The Best of Notable Quotables; December 12, 1988
Table of Contents:
- Executive Summary
- Reagan Record
- Cuban Communism
- Human Rights
- Oliver North
- Ted Turner's Portrait of the Soviet Union
- Grenada Liberation
- Jim Wright
- Tax Reform
- Geraldo Rivera
- Phil Donahue
- Carl Rowan
- Cows and Dogs and Cats
- Headline of the Year
- BEST NOTABLE QUOTABLES OF CAMPAIGN ‚Äė88
BEST NOTABLE QUOTABLES OF CAMPAIGN ‚Äė88
"You‚Äôd better be glad I‚Äôm leaving the White House beat in November, because if Bush gets elected, I‚Äôd savage him."
-- ABC White House correspondent Sam Donaldson, at the Republican Convention, quoted in Newsweek‚Äôs "Overheard" column, August 29.
"When he entered the race nearly a year ago he had the courage to say that as President he would probably have to raise taxes. And he never recovered from his courage."
-- ABC‚Äôs Peter Jennings on Babbitt‚Äôs withdrawal from
the race, World News Tonight, February 18.
"Jesse Jackson toured Chicago and brought tears and excitement wherever he went. Watch him as he walks to the Robert Taylor project, home of some of this city‚Äôs poorest people. They gave him what they had, they gave him love. This week Jackson has been king. Greeted like a rock star, in a campaign more emotional, perhaps, than Robert Kennedy‚Äôs in 1968."
-- Reporter Bruce
Morton, CBS Evening News, March 15.
"Dukakis is a centrist."
-- Los Angeles Times reporter Robert Scheer on The McLaughlin Group, weekend of June 11.
‚ÄúDukakis would junk SDI, MX missiles‚ÄĚ
-- Washington Times, June 15
‚ÄúDukakis Adopts Centrist Stance: On National Security Policy, He Seeks to Reassure Establishment‚ÄĚ
-- Washington Post, on same speech, next day
"George Bush wants to convince voters that Michael Dukakis is a big spender who will raise taxes, coddle criminals, and disarm America. In other words, a ‚Äėliberal.‚Äô But does the dreaded ‚ÄėL‚Äô word stick to Dukakis? Probably not."
-- Newsweek table of contents summary of lead story in the July 4
"Not only is the campaign getting stale, it‚Äôs getting a little gruesome, and Dukakis may be sending the wrong message. He may be convincing voters the issue is: ‚ÄėDo you vote for Bush and hope he lives, or Dukakis and hope he doesn‚Äôt?‚Äô"
-- CNN political analyst
Frederick Allen, October 11.
"Obviously, I am for Dukakis."
-- Convicted murderer Willie Horton in USA Today, October 19.
Democratic National Convention
"Jesse Jackson succeeded in conducting a brilliant presidential campaign in which he enlisted white support as well as black support...and conducted a mainstream campaign."
-- Walter Cronkite, July 20.
"He [Jackson] has become here, a kind of new, he‚Äôs acquired a new status. He‚Äôs almost like Hubert Humphrey was, a sort of conscience of the country."
-- Eric Sevareid during CBS News coverage, July 20.
"Nobody almost is an old-fashioned liberal anymore in a sense of ‚Äėlet‚Äôs throw some money at a problem.‚Äô"
-- Reporter Bruce Morton on CBS, July 19.
"Today‚Äôs Jane Pauley, perky as ever on her Wednesday morning broadcast, has resilience. She arose for work at 4 a.m., as usual, after having stayed up until the wee hours. The compelling draw to keep her out late Tuesday night? Visiting the convention. ‚ÄėI‚Äôm a Jesse fan,‚Äô she says."
-- USA Today, July 21.
Republican National Convention
"He‚Äôs against outlawing abortion, he‚Äôs against President Reagan‚Äôs Star Wars defense, he worries about the poor and homeless...Nine delegates to this convention describe themselves as liberals....Harold Fergiss: a lonely, rather brave figure out there on Canal Street. Symbol of the kind of Republican that once was, but almost isn‚Äôt anymore."
-- Charles Kuralt
on CBS, August 17.
"But for all the talk about Bush‚Äôs asserting his political independence, the Vice President cannot hope to defeat Michael Dukakis without standing on the shoulders of the President. Bush appears, on present form at least, overmatched as a candidate, offering the voters little more than a resume without a rationale."
National Political Correspondent Laurence Barrett, August 22 issue.
"What is really hypocrisy, as I hear that word bandied about, is to watch some pontifical powdered poop asking Dan Quayle questions and know that that person was hiding out during the Vietnam War carrying a Viet Cong flag."
-- Senator Alan Simpson on NBC Nightly News, August 18.
"I‚Äôve always said that I.Q. is a small part of the political world....The minute he speaks his own mind, he reminds us of why Lady Di isn‚Äôt allowed to talk, the guy has nothing to say and when he speaks it‚Äôs frightening....He explains his military policy in Europe on the basis of what [Indiana basketball coach] Bobby Knight believes, ignoring the history of World War II, this century‚Äôs history. In terms of strategic policy, he looks to Tom Clancy for his authority. These are not metaphors he uses....What can he do? Can he talk or think? Which one can he do?"
-- San Francisco Examiner reporter and CBS This Morning
"political columnist" Chris Matthews on The McLaughlin Group, September
"From a distance of two feet Quayle looks younger than he is, his face smooth and creamy, as if unmarked by life. He‚Äôs good looking, no denying that. If he were a woman he would be described as beautiful. His facial bones are delicate, and his mouth is what pulp fiction writers call sensual."
-- New Republic politics editor and former
Newsweek reporter Hendrick Hertzberg, October 31.
"After the 1988 campaign, no one can any longer argue that network news reflects a ‚Äėliberal bias.‚Äô...Telejournalists...are indeed a bunch of liberals. But their ideological slant has worked against any ‚Äėliberal bias‚Äô by the TV news, as reporters bend over backwards not to seem at all critical of Republicans."
-- Johns Hopkins University instructor Mark Crispin
Miller, in The New York Times, November 16.
"Bush won by default, and by fouls. His ‚Äėmandate‚Äô is to ignore the threats to our economy, sustain the Reagan heritage of let‚Äôs pretend, and serve as figurehead for what America has become, a frightened empire hiding its problems from itself."
-- Conclusion of November 21 Time article by Gary Wills.
-- L. Brent Bozell III; Publisher
-- Brent H. Baker, Marc S. Ryan; Editors
-- Richard Marois, Dorothy Warner; Media Analysts
-- Cynthia Bulman; Administrative Assistant