"What is really hypocrisy, as I hear that word bandied about, is to watch some pontifical powdered poop asking Dan Quayle questions and know that that person was hiding out during the Vietnam War carrying a Viet Cong flag."
-- Senator Alan Simpson on NBC Nightly News, August 18.
"I've always said that I.Q. is a small part of the political world....The minute he speaks his own mind, he reminds us of why Lady Di isn't allowed to talk, the guy has nothing to say and when he speaks it's frightening....He explains his military policy in Europe on the basis of what [Indiana basketball coach] Bobby Knight believes, ignoring the history of World War II, this century's history. In terms of strategic policy, he looks to Tom Clancy for his authority. These are not metaphors he uses....What can he do? Can he talk or think? Which one can he do?"
-- San Francisco Examiner reporter and CBS This Morning "political columnist" Chris Matthews on
The McLaughlin Group, September 17.
"From a distance of two feet Quayle looks younger than he is, his face smooth and creamy, as if unmarked by life. He's good looking, no denying that. If he were a woman he would be described as beautiful. His facial bones are delicate, and his mouth is what pulp fiction writers call sensual."
-- New Republic politics editor and former Newsweek reporter Hendrick Hertzberg, October 31.
"After the 1988 campaign, no one can any longer argue that network news reflects a 'liberal bias.'...Telejournalists...are indeed a bunch of liberals. But their ideological slant has worked against any 'liberal bias' by the TV news, as reporters bend over backwards not to seem at all critical of Republicans."
-- Johns Hopkins University instructor Mark Crispin Miller, in The New York
Times, November 16.
"Bush won by default, and by fouls. His 'mandate' is to ignore the threats to our economy, sustain the Reagan heritage of let's pretend, and serve as figurehead for what America has become, a frightened empire hiding its problems from itself."
-- Conclusion of November 21 Time article by Gary Wills.