Sunday Show Quotes of Note

Sarah Palin on Fox News Sunday:

On Election Day:

I think it's going to be a political earthquake and the message will have been sent to the left that they blew it and Americans are waking up and they're saying, "No, smaller, smarter government is the only way that the country can get back on the right track."

On a purported audiotape of Alaska journalists looking for negative stories about GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller.

"Those are corrupt bastards, Chris. That's what is wrong with the media today..."

Rep. Chris Van Hollen on Fox News Sunday

On Election Day:

"No, it's not a lost cause. And the one thing the American people don't like is Washington pundits telling them in advance what they're going to do."

"We're seeing strong early votes, Chris, for Democrats, which means that this idea that the Democrats are not energized is just not true."

Sen. John Cornyn on ABC's This Week

On Election Day:

"I'm not predicting that we will get the majority this cycle. I think it probably is going to take two cycles..."

Sen. Robert Menendez on ABC's This Week

On Election Day:

"No, this is not 1994....[I]n 1994, the Republican brand, its image was much better than it is today. In every poll, Democrats as a brand fare much better."

Gov. Haley Barbour on NBC's Meet the Press

"[T]here's no question that this midterm election is a referendum on Obama's policies. He talks about it. The public talks about it. The dominant issues in America are all of this spending, outrageous spending, excessive debt, skyrocketing deficits, joblessness and what the American people are looking at, and they're saying the Obama policies aren't working."

DNC Chair Tim Kaine on NBC's Meet the Press

"I think the Republicans are saying they're going to take both Houses. We believe we're going to hold on to both Houses and we're going to see. I'm not going to predict. I -- I believe that we'll hold on to both Houses but the margins will get narrower, because the America isn't a 59-41 nation. The margins will get narrower. I think this is a choice, a clear choice, it's not a referendum."

RNC Chair Michael Steele on CNN'S State of the Union

"We do need to be very smart about the kind of leadership we bring to the table come January with a Republican majority in the House and hopefully the Senate. We do need to be very, very smart about what the American people are saying they want us to address in terms of the economy, jobs creation and the like."

RNC Chair Michael Steele on CNN's State of the Union

"I appreciate all the numbers, 50, 60, 70. I just -- my number is 39. Let's get to 39, because then you can begin to put in place the governing structure that you're going to need for your majority leadership in 2011."

Sen. Dick Durbin on CNN's State of the Union when asked if he would support Chuck Schumer for leader if Harry Reid loses Tuesday

"I made a promise to Harry Reid I wouldn't even speculate on this possibility. Harry Reid is our majority leader and I support him."

Gov. Ed Rendell on CBS's Face the Nation

"Democrats are much more fired up in the last two weeks than people would think. African-American voters, I was in a subway station, they're on fire because of the attacks by Mitch McConnell on the president. They know what's at stake here.Gay voters, they know that they're in the cross-hairs. They're on fire. Latino voters in Allentown, Pennsylvania, are riled up. So I think there's going to be some surprises. I'm not saying we're necessarily going to hold on to the House, but I think there are going to be some surprises on Election Day and particularly in Pennsylvania."

Gov. Tim Pawlenty on CBS's Face the Nation

"They're trying to sell something that isn't any good. And what we have now is an economy that remains in the doldrums. We have people reacting very negatively to "Obama-care" and the overreach of the federal government in that regard."