The Best of Notable Quotables; December 16, 1996

Vol. Nine; No. 26

Politics of Meaninglessness Award (for the Silliest Analysis)

George Will: "What the conservatives are doing (on a flag
amendment), bless their hearts, misguidedly this time is exactly
what the left wing tried to do with the Equal Rights Amendment.
That was a perfectly pointless abuse of the Constitution as a
political gesture."
Cokie Roberts: "I would disagree with you there as a mother of a
son who is protected by the Constitution and a daughter who is

-- Exchange on This Week with David Brinkley, December 10,
1995. [70 points]


"Just how tightly scripted is this convention? Well, a Russian
television reporter said today that this is as tightly controlled
as anything the Communist Party ever put on, Tom."

-- NBC reporter David Bloom, August 14 Nightly News story on the
Republican convention. [67]

"How are women on the road different from men? `They are more
meticulous, more organized. More multidimensional,' she [CBS News
campaign producer Susan Zirinsky] says. `And less cynical.' Dan
Rather, she insists, is the exception. What makes Rather
different? `Dan's a girl,' she says. `Dan has the enthusiasm of a
girl. There's a girl's soul lurking in him.'"

-- March 23 TV Guide story on women covering the campaign.[49]