Winston Churchill was ambivalent on the subject:
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
“Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.”
Will Rogers, on politics:
“I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.”
Taegan Goddar’s excellent Political Wire has a recurring “quote of the day” feature. A couple of recent entries:
“If you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up.” — Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), quoted by ABC News.
“It’s like in Roman times, they’d be trotted out to the coliseum and the lions would be brought out. I mean, they’re wanting blood and they’re not getting it so they want to protest, and, you know, you can’t blame them. But frankly, the fact is we inherited this mess and it’s becoming ours.” — Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), quoted by Politico.