Mrs. Palin. Somebody needed to take Palin aside and tell her: Honey, this is going to make you look ridiculous. Can't you write on a notecard instead?
Dr. Dorothy Height, the 97-year-old chairwoman of the National Council of Negro Women who has advised every president since FDR, on the expectation that Barack Obama, as the nation's first black president, should focus on black issues:
We have never sat down and said to the 43 other presidents: ‘How does it feel to be a Caucasian? How do you feel as a white president? Tell me what that means to you.’ I am not one to think that he should do more for his people than for other people. I want him to be free to be himself.
New York Gov. David Paterson (D) on the swirl of unfounded allegations last week that were rumored to force him from office:
The only way I'm not going to be governor next year is at the ballot box and the only way I'm leaving before that is in a box.
Clifford Levy of the New York Times penned a piece on Russia's view of Washington's reaction to SnowMGgeddonpocalypse. The teaser headline on the front of the Week in Review, which you will only see in the print edition, summed up my sentiments perfectly:
From Russia, with scorn: Shut up and shovel.
With more snow rumored to be on the way, I hope folks take that admonition to heart.
| February 14, 2010; 9:23 AM ET
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