During the run up to the holidays I missed this little gem, but thought it was entertaining enough to post now, if for nothing else, to stimulate a little conversation and have some fun.

The following is the Top 10 political quotes of 2008 as compiled by the editor of the Yale Book of Quotations, Fred R. Shapiro. Shapiro first issued his Yale Book of Quotations two years ago and now plans to release the next edition in about five years, but will be adding annual top 10 lists.

1. “I can see Russia from my house!” — Comedian Tina Fey, while impersonating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on the TV comedy show “Saturday Night Live,” broadcast Sept. 13.

2. “All of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.” — Sarah Palin responding to a request by CBS anchor Katie Couric to name the newspapers or magazines she reads, broadcast Oct. 1.

3. “We have sort of become a nation of whiners.” — former Sen. Phil Gramm, an economic adviser to Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, quoted in The Washington Times, July 10.

4. “It’s not based on any particular data point, we just wanted to choose a really large number.” — a Treasury Department spokeswoman explaining how the $700 billion number was chosen for the initial bailout, quoted on Forbes.com Sept. 23.

5. “The fundamentals of America’s economy are strong.” — McCain, in an interview with Bloomberg TV, April 17.

6. “Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.” — the Treasury Department’s proposed Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, September 2008.

7. “Maybe 100.” — McCain, discussing in a town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire, how many years U.S. troops could remain in Iraq, Jan. 3.

8. “I’ll see you at the debates, bitches.” — Paris Hilton in a video responding to a McCain television campaign ad, August 2008.

9. “Barack, he’s talking down to black people. … I want to cut his nuts off.” — Rev. Jesse Jackson, overheard over a live microphone before a Fox News interview, July 6.

10. (tie) “Cash for trash.” — Paul Krugman discussing the financial bailout, New York Times, Sept. 22.

10. (tie) “There are no atheists in foxholes and there are no libertarians in financial crises.” — Krugman, in an interview with Bill Maher on HBO’s “Real Time,” broadcast Sept. 19.

10. (tie) “Anyone who says we’re in a recession, or heading into one — especially the worst one since the Great Depression — is making up his own private definition of “`recession.'” — commentator Donald Luskin, the day before Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, The Washington Post, Sept. 14.

Although I think the list – for all intents and purposes – is as good as any, it does seem inadequate, so I’d like the people here to list some of the notable political quotes that you remember from 2008. My top 3 are as follows:

“When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.” — Joe Bidon was unaware that FDR wasn’t president when the stock market crashed in 1929 or that television was still in the experimental stages of development.

“It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” — Barrack 0bama explaining his troubles winning over some working-class at some San Francisco campaign event.

“It is a decision of the Supreme Court. So this is almost as if God has spoken.? — Nancy Pelosi reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision on eminent domain