"Schafik got far more than the 'hard' votes of the FMLN, and I think that those votes weren't for him but rather against ARENA. In this election, many people held their noses when they went to vote because they were doing something they didn't like. That happened on both sides. People held their noses when they voted for Tony Saca as well, because they didn't like ARENA, but they were afraid of Schafik or they didn't want to take any chances."
--from an interview with Bill Barnes (political scientist, lawyer and frequent Salvadoran election pollster), in today's La Prensa Gráfica
"It was as if Osama bin Laden, hidden in some high mountain redoubt, were engaging in long-range mind control of George Bush, chanting 'invade Iraq, you must invade Iraq.'"
--Richard A. Clarke, George W.'s former counterterrorism coordinator, in his new book, cited by Barton Gellman in today's Washington Post.
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