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We're Not In Hope, Arkansas, Anymore

Castro, decency, Elvis, and “soul-light magic”: Which Democratic candidate remembers what?

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Even after Iowa and New Hampshire, some of us might have trouble distinguishing among the platforms (if not the behavioral tics) of the Democratic candidates. How about their memoirs? Can you match the quote to the candidate?

1) “It’s my Elvis moment. People are grabbing me to hug me and kiss me and shake my hand . . . the enormous crowd roars and I can feel this rush of excitement and acceptance and warmth and optimism. ”

2) “I do have a weakness for physics—quantum physics, molecular physics, and astrophysics. I’m not a physicist at all; I don’t do the higher math and I couldn’t explain string theory, but I’m addicted to the ‘Science’ section of The New York Times.

3) “Spirit merges with matter to sanctify the universe. . . . The interchangeability of matter and spirit means the starlit magic of the outermost life of our universe becomes the soul-light magic of the innermost life of our self.”

4) “I have spoken of decency quite often in this book and I am happy that I have.”

5) “Fidel Castro was brilliant. He was absolutely awesome (and it takes a lot to impress me). He was probably one of the three most impressive people I have met in my entire life.”

6) “John Glenn, John McCain, and I had been discussing our shared love of flying until John Glenn fell asleep.”

7) “I recognize that people are entitled to draw their own conclusions about my motives and politics and that there will be consequences. As one of my busi-ness associates explained it to me, 'Who says freedom of speech is free?’ ”

1) An Amazing Adventure, Joe and Hadassah Lieberman; 2) Winning Back America, Howard Dean 3) A Prayer for America, Dennis Kucinich 4) Four Trials, John Edwards 5) Al on America, Al Sharpton 6) A Call to Service, John Kerry 7) Winning Modern Wars, Wesley Clark


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