“One cannot underestimate how widely admired Tom Daschle is in Washington for his integrity.”

â€"political commentator and former presidential adviser David Gergen on the day the former Senate majority leader withdrew his nomination as health and human services secretary because he had failed to pay taxes on a chauffeured car supplied by an investment firm, CNN, February 3

“This is a relapse into paganism.”

â€"Michael Novak, reacting to Obama’s pledge to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, writing in National Review Online, January 26

“I certainly respect the Constitution, but we have some issues that are much bigger than the Constitution.”

â€"Jackson, Mississippi, Mayor Frank Melton, defending an executive order banning saggy pants, quoted in The Clarion-Ledger, January 14

“We have to do it in the Facebook, with the Twittering, the different technology that young people are using today.”

â€"outgoing Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan on the party’s Internet strategy, quoted in The Washington Post, January 5