September 15, 2008

The Tattlesnake – Special Who Said It? Quiz Edition

No cheating with ‘the Google,’ now. Answers below the fold.

1. “My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who … God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian … I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. … Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross.”

A. Sarah Palin at her Juneau Church last June.
B. James Dobson at the Focus on the Family Summit last week.
C. Rev. Sun Myung Moon in 1979.
D. Adolf Hitler in 1922.

2. “I am prepared and need no on-the-job training. I wasn’t a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn’t a governor for a short period of time.”

A. Joe Biden in a Democratic primary debate in December 2007.
B. John Kerry to Newsweek, 2003.
C. Newt Gingrich on Fox News, April 2006.
D. John McCain in a GOP primary debate, October 2007.

3. “If the real thing don’t do the trick, you better make up something quick.”

A. Karl Rove to political science students at Liberty University in 2006.
B. Richard Nixon to John Ehrlichman in the Oval Office, May 2004.
C. From the lyrics to Huey Long’s 1930 campaign song “A Chicken in Every Pot.”
D. From the lyrics to Heart’s song “Barracuda,” played to close out the 2008 Republican Convention.

4. “No, I’m not going to define it.” [After being asked to define 'honor.']

A. Richard Nixon in a press conference, October 1973.
B. Barack Obama on NBC’s The Today Show, October 2007.
C. John McCain in an interview with Time Magazine, August 2008.
D. Rudy Giuliani in an interview with The New Yorker in 2005.

5. “The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. … And I won’t be buried under their damn flag.”

A. Rev. Jeremiah Wright in a sermon, June 2006.
B. Joe Vogler, founder of the secessionist Alaska Independence Party.
C. Barack Obama’s father in 1962.
D. Saddam Hussein in June 2003.

6. “I have spent much of my life choosing my own attitude, often carelessly, often for no better reason than to indulge a conceit.”

A. John McCain
B. Barack Obama
C. Sarah Palin
D. Joe Biden

7. “I make [decisions] as quickly as I can, quicker than the other fellow, if I can. Often my haste is a mistake, but I live with the consequences without complaint.”

A. Ronald Reagan
B. Barack Obama
C. Joe Biden
D. John McCain

8. “This election is not about issues. This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates.”

A. Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager.
B. David Axelrod, Obama’s campaign manager.
C. Bill O’Reilly on Fox News, April 2008.
D. Joe Biden on Meet the Press, June 2008.

9. “When I look every day, the big oil company’s building is right out there next to me, and it’s quite a reminder that we should have mutually beneficial relationships with the oil industry.”

A. Frank Murkowski, former Governor of Alaska, in 2004.
B. Sen. Harry Reid, senate speech, April 2008.
C. Nancy Pelosi, Wall Street Journal interview, May 2008.
D. Sarah Palin, talking about her office view in downtown Anchorage.

10. “[Sen. Ted Stevens and I are] singing from the same sheet of music.”

A. Jack Abramoff, in a birthday tribute to Stevens in 2005.
B. John McCain, defending Stevens in the Washington Post, 2004.
C. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Anchorage Daily News interview, July 2007.
D. Sarah Palin after becoming Governor of Alaska in 2006.

11. “I can verify that John [McCain] has an infamous reputation for being a hot head. He has a quick and explosive temper that many have experienced first hand. Folks, quite honestly, that is not the finger I want next to that red button.”

A. Phillip Butler, a POW who was in the Hanoi Hilton with McCain.
B. John Kerry, who served in Vietnam.
C. Admiral William T. Fallon, USN, Ret., in 2007.
D. Colin Powell in 2001.

12. “If you are going out of business, you don’t go down with the ship, you get another ship. For us, it’s natural gas.”

A. T. Boone Pickens
B. Arnold Schwarzenegger
C. Grover Norquist
D. Dick Cheney

13. “I admit it …the liberal media were never that powerful, and the whole thing was often used as an excuse by conservatives for conservative failures.”

A. Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard.
B. Roger Ailes of Fox News.
C. Rush Limbaugh to Talk Magazine in 2007.
D. Ann Coulter on Hardball, February 2006.

The Answers:

1. D. Adolf Hitler, from a speech on April 12, 1922.

2. D. John McCain.

3. D. Heart lyrics. The band has since asked the GOP to stop using their song.

4. C. John McCain, from “McCain’s Prickly TIME Interview,” August 28, 2008.

5. B. Joe Vogler, founder of the Alaska Independence Movement. Sarah Palin’s husband Todd was a card-carrying member from 1995 to 2002, and Sarah herself addressed AIP conventions in 2006 and 2008. AIP is an extremist group that calls for Alaska to secede from the United States. Quote from Rosa Brooks of The Capital Times (WI), Sept. 6, 2008.

6. A. John McCain, from his book “Faith of My Fathers.”

7. D. John McCain, from his 2002 memoir “Worth the Fighting For.”

8. A. Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager, as quoted by the Washington Post’s The Fix blog.

9. D. Sarah Palin, as quoted by Kate Sheppard in “Palin Comparison: The Not-So-Green Governor,” Grist Magazine, Sept. 1, 2008.

10. D. Sarah Palin, as quoted by John Dolan in “Sarah Palin’s Big, Sleazy Safari,” AlterNet, Sept. 2, 2008.

11. A. Phillip Butler, “I Spent Years as a POW with John McCain, and His Finger Should Not Be Near the Red Button,”, Aug. 21, 2008.

12. A. T. Boone Pickens from “Becoming a Billionaire.”

13. A. Bill Kristol, as quoted by Eric Alterman, Media Matters, Aug. 6, 2008.


  1. At least I did better here than on GK’s infernal crossword puzzle.
    I got about the same number right both times,
    Its a good one,RS.

    Comment by Rainlander — September 15, 2008 @ 8:06 pm

  2. It is a good one RS. LOL

    ‘Infernal’ Rain? You crack me up. LOL

    Comment by kerry — September 15, 2008 @ 10:55 pm

  3. Thanks, guys. Glad you liked it.

    Comment by RS Janes — September 17, 2008 @ 5:32 pm

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