Ross Mackenzie

Quotable observations on issues high and low . . . .

Ultimate newsman Bob Woodward, on the leak about Valerie Plame (wife of Joseph Wilson) and the investigation into it by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald: "Remember. The investigation and the allegations that people have printed about this story are that there's some vast conspiracy to slime Joe Wilson and his wife, really attack him in an ugly way that is outside the boundaries of political hardball. The evidence I had firsthand - a small piece of the puzzle, I acknowledge - is that that was not the case."

Bill Boettge, president of the National Shoe Retailers Association, on the soaring sales of women's shoes: "Women love footwear, and they use it for a psychological boost. It's almost like they're saying, 'The hell with everything else, I'm going out and give myself a lift. Enough of this war, and gas prices, and worries about terrorism and hurricanes.'"

Wall Street Journal reporters Jacob Hale Russell and Jess McCuan: "While the causes and implications of climate change are hugely divisive issues, few dispute that the world on average has been getting warmer - the 10 warmest years on record have all occurred since 1990. (And 2005) was the second-warmest globally since accurate thermometer readings began around 1880, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."

Joanne Corzine, former wife of Democratic Sen. Jon Corzine, on his (successful) candidacy for governor of New Jersey: "Jon did let his family down and he'll probably let New Jersey down, too."

Republican Michael Steele, Maryland's first Republican lieutenant governor - in 2002, on why the state's Democratic establishment, including Democratic African-Americans, are so vehemently hostile to him and his candidacy for the U.S. Senate: "You know why I annoy them? I annoy them because I'm an independent-thinking black man who has not bought into their lies and rhetoric."

Bill Clinton, violating the unwritten rule that former presidents do not criticize their incumbent successors, particularly on matters of war and foreign policy, on President Bush's enterprise to remove Saddam Hussein and establish a democracy in Iraq: "It was a big mistake. The American government made several errors . . . one of which was how easy it would be to get rid of Saddam and how hard it would be to unite the country."

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.

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