Sarah Palin surveyed this week's grim economic reports and declared them "not a bump in the road," but rather a "brick wall." Palin then went into full nautical mode on Fox News to describe the economy, calling it "noble" of President Obama "to want to stay at the helm and maybe go down with this sinking ship," but that she'd prefer "we start plugging the hole, that we start powering up the bilge pump, and start getting rid of this unsustainable debt that is sinking our ship." "We don't have to go the way of the Titanic," she concluded. Elsewhere on the Sunday dial, as per Politico:
- Palin had gentler words for Mitt Romney, whose campaign launch was buried by her presence in New Hampshire: "I apologize if I stepped on any of that PR that Mitt Romney needed or wanted that day. I do sincerely apologize. I didn't mean to step on anybody's toes." Except "the toes of those who keep screwing up."
- Nancy Pelosi slams Romney's assertion that President Obama had "failed the American people:" “He pulled us from the brink of the financial crisis, and now we have to dig out of a deep debt, and we have to also make it clear that we’re not going to get into this situation again."
- Pelosi on a stalled Congress: "We're not in the majority in the House. (Why haven't we) brought anything to the floor to create jobs? I think that's a better question for Republicans because they control the agenda."
- Haley Barbour thinks Obama's hiking gas prices: “This administration’s policy has clearly been to drive up the cost of energy so Americans will use less of it. That’s environmental policy, that’s not energy policy. But that’s their policy."
- Obama adviser Anita Dunn slaps GOP for glee: "I thought it was almost unseemly on Friday to watch the Republicans basically rooting for failure on those unemployment numbers, reveling in the idea that things are not going well."
- Au contraire, says ex RNC chief Ed Gillespie: "There’s no Republicans out there rooting for the economy to go south. Republicans are working every day to try to bolster this economy to create jobs."
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