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Wednesday, November 3, 2004

'Courage': The Dan Rather game!

Eating popcorn and drinking Merlot — red state or blue state? you tell me! — just isn't absorbing my distractedness tonight, so it's time for additional amusements. So I'm collecting weird lines from Dan Rather's CBS election coverage: "As thin as November ice." "Does it make your fingernails sweat?" "As thin as carrot soup." "Like a swan: Every feather above water calm and in place, but underwater everyone paddling like crazy and worried about Ohio." What are your favorite Ratherisms?

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 3 November 2004 at 1:07 AM

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Brian Duffin:

November 3, 2004 02:22 AM | Permalink for this comment

Check out this site for some great Dan Ratherisms from Election Night 2000 and a few from Election Night 2002.

If I weren't half asleep, I would be able to sync what Dan Rather is saying with what I am hearing.

Go Dan!

Steve Caldwell:

November 3, 2004 02:39 AM | Permalink for this comment

Here's a brief mention of Ratherisms copied from's "War Room" political blog:

What's the frequency on CBS?
The Dan Rather we know and love to watch is at it again. In 2000, he made a wacky Election Night even more bizarre with comments like: "This race is tight like a too-small bathing suit on a too-long ride home from the beach." And: "Frankly we don't know whether to wind the watch or to bark at the moon."

Now it's 2004 and Dan is still barking.

So far, he warmed up by making some random comment about a "hydro-dam-dynamo." Then said: "We may need Billy Crystal to analyze this before it's over." And when Illinois was called for John Kerry, Dan referenced one of Kerry's campaign songs, saying, "play me a verse of Johnny B. Goode in Illinois tonight."

Later, he said about the tightening results: "You don't want to read the tea leaves before the cup is done, or you're going to get burned."

Dan, we're glad to see that whole Memo-gate thing hasn't changed you.


November 3, 2004 02:07 PM | Permalink for this comment

He's become the John Madden of news anchors.


November 3, 2004 02:29 PM | Permalink for this comment

I can hardly express how disappointed I am on the result of the election. However it is interesting to compare how the Christian right movilized its people to how the Uruguayan left came to power in this last election. I have more thoughts about this here:

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