From Harold Ford, who recently moved from Tennessee to New York and is running for the Senate:
Q. Have you been to Staten Island?
A. I landed there in the helicopter, so I can say yes.
And from Harry Reid, on whether it was a good idea to negotiate over healthcare reform with Olympia Snowe:
As I look back it was a waste of time dealing with her, because she had no intention of ever working anything out.
For the record, I once stepped off the Staten Island Ferry and walked around for a few minutes before taking the next ferry back, and a couple of years ago I spent several hours crossing Interstate 278 in a massive traffic jam on my way to JFK. So I’ve been to Staten Island too. And I don’t think Olympia Snowe was ever very serious about healthcare reform either — at least, not based on the lame excuse she gave for not supporting the final Senate bill even after it was redrafted to her liking.