The Republicans may help Obama if they act so vindictive, entitled and puffed up that they turn off the voters who just anointed them.
Sarah Palin’s fans have hijacked what is supposed to be a fun talent contest, “Dancing With the Stars,” and turned it into an annoying straw vote for the Palin family. And on Friday, as Americans were rebelling against groping airport pat-downs, the soon-to-be speaker of the House, who was supposed to travel like real Americans, put himself above the madding crowd.
The Times’s Jeff Zeleny was on the scene and reported that John Boehner did not wait in line or go through security: he “was escorted around the metal detectors and body scanners, and taken directly to the gate.”
So much for Reagan’s trust but verify. Now we’ve got distrust and vilify. . . .
Maureen Dowd, "Nuking the White House," New York Times, 21 November 2010.