Pay no attention:

“Advice to readers about the coming orgy of analysis about the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections: Ignore it. Disquisitions on The Meaning of It All for President Obama or the 2009 results as a harbinger for Congress in 2010 have scant basis in reality.” –Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus


“There’s growing concern among some GOP leaders that controversial commentators and far-right conservatives have hijacked the message.” –CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric

Slap a label on it:

“Since the far right did get into that race in upstate New York, is this a legitimate defeat for them tonight?” –CNN’s Larry King

Name-calling instead of analysis:

“The battle for upstate New York confirms just how swiftly the right has devolved into a wacky, paranoid cult that is as eager to eat its own as it is to destroy Obama. The movement’s undisputed leaders, [Sarah] Palin and [Glen] Beck, neither of whom has what Palin once called the ‘actual responsibilities’ of public office, would gladly see the Republican Party die on the cross of right-wing ideological purity. Over the short term, at least, their wish could come true.” –New York Times columnist Frank Rich under the title, “The G.O.P. Stalinists Invade Upstate New York”

Civil war:

“What’s most interesting here is civil war inside the Republican Party. You saw this conservative candidate just come in and swamp the Republican who was pro-choice, pro-gay rights. And what the White House is trying to do even if they lose here is exploit — is fan the flames of this civil war.” –ABC’s George Stephanopoulos

Adventures in logic:

“A public plan does not provide a new entitlement. It just doesn’t. It’s a different form of providing an entitlement.” –New Republic senior editor Jonathan Chait

Speak for yourself:

“Howard, is [Obama] smarter, Howard is he smarter than us?” –MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, who answered, “Of course he is! Much smarter!”


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