The Best of Notable Quotables; December 21, 1992

Vol. Five; No. 26

James Carville Award (for Mean & Nasty Campaign Reporting)

“Ever since the Clarence Thomas hearings last fall, the Republican Party has been struggling to overcome the perception that its regard for women is only a notch or two higher than that of the Navy Tailhook Association.”

Time reporter Michael Duffy, August 24 issue.


“Al Gore won it for taking the high road with his cool command of the facts, and Jim Stockdale gets the runner-up trophy for the best one-liners. Dan Quayle lost for the hate-mongering that turned off much of the nation at his party’s convention in Houston. It wasn’t that he made any gaffes. He looked poised and spoke with great energy. But he played dirty while the other two candidates played clean.”

Boston Globe columnist and former Washington bureau reporter Susan Trausch, October 14.

“Fred [Barnes], you’ve said time and again that character is an important issue in the campaign. Clearly, that red-baiting junk didn’t work for the President last night. What’s he going to try next?”

CBS This Morning co-host Harry Smith, October 12.

“What are your expectations? How nasty do you expect George Bush to try to be?”

– Bryant Gumbel to John Chancellor on NBC’s Today, October 9.

“Are Democrats willing, even anxious, to be as nasty as the President is going to be?”

– Bryant Gumbel to Clinton consultant Bob Squier, August 10 Today.