Al Hunt or Jonah Goldberg? “The most dangerous sign of arrogance is Team Obama’s insularity. It’s an exclusive club, with no room for outsiders. Inside the White House, that dynamic is personified by Valerie Jarrett, the president and first lady’s longtime confidante, who conducts the loyalty litmus tests. ‘She’s the wagon master,’ says a top Democratic political operative. ‘If there’s trouble, Valerie circles the wagons tighter.’”

Tim Pawlenty or Sarah Palin on Rick Santorum? “He’s a credible candidate and deserves to be right in the middle of the back-and-forth of the campaigns, and I think that’s what you see happening.”

Matt Lauer or Daily Kos? “Mitt Romney is the guy who’s running for your job. He may eventually become the nominee. He’s a guy who’s been incredibly successful in his life and career. He’s made a lot of money. It’s not a crime. It’s part of the American Dream. Do you think, though, that Mitt Romney can identify with the middle class and the underclass in this country?”

Newt Gingrich or a “Saturday Night Live” spoof of Newt Gingrich? “I’m an amateur paleontologist.”

Mike Bloomberg or Joe Biden? “The only way you get $4 trillion — which is half the deficit that we need to close — is if you make sure the Bush tax cuts go away for everybody.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) or Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)? “There are the early beginnings of a civil [war] taking place in Syria. And if the government is going to kill randomly, people deserve the right to defend and fight for themselves.”

A poll of all likely voters or an exit poll of Republican voters? “Forty-nine percent said military force should be used, while 31 percent said it should not and 20 percent were not sure. Sixty-two percent of likely voters said they were somewhat or very concerned about Iran making a terrorist strike on the United States, while 37 percent said they were not very concerned or not at all concerned about it.”

David Brooks or Mitt Romney? “[M]y definition of the Republican elite is that anybody who knows what Newt Gingrich is really like. So the people who worked with him, those are the so-called Republican establishment, and they want anybody but him.”