Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Dan Ratherisms - from Election nights past

by Pablo Fanque, National Affairs Editor

One thing we won't hear tonight are classic Dan Ratherisms. Daniel Kurtzman compiled this AMAZING list of Quotes from CBS Anchor Dan Rather on Election Night.

Click here to see the entire mother lode as compiled by by Daniel Kurtzman

Quotes from CBS Anchor Dan Rather on Election Night

  • "Do you hear that knocking...President Bush's re-election is at the door."
  • "This race is hotter than a Times Square Rolex.""His lead is as thin as turnip soup."
  • "The presidential race is swinging like Count Basie."
  • "This race is hotter than the Devil's anvil."
  • "Ohio becomes like a sauna for the two candidates. All they can do is wait and sweat."
  • "One's reminded of that old saying, 'Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek.'"
  • "This situation in Ohio would give an aspirin a headache.'
  • '"Bush is sweeping through the South like a big wheel through a cotton field."
  • "No question now that Kerry's rapidly reaching the point where he's got his back to the wall, his shirttails on fire and the bill collector's at the door."
  • "This presidential race has been crackling like a hickory fire for at least the last hour and a half."
  • "Let's see where it goes from here. Round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows."
  • "We keep talking about Ohio if you've been tuning in and out or you put the baby to bed or you went to pop the cap on an adult, or otherwise, beverage..."
  • "In southern states they beat him like a rented mule."
  • "We had a slight hitch in our giddy up, but we corrected that."
  • "In some ways, George Bush's lead is as thin as November ice."
  • "John Kerry's moon has just moved behind a cloud, as far as Florida is concerned."
  • On Kerry's chances: "To use a metaphor, he's gotta draw to an inside straight. But hey, sometimes you get lucky and hit that straight."
  • "We don't know what to do. We don't know whether to wind a watch or bark at the moon."
  • On how the results are affecting strategists: "It's one reason so many of them drink a lot."
  • "This race is shakier than cafeteria Jell-O.""He swept through the South like a tornado through a trailer park."
  • "This race is tight like a too-small bathing suit on a too-long ride home from the beach."
  • "It's about as complicated as a wiring diagram to some dynamo."
  • "This race is as tight as the rusted lug nuts on a '55 Ford."
  • "The presidential race still hotter than a Laredo parking lot."
  • "These returns are running like a squirrel in a cage."
  • "Frankly we don't know whether to wind the watch or to bark at the moon."
  • "We've lived by the crystal ball, we're eating so much broken glass. We're in critical condition."


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