Game Change Quotes

  • Sarah Palin: I want to do what I want to do.


  • Steve Schmidt: No news story lasts more than 48 hours anymore. News is no longer remembered--it's just meant to be entertainment.


  • Steve Schmidt: This guy's raising money like he's his own ATM machine.


  • Steve Schmidt: Steve Schmidt: [prepping Palin for national interviews] Let's start with something simple: how do you plan on maintaining our alliance with Great Britain on Iraq even though support for the war there is at an all-time low? Sarah Palin: I think the United States has always maintained a great relationship with the Queen, and John McCain will continue to have an open dialogue with her. Steve Schmidt: [perplexed] Um, Governor, the Queen is not the head of government in England, she's the head of state. Sarah Palin: Well, then who's the head of government? Steve Schmidt: [dumbfounded] ... The Prime Minister. [tries to laugh it off and takes a sip of his tea with a nervous look on his face]


  • Nicolle Wallace: Nicolle Wallace: Steve... there's something I have to tell you. Steve Schmidt: Sure... Nicolle Wallace: I didn't vote... I couldn't do it... I didn't vote [starts to cry, moves to be hugged by Steve] Nicolle Wallace: I couldn't do it.


  • Steve Schmidt: There are unknowns with Palin, and ah, certainly it could go bad. But if it were me, I'd rather lose by ten points going for the win than lose by one point and look back and say "Goddamn, we should have gone for the win".
    Steve Schmidt: There are unknowns with Palin, and ah, certainly it could go bad. But if it were me, I'd rather lose by ten points going for the win than lose by one point and look back and say 'Goddamn, we should have gone for the win'.


  • Rick Davis: Listen, I too wish that the American people would choose the future Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson, but unfortunately, that's not the way it works anymore. Now it takes movie-star charisma to get elected President, and Obama and Palin, that's what they are - they're stars.


  • John McCain: You're one of the leaders of the party now Sarah. Don't get co-opted by Limbaugh and the other extremists. They'll destroy the party if you let them.


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