The Best of Notable Quotables; December 19, 1994

Vol. Seven; No. 26

Sore Losers Award (for Midterm Election Reporting)

“Some thoughts on those angry voters. Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming. It’s clear that the anger controls the child and not the other way around. It’s the job of the parent to teach the child to control the anger and channel it in a positive way. Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week....Parenting and governing don’t have to be dirty words: the nation can’t be run by an angry two-year-old.”

– ABC World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings in his daily ABC Radio commentary, November 14.


“They are not voting Republican tonight, Mary. They are voting against a lot of unhappiness in their own lives....I think that it’s very easy for the Republicans to make the same mistake that the Democrats made in thinking that somehow we’ve been given this great mandate....They have got to be practical. They have got to compromise. They have got to meet the real needs of people. This is not an anti-government vote tonight.”

U.S. News & World Report Senior Writer Steven Roberts on CNBC’s Equal Time, election night.

“What this Contract [with America] says is you can have hot fudge sundae for every meal and still lose weight. It’s a fraud and there’s a whole lot of Republicans who already are starting to forget where they were September 27.”

Wall Street Journal Executive Washington Editor Al Hunt on CNN’s Capital Gang, Oct. 1

“This is a rotten time to be black. Blacks are just going to take it in the chops....Their programs are going to get eviscerated and affirmative action is going to go right down the tubes...Politics have moved right because a lot of middle-class people thought they were taking my money and giving it to poor black people, and they didn’t like it and they want their money back.”

Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief Evan Thomas on Inside Washington, November 12.

“The Republicans have resorted to demagoguery and transparent bribes (like lower taxes). The legislature they promise seems a blustery, selfish, self-righteous desert.”

Newsweek Senior Editor Joe Klein, October 31 news story.