A Rather long night
By CHRIS LAVIN
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 9, 2000
There was a lot of time to fill in Tuesday night's television broadcasts and little comment from the candidates to fill the air. CBS News anchor Dan Rather used an almost constant barrage of homespun, and often well-worn, turns of phrases to fill the gap. Not exactly Edward R. Murrow moments.
At one point he described a lead that was "shakier than cafeteria Jell-O."
Gore should be "mad as a snapping turtle" over Tennessee."
Bush "ran through Dixie like a big wheel through a field of cotton."
The two were so close "you couldn't slip a cigarette paper between them."
The race is "tight as rusted lug nuts on a '55 Ford."
Gov. Bush was "as mad as a rained-on rooster."
"If Gore were to win now it would be one of the greatest comebacks since Lazarus."
Once Anchor Dan referred to: "The journalist's creed of "You trust your mother, but you cut the cards."'
"When it comes to reporting a race like this, I'm a long distance runner and an all day hunter."
"At this point we don't know whether to watch or bark at the moon."
Bark on Dan.
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