Skip to comments.Another Round of DAN "RATHERISMS"
Posted on 11/06/2002 8:24:27 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
It wouldn't be election night without some wacky "Ratherisms" or, if you prefer, "Danisms." Here are the ones we observed from the CBS Evening News through the end of CBS's 10pm EST hour. MRC analyst Patrick Gregory tracked down most of them:
> Opening the November 5 CBS Evening News: "CBS News has assembled an experienced team of correspondents to bring you the returns and analysis tonight. And we could be in for a long night with the Senate battle as tight as a botox smile."
> During 9pm EST two minute update before Judging Amy. -- "Two hands worth of white knucklers still hanging ten."
-- And, on the Arkansas Senate race: "Polls closed one half hour ago in Arkansas. We can tell you that race is crackling like a hickory fire."
> During CBS's EST/CST prime time hour at 10pm EST: -- "Georgia now is colored red. What a big win for the Republicans. And they'll be breaking out the longnecks in Republican headquarters in Texas and elsewhere, not to mention the White House itself, although Lesley says they pop the caps only on Doctor Pepper ten two and four there."
-- "Well Bob certainly as recently as a week or ten days ago, the Republicans would have considered this kind of win in Georgia as a situation somewhat like the cat that finds a mouse in the milk: unexpected but very much appreciated."
-- "Now, we'll be back with more of our election coverage, and it's beginning to get exciting as the Democrats' fingernails are beginning to sweat now, so stick in here with us, we'll have more after this break."
-- "If, Bob, if it turns out that Republicans regain control of the Senate, and thus President Bush has the White House, both houses of Congress, and a very substantial majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, would or would it not be too strong to say that this night has been the 'Bushification' of America?" Schieffer gave in: "You could say that."
> Depending on what happens on the morning shows, late this afternoon I may do another CyberAlert on what evaluations are espoused on them.
-- Brent Baker, with the overnight team of Brad Wilmouth and Patrick Gregory
MRC NOTE:Editor's Note: The lack of exit polling data and the delay beyond prime time EST of definitive numbers for many races, inhibited trend analysis from TV journalists and pundits on election night, making way for rather dry and straight-forward coverage of returns. But there were some exceptions in the coverage from the cable networks all night and the 10pm EST hour from ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as the 10pm PST/1am EST hours from ABC and NBC. Washington, DC's CBS affiliate did not carry the 10pm PST/1am EST hour from CBS News and significant portions of the 10pm EST hours on the broadcast networks were interrupted by local coverage.
When posted, this CyberAlert will be readable at: MRC Election Night Coverage Rundown
Other stories: Baffling Why Poor Economy Didn't Help Democrats; Blaming Democratic Losses on Not Being Liberal Enough; Warning Bush to Not Pursue Conservative Agenda; What "Worries" You Most About GOP Senate Takeover? Highlighting "Republican Voter Suppression Tactics"; Bill and Hillary "Big Winners"; "Depressing" How Little Bush Doing to Fight Terrorism; CBS: "Moderate" Dems vs. "Ultra- Conservative" Republicans; Townsend Loss "Frightening"; Another Round of "Ratherisms
"Democrats are sweating.....(pause).....through their fingernails."
Here in Nashville, the local affiliates didn't take ANY national coverage.
Look . . . A RAT in the milk! Now isn't that just the most heartwarming image you could imagine? (Well, Dan Rather thinks so.)
I was unaware that the SC had party affiliations. I guess Blather knows more about government than I do.
WTF does this mean?
"It's "depressing" to Bill Maher, the ex-host of ABC's cancelled Politically Incorrect, that President Bush is "so popular when he has really done so little" to fight terrorism."
"It was a "frightening" prospect to former NBC News reporter Star Jones that Kathleen Kennedy Townsend might lose her gubernatorial bid."
"Peter Jennings to Washington Democratic Senator Patty Murray during ABC's 1am EST/10pm PST hour: "Senator from your perspective, ie the Democratic perspective, if the Republicans do end up with control of the Senate, what would worry you most?" Murray's answer: "People would feel there's no one here fighting for them."
Michel Martin, a regular now on This Week, during a discussion in the 1am EST hour about why Kathleen Kennedy Townsend lost in Maryland: "But they also had these leaflets passed out in African- American neighborhoods implying that you couldn't vote if you hadn't paid your rent, if you hadn't paid your overdue tickets, and people are calling this an example of the kind of voter suppression tactics that Republicans engage in..."
MRC cyberalert source
WTF does this mean?
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